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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 the moment studying for the HSK and hopefully after that doing some more fun things!

Yes, I recommend
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Great Program – Fun and Effective

I had never studied any Chinese before and wanted to learn some basics before I traveled around China for a few months, so I signed up for a two week course with That's Mandarin in Shanghai. I'm certainly glad I did. I steadily progressed in my very basic Chinese every day. Their method really is to have the student jump right in, and after learning just a few words and grammar rules to go ahead and start practicing saying the kinds of sentences that are most used on a daily basis (often using role play interactions, such as pretending you are communicating with a waiter in a restaurant). The teachers would ask us to come up with unique, original simple sentences using the new words and grammar rules we learned each day. Then the teachers would write these sentences into their computer program and print them out at the end of the day so we could study them at night and review them again in class the next day. It was a great balance of keeping us on our toes to come up with sentences, but also feeling that is it was totally fine if we got something wrong, forgot a word, or took a while to complete a sentence.

The teachers were very friendly, knowledgeable in methods of beginner language instruction, and were an overall pleasure to work with. Each day we had one teacher for the first two hours and another for the second two. However those two teachers never changed - this worked quite well. We also had plenty of laughs in class and learned a little about each other. I only had one other student in my class (I believe all their classes are one-on-one or very small groups) and the small group setting made for an effective yet relaxed learning environment.

This course was the ideal way to begin my travels in China. For an introduction to beginner Chinese I definitely recommend That's Mandarin.

Yes, I recommend
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That's Mandarin

Before coming to Beijing, I had studied Mandarin in high school 6 years back. Naturally, I had forgotten a lot of characters and was not able to communicate as well as I had anticipated. Starting to learn again had its challenges - I often found myself flustered and frustrated.

While coming to the school, it's good to know that the teachers had the capability to adapt to my present level and were able to help me reach my person goals.

The unique teaching style of the That's Mandarin allows students to remember characters for the long term, and also provided me the ability to retain key grammatical structures. I think in a sense, this comes down to the management of the school, and the ease of communication between teachers who teach the same students.

To provide an example, during high school, I had a habit of forgetting characters a week after studying, but over here characters are reemphasized often enough to remember them for the long haul.

The other thing that was particularly useful was the fact that the all the notes were printed soft-copy & hard-copy. I was therefore able to go through my notes while sitting at dinner via my ipad or taking the train / bus / public transportation.

How can this program be improved?

A faster management system so less time is spent being inefficient. Allows students to learn more during the space of 50 minutes.

Yes, I recommend
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Pete Mattox

Very good program; quite satisfied

Program's strength is its flexibility and ability to meet students where they are at. If you have clear goals, That's Mandarin can help you get there. However, some teachers seem overworked/too many hours. Though they are exceptionally professional, there are limits to any one person's ability to pay attention.

How can this program be improved?

See above

Yes, I recommend

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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...