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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Nicola
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Rob
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Ali
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
A faster management system so less time is spent being inefficient. Allows students to learn more during the space of 50 minutes.
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Pete Mattox
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
See above
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Rachel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CHINESE CLASS

I like comimg to That's Mandarin because everyone here is kind and patient. I love how the classes are desgined to fit my specific needs and ability, even on days when I am struggling the teachers are very encouraging.

What would you improve about this program?
The mandarin cafe could be more functional.
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Minh
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience at That's Mandarin

The course coordinator Molly was very easy to talk to, very helpful and always contactable. I am doing a small group class with 2 people and we get maximum opportunity to learn using dialogues such as ordering a meal or asking for directions.

I think the teaching method is very effective, combining vocabulary, grammar and dialogues in each section.

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Lorenzo
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Intensive Private Class

Chinese language is hard to master, but the teachers at this school have proved to be very skilled in showing that even though it may be hard there are many ways to approach it.

The program is much better than many of the other programs I have encountered. The online platform offered is a precious resource for reviewing your work after class.

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Michal
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Enjoyed Intensive 1on1 Class

I had the chance of taking an Intensive Course at That's Mandarin. The School offered me 6 hours of classes per day that fully met my needs. I really enjoyed the one-on-one lessons with nice, helpful and experienced teachers. They applied various methods of teaching (listenings, videos, recordings), so I never got bored.

All in all I think the course proved to be extremely effective for me. I learned alot of useful vocabulary. I revised grammar, I gained more confidence when speaking Chinese and I immersed myself in Chinese culture. It was a priceless experience and I hope I will come back to That's Mandarin one day.

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Emma
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience Learning Chinese

I came to China unable to speak any Mandarin. I have been studying at That's Mandarin for the last 5 months and I have noticed such a big improvement. Not only have I learnt alot, I am also able to retain it and use it in my day to day life.

What I like best about this school is their teaching method. It is very interactive and uses real life scenarios to help you remember useful vocab. The teachers are great and really helpful. I found pronounciation to be the hardest part of learning Mandarin. However both my teachers were great at finding clever methods to help me pronounce the different tones correctly.

I have really enjoyed learning Mandarin and plan on continuing with That's Mandarin when I am back in China.

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Dee
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Review of That's Mandarine Course

Hi, I am not sure if I am doing this review properly, but I was asked by Molly to write down my experience at the school so far. So, here it is.
When I first came to school, I could not speak any Mandarin, I though the language was very difficult and that I will never be able to learn. I had difficulties in life in Beijing because of that. then, I applied for the beginner's course (1 month - 20 classes) and I had a free trial class as well. I did not use That's Mandarin accommodation as I live in Beijing in my own apartment, so I did not know how to rate accommodation and social scene questions. But, I can tell about the course. I was very pleased with my teacher. She was very patient with me, very knowledgeable, very friendly and ready to explain any communication needs that I had. For example, after only a couple of weeks in her class, I was able to go to the pharmacy all by myself and buy hydrogen peroxide, and I asked the pharmacist all in Mandarin and she was able to understand me. This is all because my Mandarin teacher explained exactly how to use the words I already knew and new words that she introduced. Another example, the same went on with me going to the cell phone service provider and asking for a new telephone number and internet. My teacher trained me how to make this conversation, and I went there and they understood what I wanted. So, my pronunciation also improved, not just vocabulary.
I am also very pleased with the fact that the teacher provides the printed version of the lesson in Chinese characters, pinyin, English, so I can review it at home and use it in every day activities. This is so helpful, because I can make my little portfolio and then combine what I learned from these lessons. Also, these printouts are all dated, so I can remind myself better and use the printouts according to the dates. This is very convenient.
The atmosphere in the school is very friendly and welcoming. Offering tea is such a great idea, and the large lobby space where I could always relax after work and eat a snack before the class.
I like this school and will sing up for the next level course after this one finishes next week.

What would you improve about this program?
I don't know, because I have never been in any other Mandarin school so I cannot compare them. This one was my first and I really like it very much. If they keep that same time of my classes and the same teacher I will sign up for the next level.
The only thing maybe is that the administration should have informed me about the class that was canceled because of May 1st holiday and provide a different date for making up this class. They did not do that, but when I noticed that my course will be shorter for 2 classes that they canceled I emailed them and asked them to provide a different date for these two classes or to refund me. They did provide different date, but hadn't I intervened, they would just leave it like that and although I paid for 20 classes, because of holiday they would have given me just 18. However, they did correct themselves and apologized when I notified them, so I will have my two classes next week.
My point is that they should have planned this holiday cancelations in advance and tell me in advance about the make up classes. that's all.
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Allison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Highly recommended

Before I came to Shanghai, I was really concerned about two things - the school and the accommodation. Both have not only met my expectations but have exceeded them as well! After my Skype trial class, my teacher suggested I enrol in the one-on-one classes (as I already speak basic Mandarin). Best decision I made! I have very much enjoyed my classes (I only have 2 weeks left and I already know I will miss my classes, other students that I have gotten to know over the last 1.5 months and of course, the teachers. The teachers at That's Mandarin are friendly, patient and dedicated to teaching Mandarin in an informal environment. Emphasis is placed on student participation, as opposed to sitting in a classroom, listening to the teacher talk. The school environment is very friendly and casual - you walk in to the school and you just feel so at ease - the happy and friendly atmosphere of the school certainly made learning fun and coming every day for 4 hours each day not so daunting as I first thought!

The apartment the school arranged for me is amazing - looks exactly like the photos on their website. The apartment is located about 40 minutes away from the school - but don't be put off by the time - the Shanghai Metro system is efficient and reliable - so it's actually not that far! In any case, my daily commute has given me the opportunity to explore new areas, shopping centres, restaurants and cafes! All I can say is you will not be disappointed by the apartment!

Finally, I have made many new friends through That's Mandarin - most of us have now in fact become travel buddies!

I would highly recommend That's Mandarin to anyone who is keen to learn Mandarin in a friendly and fun environment and meet like-minded people.

What would you improve about this program?
At my request, my teachers found a very useful Chinese-English textbook covering my field of study. The textbook was great - although a little difficult in the beginning. As I enrolled in one-on-one classes, we finished the textbook after5 weeks. But unfortunately, it looks like Chinese-English textbooks covering my field of study are not that common. So if I had to say one thing - it would have been great to have another textbook to work off. But the teachers found other useful material.
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Ethan
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

That's Mandarin Shanghai

After the group class at That's Mandarin I was very satisfied. The teachers are very young and energetic and take the time to make sure you really understand the material. Classes move fast and the course work is challenging. The apartment that they provide for you is very nice, close to the metro and lots of shops and restaurants. The social events are a great way to meet people and make new friends. I have really enjoyed my experience so far and would highly recommend it.

What would you improve about this program?
I don't really have any.
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Tony
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hard work pays off

As its name implies, the intensive course requires hard and consistent work if you want to get the most out of it. regular home work brings its rewards. But the weekends are without classes so there is plenty of time to explore the city. The interaction with the teachers is open and friendly so you will also learn a lot about daily life in China and discover the intricacies of Chinese culture. You will come away greatly enriched.

What would you improve about this program?
One thing in need of change are perhaps more cultural events.
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Jacky
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

First stay in Shanghai

Thanks to That's mandarin and to the teachers, though I didn't know much chinese, after two weeks I was able to ask my way, take a taxi... It was a real linguistic experience that made me progress though I still have much to learn. Thanks to the teachers! The accommodation was very comfortable and not far from the school. It was a good experience!

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Tommy
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Tailor-made to my learning style

My program at That’s Mandarin was quite unique. I’m in university in London studying Chinese and business, and this summer I decided to come and try to get a step ahead for next year. I gave a copy of my textbook for next year to my teachers, and they divided the content between them. I have one teacher for vocabulary, one for grammar, and one for general speaking practice.

This was my second time studying with That’s Mandarin. Last year I took a two week course, and what appealed to me was their ability to tailor a class to my time and my needs within a very short period of time.

I had previously spent time studying at a Chinese university, and I really prefer the personal aspect of class at That’s Mandarin. In university, you might get the chance to speak for just five minutes out of two hours of class, but here, you speak almost constantly throughout the lesson. The teachers are very funny, really good at teaching, and especially good at constructing clever and effective ways for you to remember words and characters. This works very well with my learning style, much more so than just being taught out of a textbook.

What would you improve about this program?
I don’t really have anything negative to say, my experience here has been positive all around, and I’m already looking for an opportunity to come back again next summer.