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That's Mandarin Chinese Language School


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.

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

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.


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Yes, I recommend this program

First choice - That's Mandarin

Having lived in Shanghai working in a company that’s main language of communication was English, it was all too easy to have an excuse for not committing to a regular Chinese language study programme. There were the usual thoughts of, “I’ll do it next month,” or “My schedule is too unpredictable,“ or “Do I really want to become a beginner student again?”

I should have just taken the plunge sooner. From the outset, my time with That’s Mandarin has been nothing but positive in all aspects.
- Great support with admin and scheduling.
- An extremely user friendly and effective learning platform for face-to-face classes, online classes and self-study.
- Last, but most definitely not least, has been the constant support, patience and encouragement from a superb teacher.
All of this has made for an excellent learning experience. Looking back at where I started, it’s clear I’ve made consistent and clear progress over the months and have That’s Mandarin to thank for that.

I unreservedly recommend That’s Mandarin.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I could do this all over again, I’d begin my adventure learning Chinese with That’s Mandarin much earlier!
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Nice Class

since i am in shanghai i really enjoyed studying at that's mandarin. I like the professionalism of the teacher and the materials we use in the class , such as the videos and audios.
the website access to student is great, we can review the lessons we have previously studied. The amneties in the building are great, we can enjoy a coffe break in between classes.
I have tried other schools in shanghai but that's mandarin is the best , this is why i always kept going with the classes here. The school is well located , it's been a lovely experience beeing here.

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Nice Class

The Chinese class is always nice, with really good teacher, helpin you to start and improve your chinese knowledge. The lessons are managed well, the app is really easy to be used and helpful for training and complete review and exercises.
The school organization is amazing, the teacher and all the group is always available for any kind of clarifications and help. All the class are new and well equipped to support all the lessons.
I would suggest for choosing this school for any person who desires to learn chinese in the best way possible.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Start as soon as possible, it really worth it. Happy to have choosen it! I will keep going for more lessons in order to improve my chinese as much as possible.
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Fantastic Learning Experience。很好

From the time I registered to study and That's Manadarin they have been professional and welcoming. The teachers are extremely well trained and are able to communicate and educate in a awy that makes Chinese class something to look forward to. I like the very well put together environment and the neat and tidy classrooms. They techonology used is awesome and serves its purpose. My teachers meet me at my level and I learned something new everyday. I am really enjoy the class with my teacher Yang Laoshi. Also the learning system very useful, highly recommend

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Excellent Experience at That's Mandarin

I wanted to take an opportunity to gush about my experience this year at That's Mandarin Chinese Language School. That’s Mandarin has done wonders for me and my ability in the Chinese language — not only in terms of my raw ability, but for my confidence and willingness to speak the language and use it in my everyday life. The customizable curriculum has helped me and my tutor to hone in on areas that will benefit me most, and has allowed me to delve into vocabulary that suits my interests and career. The staff are helpful and friendly, and the teachers know just how to spark my interest and motivation. Not to mention, the school’s excellent central location in Beijing! I would heartily recommend That’s Mandarin to anyone considering. You will thank yourself later!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I am surprised every class at my own improving abilities, and the fact that I seem to have even more fun every single class period.


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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.