Intensive and Part-time 1-on-1 Chinese Language Programs in China
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(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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Learning Chinese is fun

When I came to China, I wanted to learn Chinese very quickly. First, I went to a school with a very traditional teacher and teaching methods. I was bored and didn't like it. Then I found That's Mandarin. All of a sudden, I made huge progress. I started to speak with locals very quickly, and they understood me. It changed my living experience in China a lot. It simply made life easier. Also, learning at That's Mandarin is fun. Often, my teacher and I have a chat over different things. I am looking forward to these chats, and at the same time I am learning new words even without noticing. In the meantime, I have even started to learn the written symbols. But lessons change with my requirements. The lessons are tailormade, and there is no need to carry around old and boring books. Sometimes, we watch movies or listen to stories. It trains my hearing abilities, and is fun as well. I lean a lot about Chinese culture on the way. I think it's the best school you can get if you are a foreigner and would like to learn Chinese quickly and in a modern and fun way!

How can this program be improved?

It's good as it is.

Yes, I recommend
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Learning is earning. A memorable experience for anyone.

Chinese is by no means an easy language to learn. I could not believe that I was capable of buying a local sim card and booking my travel tickets with less than half a year of study, and only in a few minutes! Thanks to the professionalism and challenging material the teachers of Thats Mandarin provide, I have reached to my high standard a practical level of Mandarin Chinese. Special thanks to teacher Wu Jiao who constantly challenges me with useful oral language, and a variety of useful (and funny) phrases.

How can this program be improved?

If the program had one or two more activities to do online for the review or study practice, it would be even better. But I am really satisfied with the current program, I just think that another study activity like a crossword puzzle or word search with the key vocabulary that we practice in the lesson would help to reinforce the language skills.

Yes, I recommend
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Effeciently learning Chinese in a stimulating environment

Studying Chinese in individual sessions has been very rewarding. It enabled me to have basic conversations with the Chinese people around me. I have a demanding full time job but That's Mandarin has always been extremely flexible in allocating classes to me. In fact, the whole learning experience has proven to be a very welcome addition to my job: changing my mind and focus on learning Chinese rather than being focussed on my work all the time. This has been a very effective and fun journey. In large part this is due to the personal focus of the teachers, a well thought teaching method where academics is combined with witty and all day conversations. The sessions also provided some good insights in past and present Chinese culture. I can truly recommend this to any foreigner residing in Beijing wanting to learn Chinese and deepening their experience here.

Yes, I recommend
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That's Mandarin made a real difference to my time in China. Being comfortable using Chinese has helped me look after myself and learn about China everywhere I went, from Shanghai to Xinjiang. The lessons are well structured and it is extremely useful to have all my notes automatically uploaded at the end of each lesson. The teachers are willing to balance the content to the students' needs, with a good mix of academic rigour and fun conversational topics - I have learnt not just Chinese but about modern Chinese culture. The teachers and staff are all incredibly helpful and the school itself is great, with space to get on with any last minute homework before the lessons and as much tea and coffee as you can drink.

Yes, I recommend
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Tres belle experience!

Venu à Beijing pour le travail, j'ai vite compris l'avantage de savoir parler chinois à mes collegues de travail. Après avoir visité plusieurs écoles, That's mandarin m'a semblé le meilleur choix: les professeurs sont expérimentés et sympathiques, leur méthode, même si un peu déconcertante au début (ils ne parleront presque exclusivement que Chinois) est la meilleure façon d'apprendre le chinois de manière efficace: en plongeant dedans complêtement! Rapidement on commence à voir des résultats, et c'est très encourageant quand on sait que la logique de cette langue est si differente!
Malgré le temps investi dans l'apprentissage, et malgré la quantité d'informations contenue dans chaque cours, venir étudier le chinois reste mon activité préféré chaque semaine et c'est avec impatience que j'attends chaque cours!


Since I came to Beijing for work, I quickly realized the advantage to speak Chinese in the workplace. After getting a lot of trial classes in other schools, That's Mandarin seemed like the best choice: The teachers are professionals teaching full-time, they have a good understanding of what you should be learning and they can easily answer any question. Even if their method is quite hard at the beginning (they will almost exclusively speak Chinese) it is the best way to learn the language: to jump right in! I could see result very quickly even though everything about the Chinese language seemed alien for me at the beginning!

Even though it is hard, going to That's Mandarin to learn Chinese so far stays my favorite activity every week.

Yes, I recommend
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Unique learning structure

I moved to Beijing very uncomfortable speaking Mandarin so I signed up for one-on-one lessons at That's Mandarin. The curriculum is fun and each lesson builds on the previous lessons. The teachers are very skilled at creating a comfortable, casual setting for speaking so it feels like a normal conversation instead of a traditional classroom. The teachers are very flexible with individual needs, able to read my language needs without me saying anything, and will seamlessly integrate any specific questions I have (even if they are unrelated to the content) into the lesson. I would highly recommend That's Mandarin!

Yes, I recommend
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Learning Chinese has been rewarding

I have been out of school for ages, so going back to school to learn beginner's Mandarin was a such a special opportunity for me while living here in Beijing.
It is exciting when I am able to communicate my thoughts, in Chinese, with others and they understand me!
My lessons at That's Mandarin are about to conclude, and I realize that I want to continue taking classes, as I have come such a long way.

Yes, I recommend
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Great Customized Classes!

Joined That's Mandarin early 2016 to improve my horrendous Chinese, which I learned before but never really used it prior to coming to China. I sort of expected the lessons to be boring and unbearable, especially in a private class, but to my surprise, the lessons were interesting! Each one was customized to whatever I wanted to talk about, which was mainly about food. LOL. I also wanted to learn some everyday casual Chinese language as spoken by the young people, so the teacher found a fun material to be used in class.

Overall, I'd recommend That's Mandarin to friends. They often run promotions which offer really good discounts. Make sure you go to their website to check them out and talk to the consultant.

Yes, I recommend
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A very nice school in Beijing.

The total inmersion method works very well for my way of learning. The the teachers can speak english but they will not use it if is not needed so you learn faster. The staff is very helpfull and the school has all the facilities and conveniences to make you feel very wellcome every time, like a fun place you want to go rather than a boring thing. The teachers are very professional and I can tell they have much experience in teaching chinese. Also they have an internet website where you can check your lessons or even book lessons, very convenient.

How can this program be improved?

Maybe the Mandarin Caffe website could have some more games, or the option to play cards with all your lessons not only one by one.

Yes, I recommend
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Thanks for the wonderful time

Two months with That's Mandarin has been a pleasure. I was pleased with the teachers and the classes. I commend the teachers, Yang and Gao, who had different teaching methods but facilitated learning in a comfortable environment.

The overall atmosphere at the school was warm and welcoming. I found communication with the staff to be smooth, easy and convenient. It was also convenient to have the week's class schedule ahead of time, although I encountered problems with the given schedules not matching the actual classes.

I found the lack of information on the facilites, class scheduling and program to be a drawback, with little information provided prior to my arrival, although any problems that I encountered after my arrival was addressed quickly. All of the staff have been helpful and pleasant to deal with.

Overall, I am very satisfied with the school and my experience.

Thank you :)

Yes, I recommend
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Fantastic place to study Mandarin

I have been studying at That's Mandarin in Beijing for over two years on a part-time basis. Throughout this time all of my teacher's have been excellent. The school has a professional but fun atmosphere and courses are tailored to student needs. There is no undue pressure or tedious learning activities.

My teachers have also been excellent in adapting to the subjects I have wanted to learn to talk about.

I strongly recommend anyone looking to study Mandarin tries That's Mandarin.

Yes, I recommend
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The teaching is excellent. It's enjoyable, and the teachers think about how you as an individual learn. Much better than previous language schools.I add to my vocabulary all the time, but we do it in a fun way. My teacher finds ways for me to remember things,and teaches me other related words at the same time which helps to reinforce the learning. I wish I had used this system before. Learning with video clips works really well, and I definitely use the things i learn.

Yes, I recommend
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Three years studying Chinese at That's Mandarin

When I first came to China, i was 10 years old. I started studying Chinese with a very nice teacher named 茜茜老师. Every Saturday, I loved my classes and learned a lot. When this teacher left, I changed to an even awesomer teacher: 飞飞老师. Now every Thursday after my classes at school, I come to That's Mandarin, no matter how tired I am, for two-hours of hard-working (and laughing) Chinese speaking and writing/French culture class.
My Chinese has improved so much and my Chinese class at school is so much easier.In daily life, I can speak Chinese with native Shanghainese.
Thanks That's Mandarin!

How can this program be improved?

Move it closer to my house! (And get more apple candy)

Yes, I recommend
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Thanks to my time at That's Mandarin School

Teacher Cao Bin has been a very enjoyable guide -he is personable and communicates well. Thanks to my time at That's Mandarin,I've been able to communicate successfully with people in Shanghai in Mandarin and even assist some non-speaking friends while taking taxies,etc.
Lesson plans have been done to be most useful on a day to day basis,but Mr. Cao also apparently willing to provide assistance with random questions no matter how obscure! Since his English skills are also very good,he has been able to offer insight into how Mandarin is similar or different to the English language(e.g. similar sentence structures),which has been grate help in the learning process.
The use of games during lessons to help memorise challenging aspects(e.g. tones)has proved effective.
Learning Mandarin has thus been pretty smooth sailing and has not felt like hard work!

How can this program be improved?

More events to be held every month.

Yes, I recommend
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Great teachers with fantastic training

I've had different teachers at That's Mandarin, and I appreciate the methods that they use and the obvious training that they have received at this organization. I have been very pleased with my educational experience and have learned more than I expected in an enjoyable environment.This group is very professional and good at communicating with their customers. I've had a much better experience here than with programs elsewhere in Shanghai.

How can this program be improved?

Please consider waiving the fee for adding family members to the contract. :)

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...