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Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

About

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

Founded
2015

Reviews

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Cal
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My Time as a SilkMandarin Student

I joined Silk Mandarin after a friend recommended them and I've throughly enjoyed my learning with them. I have a very supportive teacher who is flexible to my learning needs and is quick to adjust and adapt any learning materials to create what truly feels like a personalised learning experience. Silk is unlike a lot of other Chinese language schools where you tend to get the reading from a script approach, instead, I was able to clearly outline my goals as a language learner and my teacher Catherine was able to adjust all lesson plans to meet them. I could happily say that I left every lesson with SilkMandarin feeling like I had learned something new which I could comfortably apply in daily use. I look forward to my future as a student at SilkMandarin!

Pros
  • Flexible
  • Approachable
  • Supportive
Cons
  • Feels Expensive - worth it though!
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Amy
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A great learning experience!

We have loved our last three years learning at Silk Mandarin. Everyone is very friendly and our teacher, Catherine, is amazing! We are working full time as well as learning, so we appreciate the ability to go at our own pace. We have learned a great deal and are able to apply it to our daily lives very quickly. We began learning as a family with our two teenagers and we all enjoyed it immensely. For the last 2.5 years, my husband and I have attended 2-3 times a week and are pleased that we have been able to do it at such a great place. Their teaching technique helps us review (although we definitely could study harder at home).

Pros
  • Flexibility
  • Friendliness
  • Learning engagement
Cons
  • N/A
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Remo
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Good experience

I am studying with Silk for one year now. I am happy and satisfied with the learning experience. The teachers have a professional background and adapt the learning techniques according to the strength of the student. The teachers have a modern teaching style with a lot of interaction to increase the learning results. I have a 1:1 class, but there are different classes available.
Silk is also organizing activities and events. This is always fun and a good way to get in contact with new people.
I will continue to study with Silk.

Pros
  • Modern teaching style
  • Personal adjusted learning plan
  • Additional activities and events
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Julio
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Mandarin learning

I´ve realized I should learn Mandarin after I decided to do business with Chinese people. I had no choice but to study online, so I started looking for a Chinese language school. Sooner I came across Silk Mandarin.
There I found a highly qualified team and unique teaching method. Its business development team was effective at organizing the class schedule due to my time zone difference. Teachers go an extra mile providing online tools to practice and additional materials to help me with characters and listening. In a brief time, I was already feeling comfortable with the new language.
I highly recommend Silk Mandarin for anyone seeking to learn or improve Mandarin in a fast and pleasant way.

Pros
  • Qualified teachers
  • Updated content
  • Acessible team
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Sanja
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

This course is great!

For a person like me, who doesn't have much free time, this course is perfect. It's once a week but lasts for 90minutes. A lots of material is covered in just one class and then it's self study that reinforces the learning. The videos on the teaching platform are very helpful and well designed in terms of duration and interactive content. The classes are fun and engaging and filled with interesting activities. I have nothing but great things to say about Silk Mandarin Training Institute. Keep up the good work!

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.

Cong Meng

Job Title
Teacher
8 years of Chinese teaching experience since graduating. Worked for some places Chinese training institutes like Mandarin Morning and Mandarin House, also a Chinese intensive program at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.
Cong Meng with brunette hair and red lipstick smiling with her head resting on her arms

What is your favorite travel memory?

I have lots of travel memory, but my favorite travel memory was the trip to Chengdu & Chongqing in 2016.

That was my first time travel to see my net friends. Chengdu &Chongqing were such big difference from my hometown. The foods, the people, the life, the traffic left me a really deep impression.

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

I feel like I changed a lot compare to the beginning. When I just join Silk Mandarin, I only want to do is just have classes, I really didn't want to join any school activities. As time changed, I changed my opinion, activities really can help our students to enjoy real Chinese life and they have more chances to practice their Chinese not only in class. I'm also studying hard for myself about more fun teaching skills to be a popular teacher.

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

Recently I have a student who's from the United States. When I first received her informations, I was surprised that her Chinese was quite good. I was so curious that how she learned Chinese in only one year. And she told me she learned Chinese only because she watched a very popular TV show called <Mó Dào Zǔ Shī>, and she was really be attracted in that world what the story built. And one of the main actors was also her style. So she really wants to know the real Chinese culture.

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

I would like to choose product development program. As time changing, the way people learning also needs to be changed. A smart learning way is becoming more and more important. I want to find out more interesting products to help Silk's students's Chinese learning.

Although this would be a big challenge to me, but I would like to try.

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

I have a lot of different experiences before I worked for my current company. I do have to say, a good company needs to have a wise boss!! I have seen many different types of bosses, and I really like Silk's bosses. They really have a very clear goal and a very clear steps to made us achieve this goal. They also know us well, and always understand us. I think it was the time when we had our yearly summarize meeting this March. Specially I've heard a lot of institutes closed at 2020, but we still did our best last year. This really made me proud of my team.

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

I believe that in being a successful company, we need have a very clear mission. And need to have a very clear way to achieve this mission step by step.

At Silk Mandarin, we are all good partners. We always have passions for working and living. You can always feel friendly, Kindly, warm-hearted, and help from your colleagues. And these will also make you enjoy your work.