The Chinese Language Institute (CLI)
97% Rating
(15 Reviews)

The Chinese Language Institute (CLI)

The Chinese Language Institute (CLI) is an innovative language and cultural center located in Guilin, China. Housed in its own 5-story language learning center and officially affiliated with Guangxi Normal University, CLI offers the fastest track to mandarin language proficiency through one-on-one training, constant interaction and complete immersion. With strong connections at private and public institutions throughout the country, CLI opens China to its students in countless ways. We warmly welcome you to study in China with CLI!

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Hanne
Female
49 years old
Monaco
Other

Great environment for studying

9/10

I went to study at CLI for 3 weeks. Previously I had been doing self study at home partly with a teacher for two hours a week. I thought that the CLI immersion program was great. I particularly enjoyed the one on one lessons but also liked having three different teachers. My aim was to improve my listening comprehension and my fluency in speaking. I really enjoyed studying at CLI. The teachers are great and very enthusiastic. I will I could have stayed longer.

How can this program be improved?

I think that this is a great program. The only aspect I found disappointing was that the pengyou aspect couldn't get implemented. It was explained that the pengyou candidates were busy at university.

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Emily
Female
45 years old
Australia
Australia

Incredible Experience (PARENT - HOLD)

10/10

My two sons attended CLI for a 2 week immersion experience. As one of the boys is just 13 my husband and I decided to go along too. We didn't attend classes, but explored the city of Guilin for 2 weeks. I had reasonably high hopes of CLI, but my expectations were well exceeded. The whole experience was so positive I will be re-booking my children to return in 6 months time. The boys' teachers were patient, professional and fun. Their language learning was really accelerated over a fortnight. It isn't just the lessons, but the whole culture of CLI which is so fantastic. The boys chose to stay on at school every day for many hours playing Chinese games, chatting with the wonderful student interns and enjoying the community aspect of the school. Numerous activities are available to enjoy each week - bowling, visiting a local school etc, and these were great fun. CLI apartment accommodation is first rate - big, roomy, pleasant, and at all times we felt safe and secure. The city of Guilin is charming, deliciious cheap and safe-to-eat food, excellent public transport and everything you might need in the shops. When one of us had a small medical issue CLI helped us enormously by sending a student intern to help with translation.
We were picked up from the airport, dropped off at the station, welcomed, farewelled - honestly it was just exceptional. I couldn't recommend CLI more highly.

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Kit
Male
24 years old
London

Immersive language course

10/10

I spent 4 weeks in Guilin at CLI, and cannot imagine a better experience for improving my Chinese. Having previously self studied Mandarin for 2 years, I was a potentially difficult student as I had a reading ability and vocabulary way above my speaking level. However, my teachers were extremely helpful and able to adapt to my needs so that my Chinese speaking progressed rapidly.

The service was very professional and the language school is a relaxing environment to study or relax. Particularly valuable were the many opportunities to speak to and make friends with native speakers, whether during lunch, activities, or talking to the language school's interns who are always around. Guilin is also a pleasant city with a relaxed environment, good air quality and relatively few locals who speak English, encouraging you to use your Chinese.

I genuinely would recommend CLI to anyone who wants to learn Mandarin and has the opportunity to do so in China.

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Dan
Male
69 years old
London

My two weeks in Guilin

9/10

I came to Guilin with the goal of getting a lot done in a very short span of time. I did not go away disappointed. CLI does a great job, even for those only staying for a short spell, of sweeping away most distractions so students can concentrate on improving language skills. As I said at my farewell dinner, I was most impressed at the dedication of the teachers, which ensured I came to class as well prepared as I could be. In my view, nothing substitutes for one-to-one engagement between student and teacher. On top of that, having three teachers gives real depth to the instruction. Well done CLI!

How can this program be improved?

I didn't witness any obvious weak spots during my two weeks at CLI.

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Peter
Male
32 years old
Ireland

Best value learning experience ever

10/10

The learning experience at CLI is second to none. I have been to CLI twice now and will return again as soon as I have time. My first stay was for 3 weeks when I learned all the basic tourist Chinese that I needed to get around China on my own. The second time I went back for 7 weeks and I am hoping to return next year for a few months in pursuit of my goal to become fluent! With 4 hours of one-to-one lessons everyday and numerous other opportunities to learn such as during meal times and evening/weekend activities my level of Chinese progressed very quickly. I don't think there is a faster way to learn a language. But the best part of CLI is not actually the speed at which you can learn it is the atmosphere both at CLI and in Guilin. Guilin is a very beautiful and friendly city which I have visited many times and being at CLI is like having a second family in China. You will never be short of company or things to do while at CLI!

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