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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
Headquarters

SOHO Donghai Plaza
299 Tongren Road
Jing'an Qu
Shanghai Shi, 200040
China

Reviews

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Marina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Silk Mandarin classes have given me the opportunity to achieve the speaking fluency that I lacked before. Using Slow Motion Method I've come to understand the logic of the Chinese thinking. I've realised that Chinese is not only a set of grammar structures and characters but also a great communication tool. Moreover, they didn't just teach you the words but also the stories behind the characters to help you memorize. What's more important, now I'm sure it's the tool that I can use successfully. It feels awesome!
I highly recommend Silk Mandarin to all of you.

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Kamil
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I started my course in Suzhou, China. It was 2019 and I chose one on one classes. The school offered lessons with experienced teachers in a landmark location (Dongfang Mall). Not only was it possible to daily arrange the classes according to my ever-changing schedule, but also all the teachers ware available and helpful during their off time. One can always message them while having some doubts about Chinese language and even ask about other Chinese culture-related stuff. They are always happy to help. The school provides their own books, and they allow you to practice listening too. You can always mention what your goal or troubling issues are, for example exam preparation, speaking, writing etc. This way you can customize your lessons. I chose to go with comprehensive HSK3 course where I asked my teacher to put particular attention to speaking and tones. I am very satisfied with the results. I think that my speaking improved significantly after one year. My teacher recommended me relevant Chinese movies and music apps to practice my listening and she asked me if there are specific things that I want to practice as well. Online classes during COVID-19 pandemic were organized proficiently too and it was even more easy to change and adjust it. One can cancel or reschedule lessons one day before and you can rarely be to late to change it. Emergencies were understood and it was possible to bend this one-day rule as well. Even lessons separated be different time zones were possible to be arranged. The school was recommended to me by my university friend and it is quite popular around foreign students in China and appreciated by them. As I have heard form them, small group classes are equally as good as one-on-one classes, and their teachers are available to students off-classes too. It is important to mention that teachers offer you access to various online sources, both organized by schoolteachers (e.g. quizlet) and otherwise (e.g. books to memorize Chinese characters by association). Useful information about how to use characters on daily life are provided by them as well. All teachers are native speakers, and they are well versed in informal speech used by Chinese teachers and you can always consult them about it. What I think is the most important asset of this school is that they use good presentations that use as little pinyin as possible (during HSH3). At the same time, it is to the point that you can understand everything clearly and small difficulties push you to learn more characters. They also prepare you for more difficult HSK4 classes. I would sincerely recommend this language classes for those who have busy schedule and seek to improve their level despite other personal obligations. Additionally, I want to recommend my teacher (Hailey) to you. She is great at explaining things and she can always make the classes funny. If you hesitate, you should go there, and they will offer you a lesson for free so that you can decide if you like it. At first, after the trial lesson, I was afraid that it would be to easy, but you can always adjust your level to talking to them. They have additional surveys/tests to examine your level too. Even if you have troubles with characters, they will know your real level after a few lessons well..

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The school offered culture-related activities such as mahjong game or preparing and drinking tea. It was arranged for a verity of different topics depending on the time of a year and particular situation. Everyone was free to attend and it was a great way to integrate with people. It allowed me to get to know and understand Chinese culture better.
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Toni
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I'm now on Chinese HSK3 Level just after a bit more than one year in this language school. They offer various course plans. I opted for the one with small groupd. That was really fun. Now i'm preparing for Exam and will take some more private lessons in order to prepare effectively. Teachers are very nice and the school organizes some side activities such as open mic night, christmas party, etc..
The location is in jing an district very close to jing an temple. This is one of the most prestegious areas of shanghai.
But they also offer online teaching. Due to the 2020 pandemic parts of the course were delivered remotely with a cool teaching platform named ClassIn.

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Dora
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I really enjoyed the Tailored Chinese course at Silk Mandarin. My teacher helped me to prepare for the HSK5 exam. We practiced the skills I needed to approve. Everyone at the school was kind and helpful. I enjoyed going there.
My teacher took me to some nice places in Suzhou, she showed me some great places to eat local food. The school organized a lot of activities such as cooking, movie nights, competitions etc. I learned a lot about Chinese culture and society. I highly recommend SilkMandarin School.

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Kathleen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My husband and I really enjoy our Silk Mandarin classes. It is nice to have a private teacher face to face who can help you with pronunciation and help support you learning this fascinating language. I like that we are able to learn at our own rhythm. Christina our teacher, has a fun and clear way of explaining things. She has a lot of patience and also teaches us about the culture here. It’s great! We definitely recommend Silk Mandarin to whoever would like to learn Mandarin in a fun, supportive way!

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

Job Title
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.