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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% (120 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% 58 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% 11 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% 47 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

France   

studied General Chinese

Highly recommended

Very good and modern school in Shanghai (China). They have excellent teachers. They are centrally located in Jing'an area, and in a very modern building with air conditioning, touchscreen, convenience store in the ground floor so you can get your lunch onsite.

They offer tea, coffee, and have a microwave so you can heat your lunch/snacks.

The learning method is very modern and the teacher very friendly and competent.

I don't see any bad point about about this school, only positive things

Highly recommended!

posted 3 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

United Kingdom   

studied General Chinese

Fantastic mandarin teaching company!!

This course was brilliant. I learnt so much in such short space of time. I'm not a languages person but everyone comments on how much I have improved. The whole team at silk mandarin are great. My teacher was such a lovely person. She constantly made the classes fun while also being kind, understanding and extremely patient! I have recommended these classes to all my friends already. It's great for all levels!

posted 3 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

France   

studied General Chinese

one to one Chinese lessons

I have had 2 teachers during my 100 hours of HSK1 and 2. Both excellent teachers. Very good English speakers, patient, trying to find the easiest ways to make me understand characters and grammar. The exercise books are also very helpful for revisions.

posted 4 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

Denmark   

studied Chinese online

The best Chinese school i’ve tried

I first noticed Silk Mandarin when i saw them at their booth at the yearly Expat fair in Jing’an (downtown Shanghai). I had tried other Chinese schools before so it didn’t really get my attention at first but then i saw 3 familiar foreign faces on their billboards advocating about the school. After a great talk with Silk Mandarin at their booth i phoned the 3 faces from the billboards just to be sure that this school would be different and better that the other ones i had tried. They all confirmed it and after being a student at Silk for a little over a year i can say that i surely have been more than happy with their way of teaching. My teacher Yanqin has been way above all expectations. What i love most about our classes is that she gives me the time and attention to go over whatever question i could have in Chinese instead of strictly sticking to the book and curriculum. She’s always smiling and that energy just makes it a true pleasure to go to class every time!

posted 9 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

Germany   

studied General Chinese

Modern language school in heart of jing’an sigh district

I take here HSK2 language course. Two times per week in a small course. The teaching standard is very high and totally fun. Teachers and staff are super motivated and flexible. The school recently moved up to 16th floor to brand new space. I’m recommending this school to my friends.

posted 9 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

United Kingdom   

studied General Chinese

Mr Hardy

This course has really boosted my chinese learning - I would have made the same progress without Silk Mandarin. The course is well structured and the teachers bring it to life!

posted 9 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

France   

studied General Chinese

Great school to learn Chinese!!! I recommend!

I had classes during almost a year once a week. My teacher Was amazing. Always very energetic, positive, passionate with her job and really patient! She is very talented to teach language. I learned a lot with her. She is quite well structured, method is efficient, and always available when I have a question. The school is very welcoming and professional. I really enjoyed the method which gave me a great learning experience mixing interactions, reading and listening - I will definitely continue my learning with Silk Mandarin.

posted 9 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

Ukraine   

studied General Chinese

I liked the course (HSK1-2)

The course consists of good useful themes, valuable for living in the country.
I was very lucky to have my teacher Hailey. She is very patient.
I, as working person, can't spend enough time for systematic review. But she always explained me the theme very clearly and as much as I needed to understand.
It's very necessary to have someone, who can help you with language in real life. This kind of person is my teacher. She helps me all the time, not only working hours.
Furthermore, school proposes different kids of extra activities for learning culture, not only Chinese language. For example, for me playing Mangjong was very fascinating
I'd like to have more time for each theme to practice. Also it would be good to include more pinyin pronunciation practice into the book.

posted 10 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

Italy   

studied Tailor made Chinese courses

A wonderful and valuable experience

I have been a student at Silk Mandarin in Shanghai for 7 months. My choice could not be more appropriate.
Amy and all the staff has been friendly and exhaustive introducing me the school.
After a trial lesson I have started one to one sessions twice a week, with my super teacher Yanqin.
Every class is perfectly managed with a clear structure and you can feel the knowledge and the competence of the teacher. She is ready to answer to all my questions and makes me feel at ease to speak.
The slow motion method is great and makes easier to build up sentences; also the other tools recommended by the school, such as cards and pen reader are useful and help you a lot while studying to get the right pronunciation.
Silk Mandarin has made me feel in love with Chinese language and culture to the point that now that I have moved back to Italy, I am still having remote classes using the ClassIn app, which is an amazing e-learning platform, and I am willing to take the HSK examinations.
I definitely recommend Silk Mandarin: a high standard, professional, experienced and welcoming school.

posted 10 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

Australia   

studied General Chinese

Amazing teachers, friendly staff, unique learning approach!

I happened to be in Shanghai for two weeks and decided to do the intensive lessons for two weeks, after doing some research online, I decided to go with Silk Mandarin. Yanqin was my main teacher (we had one-one-one lessons) whilst I was at Shanghai and she was amazing! She was so knowledgeable with Mandarin and her teaching approach and energy is one of the best out of any teacher I have met. You can tell she is very passionate and loves what she does, and her enthusiasm really encourage and motivates you to learn. She remembers what she has taught you, she reviews and emphasises on ones she sees you struggle on, and you can feel that she cares about your learning and progress, which I believe are very important traits in a teacher.

I am still doing lessons with Yanqin via online (starting HSK 2 now), and her teaching approach is still just as effective! I also had some lessons with another teacher, Christiana, and found her teaching approach also quite good and she has a lovely personality. I would highly recommend Yanqin and Christina to anyone who wants to study at Silk Mandarin. It’s an awesome school. All the staff there are friendly, approachable and helpful, especially Amy and Vicki who were always happy to chat and answer my questions. They made me felt so welcome when I arrived and when I departed Shanghai.

I am not sure whether other Chinese schools have this, but Silk Mandarin provides these really cool magic talking cards (with Chinese characters and pictures) and a talking pen which I felt helped me immensely with my learning. The school uses a “slow motion technique” to help students remember the grammar which I think is very clever and useful!

Also, during my time in Shanghai, I was at a homestay (organised by Silk Mandarin) with an older couple who were extremely nice and helpful. Mary was the host and she is one of the loveliest people I have ever met. She was incredibly accommodating towards me and spoke to me in Mandarin to help me learn. It was a very special and unforgettable experience. I would recommend Silk Mandarin to anyone, and I would love to attend the school again sometime in the future. The face-to-face lessons and online lessons are both equally good, and you will definitely see progress.

posted 10 months ago

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