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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Reviews

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
  • Housing 9.7
  • Value 9.7
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Rosie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent

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.

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Ada
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
Move it closer to my house! (And get more apple candy)
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Pinky
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
More events to be held every month.
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Desiree
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
Please consider waiving the fee for adding family members to the contract. :)
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Yena
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying in such a friendly environment

Studying with my teachers for nearly a year, they've become very meaningful friends of mine. I shared daily life stories with them in Chinese and talking about our mutual interests was always the best way to practice my Chinese. My teachers always had interesting stories about Chinese history to tell in class, and they helped me understanding Chinese culture, which helped me a lot as this is the first time living in Beijing.

What would you improve about this program?
I had two different teachers, which meant I sometimes had to study similar materials again. (this could be sort of a revision so not too bad.)
Response from That's Mandarin Chinese Language School

Thanks so much for your advice and we would try our best to improve our program and courses to meet your satisfactory.

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Felix
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Very good learning environment

That's Mandarin provides a great learning environment with helpful and enthusiastic teachers, always willing to go out of their way to help their students. The only bemol I can see is the cancellation policy, which makes you pay for the class if you cancel it 24 hrs before the starting time. It is difficult for a busy professional to work around this. Other than this, great environment and great program of extracurricular activities!

What would you improve about this program?
The only bemol I can see is the cancellation policy, which makes you pay for the class if you cancel it 24 hrs before the starting time.
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Şemsi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Totally Satisfied

I have learned chinese for a five year,but i was still need to improve my chinese and i was searching best way to for it in China.And then i met with That's Mandarin.I think this school is for improve your chinesee level better than learning in any university.All staf and teachers very concerned about your every problems and of course your learning chinese.I can say i am totally satisfied with my learning.I have learned a lot of new things through funny classes.I have already recommend my other some friends.If you search the best way learning chinese or improve your chinese,i think That's Mandarin one of the best way!

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Silvia
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience!

I've had a lot of fun and have learned tons. I arrived with no Chinese whatsoever, so the progress has been spectacular. Teachers are excellent (and oh! so patient!) and the fact that they adapt to one's rhythm and circumstances is perfect. I started out with 4 hours a day, but couldn't handle it; 2 hours a day 4 days a week is just the right measure for me. I hope to pass HSK3 in under a year and a half.
Beijing is a great city with a vast cultural offering and I have enjoyed the art scene. Foodies will also enjoy the city, and if you like to dance, That's Mandarin is very close to the Worker's Stadium and all the night spots. Also to the area of Sanlitun, great restaurants and shops. And Beijing is very safe, priceless.

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Daniel
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A home from home

I've been attending That's Mandarin in Beijing since March 2015 and felt right at home from the first lesson thanks to the warm welcome extended by each member of staff to all students. It's an excellent environment in which to study. I was a complete beginner but through the thoughtful tuition of my two excellent teachers I feel I am making good progress in learning the foundations of a very complicated language. They also patiently indulge my curiosity when I want to go off topic. I cannot recommend TM highly enough.

What would you improve about this program?
The website is pretty good but I think the flashcard system could be improved. I understand TM is thinking of introducing a learning app which would be a great development.
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Brittney
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best 1-on-1 program, with flexible hours and curriculum

I've been going to That's Mandarin for more than a year and have noticed a significant improvement in my reading, speaking and listening comprehension (the three skills I've been working on) as a direct result of my lessons. Chinese friends and coworkers have all said they've noticed the improvement as well.

I especially recommend That's Mandarin for adults who have complicated schedules (because of work, family or school) and/or complicated past experiences with Chinese. My work schedule is flexible for three weeks of the month and very busy for one week, and That's Mandarin has been 100 percent accommodating about this, without penalizing me financially at all. Also, I have a really strange mixed bag of previous Chinese knowledge (some traditional characters, some really formal language, previously really poor verbal skills) and, because of That's Mandarin's flexible curriculum, my teachers just tailored their lessons and conversation level to my needs.

Plus, there's complimentary coffee, tea and water. Can't go wrong with that.

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Calvin
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Nice school with innovative teaching techniques

I've been coming to this school for about 3 years now and I've enjoyed my experience. The teachers are friendly and helpful, and the support staff do their best to help with all the odds and ends. Nice facilities as well, with free coffee and tea. My only complaint is that it would nice if there were more free extra-curricular activities such as social gatherings and movie events, but I guess that takes time and money. I also think the Iphone app that they have should be upgraded. But all in all, a good school that I will be sticking with.

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Jamie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

That's Mandarin class

I think the teaching method is very effective at That's Mandarin. Learning at this school is a lot more fun than taking a language in high school or college- it's very interactive and the teachers always teach vocabulary in context which makes it easy to remember.My teacher, Wu Lao Shi, is rather funny and I always feel as if the class time has gone by too fast. At That's Mandarin I am learning Chinese much more quickly than I have learned languages in the past.

What would you improve about this program?
Make it cheaper!
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Claudia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

the school got my second home in many ways

After arriving in Beijing I quickly got frustrated because in so many ordinary situations I could not express myself. The school helped me a lot. I still remember one night in the Underground, I needed to recharge my card, but didnt know how to. The Chinese staff, three of them, were all scared to talk to me. Eventually the smallest and oldest was chosen. When I started to speak Chinese to him and he realized he could underestand me, he got so genuinely happy, it was a great moment for both of us.

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Victoria
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

passionate dedicated teachers

That's Mandarin provided me with a full time one on one program personalised for my specific study objectives. Not only were the staff open to my own thoughts on my preferred learning style, the staff also provided my with more scientific-based expert suggestions for rapidly improving my understanding of Chinese across all facets of speaking, listening, reading comprehension, writing and culture.
Working together with the dedicated staff daily in the classroom has been an enriching and rewarding experience and one that has prepared me well to undertake my next HSK exam.

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Michelle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Learning Mandarin in Beijing

Learning Mandarin with "That's Mandarin" has been a very rewarding experience. I feel that I have learnt so much in just 3 weeks. Being a school teacher, I was very impressed with their teaching methodolgy. It is not just learning from a boring text book like at other institutes that I have previously studied with. I really enjoy the personalised classes where you learn new vocabulary and grammar that is related to your every day real life experiences. I also appreciated how easy the teachers made understanding the grammar which can be a little tricky at times as it's different to English. All the staff including the adminstration are very helpful and the teaching staff are especially excellent. I would highly recommend anyone looking to study Mandarin in a fun and engaging way to choose "That's Mandarin" as their school.