Small Group Chinese Language Courses in China

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Part-time and Intensive Small Group Chinese Language Courses in China

Many of our Part-Time students are already living in China and fit their Mandarin classes around their work and other commitments.

Our Part-time classes offer the same structure as our Intensive program, using all the latest teaching methodologies and intense learning styles, the difference being; fewer hours and more flexibility to meet the needs of the students.

Small group classes (2-5 people) are designed for those who are working in China and want to learn conversational Chinese in a high-quality learning environment. Classes range from 2 to 6 hours per week.

Highlights
  • Flexible Schedule - Scheduled to fit your needs
  • Social Setting - More chances to practice speaking
  • Unique Methodology - Innovative teaching methods

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Reviews

96%
based on 34 reviews
  • Academics 9.6
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9
  • Housing 8.9
  • Safety 9.7
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Alex
10/10

Making Progress in Learning Chinese with That's Mandarin

I have found my lessons with That's Mandarin enjoyable and informative. I feel I have learned a lot in the classes. I like the informal style. My teachers are very good.

After each of the classes, I got paper notes and online notes on MandarinCafe, with key grammar, related vocabulary and sentence. I can review after class with these sentence structures, questions words, measure words, etc. both in paper and online, which is very helpful and practical in daily life.

Thanks for That's Mandarin, I have made much progress in Chinese learning, and I will definitely come back to learn Chinese in 2016!

How can this program be improved?
This program is perfect to me!
Yes, I recommend
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Alexandra
10/10

Perfect Part-time 80 classes in 9 months

I have spent my 9 months studying with That's Mandarin, during which I made much progress. I'll recommend That's Mandarin to all my friends.

I like their:

- Flexible schedule (very easy to reschedule or cancel any of the classes);
- Nice teacher, very professional and patient;
- Very helpful team (fast answer for emails, helpful and kindly people there);
- Very convenient location, just 5 minutes' walk away from my apartment;
- Good classes (learn a lot of vocabulary and sentences for the daily life);
- Great to have the resource of the classes on MandarinCafe learning system;
- Though they do not use books, but all the materials are put on the online learning system MandarinCafe, which is very convenient for me to review and listen to the recordings.

Overall: Great 9 months, and I will highly recommend That's Mandarin to my friends!

Yes, I recommend
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Irit
9/10

Private class

yes,, I love it! It is a warm and spacious environment. Delicious kinds of teas and a coffee machine for the student's use at all time. The teachers and staff are good. At the very beginning, I have no any idea of any Chinese, then i start to learn with That's Mandarin, their unique method and study system combination are good for student to obtain a totally new language.

How can this program be improved?
Besides the new words taught in class I would have liked to hear at home the sentences in Chinese as well. This would help me practice the pronunciation better.
Yes, I recommend
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Mark
8/10

I have found my classes to be very useful

I have found my classes to be very useful, especially in helping me to fill in the gaps in my knowledge which I otherwise wouldn't have found, to improve my speaking fluidity and to gain a better understanding of how to use the grammatical rules of the languages in practice. They were especially good for allowing me to have daily conversations effectively. By the way, the school has a very conductive and comfortable learning environment and the free fresh coffee is amazing, I like it very much!

How can this program be improved?
At the moment, I feel my speaking skills aren't particularly improving, only my vocabulary is widening - while this is not a bad thing, I would like to have a more structured way to improve the depth of my language skills rather than just learning more words.
Yes, I recommend
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Jan
10/10

Part-time Private Class

The school is very friendly and it has a nice relaxed atmosphere. my teacher is very kind, patient and encouraging. I have to tell the stories in Mandarin. This is hard work, but very good for learning.

How can this program be improved?
I am very satisfied at the moment
Yes, I recommend
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Harry
9/10

Part-Time Chinese Course

The best thing about this course is the ability to choose exactly what I want to do. Also I have been sick but the school has been very accommodating.
Sometimes the printer has no link, I think they need to buy a professional laser printer. Brother is a good brand and the refills are big. I really have nothing to say about other aspects because I feel very satisfied until now.

How can this program be improved?
Sometimes the printer has no ink, I think they need to buy a professional laser printer, Brother is a good brand and the refills are really big.
Yes, I recommend
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Chris
10/10

That's Mandarin rocks!

My level of Chinese was OK before I discovered That's Mandarin, but i had forgot many words due to a change in circumstances and the lack of opportunity to speak with Chinese people at work. Luckily I discovered That's Mandarin, and instantly my Chinese started to improve again.

The teachers are fantastic and offer an extremely affable experience. They tailor the class around you and can quickly determine your level.

I thought the most enjoyable things about the classes were the story 'telling method' where you get to watch an interesting video and then talk about it afterwards. Initially you find yourself describing it in a very basic manner, not too dissimilar to a child would. But after a few classes you are able to express in much finer detail what is happening. For somebody who appreciates visual learning, I found this very effective.

How can this program be improved?
Perhaps be more strict with me when it comes to Chinese character writing.
Yes, I recommend
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Mrs.
9/10

Review Thats Mandarin

- Methodology is very structured and at same time hands-on with daily examples
- Helpful and highly qualified staff (make also the fun part)
- For me, the three hour teaching per week, is very useful lto help me in my daily communication with ayi, colleagues and day to day things (after one year and can talk and understand)

How can this program be improved?
- clear communication upfront (when student start study) on what is needed to get to each of the HSK levels
Yes, I recommend
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Tania
10/10

Finally an efficient method!

After different schools and methods, I discovered That's mandarin method and finally feel that i can really improve my chinese skills.
The repetitions, 'no need to take notes" system allows to really be focused during the class.
It's a funny and efficient way to learn chinese quickly !
I would definitely recommend it...

Yes, I recommend
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Ju
8/10

My first steps in Shanghai

A lot food, many people, many things to do, welcoming people, new experience

Pollution, noisy,

Accent, tones, subway stations crowded and far from each other, crazy drivers, horns overused

How can this program be improved?
the price
Yes, I recommend
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S
10/10

Brilliant online program

I have been living in central China for around 18 months, I've had various Chinese lessons but That's Mandarin has been the most useful one. I think their teaching methodods are fantastic. I'm asked to write a story each week (obviously in Chinese!), I do this about my own experiences that week which in turn makes my lessons about everyday situations. We then discuss this in my lesson and use that language to create new conversations. The fact that I have lessons via Skype has forced my listening ability as well which is brilliant. My teacher, Hu Laoshi, is fantastic, she's really fun and very patient when I'm having a bad day!

I have scored 5 for housing, safety and social points - this is because I only have online lessons and have not visited either of the schools in China. So please don't acknowledge those points.

I will carry on with my Chinese studies even after leaving, and I'll definitely stick with That's Mandarin.

Yes, I recommend
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Paul
10/10

Really good school

Good teachers, convenient location, nice school. All staff friendly and always able to help with any problems (with content or scheduling class)in English

How can this program be improved?
Teaching of tones.

More clear discussion of your objectives and structure of your studies (e.g., survival v. reading v. writing v. HSK, etc.)
Yes, I recommend
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Juan
9/10

Great school, great methodology!

I extremely enjoy attending both the face to face private lessons on Saturdays as well as the remote lessons using Skype. The methodology without a fix book or script is very interesting. Comming to the school regulary during about 1 year have help me passing from HSK2 level to HSK4...and now preparing for HSK5.

The previous system using email to send you the last lesson notes and audio in MP3 has been improved with a website that improved the traceability of all the previous lessons contents, that is a great improvement.

Thank you all teacher and admin. stuff for the great, professional and friendly job, keep smiling!

How can this program be improved?
none. As i wrote above "The previous system using email to send you the last lesson notes and audio in MP3 has been improved with a website that improved the traceability of all the previous lessons contents, that is a great improvement." ...before it was difficult for me to trace back the material within my email inbox...now that is not necessary as i find them in the school website.
Yes, I recommend
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Laura
9/10

Great for survival Chinese

We take Chinese class every weekend for 2 hours at That's Mandarin, Jing'an, Shanghai.
The class is very helpful for our daily Chinese communication needs - in particular we're currently studying a survival chinese module, which helps with everyday life - getting a haircut, buying clothes etc.

We're also practising writing Chinese characters, which is helpful day-to-day for reading sign, menus, and so on. We don't practise much business Chinese, mostly because we're not yet at that level - it would be very useful in the future.

How can this program be improved?
I would like to practise more writing and reading, but this will come in time.
Yes, I recommend
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翠丽
8/10

Part time ChineseProgram

My teacher YuanYuan is very helpful, patient and strict. She has good teaching knowledge.

No specific difficult except very strict hours that we have to comply without much flexibility given to teachers.

How can this program be improved?
Nil
Yes, I recommend

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