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That's Mandarin Chinese Language School

About

That’s Mandarin is China’s leading Chinese Language School delivering quality lessons to 3000+ students each year.

Study Chinese in Beijing, Shanghai, 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 (Mandarin Café) 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.

Founded
2004
Headquarters

23rd Floor, Universal Mansion Building,
No.172 Yuyuan Road
Jing'an Qu
Shanghai Shi, 200040
China

Reviews

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Dirk Van Der
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

“I have taken lessons with That’s Mandarin for 5 years and have found the teachers of consistent high quality though the years. Both the F2F in the Beijing office as well the online courses have helped me to reach an HSK4/5 level in this time. The combination of reading, watching videos and listening classes allow you to pick up various elements of the language really quick. For those that want to learn quickly I recommend to take 121 classes in a very dense period in the beginning (i.e. 10-20 hrs per weekend) and later on reduce to a few hours per week. Highly recommended! Dirk van der Mast”
“I have taken lessons with That’s Mandarin for 5 years and have found the teachers of consistent high quality though the years. Both the F2F in the Beijing office as well the online courses have helped me to reach an HSK4/5 level in this time. The combination of reading, watching videos and listening classes allow you to pick up various elements of the language really quick. For those that want to learn quickly I recommend to take 121 classes in a very dense period in the beginning (i.e. 10-20 hrs per weekend) and later on reduce to a few hours per week. Highly recommended! Dirk van der Mast”

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Izzy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Mandarine makes me give a chance to go job doing well in China.
Mandarine对我在中国的工作非常有帮助!
I came to China with a level which is like a newborn baby. Three months ago, I couldn’t order food and even ask to get plastic bag at supermarket. And now Yes I don’t worry about that little things.
The most I love this class is they not teach HSK boring preparing test but practice real survive situation.
After I took one week class I could understand Parcel delivery man’s saying and taxi deriver saying too.
Second, Teacher and assistant always ready to hear your feedback.
I don’t think they just want to make money, they do love teach and help to improve chinese.
I satisfied with this class and recommend you guys firmly.

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Leon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I've been attending That's Mandarin on and off for 5 years now. They are a well managed school with a great central location in Beijing. Small class sizes, great teachers and free coffee make it a great way to keep improving your Chinese during a stay in China. The support staff work hard to help out with the visa process as well. Thanks! I've been attending That's Mandarin on and off for 5 years now. They are a well managed school with a great central location in Beijing. Small class sizes, great teachers and free coffee make it a great way to keep improving your Chinese during a stay in China. The support staff work hard to help out with the visa process as well. Thanks! Small class sizes, great teachers and free coffee make it a great way to keep improving your Chinese during a stay in China.

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Peter
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I found the support staff and the teachers very professional, dedicated and going above and beyond in assisting the students. The classes were small, fun and very helpful.
I found the support staff and the teachers very professional, dedicated and going above and beyond in assisting the students. The classes were small, fun and very helpful.
I found the support staff and the teachers very professional, dedicated and going above and beyond in assisting the students. The classes were small, fun and very helpful.
I found the support staff and the teachers very professional, dedicated and going above and beyond in assisting the students. The classes were small, fun and very helpful.
I found the support staff and the teachers very professional, dedicated and going above and beyond in assisting the students. The classes were small, fun and very helpful.
I found the support staff and the teachers very professional, dedicated and going above and beyond in assisting the students. The classes were small, fun and very helpful.
I found the support staff and the teachers very professional, dedicated and going above and beyond in assisting the students. The classes were small, fun and very helpful.
I found the support staff and the teachers very professional, dedicated and going above and beyond in assisting the students. The classes were small, fun and very helpful.

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Karl
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Living in Beijing I was very happy to have discoverd "That's Mandarin".
Not only their teachers are very professionnel, they are also very happy in sharing their Chinese culture and knowledge. So not only you learn the language but you also discover their way of life, their culture. All this made it unforgettable.
They also uses the newest technology, when you study with them, you can download an APP on your smartphone on which you can review and prepare your next classes.
But most importantly, I really want to thank my teachers because they make me progress very quick and thanks to them I have a good level of reading, writing and speaking Chinese.
I recommend That's Mandaring to everybody who is looking for a good school to study Chinese.

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

Job Title
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.

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