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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 150 reviews
  • Academics 9.3
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 8.9
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 9.7
  • Instruction 9.5
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.5
  • Housing 9.5
  • Value 9.5
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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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Mel
10/10

Thanks That's Mandarin!

Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience on a two week Intensive Mandarin course on a one-to-one basis.
I was asigned three different teachers which worked very well. All three were profassional and proficient. They were endlessly encouraging, friendly and supportive. In addition to answering any questions I may have regarding learning Mandarin however unrelated to the lesson.
On occasions I was unsure what was expeered at me or felt overwhelmed, but two weeks was perfect for me.
The cultural events - making Tangyuan and otherday the tea workshop were fun, exciting and we enjoyed ourselves.
I certainly hope to return in near future!
I wish That's Mandarin was in Zhuhai, and I am pretty sure that I will recommend That's Mandarin for my friends who would like to learn Chinese!

How can this program be improved?
I am 100% sure that this program is fantastic!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Monika
10/10

Thanks That's Mandarin!

I spent about 2 weeks at the That's Mandarin school and I think it is a good, professinal school. If issues arrive they are dealt with quickly and resovled satisfactory. The majority of teachers are well educated to fead Chinese to foreigners. It is a good thing that most of the classtime is spent speaking Chinese. English is used very little for explanation.
The system used that the teacher types the notes frees the students' attention for absorbing the lessons. And all the notes are readily available after class.
What I do regret is the fact that I have not come to study at That's Mandarin a long time ago. By now I have adopted to "bad" ways using the language and have to change using the Chinese language in the correct way which is harder than learning it correctly on the first go.
If my time allows I think I will return for further studies. Even though only for one week at a time. Two weeks for me are just too much. But that is just me, for others longer times of study at one time might be better.
I do like the classrooms and the fact that they have teaching, and I will recommend this fantastic school to all of my friends!

How can this program be improved?
No, this program is perfect!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ame
10/10

Great Chinese Language Course and School!

This learning experience was very positive. The teaching methods used were very effective, such as the story-telling and link-word method, etc. Throughout lessons, many sentence structures were learnt, which allows the student to create many sentences as they learn new words. Reviewing and reading the notes after each lesson was also very effective for retaining and recalling vocabulary and sentence structures. Reviewing the material at the beginning of the day was also effective and encourages students to study outside of lessons.

Some concepts were a bit difficult to understand or use; however the teachers were able to effectively convey the meaning. I liked that example sentences are created by the students.

Having multiple teachers created some difficulties, such as changes in vocabulary used. However, having multiple teachers was very good because it allowed me to have exposure to different speakers, which is important during the language acquisition process.

Overall, I can see a significant improvement in my use of Chinese and I think That's Mandarin and the teachers are great!

How can this program be improved?
This program and school are perfect!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Samantha
10/10

Great Chinese Program!

I really enjoyed my time studying at That's Mandarin!

I felt like the one-on-one classes gave me the confidence to try and make mistakes and try again. When I started my classes, I had absolutely no knowledge of the Mandarin language. The fact that I was just to thrown into it all at the beginning, scared me a little bit. However, after even one class with That's Mandarin, I realized that this method of teaching would be the most useful in the period of time that I had. And after only a few lessons, I could feel myself improving and starting to understand more and more.

My teachers have been utterly kind and patient with me, and I could not have asked for more from them. My overall experience at this school has been excellent! Thank you very much! :)

How can this program be improved?
That's Mandarin is perfect!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jessica
8/10

Great program

The staff was very professional and helpful. Good, succinct reviews with practical knowledge. Average housing. 3-4 hours of class/day with 1:1 instruction. Teachers very engaged。Not very much support outside of class

How can this program be improved?
Better course materials. I did not particularly like the book and thought it could have been more organized; it did not fit my learning style perfectly. Minimal social activities available; would have been nice to get an "introduction packet" helping the student to enjoy Shanghai
Yes, I recommend this program
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Li
10/10

Intensive Private Class

All the teachers are perfectly able to make you understand any problem you encounter, by using a wide range of clever examples, then always make you create sentences using the words you just learn. They always pay attention to what you say, correct you mistakes, and make you feel like you are making progress. For me the most difficult thing is learning the characters, but I am getting better throughout the weeks, thanks to the may reviews and repeats we have in the class.

How can this program be improved?
The location. The school is too far from my house:)
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jeremias
10/10

Intensive Private Class

That I first had the small group class was very helpful, because I had another student with me who learned the same way as me, so we could talk after class about the experiences and what we learned. After this intensive private class was just perfect. I had a good relation to my teachers, and it was fun to learn the language. Of course it is a lot of Chinese I learned, but the good relation to my teachers and the every time using of Chinese to communicate helped a lot.

How can this program be improved?
To me I felt perfect.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Mccabe
9/10

Intensive 1 on 1 program

The private class is just what I needed. Having in started learning Chinese at "er wai" in a class with a lot of students , I really appreciate having my teacher to myself. This allows you to learn exactly what you want to learn at your own rhythm. I find that making up your own sentences helps you to better remember the new vocabulary. We are now working for the HSK and so I am also using the keyboard to type my own sentences in Chinese and I find that this helps me to remember the vocabulary even more. I really enjoyed the watching the short video classes and having to tell the story. You learn a lot of useful every day vocabulary. it is also very helpful to have all our class materials on hand in the Mandarin Cafe.

How can this program be improved?
I would like to have my teacher, Xing Laoshi back! I started class in July, and because a lot of the teachers were busy with the summer camp, I was lucky to have class every day with Jin Laoshi and a few times a week with Xing Laoshi. During my first few weeks at TM I was very enthusiastic as I really enjoyed my classes with both of these teachers. Unfortunately, Jin Laoshi's former students came back from holiday and so now I have class with her twice a week and Xing Laoshi has had to take her role training new teachers etc and so I no longer have class with her. I am quite disappointed as even though I have no problem with my other teachers, I find that my won personal motivation is not the same and I think that I have not progressed as well as I might have done I continued to learn with the other teachers. i really think the teacher-student relationship is the most important factor in learning at TM. I can't criticize my program since I am basically doing what I want to do ..at the moment studying for the HSK and hopefully after that doing some more fun things!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Boonyanipa
9/10

Overall satisfactory.

I am satisfy with my learning at the school. The personelle atttitude is very pleasant. The teachers performance is highly appreciated. I would recommend your school as the programme of teaching is efficient.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Frances
9/10

Excellent program, my kids enjoyed it very much

Dominique, Nikolai, and Alexi took That's Mandarin Intensive Course for 4 weeks during the summer break. I am happy to say that it has helped each of them in their Chinese classes in school. It has brought confidence in their learing & speaking Chinese, It has also made learning in school easier.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Diana
10/10

Study at That's Mandarin

I spent 4 weeks in the Intensive language learning program (beginner level) in Shanghai. TM has wonderful, dedicated, smart teachers. The learning methology was very practical, diverse and intelligent. The school was very comfortable and friendly. On top of being a great place to learn Mandarin, TM is a well-run business and it was an absolute pleasure interacting with all the staff. I will definately be back!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Madeleine
10/10

Positive experience at That's Mandarin

That's Mandarin is a good school with enthusiatic teachers who are patient and helpful. Jane has also been very helpful especially in helping me when I first arrived. And my classes have been worthwhile and fulfilling as I feel as though I've learnt a large amount of Mandarin and I've improved drastically.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Nicola
9/10

Thank you That's Mandarin

Finding That's Mandarin was a real blessing. So far I have really appreciated my experience here, both from an academic point of view and a social one. The one-on-one program that I am attending is tailored to my needs (I came in here knowing less than nothing!), and now, after only two weeks, I am able to understand what's going around me and to make myself understood in everyday life situations. Moreover, the school is attended by the most diversified crowd, which adds value to the overall experience.

Yes, I recommend this program

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