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Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

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SOHO Donghai Plaza, 299 Tongren Road - Floor 6th Room 601 , Shanghai (view map)
96% (67 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% 31 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

96% 6 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% 28 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

0% 0 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

Belarus   

studied General Chinese

Best School in Shanghai

I have been living in China for six years and took classes in different Mandarin schools. I usually changed one school per year what didn't help to make much progress. It's my third year at Silk Mandarin , I joined when I was at HSK4 book, now I am learning HSK6 book.
The best thing at school are people. I guess this school has best teachers in Shanghai who become your friends with time. I am lucky to have Jasmine as my teacher for three years, I guess just thanks to her easy-going and funny way of teaching I managed to pass HSK5 and striving to learn HSK6. This school feels like my second home after these years. They have many other activities like Christmas party or weekend trips , what can help you to make new friends too.
Silk Mandarin is in the center of Shanghai at Jing'an temple station ( and I still remember two previous locations) and has all the facilities you need : equipped classrooms, TVs , and even a computer with VPN.
I can recommend this school to anyone who thinks about learning Chinese, wants to make new friends and learn about Chinese culture. I will definitely get back to classes after my summer vacation.

posted 5 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

Canada   

studied Tailor made Chinese courses

S.Orr

Very good. Makes living in China more bearable. Great staff. Free coffee. Great view. Great location. Great, just great. Free trial class, tailored lessons.

posted 5 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

United Kingdom   

studied Tailor made Chinese courses

Mr Goatley

My experience of Silk Mandarin has thus far been a very positive one. All of the staff there are extremely friendly and helpful in a way that is sincere. This friendliness is coupled with a modern and bright facility in the heart of Jing’an making for a brilliant atmosphere, perfect for taking on the challenge of learning Mandarin.

I take one on one classes with a friendly, patient, fun and thorough teacher. I have had around 5 lessons (approx 2 hours each time ) and am more than pleased with the results so far. Silk Mandarin seem to have a simple but effective formula for helping foreigners such as myself improve their Chinese (and quickly so). Such is clearly demonstrated by the progress I have made with my pronunciation , ability to read characters and improved knowledge of correct grammar and sentence structure. Each week there is plenty of reviewing and homework to complete before the next class which I find gives structure and direction to my everyday learning. What is more my teacher is always willing to answer questions and provide extra help via WeChat.

Considering the price I am paying and the quality of the teaching I think it is great value for money. Before arriving in China I took lessons in England which covered far less and cost more.

So a big thumbs up for Silk Mandarin. I would highly recommend it for anyone keen to learn Mandarin or improve on what they already have ! :)

posted 6 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

France   

studied Tailor made Chinese courses

The way to improve quickly your Chinese level !

I would like to thank Silk Mandarin a lot !!
In 3 weeks, with the « Intensive courses » option, I have validate my HSK 2.
I will start the HSK 3 this Monday, and I am really happy to pursue these courses here !
I really have the feeling my level has improved quickly during this time, because I came the first day with only dim memory of my HSK 1 and I did not know anything about the «Hanzi» things (chinese characters).
Today, I am able to:
- Have a discussion in chinese and structure my sentences.
- Write some texts with the characters.
- Read and understand not only pinyin, but especially many characters.
I have taken these courses during the morning while I was working in a company the afternoon (so if you have free time the afternoon, you could even more improve your level !)
The premises are very nice and the large windows light up the rooms, with a magnificent view on Shanghai.
I deeply appreciate this warm and friendly atmosphere at Silk Mandarin ! People are all amazing !
Within this program, we are very few students in the classrooms (we were 3 in my class), that allow us to quickly improve our level !
Finally, I would like to give a big thank to my professor Andy, for her patience and the perfect way she teaches, I would never been at this level without her.
谢谢

posted 6 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

France   

studied Tailor made Chinese courses

Great Learning Method and Great Teacher

The Method/ School: I have tried to learn Chinese three times (with different teachers/schools) and each time I came out of the classes disappointed and frustrated – I didn’t understand the Chinese sentence structure, I didn’t even want to learn Characters as it seemed way to complicated, etc. Silk Mandarin has a unique method that makes things easy to understand and fun. The courses are well structured and very visual, which makes it a lot easier to remember.
 
The Teacher: Hannah is a great teacher! She is patient and fun to learn with. I like that she takes the time to make me repeat things at the beginning and at the end of each class. She links the classes/learnings to my personal situation, which makes it more useful for me. Her explanations are clear and it’s a real pleasure to learn Chinese with her.

posted 7 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

Netherlands   

studied General Chinese

Awesome school

This school is definitely worth checking out if you are looking for lessons. They'll guide you through the course so you will be able to reach the level. Plenty of outside class support and activities. Great environment. Staff will all challenge you to speak Chinese out side class as well, and very patient if you're lower level.

posted 7 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

France   

studied General Chinese

HSK1 to 3

If you actually want to learn Chinese, study at Silk Mandarin 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 Christina for HSK 1 and 2. She is very patient and very attentive to student’s comprehension. I made a lot of progress by her side. And I hope it will be the same during HSK3 !

posted 7 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

Belarus   

studied General Chinese

My super thoughtful and easy-going tutor Andy!

This is my 4th year in China and it’s been very challenging to get started learning Chinese.Finally I felt like I need to give myself a push.Shanghai is full of schools ready to provide you with Chinese courses but Silk Mandarin successed to surpass all of them .When I entered their office I was surprised how caring ,attentive ,cheerful and full of enthusiasm their stuff was.It was love at first sight.With the tools and books provided after a short but convincing demo I got inspired and motivated to start ASAP.Since then I never regreted my choice.I came to SM with very basic knowledge but having a private lesson twice a week moved me forward pretty fast.In 2 months I started HSK 3 .My tutor Andy and I became friends from the very first class. She always knew what’s the best way to answer all my silly questions and how to explain the most complicated cultural and grammatical peculiarities built -in Chinese language . I hope very soon my “vocabulary”based HSK3 will grow into “character” based level but it all depends on me now.Thanks,Silk Mandarin for this big step I managed to make.

posted 8 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

Korea, Republic of   

studied General Chinese

수준높은 선생님들과 학원 시스템, 너무 양질의 수업이었습니다!

상해에서 주재원으로 근무한지 두 달 뒤에 중국어의 필요성을 크게 실감하고 Silk Mandarin을 찾게 되었습니다. 모든 수업이 원활히 이루어지도록 도와주는 플래너 Amy를 그 때 처음 만나게 되었고, 유창한 영어와 특유의 친절함으로 마지막 수업까지 불편함이 없도록 도와주었습니다. 저는 저의 선생님 Liwen과 처음 한달은 그룹 클래스로, 다음달은 1:1개인 클래스를 수강하게 되었습니다. 중국어는 아니었지만, 그간 많은 어학학원, 과외등을 거쳐오면서 Liwen 선생님처럼 좋은 선생님을 만나본 적이 없었던 것 같습니다. 인성이나 수업시간 엄수등에 대한 베이직은 물론이고 굉장히 유창한 영어를 구사하셨고, 중국어 교육에 대한 경험이 많으셨기 때문에 매 수업이 유익하고 즐거웠습니다. 규모에 걸맞는 훌륭한 시스템과 훌륭한 선생님들 덕분에 중국어에 대한 재미를 찾을 수 있었고, 덕분에 현재에는 중국에서 생활 생존(?)이 가능한 실력을 갖추게 되었습니다. Thank you, Silk Mandarin!

posted 8 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

Australia   

studied Chinese online

Best online Chinese course available

I have been doing the online course as I am based in Shenzhen and it has exceeded my expectations. My teacher Shirley has been exceptional and I literally look forward to each class. I would highly recommend Silk to anyone trying to learn Chinese. At the time of writing this review, I have only had 12 classes and I have already learnt more Chinese than I have in the previous year of living in China. I initially thought that I have no desire to learn to read the characters, but my ability to speak Chinese has improved as my knowledge of the characters has developed. The flashcards that Silk provide are also an added benefit to anyone who wants to learn as they mean you can continue learning and recognising characters in your own time at your own pace and with your own desired method of learning. Once my lessons are completed I will most certainly be purchasing another package. I feel anyone who wishes to live and work in China and wants to immerse themselves in the culture really should learn a basic level of Chinese. However, be warned, once you start with Silk, a basic level soon becomes something that you will not be satisfied with and you will find yourself wanting to be better every day.

posted 8 months ago

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