Intensive Chinese Programs in Shanghai with Silk Mandarin

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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.

About

Intensive 30 & Intensive 20
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.

Express 30
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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Reviews

95%
based on 44 reviews
  • Instruction 9.8
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.5
  • Housing 9.4
  • Value 9.2
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alexandre
10/10

My experience with Silk Mandarin

It has been a great experience with Silk Mandarin, I’ve progressed well and fast due to the quality of the teaching. I did really enjoy the way of teaching. The teachers and staff are very passionate and engaging as well as helpful and knowledgeable and I I had never learned any chinese before I came here, and after only 5 lessons of 1h30 each, I now know many things, and I didn’t expected to know that much!

Yes, I recommend this program
Alexander
10/10

Amazing school with the best teachers

I've been living in Shanghai for o´ver 5 years and tried many different schools. At Silk Mandarin I've had the best experience by far and always recommend it to my friends that need a place to study Chinese. They make it fun, they care about your learning, and it works... I started around HSK2/3 level and am now 6. Have introduced many beginners also who loved it and still go many months after starting.

How can this program be improved?
It's a very wholesome program that i highly recommend to others. Nothing i can think of that needs to be improved.
Yes, I recommend this program
Anand
8/10

Learnt a lot in a short space of time

I definitely felt the benefit of being at one of the smaller, but still popular language institutions. The teaching style and techniques are very effective and after two weeks I can’t really believe how much vocabulary and grammar I have been able to absorb. The staff are very friendly and make you feel like you are part of their family, which makes it a much more enjoyable environment to learn the language in.

How can this program be improved?
more variety of activities and learning materials in the class
development of online platform to learn from home.. with access to the slides
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jacqqueline
8/10

My Silkmandarin experience

I have greatly appreciated my time at Silkmandarin. The teachers and staff memebers have been very friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable. With the help of Silkmandarin (teachinga and resources) I have improved my Chinese language skills as well as had a lot of fun along the way. The facility is located very close to the heart of Shanghai so it is very convinient. I feel the price is on the higher end but the course is well worth the money. I am satisfied with the overall experience and would recommend Silkmandarin to prospective students.

How can this program be improved?
I would have appreciated more activities, however the ones they have all well organized (cost of activities does not include in the course fee). The facility is rather small, although this is understandable due to its central location (next to Shanghai Museum). Otherwise Silkmandarin offers everything you would want in a language course.
Yes, I recommend this program
Rodolphe
10/10

A very efficient program

When I came in Silk Mandarin School, I was in need to improve my Chinese language for my work. Teachers work together in a very nice ambiance and improve their way of teaching everyday. Thanks to Silk Mandarin School I spend 6 month on the side of my work to prepare thé HSK3. And now on the way to the 4. Wish a nice time with this team at Silk Mandarin School.
If you have any question don't hesitate.

How can this program be improved?
Organize outdoor class :)
Yes, I recommend this program
Vaheana
10/10

General Chinese Class

I really enjoyed studying in Silk Mandarin. Teachers are always available and happy to help. The atmosphere is always joyful. Plus, at the minute, you enter Silk Mandarin, you can completely immerge yourself and practice your Chinese (which is rare occasion in Shanghai!). Everybody is here to help you progress, no matter your level. What I liked the most is the fact that it doesn't really feel like a school but more like meeting and talking with friends! The best way to learn!

Yes, I recommend this program
Zachary
10/10

Top Chinese School in Shanghai!

I have very much enjoyed my studies during my HSK 3 course at Silk Mandarin, due to the support and resources that teachers and staff gave to me. Previously, I had been studying with a private tutor but after I found Silk Mandarin I was able to vastly speed up my learning due to all of the teachers' greater knowledge and expertise on the subject. If you want to learn in an environment with knowledgeable, fun and sociable teachers then I would highly recommend this school!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Vincent
9/10

HSK Silk Mandarin

My experience with Silk Mandarin was excellent!! I arrived in Shanghai as a beginner and the course that I started was perfect for me. I had the possibility to have classes during the weekend and my teacher Shirley was great! I learned quickly with their teaching methodology and I recommend this school and this course to everyone who has a busy schedule during the week.
All in all I would definitely recommend Silk Mandarin to any student with and without knowledge of Chinese.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Myles
10/10

Thanks Silk Mandarin for making it easy and fun for me!

I was referred to Silk Mandarin by a friend and I have never looked back. The teachers have helped me pass my HSK 6 in no time! After two years learning in a bigger Mandarin school I decided to choose Silk Mandarin for my further lessons. I was excited regarding the differences to my old school. And I was very surprised regarding the learning success. Then even after only some lessons, the improvement of my spoken Chinese was enormous. They only have very experienced full-time teachers which using advanced teaching methods The teaching books are up to date and not so old-fashioned like at my old school. And because the school is still not so big the atmosphere there is very familiar. So all in all the right choice for myself. I am very grateful to them for making it easy and fun for me!

Yes, I recommend this program
Zoe
9/10

Great classes!

I have been having classes with Silk Mandarin for one year, in that time I have completed both HSK 2 and 3 with high marks. I have been studying using their online platform fast meeting, one-on-one with Yanqin. She is a fantastic teacher, patient and always makes the lessons interesting and relatable. The online platform is perfect if you live far from the city centre, with video conferencing, PPT and typing functions, its just like being in the classroom. Im very happy to now be working towards HSK 4 with Yanqin.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Santiago
10/10

Strongly Recommend

Silk Mandarin is a very good learning academy. They have great teachers and the price is very affordable. I have tried several academies and teachers in the past but none of them suited my expectations. One friend of mine recommended me to join Silk Mandarin. I am very happy with my experience and I encourage others to try it too. My teacher Shirley is the best. She is very patient and takes the time to explain everything in detail.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Simone
10/10

Silk Mandarin helps you put the pieces together

I started studying Chinese at Silk Mandarin after two of my friends with excellent Chinese highly recommended them. I had already lived in China for 2 years while working full-time and studying (in a half-assed way) on the side and had taken 1 year of university Chinese. But I felt really inspired at Silk Mandarin that my studying was going to pay off, which energized me a lot. One great part was that I was able to dictate what I wanted to learn and what would be useful for my work and daily life. That in and of itself was great, but it's not the thing that sets Silk Mandarin apart from other schools I've gone to. Instead the big things these guys do is teach you the logic of the language, using a very straightforward and easy to understand method, but one that I'd never heard anything about before in university or other private schools. Once my teacher started teaching me this, so many pieces were coming together for me in terms of sentence structure and how Chinese works. I think my language was really inconsistent before and I was never sure where to put which words because I knew different rules but not a unified one. So I'd say these guys are incredibly friendly and flexible and cool, but they also really know their stuff. I'm a native English-speaking editing/writing professional who majored in lit and my Chinese teacher knows the English parts of speech better than I do-- you have to understand language to teach it and these guys have it down :)

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sam
10/10

The Best School to Learn Mandarin!

I arrived in Shanghai in 2015 to work and, at that time, I had only a basic knowledge of the language. After my arrival,I decided to start having classes at Silk Mandarin, and I have only positive things to say about my experience there. The school is very professional as well as down-to-earth and easy-going. The teachers are dedicated and versatile. I know that I am not the easiest student to teach but I have learned a lot during my classes at Silk Mandarin!

Yes, I recommend this program
Ilya
9/10

Probably the best option for full-time workers in Shanghai

I joined Silk Mandarin school at the end of December, 2017, so basically, I started the new year with learning Chinese. Before I joined I had checked some other options available in Shanghai, but was totally charmed by teachers and other staff in this school, so agreed to join immediately and never regretted. My way of learning foreign languages (English is not native language and my second foreign language was Finnish, haha) is through asking a huge number of various questions about grammar, vocabulary and other things, and here I can get absolutely all the answers to all my questions. I find their style, approach in teaching Chinese very professional and high competent, I’m absolutely sure, that this school can help you find the most suitable way to study Chinese. Prices are various and in my opinion are absolutely affordable for all kinds of students. I’d highly recommend everyone to apply for courses in this school and you definitely will find not only teachers and classmates, but rather really great people and, who knows, maybe even friends 😊

How can this program be improved?
Not sure yet, because I've only spent one month here.
Yes, I recommend this program

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About Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

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...