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Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

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SOHO Donghai Plaza, 299 Tongren Road - Floor 16th Room 1604-05 , Shanghai (view map)
96% (134 reviews)
      

About Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

Each year hundreds of students from all over the world enroll and value our modern, high-quality teaching in a warm family-like environment. Word-by-mouth promotion has accounted for, and still accounts for, the high influx of new students.

At Silk Mandarin you will learn Mandarin effortlessly! Our ground-breaking Slow Motion Technique paves the way, as it teaches you Mandarin with just one rule instead of dozens. Which student wouldn’t like that? A wide variety of incredible teaching tools ensures that our classes entertain you from start to finish. Thanks to our methodology and our tools, students learn faster and with fun!

And now that you have come over to the world’s most vibrant and legendary city of Shanghai, you want to have your fair share of ‘the China experience’ right? Our amazing activities and dedicated staff will make sure you get the best bite out of China’s culture and Chinese life!

All our teachers are full time employed, native to China and bilingual. They have a University degree in Chinese and their major is Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, they all have ample teaching experience. Our teachers are passionate about teaching and will make sure you will enjoy learning Mandarin!

We offer:
- Full-time and Part-time courses, both OffLine- and OnLine;
- Conversational Chinese/HSK and Business Chinese/BCT;
- Summer Camps and Summer Programs;
- Activities and Excursions;
- VISA service;
- Accommodation;
- Airport/Station pick-up

Activities

  • Art / Painting
  • Cooking
  • Cultural tourism (theater, museum, etc.)
  • Hiking
  • On campus events

Additional Services

  • Airport/Station transfer
  • Student counselling
  • Visa support
  • Facilities for students with disabilities

Accommodation

  • Host family accommodation
  • Host family accommodation without students of same native language
  • Own apartment
  • In hotel/guesthouse
  • Shared Apartment

Courses

General Chinese

94% 68 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Intermediate, Basic

Weekly Hours: Intensive 25+ hrs/wk

Location Type: Town/City

Class Sizes: Small, 2-5 students

Our Curriculum 2 IN 1

2 IN 1 that’s our curriculum to teach you Conversational Chinese/HSK. With this curriculum we provide 2 results in 1 course. You will learn daily life Conversational Chinese and, for those who are interested, have the opportunity to pass HSK exam at the same time. No additional Exam preparation is needed which saves you both money and time.
Please have a look at our website for information on HSK.

Intensive 30 and Intensive 20 courses

The Intensive 30 Course is with 30 classes per week our most immersive Course. It focuses on acquiring the highest level of Conversational or Business Chinese, at the same time preparing the student to pass the Chinese HSK exam.
Compared to the Intensive 20 Course the Intensive 30 Course allows for two additional afternoon classes per day in which what has been learned in the morning is being practiced in an effective yet fun way in the afternoon. Apart from that, the Intensive 30 course includes a Friday afternoon out of class Activity: we take the students outside where they can practice their Mandarin in the real world. Class size is small with a maximum of 8 students.

The Intensive Courses are best suited for those who:
• want to acquire a deep knowledge of Mandarin in all its aspects listening, speaking, reading and writing;
• want to learn Mandarin fast and to the fullest;
• prefer to review and practice in the classroom rather than only at home.

Express 30 Course

The increasing importance of HSK has been the reason to design our Express Course. It is undoubtedly the fastest way to pass your HSK exams with good results. In this course we stretch the student’s language skills to the fullest. The class size is with 4 students small.

The Express course is best suited for those who:
• want to sign up for University or apply for a job and now need to pass HSK 4 or 5 as fast as possible;
• quickly need to acquire extra ‘HSK-points’ to get their VISA under the latest VISA rules;
• want to challenge themselves and see how fast they can master Mandarin.

Business Chinese

84% 1 Review

This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Location Type: Town/City

Our Curriculum 2 PLUS 1

2 PLUS 1 that’s our curriculum to teach you Business Chinese/BCT. As a basis for our Business Chinese teaching we use our Conversational/HSK teaching 2 IN 1. On top of that, we add vocabulary, structures and phrases on Business Chinese topics, so indeed 2 PLUS 1.
Please have a look at our website for information on HSK and BCT.

Intensive 30 and Intensive 20 Course

The Intensive 30 Course is with 30 classes per week our most immersive Course. It focuses on acquiring the highest level of Conversational or Business Chinese, at the same time preparing the student to pass the Chinese HSK exam.
Compared to the Intensive 20 Course the Intensive 30 Course allows for two additional afternoon classes per day in which what has been learned in the morning is being practiced in an effective yet fun way in the afternoon. Apart from that, the Intensive 30 course includes a Friday afternoon out of class Activity: we take the students outside where they can practice their Mandarin in the real world. Class size is small with maximum of 8 students.

The Intensive Courses are best suited for those who:
• want to acquire a deep knowledge of Mandarin in all its aspects listening, speaking, reading and writing;
• want to learn Mandarin fast and to the fullest;
• prefer to review and practice in the class room rather than only at home.

Chinese online

97% 12 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 16-70

Class Sizes: Small, 2-5 students, One-to-One

Levels: Intermediate, Basic, Advanced

Do you want to study Mandarin while abroad? Do you have such a busy schedule that you can’t match the classroom schedule? With our ONLINE course you can study Chinese at any time and any place. Our Real Life ON LINE Course makes you feel like you are actually in the class room together with your teacher and, in case of group class, also together with your class mates: you can literally log on from any place and at any time:

- face to face contact with teacher and class mates;
- i+1 course ware (grammar, vocabulary e.a.) on screen;
- digital white board to write down your questions during class.

Tailor made Chinese courses

96% 50 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Intermediate, Basic

Location Type: Town/City

Does your busy agenda only allow for private classes with a schedule fixed to your likings? Do you want to form your own small group with friends or family? You have specific needs or you want a specific study plan? Whatever kind of course you are thinking of, our tailor made program will take you there. Together with our course consultant we can provide you with a course that will get the result you envisaged.

Chinese Summer Courses

100% 2 Reviews

This course is for students aged: 12-70

Location Type: Town/City

Our Summer Camp is ideal for parents who want to give their children a head start in learning Mandarin and get to know China! They will be immersed not only in the Chinese language but as much so in its culture. Apart from that there will be plenty of time to socialise with the other children and go on interesting and fun excursions. We specialise in providing a safe, fun, motivating, and educational environment for all kids. Our full time camp is best suited for children in the age of 13 - 17 yrs.

All our Courses are perfectly fit for a Summer Program in the period June - August. To get the best out of your time in Shanghai we offer all kinds of Activities to make you experience life in China and especially life in amazing Shanghai.

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Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

United States   

studied General Chinese

The Real Deal!

I’d tried for years to learn Chinese, but is wasn’t until I found Silk Mandarin that I am finding success. Silvia quickly responded to my inquiry and helped me to understand the methodologies used and many options available to me. She listened to my personal experiences, helping me to create goals that Amelie Laoshi eagerly tackles. As a veteran educator, I clearly understand learning styles and modalities. I feel fortunate for the HSK Standard textbooks, visuals, auditory resources and technology available to me in pursuit of my goals. I’m especially grateful for Amelie’s patience and humor, which motivate and inspire me to continue to learn and grow in my acquisition of the Chinese language. I would highly recommend this program, regardless of age or level.

posted 2 years ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

United States   

studied Tailor made Chinese courses

Refreshing approach and environment for learning Chinese

I studied Chinese on and off over the span of nearly 10 years in both University and private tutoring environments, but I never was able to fully connect with traditional course tracks and teachers. Frustrated with my language level and growth after having lived in China for years, I was referred a few months ago to Silk Mandarin by a friend and have found this to be a truly unique school from day one.

My teacher Jasmine developed an approach and schedule tailored to what I need, even going beyond the HSK curriculum to include custom valuable segments relevant to my career needs. I have learned faster than I expected, and more importantly I am perpetually more and more motivated by the progress and results.

I had always written off learning characters as I thought they were too daunting to learn comprehensively given my busy schedule, and instead prioritized conversational skills and pinyin. Silk Mandarin, however, has a way of teaching characters that makes it feel easy and logical, and it has completely changed how quickly I can learn comprehend and retain information.

The school is in a great central location too, comfortable, and after moving to the new classrooms on the 16th floor the environment got even better. Positive vibes, I highly recommend.

posted 2 years ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

United States   

studied Chinese Summer Courses

Great


Very good. Excellent staff and excellent program. Loved the teachers there. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

posted 2 years ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

United States   

studied General Chinese

Great Course!

Silk Mandarin's teachers makes the anxiety of learning a stressful language and transforms it with there personality to ease the pressure. Their patience to break down complicated words helps students to continue to grow, while their enthusiasm helps to keep us motivated. The flexibility to utilize the facilities, as well as, the online platform makes it easier to navigate classes during a business work schedule. I would highly recommend Silk Mandarin and my teacher Lis to anyone!

posted 2 years ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

United States   

studied Tailor made Chinese courses

A thoughtful approach to Chinese learning

Silk Mandarin offers a welcoming environment to develop Chinese language skills regardless of level or ability. While you definitely get out what you are willing to put into the course, dedicated students will find that Silk implements a system for learning that, with practice, establishes a solid foundation for students to become increasingly self-reliant and confident with their Chinese. It has been a privilege to take lessons from Jasmine, who is clearly invested in her students and their growth.

posted 2 years ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

United States   

studied Chinese Summer Courses

Great experience!

I had so much fun and learned a lot of Chinese. It was great seeing Shanghai and meeting new people. I wanted to learn Chinese in a immersive experience and this program helped me do that.

posted 2 years ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

United States   

studied Tailor made Chinese courses

Excellent Teachers

I went to Silk Mandarin with the specific goal of passing HSK 6, the one on one classes organized by Silk Mandarin and my teacher Liwen were excellent. After sitting down and going through a mock test together during our first session Liwen identified the areas where I needed to improve and focus the most. In subsequent sessions we focused on these areas and Liwen taught me strategies that helped me save time and score better.

Ive taken lots of Chinese classes at different universities and in different private settings and can honestly say that Silk Mandarin was the best. They understood my own specific goals and were able to provide the roadmap and materials necessary to achieve that goal in only 4 lessons.

posted 2 years ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

United States   

studied General Chinese

A Great Choice!

I have been in China for over five years, and for more than five years, I have attempted to learn Mandarin. During my time in Shanghai, I have tried countless tutors to apps and other language centers. I had all but given up hope that I would find an approach that worked for me, then a friend referred me to Silk mandarin.

For me, What sets Silk apart from a sea of money-hungry Chinese language training centers is their passion. From the moment you step through the door, you will be by a wave of warmth, caring, and sincerity. Before joining Silk, I had become burnt out and demotivated from my previous experience at my last Chinese language school. So many of the other programs in Shanghai advertise high tech resources and unrealistic results; this is not the case at Silk. I also found that the course consultants at other centers only care if you make it to the class, not about your actual goals. The point that makes Silk Mandarin tower above the rest is their genuine care. My course consultant Lina has taken such good care of me from the word go. I will be the first to admit; I am not an easy customer to please. Coming from a high stakes sales background, I am never shy when it comes to pushing for what I want or deserve. With Lina, the whole process was clear, consistent, and straightforward. She went above and beyond to make sure that I was satisfied with every aspect of my investment.

Another point that stood out to me about Silk was their teacher and staff retention. The majority of their team has worked in the center for over two years. Having worked in management for an English training center, I can speak firsthand to the difference that retaining teachers and staff makes to the learner experience. No matter the language or the business, you can always tell the quality of the product and the culture based on their ability to maintain their staff and their customer base.

They say that a great team starts with a great leader and I couldn’t agree more! The center director Liwen is a shining example of a leader who cares deeply for her team and her students. After speaking with her in detail about my goals and ambitions, We made a personalized study plan to ensure that I reached my full potential. She also took a personal interest in me as a student to ensure that I was matched with the correct teacher to ensure a cohesive learning experience. Her work ethic shines through in her staff and study material. I could not be happier with my decision to join Silk Mandarin and am excited to see the progress I can make!

posted 2 years ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

United States   

studied General Chinese

You won't regret it

If you actually want to learn Chinese, study at Silk Mandarin. It’s not the cheapest, but that is because the quality is the best you’re going to be able to find, especially if you’re a beginner. Here are my two main reasons why Silk is worth it: 1. Class Size - The group classes have a limit at 6 students, so you’re guaranteed to get tons of personal attention from your teacher and have the opportunity to speak a lot, which is what you actually need if you’re going to improve, especially at the early levels. 2. Teachers- The teachers here are the best. I had Jessica for HSK 1, Christina and Jessica for HSK 2, Jessica for HSK 3, and now David and Jessica for HSK 4. Christina is a boss. She don’t mess around and she makes grammar so easy to understand. Jessica is my savior, my fearless leader, my tug boat, pulling me along even when I have no gas left. She explains things so clearly that you don’t think you’re learning until you look back a few chapters and realize that you understand everything. Seriously, a teacher goddess. David is my newest teacher and is perfect for my HSK 4 needs and desires. His English is so goddamn good, which is really helpful mainly because he can explain the nuances between similar words that a textbook can’t (really, the textbook sucks at this). This is very useful for me at the higher level now that my vocabulary is a little bigger (ex. Think about the difference between “but, although, actually, even though, even if, etc... “). He also has a decent sense of humor.

So yea, if you want to pretend to learn Chinese, buy some textbooks and “study” at Starbucks or go to a school where you’re listening to a teacher with 15 other students in the class and you never have a chance to speak. But, if you really want to learn Chinese rapidly, try Silk Mandarin out. I started mid HSK 1 in October (I had taken a single Chinese course two years before in America), and now 5 and half months (April) later I am mid-HSK 4 and a few months away from being conversationally fluent. I am so thankful I found this school and would recommend it wholeheartedly.

posted 3 years ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

United States   

studied General Chinese

我会说汉语!

Silk Mandarin is by far the best Chinese training institute in Shanghai. I recommend it to everyone with complete confidence.

I studied some Chinese in high school and with a private tutor in the US, but Christina's class helped me learn better and faster than anything else I've tried. Silk Mandarin's entire teaching staff is professional, fun and well equipped to give outstanding lessons.

I have taken both private and group lessons. In both I was appropriately challenged to speak and understand at a high level. The intensive classes can be tough, but you're given all the support and resources you'll need to succeed. I now feel confident to use Chinese at work and in daily life.

At school, everyone is friendly and encouraging. I'm always warmly greeted when I walk in for class and encouraged to show of everything I've learned. In class, we've had a lot of fun with role-plays and other activities that have helped me dramatically improve my speaking ability. The extra activities the school puts on, such as the Christmas party, make me feel like I'm a part of a supportive community of expats who all want to learn to speak Chinese.

All in all, I highly recommend Silk Mandarin to anyone who wants to learn Chinese, either for fun, for work, or for intensive study. You can surely find an incredible program to suit your needs here!

posted 3 years ago

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