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That's Mandarin Chinese Language School

About

That's Mandarin Chinese language school has been delivering excellence in Chinese teaching for over 16 years to more than 50,000 students of different nationalities.

Study Chinese in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, online or at your location.

Why choose us?
We offer only the best Chinese lessons for you with a unique and innovative approach to language learning.

Methods
We developed our own innovative teaching methods (Link Word and Story Telling) and learning platform (NihaoCafé) to help students learn faster, better and smarter.

Community
When you join That’s Mandarin, you’re joining more than a school. You’ll be part of a community that supports and encourage each other to learn and explore the various aspects of China.

Reviews

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robert
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

online software unreliable

The school has good people, nice people. There is a warm and welcoming atmosphere at the Beijing school location. I would sometimes go by and have a cup of coffee and just chat.

Unfortunately the online platform leaves a bit to be desired. I found myself frustrated at the start of my lessons, which usually started between 5 and 15 minutes late (out of a 50 minute lesson) because I lost that much time getting the online platform to work correctly.
Note - I am VERY tech savvy. The problem is inherit in the software coding/design.

It is very unfortunate that a good school with good people would use a dysfunctional online platform. I would highly recommend this school for in person lessons but I can not, in good conscience, recommend it for online lessons.

Pros
  • Very nice and hospitable people.
  • The on site school is very nice - summer intensive program was excellent
  • My teachers well all excellent
Cons
  • Online software is constantly problematic and unreliable.
  • I lost between 5% to 20% of EVERY online lesson trying to make the platform do what it was supposed to do
  • Channels of communication changed a few times. I was not always sure where to make contact
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Thomas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Very engaging learning environment

The environment is very welcoming, and they provide a lot of attention to my needs for learning the language. I am taught well, and I am taught what I need to use in my daily life. The teacher I have is very kind, and the facility I attend is very accommodating. The online tools are quite helpful as well. I attend three days out of the week, and I have no problems re-scheduling when necessary. The people who work here are very communicative with my needs, and I have had no problem using any of their facilities. They are also in a location that is easy for me to get to.

Pros
  • Great Teachers
  • Great Curriculum
  • Great Environment
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TAKAHIRO
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

1 to 1 Chinese class

i think the class has excellent value to me. First of all, the carriculum is well organized to any level of learner. My teacher is dedicated and motivated to teach me. She uses not only the system but also shows me a lot of website, pictures, etc. to explain some vocabruary or stories, which helps me to deepen understanding. Besides the learning system "nihao cafe" is very useful. At any time available I can self study and see my progress, maybe this is the best part of the school. Consultant is only kind, friendly so that I can address any issue I might have. Overall I am satisfied with the current class and school, and willing to continue.

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Anna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A good Chinese school

Great school! I spent 2 years learning Chinese the traditional way (with a book and learn vocabulary). After 2 years, I didn't make much progress! But after a few lessons in That’s Mandarin,I can feel the difference. I have an excellent Chinese teacher who has a lot of teaching experience as well as ways and methods for a smooth and effective learning. I appreciate a lot her support. According to the student’s level, the school provides also extra material for additional study on the school’s dedicated platform - NihaoCafe. Useful up-to-day vocabulary and sentences are published regularly by the school on WeChat. This allowed me to familiarise myself with language used locally on specific occasions and circumstances, as the school provides us with useful videos on how to respond to complements in Chinese, on how to cope with lockdowns, etc.

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Mei
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic Learning Experience。很好

I am really enjoying my weekly Mandarin classes with Zhong laoshi. I feel that, under her tutorship, my Chinese vocabulary and pronunciation has improved significantly in the past few months. She’s so friendly, patient and encouraging. Laoshi has made the classes lots of fun and at the same time, educational. I think the scenario based learning really works well with adult learners. I am definitely achieving my learning objective and looking forward to continuing to build on my Mandarin speaking, reading and writing skills.

Programs

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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

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Marketing Assistant
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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.