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That's Mandarin Chinese Language School


Founded in 2005, That’s Mandarin has been delivering excellence in Chinese teaching for over 17 years to more than 100,000 students of different nationalities. They are dedicated to helping students to learn Chinese in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Milan, as well as anywhere in the world via online courses — with their in-house Chinese learning platform NihaoCafe.

The school provides Intensive Group, Part-time Group, and 1-on-1 Private classes for adults, as well as Summer and Winter camps for kids & teens. HSK preparation courses available. Visa assistance provided.

Their web platform, NihaoCafe, is a hub for managing class membership as well as reviewing digital class notes and content.

They've developed their own innovative teaching methods, such as Chinese Link Words and storytelling techniques, to help students learn faster and better.


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Best Mandarin School in China

I have been doing private lessons now for half a year, and my Chinese level gets better every class. They have an amazing handmade curriculum that is very easy to digest. I never feel like I'm going to class, the classes always feel like a discussion, which is how learning a language should be. As my time in China is coming to a close, I have no plans of ending my classes. I will continue to do online because my progress has been that noticeable. When talking about how I learned Chinese, I always say I had 8 teachers that were teaching part time and I wasn't learning anything. The first time I visited the That's Mandarin campus, I bought 32 classes because I was that impressed. After those 32 classes finished I bought another 64. If you are serious about learning this beautiful language, this is the place to learn it!

  • Great Curriculum
  • Flexible Times
  • Fantastic Staff
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Excellent School

I love That's Mandarin. It is an excellent school with lots of flexibility and great teachers. I have been taking Mandarin Online 1 on 1 for six months and I have seen lots of improvement. I can carry a conversation with native speakers, just need little more of practice. I really recommend this school specially if you have a busy work schedule and you have only specific/limited hours available a day. That's Mandarin team will help you set up a class schedule that meets your needs. I find these classes very interactive. And once in a while the coordinator will follow up with me in terms of my progress, feedback from the teacher and if I have any request or feedback for my teacher.

  • Flexibility
  • Experienced teachers
  • Study resources/Nihao Platform
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Excellent Chinese School

That's Mandarin is a great place to learn Chinese. I take online classes and my teacher is very passionate and attentive. The Nihao cafe is an excellent platform to continue reviewing your work and improving between lessons. I like the convenience of the Nihao cafe scheduling system where you can book classes in advance. The course content is pretty good and covers words that are more commonly used in daily life (as opposed to some of the older words found in text books). Overall, I am pleased so far with my lessons.

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Awesome Language School! 好厉害的语言学校!❤️

Excellent place to improve your Chinese!
I've been learning with That's Mandarin (谢谢辛英老师!❤️) for over 5 months now.

Teachers are highly qualified, patient, and can suit the class for your specific needs. I study online, and they developed a very engaging website that is both easy and convenient to use.

The teacher I was assigned to (Ying Xin) is very good, if you decide to study with them, maybe ask if she's available. Nevertheless, I'm sure all teachers are great, you should definitely book a free trial Chinese Class.

Here's a picture of me studying at Starbucks ☕✌🏻


  • Great teachers
  • Nihao Cafe website works well
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Group Classes and 1-1 at That's Mandarin

I generally like the classes and the teacher is great (lots of history, and very patient with us!) but have a few things I would change if I could! I think personally I need more homework to ensure I keep up with studying between classes; also, the content is a mix of what's relevant and not - the hanzi studies are very important but I also want to alternate with conversational or industry-relevant vocabulary. Maybe we could also have classes with more frequency to ensure we're learning faster and with more retention.

  • Great online platform
  • Teacher
  • Mix of intro + more advanced material
  • Need homework for accountability
  • Would love more tailored content
  • Maybe more frequency?


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Alumni Interviews

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

Chandni Patel

As an Indian girl raised in England, who spent the first 5 years of her life in Kenya, Chandni recently decided that it just didn't quite do it for her - there's still so much of the world to see! She is now living in Beijing, China studying an International Law Masters Degree and loving it! Along with her studies, she likes to pass her time learning Mandarin, painting and bellydancing.

Why did you pick this program?

I chose to move to China to immerse myself in a completely alien culture. I love the idea that in 10 years time I might be somewhere I never imagined. It's not about doing what you always dreamed of, is about doing something you could never have dreamed of.

What do you tell your friends who are thinking about going abroad?

It really depends on the person, actually. Traveling for a long period really suits some people and not others. I think it's a matter of why you are going. I mainly came to experience China; studying was secondary to it all. I think if it's the other way around - you go abroad for reason A, and changing countries is just secondary to that aim - it will be a totally different experience!

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

I would tell them to expect differences. Obviously there are differences in culture, food, and language when you move abroad; but I have been rather surprised at just how different studying a degree can be! Not only between the UK and China, but also talking to other international students and learning about their education systems.

What's your favorite story to tell about your time abroad?

My favorite story is probably my first day in China. I moved here with my boyfriend, who wanted to teach English in Beijing. His recruiting agency picked us up from the airport on an incredibly warm day towards the end of August. We were sitting in a taxi with the Chinese radio on, accompanied by a taxi driver who could not speak any English and all our belongings (weighing precisely 20kg due to plane weight restrictions). The taxi stopped after 35 minutes or so and the recruiter jumped out, telling us he had to go somewhere but that the taxi driver knew where to take us. We said goodbye and continued our journey. Suddenly the taxi stopped by a bunch of buildings with signs all in Chinese, opposite something that resembled a park. He told us to wait there (it took a while to understand him owing to my rusty Chinese). So we paid him, and sat on a bench in the middle of nowhere with all of our belongings and no working phone, waiting for someone we didn't know. It all turned out perfectly fine...China style. But looking back we were surprisingly calm about the whole thing! We just sat on the bench happily, thinking wow, we are in China! What next?

Chandni's thoughts on what to know before making a big move:

In China there still aren't a whole lot of foreigners or even tourists - not like Thailand. It means that a lot of people only speak Chinese and stare at you...a lot! But they are generally stares of intrigue, and it can be quite refreshing to go somewhere where people genuinely want to know about you and where you come from. Even if you are going somewhere that you know should have a lot of people who can speak and understand your native language, it never hurts to be able to speak some of the country's language that you are going to be living in for a while! It's also always good to know routine things like where your embassy is and emergency service numbers. One last thing - don't let the idea of being homesick hold you back - it's so easy these days to communicate with those you love, wherever they are!

Staff Interviews

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

Priscilla Hong

Job Title
Marketing Assistant

Tell us about yourself, Priscilla.

I was born in Shanghai, China and studied Education and Marketing at college. My passion for Chinese culture and language brought me to That’s Mandarin, where I now work as a Marketing Assistant.

What is your favorite travel memory?

I will never forget my trip to Yunnan Province. The people there were so warm and friendly, and everyone will be impressed by its dramatic landscape and breathtaking views.

Yunnan literally means the “south of the clouds.” As I arrived, it appeared to me -- the blue sky, great peaks, deep blue Erhai Lake, and shining green forests of the Cangshan range.

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

Working for That's Mandarin is one of the best things that happened to me. Joining That’s Mandarin finally gave me the chance to work in something that I really love. It’s a place where students and the staff both keep learning and helping us to become a better provider. I have learned to be a better listener and observer.

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

After That’s Mandarin Shanghai Summer Camp, I was having an interview with one of our students’ parents. I asked: “Do you have any suggestions for That’s Mandarin so that we can improve in the future?”

She replied shortly: “Come to the States!” Afterwards, she shared: “Every time my son comes back, he returns with all these different stories. He's learned Mandarin, learned Chinese culture and made friends from different countries.”

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

I would do the Online Chinese Program! It’s so convenient that I just need to simply book a class and use the app to study on my own anytime, anywhere. Lessons are conducted live online and I am able to immerse myself completely in class with the same teaching methods used at school.

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

We care about students in class and out of class. They are not just our clients, they are our friends who trust us. Regarding the Chinese classes, we patiently listen to students’ needs and goals and really work to tailor the programs to match them. We share whatever we know, grammar, characters, culture, and customs. When they have other concerns, as friends, we sincerely help them out.