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That's Mandarin Chinese Language School

Why choose 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.

Reviews

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Joanna
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Learning experience

As a result of Covid, my former Mandarin school sadly closed and I was left with the decision as to whether I continued my Mandarin study (I'd been learning for almost 3 years), or stop.. and am I glad I found a new school!
That's Mandarin helped me to seamlessly continue my studies with a curriculum that is engaging and relevant. My new teacher is fantastic (邱浩 10/10) - and ensures that each lesson is the perfect combination of challenge and humour,
Although i am sad that my original school closed, I also am grateful for having found That's Mandarin. A great learning journey!

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Beverly
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Good experience

I'm someone who needs a more structured system of learning, and a reason to study specific content. This program helps me with that. The online platform offers additional support for self-study and review, and the materials are easy to understand. The teacher is enthusiastic and patient, and she is able to answer questions whwn I have them. For those who are more socially motivated to learn Chinese, this program seems ideally located in an area with more non-Chinese speakers. There are also more international restaurants nearby so you can find some cuisine from home after your lessons.

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Matthias
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great teachers and good material

I have been doing classes with them for the last 6 months and I am really happy about the progress. Before I started classes with them my progress was really slow and I had to learn things over and over again. With them I found motivated teachers with the focus on important things. Also their location in Beijing is really nice and creates a positive atmosphere for the classes. Their focus on speaking Chinese as much as possible allowed me to make good progress. All in all: I can really recommend it.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Do it, you won’t regret it.
Pros
  • Fast learning
  • Good illustrations
  • Fast progress
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Feby
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Good school

Now I have done offline class with That's Mandarin for 2 years. I think enviroment of this school is so good! I am satisfied with course with Wang laoshi . She can provide the way of learning Chinese , also tell me why Chinese characters designed , it's so logical! I love it ! Nice staff.They are cooperative and professional. Teachers are so patient and friendly. Different kinds of cultural activities will be organized by them , for example , Mahjong events . Now I am obsessed with Mahjong. Recommend!!

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Nicolai
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Teachers

Great school located in central location in Beijing. Teachers are terrific. They have their own online learning platform that is also very helpful. Would recommend for beginners as well as more advanced learners. I am in a small group class of four students.

Free beverages available at the office as well as small snacks. The classrooms are simple but great and feature big TV screens with sound as well as blackboards. This means that students are able to join in online from time to time, should they be unable to attend a class in person.

Pros
  • Location
  • Good teachers
  • Learning platform

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.