Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

Program Reviews

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Max
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Flexible and Supportive

I normally find learning difficult, especially with self-review due to my ADHD. But Silk-Mandarin gave me wonderful one-on-one classes with a teacher who knows how to engage me and give the right materials and websites to support my weaknesses. I'm surprised how one year of learning has helped me interact more confidently with my Chinese enviroment (Jiangsu Province) and how they can adapt to my crazy-busy schedule at work. I can communicate with taxi drivers, restaurant waiters, security guards and shop-keepers, which really makes my life in China more convienent. Great company, hardly any flaws.

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Paolo
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hsk 1/2

My previous experience was, form my side, with less commitment compare with actual situation, because i was always busy and no time to review.
After i join in Silk Mandarin , my learning method improve and my commitment became more constant.
I choose Silk Mandarin because i always heard nice things about their method and learning process.
Silk mandarin,as i mentioned before, improve my learning method and the most things i like is the way we been study and review the chapters until now.
I also found a nice and prepared teacher that always explain , following the history, the meaning of each character we are study.

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james
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Very reccomended

Perfect place not only for learning Chinese. A great community and placeto jump straightforward into the Chinese culture and lifestyle thanks to their many extra curriculum activities and fun open days.
The classes are great, very easy to follow and understand with many interactive teacher - student activities. The school also provides with many materials to use outside class hours to review and at any moment at home on your phone or laptop.
Very reccomended =)
Sisi and Siqin, top of the best as teachers.

Pros
  • Easy ana accessible
  • lot of materials provided
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Ricky
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Private Online Course

Teacher Christina is a great chinese teacher! Always kept a smile during our lessons and positive attitude. She is patient and funny while teaching. She helped me develop my pronunciation & intonations for HSK1,2 & 3, I also got to develop my foundation, my fluency in speaking and listening is great and my accuracy while reading has gotten way better. She would give me homework for every lessons and give me good feedback’s on them. Overall the online learning experience has been a excellent. I would highly recommend her to future students.

What was your funniest moment?
Our cats walking in front of the camera and making acquaintance during our lessons.
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Gokce
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Weekly online review

This course has greatly helped me in learning chinese and my two online tutors Christina and Jennie have provided ample material and homework while also helping me learn chinese greatly. They are both excellent teachers to have for an online course. They also were able to help me in learning 汉字 which is my weakest part in learning chinese given the difference of the chinese charecters and the english alphabet. They provided multiple sources of revision and methods of remembering the various differnet charecters.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Prepare notes and revise them after lesson daily, while also keeping up with the provided homework material that is given during lessons as without continuned repetition it is hard to continue the increasing difficulty.
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Jessica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome!

The teacher is extremely qualified and explains the content in a good speed according to the student, the atmosphere is good, we have the opportunity to learn more about Chinese culture and the school team is very attentive. The teacher pays attention to details and works together with the student according to the student needs. The teacher always shows news and videos about what is happening lately. The communication between the student and the school is very smooth, all questions are answered very quick. I recommend!

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Major A
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Read this if you are serious about learning Mandarin Chinese

As a first time language learner, I naively thought I could teach myself Mandarin using mobile apps, books, flash cards and tutors. But my progress was slow and my weakest skills were not improving. I concluded I needed help from a professional Chinese teacher. I came across Silk Mandarin and met the director, Amy. She gave me a free consultation over the phone to gauge my Mandarin level. Afterwards she assessed my strengths and weaknesses and, with great accuracy, identified the skills I had been struggling to improve. She demonstrated Silk Mandarin's slow motion technique, and then prescribed a training program to help me improve. I signed-up for a couple 1on1 demo classes, where I meet my current instructor Sisi. Sisi is a specialist at teaching foreigners Mandarin, a true professional teacher with the qualifications to prove it. She is patient, accommodating of my schedule, and even creates additional study materials tailored for my specific needs. Hopefully documenting my experience here will help the next person save time and energy. If you're serious about learning Mandarin, I recommend you start with Silk Mandarin. Cheers!

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RIKU
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study with interest

I have studying Chinese about 1year in online and face to face lesson.
My teacher (Christina) always teaches not only along the program but also keeping students interested!
For example, I have a poor listening ability, so I'm sometimes less motivated. In such a case, she introduce my favorite films translated into Chinese, keeping me interest!
And she If I'm poor at grammar in a ​class, she lend animation books translated into Chinese.Because I like animation books.
Thanks to her, I'm now studying with interest. I can talk a little with my Chinese colleagues using Chinese.
I still have a lack of study, so I will continue to study with interest !

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Maren
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Way to Learn Mandarin

I studied with this school for a year and I can honestly say it's one of the best choices I made. I went in with an okay vocabulary from self study, and now I'm at a level that I can discuss almost anything with anyone and can be independent in China. Even before my Chinese was this level, the school and my teacher (Cristina) would help me manage things I struggled to do on my own. The school also offered fun activities and trips, such as pipa picking and doing traditional CNY crafts. I'm very sad I had to go, but it was for a good reason - with my better Chinese, I was able to enroll in a Chinese?university.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If your teacher assigns you homework, do it! And make sure to attend as many events as you can.
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Robert
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Learning Chinese at Silk Mandarin, Suzhou

I have been studying at Silk Mandarin in Suzhou for three months now, both in online and onsite classes. It has been a great experience, thanks to my teacher Christina, who encourages conversation beyond the textbook and helped me to activate much of what lay dormant as I had previously only learned from books. Silk Mandarin has a friendly and supportive team, and classes can be flexibly arranged to fit my busy schedule. The local manager, Siqin, organises a lot of extra curricular activities as well.