Mandarin Zone School: Study Chinese in Beijing
94% Rating
(9 Reviews)

Mandarin Zone School: Study Chinese in Beijing

Mandarin Zone School provides various programs for students who wish to learn Chinese while experiencing Chinese culture in China, focusing on improving your ability to communicate in Chinese and understanding Chinese culture. Programs include Chinese Study program, Chinese Summer Camp program, Homestay program and Online Chinese Teaching program.

Students have the option to choose group class or individual Chinese class, standard Chinese Program (20 hours per week) and and Intensive Chinese Program (30 hours per week); Tailor made course is designed to meet students' schedule and objective with personalized curriculum. All year round applications, from absolute beginner to advanced level; Certified teachers (BA/MA) with years of teaching experiences! Come study with us -- we'd love to help you improve your Chinese!

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Asia » China » Beijing
Asia » China
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Program Reviews

  • Instruction
    93%
  • Support
    99%
  • Fun
    81%
  • Housing
    84%
  • Value
    99%

Program Reviews (9)

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Boris
Male
Beijing

Recommended way to learn Chinese

10/10

I moved to Beijing for work. I joined Mandarin Zone more than a year ago as an absolute beginner for some part time course. When I had to adjust my schedule due to my work I got offered to move to another small group which were about the same level as me but follow another more suitable schedule for me. I really appreciated this flexibility. Both teachers I experienced there so far were nice and effective. Last but not least also the location is super central and convenient.

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Tim
Male
56 years old
shunyi China
Other

great learning experiance

10/10

As a beginner, I was able to learn Chinese pronunciation. With what I learnt over 6 days, it has helped me understand what is being said around me. I now have a good understanding of sentence structure. Now with some practical experience should be able to carry a simple conversation. I am very grateful to my teacher Sophia for her patient instruction.

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Eros
Male
32 years old
Vicenza Italy
Other

The right place where to study Chinese in Beijing

9/10

Before joining Mandarin Zone my chinese level was at a very basic level. After 8 months of studying in the school my chinese reachs a upper intermediate level. I did the 20 hours per week program with individual class, cause I actually tried before group classes and I didn't feel was the right choice for me. They designed the program based on my needs and goals and now my listening and speaking improved a lot and I can recognize enough hanzi to pass HSK level 4. The time passed very fast and I can honestly say that was really worth studying in Mandarin Zone.
I suggest to all the students out there, that really want to study and improve their chinese level, to come to Beijing and study in this school: they will be satisfied as I am!

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Gao
Male
42 years old
Beijing/Los Angeles
Sarah Lawrence College

A Great Place to Learn Chinese

10/10

I'd like to give my ¥2 here, for anyone looking for instruction. I'm currently studying at Mandarin Zone and have been for the last 3 weeks. I'm extremely pleased with everything and everyone at the school. Margaret is the manager (owner, too?) is very kind, helpful and conscientious and my teacher, Miao, with whom I've been taking one-on-one lessons is a fantastic teacher. She's smart, fun and knows not just how to speak but how to teach. I came in knowing ZERO Chinese and now feel like I'm establishing a decent basis in the language. Not only that but my time at MZ has fostered a real love of the language such that I am hopeful that I'll find the time and resources to continue when I return to the US (which is, sadly, just a week from now). I should say that I've studied many foreign languages in the past and I'm finding this course of study as good or better than any that I've had in the past. I recommend The Mandarin Zone without reservation.

How can this program be improved?

I never really thought it needed to be anything else, but if forced to find something, maybe some A/V materials (film/videos?).

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Julia
Female
32 years old
Beijing China

Very effective teaching method and professional. Definitely recommended!

9/10

I would definitely recommend Mandarin Zone! When I came to Beijing for employment, I needed to learn business chinese very quickly to use at work. Since I speak little Chinese and could not read or write, my teacher customized my learning by balancing HSK vocabulary and business chinese. It was very effective and professional teaching method. I was really impressed. Within half a year, I completed both HSK Level 4 and Business chinese at the same time. I have improved my speaking, reading and writing tremendously. For those who are looking for professional and effective learning but at really good price, Mandarin Zone is definitely a good choice!

How can this program be improved?

More activities where everyone can join, so we can meet other students and teachers in the school besides just going for classes.

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Ilmari
Male
24 years old
Finland

2 week intense program

10/10

I spent 2 weeks studying at Mandarin Zone and can't but highly recommend the school! First of all, the management is excellent. The leader of the school is so friendly, clear, helpful and clearly cares about the school and the students. The homestay that was arranged for me was great, with a warm-hearted family where I had 2 meals per day. In addition my laundry was washed and I got tons of help with whatever homework I might have had.

I had school 5 times/week, from 9.30 - 13.20. 20 minutes of pause. It was very intense and very rewarding. I had problems with grammar, but with persistency and tons of examples, I was able to get a good grasp on it. I had studied 9 months prior, but my grammar was a mess. 2 weeks had a huge impact. We used "New practical chinese reader" for grammar and for practical language "short term spoken chinese vol. 2". Especially the practical book was very helpful, and the teacher knew both books nearly inside out. Wonderful school and people! Highly recommended!

The price that was offered for me was the cheapest I could find. I'm very happy that I chose Mandarin Zone, and would be happy to take classes again in the future. The teacher also helped me with arranging practical things, such as buying a sim card, train tickets, booking hostels etc.

How can this program be improved?

-More breaks

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Kaitlyn
Female
32 years old
Beijing, China
American University

Great Classes, Fair Prices

9/10

MandarinZone is a great school. The teachers are passionate about helping foreigners learn Mandarin, and they are always positive and encouraging to the students. The owner, Margherita, is always around, helping with classes, chatting with students, and just being a lovely person in general.

Classes are small - I studied for more than a year and a half with MZ, and while the numbers fluctuated, there were never more than 4 people in my class. For a few weeks, I actually had private classes as my classmate was swamped with work and exams.

I already had living arrangements when I started class, so I cannot review their housing policies and/or practices.

How can this program be improved?

Excursions or weekend trips might be nice - for example, getting a group together to go to the Forbidden City one week, or to travel outside the city for a hiking day trip would be fun.

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TOM
Male
42 years old
Beijing, China
University of Houston- Downtown

Great Summer Camp and Courses

9/10

I came to Beijing last Summer 2013, without knowing too well what we would find here China. We luckyly bump into Mandarin Zone Schoo, who opened the doors fo this country to us and not only because of their Chinese courses but also because the inmersion to the Chinese culture that we got in their progra, the visit program around the city, the fun in the class and the opportunity to make wonderful people from different countries.

My family and I joined their Summer Camp last years when we moved to China and since then we have been continuing learning with them, improving our level of Chinese to level that we could never expect.

I am very glad that I met Margaret, their Director, and very thankful to their team

Cheers

How can this program be improved?

I would have planned a small trip to the beach, quite hot in Beijing during the Summer :)

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Joshua
Male
42 years old
Germany
University of Wisconsin- Madison

A Good Choice for Me

9/10

I arrived in Beijing knowing almost nothing of Chinese language. After a trial lesson at Mandarin Zone I discussed my goals with Margherita Liu, school director. After 80 hours or so of instruction at the school I sat for HSK-2 and passed. Margherita was tremendously helpful in my preparation for the test. She provided sample tests and other study aids. I completed the practice exams under her supervision, she graded the exams and we reviewed the results until I understood what vocabulary I was missing or what grammar points I was not understanding.

The school teaches from a series of text books called "Short-term Spoken Chinese" published by the Beijing Language and Culture University. The quality, quantity and the format of information in books 1 & 2 are high. The teachers at the school know the material in detail, there is never any time lost as the teacher searches the book for the relevant vocabulary or grammar topic.

The teachers are supportive and answered my questions not only about Chinese language but also about how to get around Beijing. My teacher, Liang, was incredibly patient and focused while I stumbled through pronunciation and incomprehension. And somehow she always made a connection between any random question I had about life in China and the topic of instruction for the day.

After 180 hours of instruction at the school I had completed the first 2 textbooks and, more importantly, felt I was really starting to understand Chinese language and something about China. I was able to discuss simple topics with Chinese friends and read/write simple text messages using Chinese characters.

I had to leave China and these days I continue my study on my own. The instruction at Mandarin Zone gave me a strong foundation so that I can continue to learn with self-study and with Chinese people I meet in the world.

How can this program be improved?

When discussing logistics like class schedule, payments, etc. with school staff (disregarding my first contact with the school) I defaulted to English and staff replied in English. This was a missed opportunity to learn a little more Chinese. If the staff had creatively encouraged continuation of the discussion in Chinese I would have appreciated it.

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Mandarin Zone School located in Sanlitun diplomatic area of Beijing, China. We provide effective Chinese language training as well as other culture related service to non-native-speakers. With a variety of Chinese courses and programs for adult and children, for short term and long term, Mandarin

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