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

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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.

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

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96%
based on 148 reviews
  • Academics 9.3
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 8.9
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 9.7
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Ferenc
9/10

Chinese language is a challange

I came China and took the opportunity to learn the language. I've learned a few languages before but Chinese is different from them. I had two main difficult areas, tones and writing. I think most of foreigners have similar difficulties.
The school staff is kind and ready to help. It's very important in the schocking mements when I realize that mixed two words which sound so similar (for me, for Chinese they are completely different of course). I feel the staff do all what they can, but an old dog can't easily learn new tricks.

How can this program be improved?
Maybe for non-native English speakers the pinyin system can be more emphasized at the beginning.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ayelet
9/10

High quality teachers, friendly and helpful staff, homey environment

I studied in TM for 4 hours every morning for a period of 4 months when I lived in Beijing in 2012. When I moved back to the States, I continued studying via Skype. I have tried a number of study programs in Beijing and over Skype. The teachers in TM are exceptionally smart and creative and fun to work with. The facilities are in a great location and are very welcoming!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Derek
9/10

It was a very enjoyable 6 weeks at That's Mandarin

I spent 6 weeks at That's Mandarin. It was a very enjoyable 6 weeks. The staff and teachers were very friendly. My level of Chinese increased substantially, mainly in the areas of speaking and listening. The teachers were very patient and explained all my questions in a thorough and professional manner. I would have no hesitation recommendion That's Mandarin to any student wishing to further their Chinese level.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lily
9/10

It was absolutely excellent!

That's Mandarin was everything I had hoped it would be. I took a four-week intensive 1-on-1 program to try and push my verbal skills to the next level.

Thanks to a great group of teachers who were patient, persistent, creative, funny, and energetic, I was able to achieve my goal.

I highly recommend That's Mandarin to anyone who is interested in improving their ability to speak and understand Mandarin.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Shelby
10/10

This is an excellent language school that teaches in a systematic way with emphasis on speaking, listening and grammar.

I came to That's Mandarin to study intensive Chinese. I took 6 hours of private lessons 5 days a week for a month. I also lived with a Chinese family. I have been self-taught, using online resources and books to learn speaking, grammar and characters for 3 1/2 years, up until my lessons at That's Mandarin.

My classes were each two hours long. The teachers all allowed for conversation and review the first hour, which was very helpful and also fun to just get to talk. One class was spoken translation from English to Chinese. This was excellent and my favorite, as it helped me learn my many weaknesses in Chinese grammar and word order. The second class was listening to a recording and repeating it back. This was harder than I thought it would be, but was useful in both listening skills, and in teaching me cultural aspects of modern China as the recordings were about specific topics. My final class was reading in Chinese characters. I learned many new characters and words from this class. I had told my teachers initially that I was not interested in coming to That's Mandarin to learn writing characters as I've been working on that on my own, and wanted to use my time in China to improve my speaking and listening. That’s why I didn't have a writing class.

My family experience was great. The husband and wife had his parents living with them. Their son was in college and I used his room. None of them spoke a word of English, so at breakfast and dinner we conversed in Chinese. They prepared great meals and were excellent hosts. They even had a washing machine so I could wash my clothes in the apartment, but the grandmother offered to do that for me, which was very nice.

The location of the apartment was in a bustling area about 2 miles from the school so the walk was easy. I could have also taken a cab or a three wheeled bike. The school is in a great part of Beijing called Sanlitun, and there are tons of restaurants and businesses around the area. Every day I'd walk home a new way to see more of Beijing.

The only problem with the school was that the plumbing was not very functional. For a long day at the school, like I had, this was a problem and should be addressed in a better way.

I had no problems with the teachers on the teaching. They were very helpful and I cannot recommend this school highly enough. I ran into many fellow students who had tried other schools and said that That's Mandarin was the best.

I chose them because they had private lessons, and when I contacted them initially, and the woman learned I was doing an intensive course, she advised me to do a home stay rather than have an apartment (I was nervous about a home stay). That opened up modern Chinese culture to me, through the food and conversation. It would not have been anywhere near as valuable an experience had I lived in an apartment with an English speaker.

I am currently taking a 2-hour class online once a week with That's Mandarin, via Skype, to continue learning and to not lose what I did learn. I'm making progress and it keeps me motivated in my self-studies. I plan on going back for another intensive month of studying next year in Beijing.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kenya
10/10

One of the best Chinese learning experiences I have had.

As someone who works in the media industry in China, I wanted to have a better understanding of the work I am doing in the country. In addition, as my career aspirations in the media will have me residing here for a long period time, I want to be able to communicate with my subjects and colleagues through their language more, although their English skills are good.

I found That's Mandarin by chance and I have been very impressed with their professionalism and efforts to improve all aspects of my Chinese skills.

One thing that attracted me to That's Mandarin is their one-on-one classes for those who are working in Beijing. As I have a very busy schedule I do not have the time to be in classes all day. Fortunately, That's Mandarin tailors the classes to what you would like to work on. I wanted to take the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK), so That's Mandarin worked with me to develop a plan to prepare for it. Thanks to the teachers' encouragement and hard work, I passed the level three HSK exam. Now I am working my way to taking the level four exam.

Classes are very relaxed and the teachers make learning Chinese fun compared with courses at universities in China where teachers may fill your head with vocabulary and not give students the opportunity to participate in the classes. Teachers at That's Mandarin want students to be active because it is the only way for them to improve their Chinese skills.

The work that the staff do at That's Mandarin is great and I believe that anyone who is looking to learn Chinese should give them serious consideration.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lauren
10/10

Couldn't ask for quicker improvement

Over the course of a few years I have been taking part-time one-on-one classes at That's Mandarin. The teachers have all been obviously well-trained and use the same methods (this link word method that they talk about), and when your Chinese gets to a higher level, they have so many resources in their Mandarin Cafe system, and I love the fact that I can use that to review my notes and test myself rather than just sifting through all my notes. It may seem a little pricey but I think it's worth it just because I improved so much for relatively little study time.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Floris
9/10

Very professional teachers, pleasant environment, and great teaching materials

I had individual classes which suited my needs perfectly. I thought it was nice to have three different teachers, each with their individual strengths. The location of the school is very convenient, the building is very comfortable, and they have succeeded in creating a nice atmosphere inside.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Amanda
10/10

I learned so much from really dedicated teachers in the warm friendly community environment that is That's Mandarin

The teachers were wonderful, engaged and committed. The team was very flexible as I had to change my schedule a lot, due to work demands. I loved the tea!

I have no complaints at all - it was a wholly positive experience for me.
I really learned so much.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ido
9/10

Amazing teachers and a great atmosphere

I've been studying in That's Mandarin for 4 hours a day, 5 days a week for a long time.

I had trial lessons in three other schools and TM was better by far. I had a chance to learn with five different teachers and they were all excellent. They updated one another so each teacher knew what I had learned already and what I should learn next.

They were very adaptive and were happy to teach topics you wanted to learn, and focused on things that were more important to you, like writing, speaking, listening, etc.

Another huge advantage is their software. Every word and sentence is documented in their online application so you don't learn from books and you don't need to write anything during class. You get a printout at the end of the class and you can access everything online whenever you want. This is very helpful because you can hear how some of the words are pronounced after class (many of the words have audio attached to them).

The school is located in an excellent area and is right next to one of the best breweries in Beijing.

I highly recommend this school.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kirsten
9/10

Part-time Private Class

I am still looking forward to my Chinese lesson.
I am a little sad that it is not possible to watch the movie during the Skype lesson. like the one about Jason. so the lesson concentrates more on reading and writing. But I miss this speaking class a little.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Peter
10/10

Private Class

I take the Part-time Private program at That's Mandarin Beijing Campus. The campus is very nice. I especially appreciate the tea and coffee on campus. I improved already my Chinese, even if not very fast. Nevertheless, I feel way more comfortable with the language.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ana
9/10

The classes are very useful for me, and they are fun too.

I take the Intensive 1on1 class in That's Mandarin Beijing campus. I found everything very easy, so far I haven't had any problem. The classes are very useful for me, and they are fun too.
And I live in a host family. My host family is very nice and the location is very convenient too.

How can this program be improved?
I don't know now.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Adrian
10/10

Thanks That's Mandarin

I spent one week intensively studying Chinese at “That’s Mandarin” and thoroughly enjoyed my experience.

My three teachers (Yang Mengyao, Wei Ting and Yang Jing) were all excellent, and made my classes enjoyable and educational. Even though I did 6 hours per day, the fact that each teacher concentrated on different aspects meant it wasn’t too tiring. I particularly liked how they would record my mistakes/new phrases on their computer, which saved me time from having to write notes. This also meant that revision time was focused on my weaknesses rather than my strengths. The combination of listening tasks and videos complemented each other to accelerate my learning.

Email communication with the school prior to my arrival was prompt and clear, which mean that from my first day the language level was appropriate and time was spent focusing on my requested interests (in my case this was learning medical terminology and consultations).

If you are interested in finding a place to maximize your practical spoken Chinese, I can highly recommend this school. Xie xie “That’s Mandarin”!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Peter
9/10

Intensive Private Class

My days composed of mostly going to school in the morning, eating lunch around school then traveling in the afternoon. My classes were long but engaging as I studied a lot of pragmatic vocab and cultural concepts that I then could see or use in real-life situations. The one-on-one system also made me feel more comfortable about asking questions or talking about my experiences while I was in Beijing. I then go back to my host family and sometimes head to town in the evening. It was not very hard to get used to though sometimes the crowdedness in certain places (bus, subway,...) can be overwhelming when I just arrived. Since people tend to speak Chinese to me, it's hard to listen sometimes and understand what people were trying to say (too fast...). However, I quickly adapted and became fascinated with Beijing's lifestyle and culture as well as with the locals that I met throughout my stay.

How can this program be improved?
I was here we watched short movies/ adverstisments that were managable time-wise and level-wise. I think that those ads were a better fit for me as they weren't as overwhelming as a full-length movie.
Yes, I recommend this program

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