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.