Mandarin Zone School

Program Reviews

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Andrew
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I recently took an intensive Chinese language course at Mandarin Zone. I enjoyed it a lot and plan to continue studying there in the future. It gave me confidence in studying Chinese and I found the teacher very helpful and informative. Although it was a beginner course I found I had little trouble in keeping up. Of course, my level may have been a bit high for that level but I think it is a good idea to learn some basic vocabulary before studying a language. I look forward to studying there again.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would recommend learning some basic vocabulary before you start as that allows you to enjoy the class with less stress.
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Andrea
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I came at the end of my contract in Beijing and they set up private lessons for me that moved at the pace I needed. We skipped over things that I knew and focused on things that needed more practice. My lovely teachers were patient and encouraging. They knew how to explain clearly and how to get me speaking. It's conveniently located near the subway. Despite the fact that I had to commute for an hour, I looked forward to my classes every day! Now that I'm back in Canada, I have the resources (great texts + lesson notes) to review and continue on my own!

If you want to learn Mandarin and about Chinese culture, visit the great people at Mandarin Zone.

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Jeff
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I signed up for a 60-hour beginner class at Mandarin Zone. I had no experience with Chinese language. My Chinese teacher was really patient as I started learning how to say common words and pronounce common sentences. We looked at basic characters (Han Zi) also. She even helped me navigate some online shopping websites (all the text is Chinese)! I learned a little about Chinese and Beijing culture, too.
Mandarin Zone was an easy walk from my home. I had researched other language schools in Beijing, but decided to go with Mandarin Zone due to their location, reasonable cost of tution, professionalism and stellar reputation.
I would definitely recommend Mandarin Zone to anyone wanting to learn this wonderful language. Learning the basics will make your experience in Beijing even better!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Try to live somewhere near a Beijing Subway Station, because Tuanjiehu Station is a 2-minute walk from Mandarin Zone.
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Sebatian
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I've taken in total 70 lessons (class pricing very fair!) from different teachers between June and August 2019 at Mandarin Zone School while I was on a three-month work assignment in Beijing. The school was recommended to me by a colleague of mine. It is very conveniently located at Tuanjiehu subway station. The school features very experienced, friendly teachers who are very motivated and qualified. My teachers adapted their style of teaching as well as teaching contents to my individual learning requirements and I could request changes anytime. This is a very strong point of the school. Every student decides on what aspect she or he wants to focus on. All levels are available from beginner to advanced. I focused on speaking but other but it is also possible to get help for HSK exam preparation. I've had a very positive experience and could considerably improve my spoken Mandarin. Next time I will be in Beijing, I will definitely chose this school again.

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Oliver
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Mandarin Zone was a great place to get 1 on 1 private classes for learning Chinese. The programs are really effective and in a month my Chinese was noticeably better than it was before. The teachers are great, set effective homework that get you to practice the important things, and you can tell they are very experienced. It was much better than other Chinese schools I went to in China. There are also group courses which further encourage conversing in the language in an open environment.

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Boris
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I moved to Beijing for work. I joined Mandarin Zone more than a year ago as an absolute beginner for some part time course. When I had to adjust my schedule due to my work I got offered to move to another small group which were about the same level as me but follow another more suitable schedule for me. I really appreciated this flexibility. Both teachers I experienced there so far were nice and effective. Last but not least also the location is super central and convenient.

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Tim
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

As a beginner, I was able to learn Chinese pronunciation. With what I learnt over 6 days, it has helped me understand what is being said around me. I now have a good understanding of sentence structure. Now with some practical experience should be able to carry a simple conversation. I am very grateful to my teacher Sophia for her patient instruction.

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Eros
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Before joining Mandarin Zone my chinese level was at a very basic level. After 8 months of studying in the school my chinese reachs a upper intermediate level. I did the 20 hours per week program with individual class, cause I actually tried before group classes and I didn't feel was the right choice for me. They designed the program based on my needs and goals and now my listening and speaking improved a lot and I can recognize enough hanzi to pass HSK level 4. The time passed very fast and I can honestly say that was really worth studying in Mandarin Zone.
I suggest to all the students out there, that really want to study and improve their chinese level, to come to Beijing and study in this school: they will be satisfied as I am!

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Gao
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I'd like to give my ¥2 here, for anyone looking for instruction. I'm currently studying at Mandarin Zone and have been for the last 3 weeks. I'm extremely pleased with everything and everyone at the school. Margaret is the manager (owner, too?) is very kind, helpful and conscientious and my teacher, Miao, with whom I've been taking one-on-one lessons is a fantastic teacher. She's smart, fun and knows not just how to speak but how to teach. I came in knowing ZERO Chinese and now feel like I'm establishing a decent basis in the language. Not only that but my time at MZ has fostered a real love of the language such that I am hopeful that I'll find the time and resources to continue when I return to the US (which is, sadly, just a week from now). I should say that I've studied many foreign languages in the past and I'm finding this course of study as good or better than any that I've had in the past. I recommend The Mandarin Zone without reservation.

What would you improve about this program?
I never really thought it needed to be anything else, but if forced to find something, maybe some A/V materials (film/videos?).
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Julia
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I would definitely recommend Mandarin Zone! When I came to Beijing for employment, I needed to learn business chinese very quickly to use at work. Since I speak little Chinese and could not read or write, my teacher customized my learning by balancing HSK vocabulary and business chinese. It was very effective and professional teaching method. I was really impressed. Within half a year, I completed both HSK Level 4 and Business chinese at the same time. I have improved my speaking, reading and writing tremendously. For those who are looking for professional and effective learning but at really good price, Mandarin Zone is definitely a good choice!

What would you improve about this program?
More activities where everyone can join, so we can meet other students and teachers in the school besides just going for classes.