Intensive Chinese Programs in Shanghai with Silk Mandarin

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About

The Intensive 30 Course is with 30 classes per week our most immersive Course. It focuses on acquiring the highest level of Conversational or Business Chinese, at the same time preparing the student to pass the Chinese HSK exam.

Compared to the Intensive 20 Course the Intensive 30 Course allows for two additional afternoon classes per day in which what has been learned in the morning is being practiced in an effective yet fun way in the afternoon. Apart from that, the Intensive 30 course includes a Friday afternoon out of class Activity: we take the students outside where they can practice their Mandarin in the real world. Class size is small with a maximum of 8 students.

The increasing importance of HSK has been the reason to design our Express 30 course. It is undoubtedly the fastest way to pass your HSK exams with good results. In this course we stretch the student’s language skills to the fullest. The class size is with 4 students small.

Highlights
  • Full immersion in Chinese language and culture.
  • Full time teachers native to China and bilingual.
  • Slow Motion Technique to teach you Chinese with just one rule.
  • 2 in 1 curriculum to teach you Conversational Chinese and to prepare you to pass the HSK exam.
  • 2 plus 1 to teach you Business Chinese and to prepare you to pass BCT exam.

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This program is ideal for parents who want to give their child a head start at becoming a global citizen by learning Mandarin in China!

We will teach students our innovative Slow Motion Technique, a popular method at our school, which teaches Mandarin with just one rule instead of dozens.

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Reviews

96%
based on 78 reviews
  • Instruction 9.8
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.6
  • Housing 9.4
  • Value 9.1
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Maarten
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

HSK 2 course 2 x a week

It was a great experience and would recommend checking out this school if your searching. They support you a lot even outside classroom. Always ready. And you will definitely pass the level you’re going for with the classes.

Their school is in a top location downtown and well decorated. Always felt as ‘my school’ there. Staff challenges you to speak Chinese out side class and is patient if you’re low level and stammering a lot :) their own materials are well designed and look smooth and useful. I love the complementary flash card box and mediapen. They also have a great way of letting you listen to the CD, as who has CD rom these days? They offer an easy and quick work around so doing homework is great and easy experience too. No fumbling around with CD for audio exercises haha good job!

What would you improve about this program?
I would like to have more student to student controlled and free practise in class, or variation in delivering the content. Or more challenges to use the learned structures or grammar or words. The teacher was talking a lot, which is fine but something student to student interaction can keep students sharp. If there is time of course because we had a lot to cover in short time.
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Cid
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Challenging

I guess learning a new language is already challenging by itself. I've studied some foreign languages but Chinese is, by far, the toughest one for me. The Chinese mind-set, the pronunciations, the five different tons, the Chinese characters... everything is a challenger. If you propose yourself to face this challenger you will need a lot of self discipline and motivation. Having a good methodology, good teachers and supportive staffs will help you to reach your goals. Silk Mandarim gathers all these qualities. Silk Mandarim, specially Jessica (my teacher), Allison (my very first teacher) and Amy (Silk Mandarim Coordinator), is helping me to keep myself disciplined and motivated.
Thank you Silk Mandarim to be together with me in this challenger!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I've started studying the Business Chinese Module, I would recommend start with the HSK Books.
Andrew
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

You won't regret it.

If you actually want to learn Chinese, study at Silk Mandarin. It’s not the cheapest, but that is because the quality is the best you’re going to be able to find, especially if you’re a beginner. Here are my two main reasons why Silk is worth it: 1. Class Size - The group classes have a limit at 6 students, so you’re guaranteed to get tons of personal attention from your teacher and have the opportunity to speak a lot, which is what you actually need if you’re going to improve, especially at the early levels. 2. Teachers- The teachers here are the best. I had Jessica for HSK 1, Christina and Jessica for HSK 2, Jessica for HSK 3, and now David and Jessica for HSK 4. Christina is a boss. She don’t mess around and she makes grammar so easy to understand. Jessica is my savior, my fearless leader, my tug boat, pulling me along even when I have no gas left. She explains things so clearly that you don’t think you’re learning until you look back a few chapters and realize that you understand everything. Seriously, a teacher goddess. David is my newest teacher and is perfect for my HSK 4 needs and desires. His English is so goddamn good, which is really helpful because he can explain the nuances between similar words that a textbook can’t (really, the textbook sucks at this). This is very useful for me at the higher level now that my vocabulary is a little bigger (ex. Think about the difference between “but, although, actually, even though, even if, etc... “). He also has a decent sense of humor.

So yea, if you want to pretend to learn Chinese, buy some textbooks and “study” at Starbucks or go to a school where you’re listening to a teacher with 15 other students in the class and you never have a chance to speak. But, if you really want to learn Chinese rapidly, try Silk Mandarin out. I started mid HSK 1 in October (I had taken a single Chinese course two years before in America), and now 5 and half months (April) later I am mid-HSK 4 and a few months away from being conversationally fluent. I am so thankful I found this school and would recommend it wholeheartedly.

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Ela
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Good value for the money ,great atmosphere

This is my 4th year in China and it’s been very challenging to get started learning Chinese.Finally I felt like I need to give myself a push.Shanghai is full of schools ready to provide you with Chinese courses but Silk Mandarin successed to surpass all of them .When I entered their office I was surprised how caring ,attentive ,cheerful and full of enthusiasm their stuff was.It was love at first sight.With the tools and books provided after a short but convincing demo I got inspired and motivated to start ASAP.Since then I never regreted my choice.I came to SM with very basic knowledge but having a private lesson twice a week moved me forward pretty fast.In 2 months I started HSK 3 .My tutor Andy and I became friends from the very first class. She always knew what’s the best way to answer all my silly questions and how to explain the most complicated cultural and grammatical peculiarities built -in Chinese language . I hope very soon my “vocabulary”based HSK3 will grow into “character” based level but it all depends on me now.Thanks,Silk Mandarin for this big step I managed to make.

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Iñigo
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Tailor made

After studying at Silk Mandarin for three years, I can see now a great improvement in my Chinese level, all thanks to the strong commitment of my dedicated teacher Lexie with the back up of the whole Silk Mandarin school.
At Silk Mandarin I can feel the support of a professional team that through the modern tools used  in class, the programmed events, and the different activities, helps me not only to achieve my goals as student but also to immerse, enjoy, and understand the Chinese culture.
As an expat in China and due to my busy schedule it is very difficult for me to join any group class or follow a regular curse, thanks to Silk Mandarin and his one on one flexible plans I have the opportunity to easily combine both job and Chinese lessons, arranging the time and the place of the classes according to my needs.

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Clara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Class too much to be satisfied! 너무너무 만족한 클래스!

Translation: Two months after I worked as a resident in Shanghai, I realized the need for Chinese and found Silk Mandarin. We met Planer Amy for the first time, helping to ensure that all classes were happening smoothly, fluent English and unique kindness helped us to make our last lesson uncomfortable. My teacher, Liwen, took a group class for the first month and a 1: 1 private class next month. Although it was not Chinese, I have never met a good teacher like Mr. Liwen after many language academies and tutoring. I was very fluent in English as well as basic about personality and punctuality, and I had lots of experience in Chinese education, so every class was good and fun. Thanks to its excellent system and good teachers, I was able to find fun in Chinese, and now I am able to survive in China.

상해에서 주재원으로 근무한지 두 달 뒤에 중국어의 필요성을 크게 실감하고 Silk Mandarin을 찾게 되었습니다. 모든 수업이 원활히 이루어지도록 도와주는 플래너 Amy를 그 때 처음 만나게 되었고, 유창한 영어와 특유의 친절함으로 마지막 수업까지 불편함이 없도록 도와주었습니다. 저는 저의 선생님 Liwen과 처음 한달은 그룹 클래스로, 다음달은 1:1개인 클래스를 수강하게 되었습니다. 중국어는 아니었지만, 그간 많은 어학학원, 과외등을 거쳐오면서 Liwen 선생님처럼 좋은 선생님을 만나본 적이 없었던 것 같습니다. 인성이나 수업시간 엄수등에 대한 베이직은 물론이고 굉장히 유창한 영어를 구사하셨고, 중국어 교육에 대한 경험이 많으셨기 때문에 매 수업이 유익하고 즐거웠습니다. 규모에 걸맞는 훌륭한 시스템과 훌륭한 선생님들 덕분에 중국어에 대한 재미를 찾을 수 있었고, 덕분에 현재에는 중국에서 생활 생존(?)이 가능한 실력을 갖추게 되었습니다. Thank you, Silk Mandarin!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Translation:
I had a group class for a month and a 1: 1 private class for a month.
As the group classes are with Westerners who have no understanding of Oriental languages ​​(of course), we recommend a private class for Asian students!

저는 한 달동안 그룹클래스를, 한 달 동안 1:1 개인 클래스를 진행했습니다.
그룹 클래스는 동양 언어에 대한 이해가 (당연히) 없는 Westerner와 함께 진행하다보니 Asian 학생들에게는 개인 클래스를 추천합니다!
Ahmed
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A great Choice.

A month after relocating to Shanghai for work reasons. I was suggested by a Danish couple of friends to start my Chinese language course in Silk Mandarin . Since they lived here for a long time , they did try many venues for learning Mandarin and strongly recommended me this place . Upon their advice I contacted the school and they arranged for me a free demo class to explain their ,indeed, innovative methods of teaching , I immediately enrolled for a beginner private one-on-one course to have more flexibility in my schedule. After 7 months of learning here I am glad to say that I started communicating with Mandarin which enhanced my life in and outside work environment . Thanks to Andy , my teacher who has a fantastic way of simplifying things and great patience for a starter like me . Her passion and dedication to teaching motivates me to study and more and my level is improving steadily although my tight work schedules. She even helped me with many terms and expressions that I use daily at work which is out of the curriculum . I would definitely suggest Silk Mandarin for any foreign new comers to China

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Jake
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Chinese course available

I have been doing the online course as I am based in Shenzhen and it has exceeded my expectations. My teacher Shirley has been exceptional and I literally look forward to each class. I would highly recommend Silk to anyone trying to learn Chinese. At the time of writing this review, I have only had 12 classes and I have already learnt more Chinese than I have in the previous year of living in China. I initially thought that I have no desire to learn to read the characters, but my ability to speak Chinese has improved as my knowledge of the characters has developed. The flashcards that Silk provide are also an added benefit to anyone who wants to learn as they mean you can continue learning and recognising characters in your own time at your own pace and with your own desired method of learning. Once my lessons are completed I will most certainly be purchasing another package. I feel anyone who wishes to live and work in China and wants to immerse themselves in the culture really should learn a basic level of Chinese. However, be warned, once you start with Silk, a basic level soon becomes something that you will not be satisfied with and you will find yourself wanting to be better every day.

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Christopher
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Christopher Casey, from Mandarin zero to Mandarin hero

I am an American who just recently moved to SH with the intention of learning to speak Mandarin. I consider finding silk mandarin as my Chinese school to be the single best decision I have made towards my mandarin goal. I have been blown away by their staffs genuine desire for you to accumulate real applicable mandarin skills. Every staff member is attentive, friendly, and beyond helpful. Their professors go far beyond preparing you just to pass the HSK test and also make sure you have the ability to take your new found skills out into the world and use them. since I started at the school in December my Chinese has improved beyond what I thought was possible in such a short time, and it feels completely natural, I don’t think you could find a better place to improve your mandarin.

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing at all its literally a perfect mandarin school.
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Danielle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Silk Mandarin Chinese Classes

I have been studying Chinese for 3 years and I feel like I've learned more in the past month at Silk Mandarin than in the last 3 years!! The private lessons they offer were extremely helpful so I could catch up to my HSK 3 class. I really like that David 老师 tells the story behind the characters to help you remember not only their meaning but how to write them.
Everyone in the office is incredibly friendly and there are always goodies during lunch for students and staff to snack on. My work schedule is very hectic but Silk Mandarin has worked with me every step of the way to ensure I did not fall too far behind in my class. Studying Chinese at Silk Mandarin was one of the best decisions I ever made. I would highly recommend it to anyone that wants to learn Chinese!

- Danielle, USA

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would've started my Chinese studies at Silk Mandarin.
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Pierre
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Mon experience à Silk Mandarin

J’ai choisi le cours de chinois intensif de Silk Mandarin pour la méthode d’apprentissage avec laquelle ils enseignent. J’ai pu remarquer le professionnalisme de tous les enseignants dès mon arrivée. Seul le chinois est parlé aux élèves même durant les pauses nous incitant ainsi à utiliser le vocabulaire appris en cours.
Ayant déjà des notions de chinois, j’ai commencé par le HSK4. Les classes se font en petit comité, nous sommes deux élèves dans la classe. Les cours commencent par une révision du cours précédent, incluant le vocabulaire vu la veille mis en pratique à travers des discussions de sujets divers sur la vie du quotidien. Vient ensuite l’apprentissage d’une nouvelle leçon illustrée par un dialogue entre deux personnes nous permettant ainsi de comprendre la manière dont sont structuré les phrases.
J’ai particulièrement apprécié l’enseignement de mon professeur Yanqin, pleine de devotion et de passion pour ce cours avec des méthodes d’enseignement particulièrement efficaces, je ne regrette en aucun cas d’avoir choisit Silk Mandarin!
J’ai choisi le cours de chinois intensif de Silk Mandarin pour la méthode d’apprentissage avec laquelle ils enseignent. J’ai pu remarquer le professionnalisme de tous les enseignants dès mon arrivée. Seul le chinois est parlé aux élèves même durant les pauses nous incitant ainsi à utiliser le vocabulaire appris en cours.
Ayant déjà des notions de chinois, j’ai commencé par le HSK4. Les classes se font en petit comité, nous sommes deux élèves dans la classe. Les cours commencent par une révision du cours précédent, incluant le vocabulaire vu la veille mis en pratique à travers des discussions de sujets divers sur la vie du quotidien. Vient ensuite l’apprentissage d’une nouvelle leçon illustrée par un dialogue entre deux personnes nous permettant ainsi de comprendre la manière dont sont structuré les phrases.
J’ai particulièrement apprécié l’enseignement de mon professeur Yanqin, pleine de devotion et de passion pour ce cours avec des méthodes d’enseignement particulièrement efficaces, je ne regrette en aucun cas d’avoir choisit Silk Mandarin!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Chicken feet
Lily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I can speak Chinese! (我会说汉语!)

Silk Mandarin is by far the best Chinese training institute in Shanghai. I recommend it to everyone with complete confidence.

I studied some Chinese in high school and with a private tutor in the US, but Christina's class helped me learn better and faster than anything else I've tried. Silk Mandarin's entire teaching staff is professional, fun and well equipped to give outstanding lessons.

I have taken both private and group lessons. In both I was appropriately challenged to speak and understand at a high level. The intensive classes can be tough, but you're given all the support and resources you'll need to succeed. I now feel confident to use Chinese at work and in daily life.

At school, everyone is friendly and encouraging. I'm always warmly greeted when I walk in for class and encouraged to show of everything I've learned. In class, we've had a lot of fun with role-plays and other activities that have helped me dramatically improve my speaking ability. The extra activities the school puts on, such as the Christmas party, make me feel like I'm a part of a supportive community of expats who all want to learn to speak Chinese.

All in all, I highly recommend Silk Mandarin to anyone who wants to learn Chinese, either for fun, for work, or for intensive study. You can surely find an incredible program to suit your needs here!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I'd start with Silk Mandarin sooner! Or maybe turn in my homework on time...

Honestly I wouldn't change anything. They have really been awesome to work with. I love going to class and being a student there.
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Luke
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Dodged a bullet!

Before I signed up, I was about to commit to another school on a friend's recommendation. The sales rep hadn't really done much to sell the programme to me and I didn't really get that much of a good vibe about it at all - almost as if they viewed my business as a foregone conclusion. Fortunately I came across some marketing for Silk Mandarin on the same day. This explained their general philosophy, specifically mentioned teachers’ qualifications and gave details of some introductory promotions. I was struck by a level of professionalism that was totally lacking with the other option.
I arranged a level check that day. In that session, I was looked after by two very friendly and competent staff, Lina and Jasmine, who really took time to assess my exact situation and requirements, giving me various useful options and letting me choose the programme that was going to work best for me. I could tell that they both had a passion and dedication for the school that felt almost like the exact opposite of the other place I was about to spend so much money with. I was able to start lessons the same week and I am extremely glad that I did. While I will never know what the other school might have been like, I can only say that the first impression SM made was excellent and things only got better from there. I have been a Shanghai resident for over 6 years but had put off learning Mandarin formally until now so one-to-one classes seemed more appropriate than an absolute beginner’s class, even though I was starting with HSK1. This allows me to progress at my own speed and obviously means I get a huge amount of spoken practice during sessions. My teacher, Amelie, is excellent - she pushes me very hard at my own request and will always patiently find a way to help me understand when I'm struggling with any particularly tricky language points. Lessons are fun and varied, and always a lot of hard work too - perfect for me. I can imagine that she has a different style for other students or for group classes. She made an effort to find out about me personally, which means that whenever we practice language, she is making it directly relevant and immediately useable outside of the classroom. Even after a long day at work, I look forward to the challenge of our lessons because they really do feel tailor-made.

The school itself is conveniently located and all staff are incredibly friendly and never let you get away without practising some basic Chinese. I couldn’t recommend the place more highly. I am certain that reading that article on that day was fate and I am so glad I ended up here and not elsewhere... phew!

What was your funniest moment?
My teacher constantly framing our conversations around my ex-girlfriend often leads to some pretty hilarious dialogues
Katharina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Nice, friendly, efficient

I started learning Chinese last year with silk mandarin and will continue this year as I can see the results and want to improve more.
They provide you with good and helpful materials, such as books, exercises, vocabulary cards,... The staff is very friendly and always there to help you. The teachers adapt the lesson's speed and difficulty to your level to ensure you with your own best learning experience and a good progress.
The schedule of the different classes can be arranged to fit your needs and they are flexible with arrangements.
The group sizes is not too big (we're 3 students in my class) and depends on you level and schedule.
They also organize some nice social events during the year and not just only teach you the language but you will get to know more about the Chinese culture, too.

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Bonya
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Silk Mandarin school review

Before to join to Silk Mandarin, I did a LOT of research into schools in the area that offer qualified classes of Chinese language. While searching I have got many inappropriate disputes on schedules, communications and in the end environment. Silk Mandarin has been recommended to me by student of school, which I should be very thankful her for it. I was incredibly pleased with the small group classes and the help given by all of the instructors! The school staff is very practical, humble and experts of their fields. They build a very comfortable environment to learn a language. School is located in a most center of city, which is very convenient to public transportations. I was even more excited to find out that they could schedule your classes according to your time, where not all schools are able to do so. Moreover, to keep motivated and interest all students and teachers, they often arrange well organized indoor/outdoor events. I attended classes for two months and I had immersion experience and it was well-worth time and I think I will continue it to reach conversational level of Chinese language with Silk Mandarin. Our teacher Amelie Zhuan is very outgoing teacher with passion of teaching and enthusiasm. I am really pleased with the program they made to me and am very happy to give it my highest recommendation!

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Location:
Shanghai
Currency:
Chinese Yuan
Weather:
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57 F / 36 F
Apr-Jun
82 F / 54 F
Jul-Sep
90 F / 72 F
Oct-Dec
73 F / 41 F
Airports:
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
( SHA )

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At Silk Mandarin you will learn Mandarin effortlessly! Our ground-breaking SLOW MOTION TECHNIQUE paves the way, as it teaches you Mandarin with just ONE rule instead of dozens. Which student wouldn’t like that? A wide variety of incredible teaching...