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Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

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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 tools ensures that our classes entertain you from start to finish. Our students learn FASTER and with FUN!

All our teachers are full time employed, native to China and bilingual. They have a University degree in Chinese and their major is Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, they all have ample teaching experience. Our teachers are passionate about teaching and will make sure you will enjoy learning Mandarin!

We offer:
- Full-time and Part-time courses, both OffLine- and OnLine;
- Conversational Chinese/HSK and Business Chinese/BCT;
- Summer Camps and Summer Programs;
- Activities and Excursions;
- VISA service;
- Accommodation;
- Airport/Station pick-up

Chinese Summer Camp in Shanghai - Early Bird Discount

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.
Founded
2015

Reviews

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Natalie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I’ve been a student of Silk Mandarin since 2017! My first experience was when I enrolled in the Summer 4 week immersion course. I flew over from Australia especially to live and study in Shanghai so I could fully immerse myself in the language and the culture. This truly fast tracked my learning of the basics enough for me to continue my lessons online and now have progressed to HSK 4! My most recent teacher, Gemini has been instrumental in my improvement and confidence with the language. Her teaching style and patience with me has contributed to my progress immensely and I truly appreciate her! I have grown very fond of Silk Mandarin and all of the staff over these 3 years, so much so I consider them all, my friends...

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Thibault
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The lessons with Christina were amazing. I really made progress. The lessons follow the hsk programs and are useful in daily life. You will learn things like how to introduce yourself, how to read time, describe your environment, how to order basic things in shops etc...I really appreciated to learn to read and write Chinese characters.
The lessons with Christina were amazing. I really made progress. The lessons follow the hsk programs and are useful in daily life. You will learn things like how to introduce yourself, how to read time, describe your environment, how to order basic things in shops etc...I really appreciated to learn to read and write Chinese characters

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Do it you won't regret it it is a very way to discover the Chinese culture and learn usefull things
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Youngmi
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I’ve been looking for an institution that not only offers a systematic curriculum but also one that has a good instructor management system. At the end of the day, linguistics teaching is all about the engagement between the instructor and students so the quality of the instructor plays a pivotal role. Silk Mandarine I would say, at least based on my wonderful experience with their instructor - Gemini Zhou, has a good management and monitoring system for instructors and thereby has much skilled and respectable instructors. My Chinese skill made much more in past 3 month with Silk Mandarine & Gemini than 9 month with self learning.

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RVenus
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I studied Mandarin on-and-off for many years and got to a level where I could comfortably have simple conversations. Having lived in Taipei & Shanghai for the last 8 years, I felt that I hadn’t advanced much on my own and so it was time to find a teacher. I tried online private classes but disliked the lack of personal interaction. I visited a few schools in Shanghai and decided on Silk Mandarin because the people I spoke to were genuinely welcoming and passionate about how they differentiated from other schools. I knew what type of teacher I was looking for and was matched perfectly with Lexie. She has a bright personality, encouraging, and thorough. Our classes are always full of laughter and I enjoy the flexibility of topics covered based on what I’m interested to learn.

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Marc-Antoine
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

After visiting few schools before starting, i can say today that Silk Mandarin is probably the best school in Shanghai. Great location in the heart of the city, nice school in very modern office tower, great atmosphere when you walk in with positive people always smiling. Strong learning processes which different approach for all student, and teacher is adapting her method to each one of them .
I was very lucky and had the privilege to work with Lexie. Always coming with a positive attitude and made sure that i was comfortable at every stage of the course

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

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

Why did you choose this program?

The course at first looked professional and the staff were not only friendly but seemed passionate about helping foreigners improve their Chinese. The building was also very modern, spacious and light making it an appealing place to come and learn. What is more, they set out clearly how they could tailor the course to my needs, offering various kinds of classes.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

They have assisted me with Mandarin-speaking, listening and reading skills. They provide the relevant books for me and talk to me through said books. They also provide extra learning materials e.g. extra sheets.

What is more, they provide niche content on social media platforms which contain interesting knowledge and detailed facts relating to Chinese.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

The key to getting the most out of the course is fully committing to it.

If you are going to pay the money for the classes in the hope of improving your language skills, you must supplement the classes with individual study, Not only must you commit to completing the homework tasks, but you should also take time to properly understand how the Chinese language functions.

Whilst teaching at Silk Mandarin is great, learning a language requires lots of independent effort. So use the classes to give structure and guidance to your learning but make sure you are fully committed to learning outside the classroom as well as in

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

I tend to have one class a week which lasts for 1.5 hours. Then I review and complete the tasks from the last class before moving the next. If I ever have time, I will do 2 classes in a week.

With regards to schedule, the course allows for a lot of flexibility so it is usually easy to change classes around. We usually cover one chapter per class; if it is a more difficult chapter, it may run into the next class.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

The difference in culture and not being able to make new friends easily was a concern but actually these turned out not be big issues. China, in reality, is a lot different than how it is depicted in the West and coming here has allowed me to better understand the country. Therefore, my perspective on things has changed.

Is there any other advice for prospective travelers?

China is very different from perhaps anywhere in the world. It is a unique place and has a complicated history. It is worth trying to understand that past and understand the context in which China exists today.

Also, have an open mind and embrace everything to get the most out of your experience.

Staff Interviews

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

Yahui Zhang

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Teacher
Marsha is a very friendly teacher. Her class will make you realistic and make your Chinese progress rapidly in a short period of time.

What is your favorite travel memory?

The most memorable trip I made was to Florence, Italy.

We went to the bookstore that day and then went to Michelangelo Square in the afternoon. At 3 or 4 pm, there were not many people in the square. In the evening, when the sun was about to go down, people gradually grew. On the stairs, on the square, in the cafe, on the path, the crowd was full of people, and everyone was waiting for the sunset. The sunset slowly became very red, slowly falling, and everyone was cheering and hugging happily at the last moment when they were completely gone.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

My current company has allowed me to grow a lot, and my colleagues and boss have helped me a lot. I will meet regularly to solve my problems in time when I encounter difficulties. Especially in the teaching process, no matter new or old colleagues, I will be enthusiastic to help me. Thank you very much for my company.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

One of the best stories I have ever heard was from my student Jackson. We were in class one day, and he was very happy to tell me that his Chinese friend was not good at school, German friends didn’t speak Chinese, and they couldn’t communicate, but after he and I learned Chinese, he could help them communicate He felt very happy and thanked me.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I will choose the content related to teaching because I think such projects will be very helpful to my teaching and help me become more familiar with the teaching content so that my class will be smoother and more confident. I will also choose some projects made from teaching materials so that I can make my thinking logic clearer and have a sufficient understanding of the teaching content.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

What makes my school unique is that the atmosphere of the whole school is very kind and the learning atmosphere is strong. Each teacher is dedicated and dedicated to education, and the leaders also get along well, and everything is communicating effectively. The educational philosophy of our school is very advanced, making it easier for students to learn Chinese.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I think the biggest success factor for a company is that the hearts of the entire team are together and work together to make the school better. If the team works well, the company will grow better. There is a saying in China: Three Zhuge Liang top one Zhuge Liang.