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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Daniel
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An organic and thoughtful approach to Chinese learning

Silk Mandarin offers a welcoming environment to develop Chinese language skills regardless of level or ability. While you definitely get out what you are willing to put into the course, dedicated students will find that Silk implements a system for learning that, with practice, establishes a solid foundation for students to become increasingly self-reliant and confident with their Chinese. It has been a privilege to take lessons from Jasmine, who is clearly invested in her students and their growth.

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Cleo
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best decision I made

I have been doing online lessons with Silk Mandarin and I am enjoying every moment. Yes their courses is not the cheapest but it's worth every cent. Not only do they have great teachers with alot of experience, passion and patience but they also have great material and programs. They don't over overload you with information and they give you extra information that makes understanding mandarin so much easier. Learning through Silk Mandarin is the best decision I made. And my teacher Marsha is amazing.

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Mauricio
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Very effective program, great teachers and nice environment

Learning Chinese is a huge challenge,  so you need to have the proper support and the adequate tools. Silk Mandarin has provided me numerous resources that have allowed me to be able to start understanding the language and after only three months I can have a basic conversation and I am also able to read many characters.    The teachers are very talented and professional; the system they use has a good balance of all the skills you need when learning a new language: listening, reading,  writing and speaking.    I believe Chinese language has a unique logic,  and Silk Mandarin's teachers have given me lots of support first to understand the forementioned logic,  and then to start using it when practicing the language.   Sharing the classroom with people  from many different countries has significantly enriched this experience. Learning at this school has also been a great opportunity to be introduced to Chinese culture,  which has so many fascinating aspects that I might have not learned about somewhere else. 

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The effectiveness of passing from passive to active learners through a creative methodology that increased significantly my learning speed.
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belin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Intensive Chinese

This was a perfect experince you can imagine. Your teachers immidiately become your sincere friends. You have the chance that learn Chinese while enjoying and you can always have the chance to chat with them and practise.It is never just learning Chinese but you can also go around Suzhou(we climbed for example ), learn how to play majiang, how to cook dumplings and enjoy the perfect moments of taichi. Also the materials that being used are really efficient and really help you learn deeply.Well, thanks for everyhing!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
My teacher ate chicken legs one day. I could not manage to get used to it and i still cannot. :))
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Richard
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

finally

As a beginner, it was a relief to finally get down to learning Chinese properly - apps and videos could only scratch the surface. This school finally put me in touch with the language after 18 months of being in China, and the structured course, with selected language areas, all useful for daily use, means that I actually feel progress week to week, and more at home overall. The teachers are adaptable to the learners in that they use their excellent English as much as you might need, and using Chinese only as much as you can manage, so I feel very supported, and intend to continue. The approach resembles that found in EFL, with different areas covered: vocabulary and grammar in useful contexts with speaking practice. Besides, the school had a course which suited my limited timings, something unavailable elsewhere, and I needed something structured rather than a private tutor - that hasn't worked for me in the past. So, I'd recommend this if you want to make your Chinese real.

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Jane
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Come on

School has various programs, and it provides customized study to study necessary. My teachers and staffs is always with dialogue or practice in Chinese Mandarin skills to help you improve. Also outside of class teachers and staffs personally try to help and supported me. In addition, the five months after classes at school I Chinese ability has improved a lot. And their curriculum and content are excellent. I highly recommend the school. 🤗🇨🇳👩🏻‍🏫📝 I garranty!!!! I think whoever comes to this school can experience and learn many things about China as well as Chinese culture in this school.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The teachers and staff at this school helped me whenever I needed help outside of school, and I was surprised and grateful to the warm heart.
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Jacob
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent Teachers

I went to Silk Mandarin with the specific goal of passing HSK 6, the one on one classes organized by Silk Mandarin and my teacher Liwen were excellent. After sitting down and going through a mock test together during our first session Liwen identified the areas where I needed to improve and focus the most. In subsequent sessions we focused on these areas and Liwen taught me strategies that helped me save time and score better.

Ive taken lots of Chinese classes at different universities and in different private settings and can honestly say that Silk Mandarin was the best. They understood my own specific goals and were able to provide the roadmap and materials necessary to achieve that goal in only 4 lessons.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
To achieve what you really want in a language class make sure you let the teacher know what your goal is. Im very confident Silk Mandarin could help any motivated student achieve that goal across a broad spectrum of topics and interests.
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Sapna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best school for learning Chinese

Learning Chinese requires commitment and Silk Mandarin provides the right level of flexibility to fit your needs. As a busy corporate executive, the classes are tailor made for me with tangible results. I can clearly feel the progress I've made and I can now speak more often in daily situations. The teachers are professional and patient, and make learning practical. The Slow Motion Technique is a great tool to remember an important rule in the language. The best part of learning with Silk Mandarin is that they make it so much fun! Really such a great experience overall.

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Sabrina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The one and only Chinese Language School

Silk Mandarin was recommended by a good friend of mine. I had tried various other language schools before, but the methodology (customized flashcards, the slow-motion process and the and THE pen) and qualifications of the teachers intrigued me. So after 15 days of private lessons I had HSK1 and HSK 2 done. What an achievement (admitting: I did know most of the words since I am in China for many years, but I could not read or write) - tick. I then approached HSK 3 within a daily course but quickly realized that I do not have the capacity to attend on a daily basis, so the school was flexible enough to swap my package to private lessons. And I am with my teacher Andy ever since (Andy has gotten me through HSK1 and 2 already in speed time). Andy is my favorite teacher (no offense to the others), but we really got on. Andy pays attention on what I would like to focus on, she is strict but forgiving in the same time. She accommodates my schedule and goes the extra mile of making tools that help me remember the characters (aside from the awesome stories I receive to characters). I truly value my time and progress at Silk Mandarin; I wish I could spend more time outside of the classroom reviewing what we have done, but nevertheless, I am at the early stages of HSK 4 now, and that is because of Andy and Silk Mandarin. Thank you for helping me with what I have achieved so far and for what I am still in the game for!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I have done a lot of research before I signed up for a language school. I can wholeheartedly recommend Silk Mandarin as THE language school to go to if you would like to learn in an effective and harmonious environment with people that make this language more fun than it already is.
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Ana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Chinese course in Shanghai

The lessons are very complete with plenty of audiovisual materials. The teachers are excellent, very encouraging and make classes very fun!
I took private lessons 1 on 1 which were done in my business office during lunchtime. It was great to have this flexibility and specially when I had business trips, I was able to reschedule without any problems. My teacher Masae is simply the best! She is so patient with me and very sweet and helpful all the time.
I totally recommend Silk Mandarin if you are interested in learning about Chinese and the culture of China.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would study more in order to make the most of this experience
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Soufiane
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Chinese intensive program at Silk Mandarin

I have been learning Chinese at Silk Mandarin for only one extremely amazing month. My experience in this school is one of its own. Even if I have been learning already 3 languages in different methods and schools, I strongly believe that Silk Mandarin is providing the best way to learn the Chinese language. It is not about just learning vocabulary but mostly about being accurate and consistent when I speak. To learn such a language I had to be an active learner by practicing real Chinese. Silk Mandarin is providing such an environment: I was lucky to study with people from different countries, learn from them as well and make this journey much more enjoyable. I have been able to talk with Chinese teachers during free time and getting my Chinese improved even during break time and still have a lot of fun!
In my opinion, professors are very professional, they did not only taught me the language but also the culture behind and its mindset.
Everything gets so easy when you have a clear structured map in mind and you turn your mind into the "Slow Motion Mode".
加油😄

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I was really surprised by the way learning a language can be so funny and enjoyable. I think that active learning is the best style, and it is exactly what Silk mandarin is providing.
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Max
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Language Course HSK with Lexie

Lexie Liu is an outstanding teacher. Her classes are great fun und highly effective at the same time. The course is well structured and she takes her time to explain questions and problems that might arise with grammar or vocabulary. She uses the slow motion technique of Silk Mandarin to teach sentence structure. She has patience and is always of good humor. She gives out additional vocabulary at request and tries to organize class in an interactive way. Every lesson comes with a grammar review and vocabulary handout in addition to the course material.

What would you improve about this program?
Improve the HSK book with better vocabulary review and better texts.
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April
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Recommendable Chinese Classes in the center of Shanghai

I am so excited to write a review for my Chinese classes.
I have lived in Shanghai for 2 years, and it had been really hard for me to find qualified Chinese teachers. I FINALLY FOUND ONE (SILK MANDARIN!)

- qualified teachers in teaching Chinese with good English communication skills
: Easy to ask questions to teachers (especially for students in the beginner class)
- Relatively well-organized curriculum
- Clean and nice classrooms (the location is really good)
- Make an effort to make the classes improved based on students' reviews

I have taken group classes for a while, and now I am taking private classes. Both have advantages and disadvantages. You can try both, and choose one. They always respect students' opinions.

* The only problem is that the class fees are quite high, (and not refundable esp. when taking group classes) but still I feel like it's worth to pay that amount. (Compared to the other Chinese classes)

What would you improve about this program?
Trial classes (with free or cheaper fees) for new students will help you find a suitable teacher (fit well in terms of teaching and studying style) and suitable classmates (similar level and studying style). The class fees are quite high, so it was quite stressful to spend time and money to find a fit one.
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Sharon
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The only fun and effective Mandarin class you could ever find in Shanghai

I highly recommend SilkMandarin and Lexie for anyone who aims to learn Chinese and get to know Chinese culture in a friendly and professional atmosphere. While always focusing on your individual study goals, Lexie always makes you see the bigger picture by helping to understand Chinese history as well as Chinese daily life; be it explaining why a specific radical is re-appearing in different characters, sharing colloquial words, showing regional differences, giving examples of typical misunderstandings foreigners have or explaining traditional Chinese sayings. This makes her classes specifically lively and fun. As much as the classes are fun, Silk team is also very helpful on many aspects, also give a nice atmosphere, they also let you improve your language skills quickly through a well-balanced mixed of prepared materials, adjusting to your individual questions and identifying your weaknesses and pushing you to overcome them. Questions you have never go unanswered and the explanations given through Lexie make you understand language and culture better. Lexie always impresses with her rich knowledge. Whether you have a good or a bad day Lexie always adjusts the pace and content to your daily capability. I specifically appreciate the balance of motivating through showing your achievements while pushing you to go a little further.

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Anielle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Silk mandarin

Silk Mandarin provides the perfect environment for learning Chinese. The rooms are nice, the book and the learning method help you to understand the Chinese language and the teachers are the best. My teacher Marsha encourages me to study more and more and helps me to achieve my goals during the learning process. Silk Mandarin provides the perfect environment for learning Chinese. The rooms are nice, the book and the learning method help you to understand the Chinese language and the teachers are the best. My teacher Marsha encourages me to study more and more and helps me to achieve my goals during the learning process.