Intensive and Part-time Chinese Language Programs

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About

That’s Mandarin’s 1-on-1 courses are available in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. They offer flexible schedule and a variety, of course, curriculums that allow students to make significant progress in a short time. The student has the chance to practice Chinese as much as he likes in class and apply the language knowledge acquired in his daily life right after the class.

Highlights
  • Highly experienced teachers
  • Conducive learning environment
  • Affordable
  • Vibrant & cultural school life
  • Dynamic Chinese lessons

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96%
based on 151 reviews
  • Academics 9.3
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 8.9
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 9.7
  • Instruction 9.7
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.7
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  • Value 9.7
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Victoria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Learning Chinese made easy

Learning Mandarin is a real challenge for Westerners. There is the difficult pronunciation with four different tones, words you cannot relate to any other language spoken in the West and of course the Chinese characters. But with the help of "That's Mandarin" you will be able to understand and speak Chinese very quickly. Professional language teachers design and prepare lessons according to your personal language level, aims, and difficulties. This way, you get the best support and guidance enabling you to master daily situations in China, be it in a restaurant, in the subway or on your working place.
If you take courses on a regularly basis and are keen to learn your vocabularies you will make great progress very fast. Therefore, although "That's Mandarin" might be a bit pricey compared to offers of other language schools, I highly recommend it.

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Jeff
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Filling Holes

I've lived in China for four years, and I had a basic survival level in Mandarin. That is, I could speak certain phrases to buy some of the foods in restaurants I wanted and some I just bought because I knew the word for it. I could count money and tell a taxi driver which way to go by grunting at him. The problem was, as soon as someone spoke to me, I wouldn't be able to understand what they said. It was like there were endless possibilities of subjects they could be talking about or something. Anyway, I only understood certain words. There were serious holes in my ability to communicate with the world around me. That's Mandarin filled those holes. No doubt, I can actually hold a conversation with people now. Of course, I'm not fluent, yet, but I'm far better than I was just 80 lessons ago.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I can think of to improve the program would be to open a new center in the Wangjing district of Beijing! ;-P (That way, it would be closer to where I live.)
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Greg
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My favourite part of being in Beijing

I've been in Beijing for more than four years and during that time going to regular classes at That's Mandarin has been one of most favourite things. The teachers are so friendly and patient, the class times are so flexible, the class content is well structured and interesting and the school environment is warm and welcoming (and there's coffee!). Most importantly, my mandarin has improved so much since I started studying there. I definitely recommend TM to my friends

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Gerrit
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

That´s Mandarin Experience in Beijing

That´s Mandarin is a great Chinese School. Since I am studying Mandarin at the Beijing Campus, my Chinese has improved a lot. For me it is a big help that I don´t have to take notes during class, but the teacher is directly typing all the new words into the online learning platform. All my materials are then available over the Mandarin Café APP, very convenient!
Due to work reasons, I just take one-to-one lessons. My teacher is very nice and competent. Scheduling and Cancelling lessons is very easy process and That´s Mandarin staff always shows a great amount of flexibility when putting together a schedule. The Beijing campus provides a very pleasant environment for learning Chinese. And when having a break, water, tea and coffee are there for free. So, this school is an excellent place if you want to study Mandarin and make real progress.
Gerrit

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Stephanie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Successful Way to Lean Mandarin

My experience at That's Mandarin has been amazing. I have had four weeks of 1-on-1 classes and they have been really enjoyable and successful. I learned quite a lot, more than what I would have expected of myself in such a short amount of time. I now feel secure when having to talk to someone in Mandarin.
Also, the teachers are really great and know how to teach such a complex language. The great thing was that I had 4 different teachers, so I got used to hearing more than just one person talk. Otherwise, I would just get used to just one person speaking. They were eager to answer any questions I had, whether it concerned the actual topic or something more general.
The online tool Mandarin Cafe is great. Besides having my personal notes from class and the printed ones from the teachers, I can always go and review them online. Printing them again is also possible.

What would you improve about this program?
I cannot think of anything which should be improved.
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Josh
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Learning in Beijing

I have ad an overall great experience. Have learned a lot during my stay in Beijing. The team has helped me not only with my vocabulary and learnig but also has given me great insight into the culture and way of life here in China. I would highly reccomend this course to anyone looking to improve or perfect their chinese. I have travelled all around china to visit new places. The team here has been flexible with my hours and have been able to switch classes on the fly whenever I felt like it

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Andrea
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Student Of That's Mandarin

My husband and I were sent to work in China, we had absolutely no idea even how to say hello! We found That's mandarin and decided to go and spend three months (10 weeks of study!) full time to get our Chinese to a level that would enable us to find our way in China! We set ourselves a pretty hefty goal which the teachers and all the staff at That's mandarin help us achieve!

We loved the school, the teachers, the environment, the City, everything about our experience we loved and still talk about to this day.

After we left Beijing we moved to Xiamen, I set out to try out some schools, none of which had the vibe of That's Mandarin. I really like the way the teachers tailor the class to my needs, take on feedback and invest in you, they get to know you and how you learn, I think this is unique.

The teachers have become great friends and we chat on we chat all the time!

I highly recommend this school. It is a bit more expensive that others out there but its totally worth it!

Enjoy!

Andrea

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Michaell
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Program, Awesome Teachers and Staff!

I brought my little sister to That's Mandarin for the two week long family camp to improve our Chinese. This program allowed both my sister and I to take Mandarin classes. My sister took classes in the morning and went on excursions with other campers in the afternoon while I took classes in the morning and in the afternoon while she was out.

I am impressed by the level of commitment the teachers at That's Mandarin had in helping me improve my Chinese. My classes were challenging and were right at my level; and unless absolutely necessary, they wouldn't speak to me in English which I immensely appreciated. Having not been to China in 10 years, I had lost a lot of vocabulary. Not only did my teachers help me fill in those gaps, but they met me right at my level and I I was able to quickly continue where I left off. I was only here for 2 short weeks but I genuinely feel that my Mandarin abilities have improved immensely and I will be back!

What would you improve about this program?
My sister was put in a class with 3 other students. However, a student in her class misbehaved consistently but the teacher didn't do much about it except to send him out of the room to stand once in a while. This negatively impacted her learning in that her class time was wasted by this student's negative and off-task behavior. In the future, it would be helpful if student's behavior could be managed better, whether through parent communication or removal from the class so as the other students in the class aren't wasting their time.
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Paul
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Our "That's Mandarin" adventure

I lived in Beijing 20 years ago so I wanted to come back & see how much Beijing had changed. What better way to do this than to live here for a month with my son & improve our Chinese at "That's Mandarin".
We have many stories from our time here, but the best part was the relationships we built with our teachers - our classes were more like coffee shop conversations with a friend than a lesson!

What would you improve about this program?
Not sure really. My son & I both really enjoyed our time here and feel that it has been of great benefit to our Chinese (although if we could stay a little longer I am sure we would be better students and do more study outside of class - so much to see and do in Beijing after class).
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Ryan
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

That's Mandarin Intensive Chinese Program

I've thoroughly enjoyed my time studying Chinese with That's Mandarin. The difference in my knowledge and command of the language since the start of my program is incredible. The teachers have been wonderful. They're professional and accomodating, tailoring the program to my individuals needs and desires. I would highly reccomend this program to anyone looking to study Chinese in a welcoming, productive environment.

What would you improve about this program?
I can't think of any improvements
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Shane
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

One on One lessons at That's Mandarin Beijing

I've been taking private lessons at That's Mandarin for 3 months and Overall it's been a rewarding experience. The school itself is located in the middle of Beijing in walking distance of the popular Sanlitun area. It's in a quiet backstreet area away from the noisy traffic. The school is well laid out, bright, clean and full of lovely staff! Everyone is friendly and eagar to help. I started lessons with the intention of improving my converstaional mandarin and now I can chat to my local corner shop owner every day! Overall i reccomend That's mandarin for it's local charm and very personable teaching methods.

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Ralf
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Early bird catches

Started every day at 8 a.m. to get most out of the day. What I learned in the morning in 4 hours of class kept me busy the rest of the day, which means plenty of new phrases, words and sentences which all covered my specific situation in China. The material used the following day always refered to my input resp. answers and ideas. Thus it became an ongoing story about my life in China. I'd liked that approach very much.
I also would like to emphasis the advantage of having three different teachers. Everyone had his resp. her way of teaching, which made teaching interesting and challenging.

What would you improve about this program?
Because of the printed material I got each day I feel I missed out a bit on the smart lingo website which offers sound material etc. Well, perhaps that is for later - but I don't know whether I can use that website after finishing class.
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Eva
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Chinese school I've studied at

I joined That's Mandarin after having lived in China for 6 months, working and studying. I wasn't practicing my speaking as much as I liked, so I asked for my classes to be focused on speaking only. Initially there wasn't any space in any of the classes, but after a few days I received a call that they had found someone my level with the same goals, and I was able to start a few days later - I was very happy that they didn't forget about me and that they were so efficient in getting a class together.

The lessons have been so useful, and I am learning vocab and grammar that I am actually using in real life. Compared to other lessons I have had in China where the teacher just lectures through a text book, I found the methods used at That's Mandarin to be a lot more engaging, and I retained a lot more from the classes.

I would absolutely recommend That's Mandarin for anyone wanting to learn Chinese at any level.

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Olivia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic learning experience

I have really enjoyed studying at That's Mandarin because the learning experience is extremely unique. From the first lesson my teachers created a warm and friendly learning environment so that I never worry about making mistakes and I do not feel self-conscious. Also the teachers really know how to explain the language and culture and you are fully engaged in the learning process. You'll find that the teaching methodology employed by That's Mandarin improves your language level quickly. I would completely recommend this language school. Thank you guys!

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Simina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great school

That's Mandarin is a great Chinese language school. I just completed my first semester, and I look forward to my second. I started out at an HSK 2 level and transitioned into HSK 3 level during this first semester. I was part of a three-student group, and we had classes three days a week, two hours each time. I loved every aspect of this course -- our teacher, Bi Laoshi, was fantastic; I loved my colleagues; and I loved the teaching method. The classes are focused on teaching you how to communicate based on different situations. New words and expressions are being taught almost organically, as they arise in conversation. Although we don't have a textbook, we use new texts or videos in every class. Everything happens in Chinese, and at first I thought I wasn't going to be able to do it, but it went well, and it's the best way to learn the language. And it's fun. Every time after I finish class I feel energized and optimistic. The only thing I want to do differently next semester is dedicate more time to studying by myself at home. You don't need to do that necessarily because we constantly review previous lessons in class, but you definitely get more out of it if you also study in your own time. I highly, highly recommend this school.

What would you improve about this program?
I don't have any suggestions for improvement. I thought it was great.

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That’s Mandarin is China’s leading Chinese Language School delivering quality lessons to 3000+ students each year. Study Chinese in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, online or at your location. Why choose us? We offer only the best Chinese lessons for you...