Mandarin Zone School

Mandarin Zone School

About

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 Zone School offers the flexibility to choose the right program and course for your Chinese study.

As a team made by experienced and professional teachers, we understand the challenges faced by our students and commit to help students learn Chinese easily, make Chinese study easier and interesting. Mandarin Zone—mandarin made easy!

Founded
2008
Headquarters

United States

Reviews

Andrew
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I recently took an intensive Chinese language course at Mandarin Zone. I enjoyed it a lot and plan to continue studying there in the future. It gave me confidence in studying Chinese and I found the teacher very helpful and informative. Although it was a beginner course I found I had little trouble in keeping up. Of course, my level may have been a bit high for that level but I think it is a good idea to learn some basic vocabulary before studying a language. I look forward to studying there again.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would recommend learning some basic vocabulary before you start as that allows you to enjoy the class with less stress.
Andrea
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I came at the end of my contract in Beijing and they set up private lessons for me that moved at the pace I needed. We skipped over things that I knew and focused on things that needed more practice. My lovely teachers were patient and encouraging. They knew how to explain clearly and how to get me speaking. It's conveniently located near the subway. Despite the fact that I had to commute for an hour, I looked forward to my classes every day! Now that I'm back in Canada, I have the resources (great texts + lesson notes) to review and continue on my own!

If you want to learn Mandarin and about Chinese culture, visit the great people at Mandarin Zone.

Jeff
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I signed up for a 60-hour beginner class at Mandarin Zone. I had no experience with Chinese language. My Chinese teacher was really patient as I started learning how to say common words and pronounce common sentences. We looked at basic characters (Han Zi) also. She even helped me navigate some online shopping websites (all the text is Chinese)! I learned a little about Chinese and Beijing culture, too.
Mandarin Zone was an easy walk from my home. I had researched other language schools in Beijing, but decided to go with Mandarin Zone due to their location, reasonable cost of tution, professionalism and stellar reputation.
I would definitely recommend Mandarin Zone to anyone wanting to learn this wonderful language. Learning the basics will make your experience in Beijing even better!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Try to live somewhere near a Beijing Subway Station, because Tuanjiehu Station is a 2-minute walk from Mandarin Zone.
Sebatian
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I've taken in total 70 lessons (class pricing very fair!) from different teachers between June and August 2019 at Mandarin Zone School while I was on a three-month work assignment in Beijing. The school was recommended to me by a colleague of mine. It is very conveniently located at Tuanjiehu subway station. The school features very experienced, friendly teachers who are very motivated and qualified. My teachers adapted their style of teaching as well as teaching contents to my individual learning requirements and I could request changes anytime. This is a very strong point of the school. Every student decides on what aspect she or he wants to focus on. All levels are available from beginner to advanced. I focused on speaking but other but it is also possible to get help for HSK exam preparation. I've had a very positive experience and could considerably improve my spoken Mandarin. Next time I will be in Beijing, I will definitely chose this school again.

Oliver
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Mandarin Zone was a great place to get 1 on 1 private classes for learning Chinese. The programs are really effective and in a month my Chinese was noticeably better than it was before. The teachers are great, set effective homework that get you to practice the important things, and you can tell they are very experienced. It was much better than other Chinese schools I went to in China. There are also group courses which further encourage conversing in the language in an open environment.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

What is one piece of advice you'd give future MandarinZone students?

Don't hesitate! MandarinZone is one of the best value Chinese schools in the city. The teachers are wonderful, and the school is right next to a subway stop and really easy to reach.

Describe your favorite must-have food that you tried abroad.

My favorite food in China would have to be hei jiao niu liu fan, or a beef dish cooked with onions and green peppers and a savory black pepper sauce. It is one of the most delicious dishes I have ever had, and might be the thing I miss the most now that I've returned to the USA.

What was the best place you visited outside of your study abroad city?

I made a visa run to Hong Kong -- that is a beautiful city! If your visa allows, you should definitely check it out. The locals don't speak Mandarin, but nearly everyone speaks English, so it's easy to get around.

Make sure you set aside some time to chill on one of the many fantastic beaches on Hong Kong Island.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

What position do you hold at Mandarin Zone? What has been your career path so far?

Margherita Liu of Mandarin Zone School

I am the manager of the Mandarin Zone School; In 2000, I worked in a Chinese company in Beijing, and several foreigners also worked in the company. Sometimes they asked me to help them with their Chinese studies. I realized how difficult it is to live and work in China if you cannot speak Chinese. Later, I worked in Shanghai as a sales assistant in a foreign company, which provided more opportunities to help my colleagues study Chinese. At the same time, I received an official Certificate for Teaching Chinese to Foreigners (Advanced) after passing the examination. After worked in foreign company for some years in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen, I still enjoyed teaching Chinese and thought about starting a Chinese School.

I understand the differences between western and eastern cultures, and I really want to help foreigners to build a bridge. The Mandarin Zone School was founded in 2008, and provides high-quality Chinese language training and other culture-related services to nonnative speakers. We have helped many students in Beijing and outside of China to learn the language and better understand Chinese culture. As a manger, I like teaching and getting to know more about my new foreign friends. We will be your friends 24/7 in Beijing. Our program will be an unforgettable experience in your life.

Did YOU study abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?

I didn’t study abroad but I travel a lot. Now, through Mandarin Zone, I get to know more friends. Some students continue to keep in touch after returning to their home countries. I really wish to visit them in their own countries: England, Germany, France, Italy, USA, Australia, and Japan.

What does the future hold for Mandarin Zone? Any exciting new programs to share?

Mandarin Zone will be a leading organization due to its high-quality teachers and the multitude of Chinesecultural activities for non-native-speakers in China. In the future, we will develop more programs to cooperate with organizations both in and out of China, such as universities, training schools, and companies. Because living abroad can be expensive for students, our new Homestay program will help students save money, experience a Chinese lifestyle, and learn Chinese at the Mandarin Zone School. Our Summer Camp Program and Intensive study will let more and more students enjoy studying Chinese and Chinese cultural immersion.

How do you think study abroad and international education will change over the next 10 years?

With the increasing development of China's economy, Mandarin Chinese is becoming a first choice as a second language around the world. More and more people are beginning to learn Chinese and want to explore China. This industry will help a lot of interested students to come to China.The world is becoming a Global village; studying abroad and international education will become increasingly popular over the next 10 years. Speaking Mandarin fluently means more working opportunities, no matter where you are.

Which study abroad destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?

To be honest, I really don’t know which destination is the most under- or overrated, In my opinion, every country is different and has something unique to offer students. It also depends on each student's individual goals and interests.