Intensive and Part-time 1-on-1 Chinese Language Programs in China
96% Rating
(148 Reviews)

Intensive and Part-time 1-on-1 Chinese Language Programs in China

That’s Mandarin’s 1-on-1 courses are available in Beijing and Shanghai. 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.

  • Highly experienced teachers
  • Conducive learning environment
  • Affordable
  • Vibrant & cultural school life
  • Dynamic Chinese lessons
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Asian Studies
East Asian Studies
Academic Year
Short Term
Spring Break
Host Family
Airport Transfers
Some Accommodation
Some Activities
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Our programs include a variety of fantastic accommodation options in great locations. Every program can be purchased with or without housing, prices will vary.

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Program Reviews

based on 148 reviews
  • Academics 9.3
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 8.9
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 9.7
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Very good experience

The one on one classes have given me the opportunity to remember vocabulary that I had learned before and had given me the opportunity to be able to practice more so I can retain what I learn better. I have increased my vocabulary and my communication is getting better since I am able to communicate better in common situations. Even when you learn at your own pace, you get full attention instead of learning what you can when you take group classes.

How can this program be improved?

I cannot think of anything that can be improved at this time

Yes, I recommend
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Scaling the wall

That's mandarin was something I wish I'd discovered sooner...

The school is in the heart of Beijing's east side popular district and close to my place of work and about 40 minutes walk from my home; It should have been a no brain choice on that alone...but,
It wasn't until a friend let me know how academic and fun the environment was, with teachers who are more than qualified to answer those detailed questions, so I jumped in and discovered it was great.
They were careful to be receptive to my needs and then off we went, I'll admit I felt some pressure, but that's all part of learning and their structured approach was something I certainly needed.
They maintained their commitment to flexibility and open communication for student needs, are friendly, and we had a few laughs digging into the mysteries of this ancient language.
I'll be continuing my classes.

Yes, I recommend
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Fun times

I picked Thats Mandarin because its near my house. Ive studied Chinese before but its always in a big classroom. Thats Mandarin has small classes, even 1 on 1, which is a big help to improving oral chinese. The class spaces are pleasant, the common areas are a very nice place to study and drink coffee. I often come here, even when I dont have class, to relax and study and work.

If youre serious about learning Chinese, I strongly recommend putting down the money for a private class.

Yes, I recommend
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Immersive experience in Beijing

I came to Beijing to consolidate my beginner level Chinese and progress to an intermediate level over 7 weeks. Since the beginning I have improved a huge amount and I would not have done it without the support from my wonderful teachers. I tried a combination of one to one and group lessons and found the mix to be hugely beneficial as the group lessons gave me a chance to learn at a less intensive rate and practice a lot of what I had learnt before, while learning new grammar and vocab. I would recommend no more than 4 hours per day for one to one as I found it too tiring having 5 hours per day. Rescheduling class times was very easy too. I now feel confident to continue progressing through self study and a lesson every two weeks back home. As well as my ability to speak Chinese going from strength to strength, my lessons here have made me feel a lot more confident in speaking with locals and travelling on my own in China. I would like to thank in particular my teachers Lang, Wang, Cai and Xu for helping me so much!

How can this program be improved?

Have more regular cultural events for students so they can integrate more easily into life in China and meet more people, e.g tai chi classes, calligraphy, trips to local parks. Make sure people know about them in advance so they can make time for them. Make it very clear at the beginning of the course how to log into Mandarin Cafe and what materials are included there. Agree upfront with students exactly what they want from their time at Thats Mandarin and explain how their time here can be structured (more or less reading, writing, translation, speaking, listening) so students know how they are going to achieve their goal.

Yes, I recommend
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My review of That's Mandarin language school in Beijing

I was only studying here for one week unfortunately, but the fantastic teachers took me from a complete lack of knowledge of mandarin to a basic conversational fluency! The teachers were all extremely friendly and the school was located in a hip and bustling part of Beijing. I did 6 hours of class a day, and, while a lot, I learned an incredible amount. Luckily, each class is seperated by a short period of time in which one can take a break. I will definitely be booking more classes the next time I am in Beijing.

How can this program be improved?

I believe the program to not be in need of improvement.

Yes, I recommend
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Lesson at Thats Mandarin

I have already taken 70 hours with Thats Mandarin and I have always enjoyed it even if Chinese language is difficult. I am renewing mz contract now and I am takin 80 more hours.
My teacher Wendy is wonderful and so well trained to teach. That Madarin are verz flexible about cancelling a lesson if you cant attend without charging you. Thez are also flexible if zou cant come to school and want to take zour lesson on through skype instead.

How can this program be improved?

It is already verz good

Yes, I recommend
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Summer Family Camp and Skype Classes

My daughter and I attended That's Mandarin Summer Camp in Beijing last summer. We enjoyed it so much that we are returning again this summer!
While my daughter was in camp, I took 4 hours of private lessons a day. Many families did the same (unless they were already fluent Mandarin speakers). My daughter loved the camp and thought it was a lot of fun. The first half of the day the kids are broken up into groups and take Mandarin lessons based on their language levels. Every hour they get a ten minute break for snacks and/or games. Then the children have an hour long lunch break. I really liked that lunch is provided. Everyday the kids have 4 options to choose from.
After lunch, the children have a cultural activity 3 times a week (cooking, art, music...) or go on a field trip in Beijing. My daughter loved the field trips! The camp always had many teachers watching the kids and sometimes other parents went along as well.
Additionally, I have been taking skype classes with That's Mandarin 2x a week since returning home to California. I really like their teaching method and the continuation of what I learned over the summer so this has been working well for me. Occasionally, we have skype connection issues but considering we are (literally) 6,000 miles apart it works well most of the time.
During the summer That's Mandarin offered weekend and evening cultural programs. The weekend ones all went on as planned but some of the weekday programs were cancelled due to lack of enrollment. I imagine during the actual school year there are more cultural programs with a higher degree of student participation.
We have really enjoyed taking classes and attending summer camp at That's Mandarin! Highly Recommend!

Yes, I recommend
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Very nice learning!

I like very much the methodology of the learning in this school, the emphasis on speaking is exactly what I need and the notes the teachers are taling for us are very helpful. The first teacher we had was not that helpful - she had little motivation herself and was really terrible at explaining the grammar. Our new teacher is brilliant - she explains everything in detail and is really patient and pushy at the same time.

How can this program be improved?

Pick people with as close as possible levels for small group classes

Yes, I recommend
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Intro to Chinese

I would highly recommend That's Mandarin. It's fun and challenging. I can finally say a sentence or two in Chinese. The teachers are really nice and helpful. They do answer all your questions and very patient with all the students. If they struggle to explain something first time they will always think about it and come back to you the next lesson. The coffee in the reception area is also very nice.

How can this program be improved?

Tongue twisters or songs maybe?

Yes, I recommend
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Relaxed, fun, super useful!

That's Mandarin convinces with its great locations, the relaxed but very engaged teachers and their open, unconventional teaching style. It has been a lot of fun so far and I definitely want to continue studying Mandarin Chinese here! After only four weeks I feel like I have learned so much more than I would have imagined before I came to Beijing.

The groups are small, we usually are between two and three students, and everyone gets a lot of attention. In the beginning, the focus is purely on speaking, which is really helpful for your everyday life. After two weeks you'll be able to speak with the taxi driver and ask your way around the city. It really is a great experience to study at That's Mandarin and I can fully recommend it to anyone who wants to learn Mandarin Chinese.

Yes, I recommend
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Best Mandarin teachers

I've had Mandarin lessons in London and Beijing, and the teachers at That's Mandarin are easily some of the best. They make lessons interesting and relevant, and are adept at matching the content to the student's ability. We had a lot of fun and laughter in our class while learning at the same time. The class content was matched to our needs so that we could start to use our language skills immediately.

Yes, I recommend
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One to One lessons at That`s Mandarin

I have been having one to one lessons at That`s Mandarin for two years.
The staff and teachers are all extremely friendly and helpful.
The methods of teaching are quite different from other Chinese language schools. Instead of simply listening to the teacher throughout the lesson I have translated stories, summarised short videos and improved my listening skills through listening to audio excerpts. This has forced me to use and extend my Chinese vocabulary.
I would particularly like to thank Tang laoshi for her patience at my complete inability to compose sentences on the spot, for constantly recapping vocabulary that has slipped my mind and for bravely trying to teach me characters!
I would highly recommend one to one lessons at That´s Mandarin.

How can this program be improved?

I think it is a very good programme.
It has been challenging and satisfying.

Yes, I recommend
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Nice school

We practise and learn by telling a story and adding more information and vocabulary every day. It is a very small group, so we get a lot of attention. We have a break and socialise with the other students, there is a nice atmosphere and all the teachers and staff are very friendly. The school offers coffee and tea for free and there is an open space with a few tables to study before or after your lessons. You can also access a website to practise the language for the duration of your course.

Yes, I recommend
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The Language Adventure

Learning at That's Mandarin is always an adventure. No lesson is ever alike, and the teachers encourage that. I have had some lessons where we spent majority of our one on one session talking about weekend plans, food and even popular media (like films and tv), all in Mandarin of course! And yet somehow I always end up learning complicated sentence structures and useful vocabularly along the way.

The best thing is that even though you are learning, and learning a lot for the matter, you never seem to leave the classroom bogged down or stressed. Indeed, its academic, but as academic, as time consuming and as high pressure as you want it to be. It gives you the perfect environment in which to navigate your own path in learning the Chinese language, to find your own adventures and memories.

How can this program be improved?

I would say it might be a good idea to experience learning with different teachers to get used to different accents and idiosyncrasies, but they already do that! I would say it might be a good idea to let us learn the language while engaging in different activities (like cooking), but they already have such cultural activities. So really, I do not know...which is actually very pleasantly refreshing.

Yes, I recommend
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Review of That's Mandarin Chinese School from a Long Time Student

I've been a student at That's Mandarin for about 2 and half years. That's quite a long time. The reason I've kept coming here is because the teachers are of a high standard, the lessons are well structured, and the staff make organizing everything extremely convenient. Rearranging lesson times because of business commitments is easy, if I prefer to have a lesson over Skype they can arrange that too. In short, they pretty much cater for all my learning needs. I've taken HSK 3 and 4 with their guidance, and they helped arrange all the paperwork for that too.

In short, it's a great place to learn Chinese. Highly recommended.

How can this program be improved?

It's a shame that I can't take the HSK exams at the school itself - although I understand there are certain government regulations. It would be good if the school could arrange visas, although again, that's a tough one.

I know - it would be good to get some air purifiers in the school - especially during winter. The Beijing pollution sucks.

Yes, I recommend

About That's Mandarin Chinese Language School

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