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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% (27 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

Accommodation

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

Courses

General Chinese

95% 11 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% 1 Review

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

97% 14 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

United States   

studied Tailor made Chinese courses

Excellent Teachers and an Excellent Experience

I have been studying at Silk Mandarin for more than 4 years and I can't imagine going anywhere else. My language skills have improved a lot as well as my confidence when speaking with my coworkers. Thank you Silk Mandarin, I can't recommend it enough!

posted 2 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

United States   

studied Tailor made Chinese courses

Great experience

Through over five months of one-on-one lessons at Silk Mandarin my experience has been excellent. Having tried a couple of other schools and teachers here in Shanghai, I’ve found Silk to be a very personal and professional team. They helped me craft a schedule and package that worked with my budget and time availability. In terms of methodology I was hesitant at first to commit to learning to read characters, but based on their recommendation I decided to give it a try. As predicted it was an important factor in enabling a solid breakthrough in terms of my quickly learning new vocabulary and more completely understanding the nuances of the language. My teacher Jasmine was able to help me quickly progress through HSK level 3 and has enabled a new level of confidence in my speaking and understanding. I would highly recommend the school to anyone looking to make a studious effort to learning Mandarin.

posted 3 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

United States   

studied Tailor made Chinese courses

My experience at Silk Mandarin

One of the friendliest atmospheres of any language school that I've attended. Teachers and staff are personable and welcoming and offer a great environment to hang out and casually practice Chinese outside of class.

I've been taking 1 on 1 classes for a few months now and my experience has been nothing short of excellent. My teacher, Yanqin, has not only been a great instructer but also has a fun (and patient!) personality. Under her tutelage my Chinese has improved considerably and most importantly my understanding of China and its unique cultural heritage has been deeply enriched.

For anyone with a busy work schedule considering taking Chinese classes, Silk Mandarin couldn't be a better choice. Flexibility of teachers and staff and homey environment make Silk Mandarin a fun and engaging place to learn and improve your Chinese

posted 4 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

United States   

studied Tailor made Chinese courses

Silk Mandarin helps you put the pieces together

I started studying Chinese at Silk Mandarin after two of my friends with excellent Chinese highly recommended them. I had already lived in China for 2 years while working full-time and studying (in a half-assed way) on the side and had taken 1 year of university Chinese. But I felt really inspired at Silk Mandarin that my studying was going to pay off, which energized me a lot. One great part was that I was able to dictate what I wanted to learn and what would be useful for my work and daily life. That in and of itself was great, but it's not the thing that sets Silk Mandarin apart from other schools I've gone to. Instead the big things these guys do is teach you the logic of the language, using a very straightforward and easy to understand method, but one that I'd never heard anything about before in university or other private schools. Once my teacher started teaching me this, so many pieces were coming together for me in terms of sentence structure and how Chinese works. I think my language was really inconsistent before and I was never sure where to put which words because I knew different rules but not a unified one. So I'd say these guys are incredibly friendly and flexible and cool, but they also really know their stuff. I'm a native English-speaking editing/writing professional who majored in lit and my Chinese teacher knows the English parts of speech better than I do-- you have to understand language to teach it and these guys have it down :)

posted 5 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

Germany   

studied General Chinese

Learning Chinese with a lot of fun and slow motion

Silk Mandarin was recommended to me by a good friend last year when I had just started my then three months stay in Shanghai. As I had already acquired some Chinese basics before at my university in Germany, I had at many occasions been told that studying this language first and foremost consists of meticulously and consitently reviewing Chinese characters and that, most of the time, it requires a large portion of motivation to not give up too early. And that was exactly what my univserity course was like: outdated teaching and learning methods not really encouraging the students to actually enjoy the whole learning process.
However, my opinion on this radically changed when I started my first class at Silk Mandarin last year! Among the countless things that fundamentaly differ from my previous Chinese experiences, it is probably their practical, daily life oriented approach combined with the unique slow motion technique that amazes me the most. It is just unbelievable who fast I could see first progresses in my language skills. And also, the entire staff is so motivating that even in times of despair and discouragement they somehow manage to put you back on your feet and gain new energy for the challenges ahead.
I have at no point regreted my decision studying Chinese at SIlk Mandarin and can wholeheartedly recommend the school to anyone coming to Shanghai to study this beautiful language!!!

posted 17 days ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

Italy   

studied Tailor made Chinese courses

By far the best language school

The teachers are not only very professional but also able to mix fun and learning at the same time. Each class is also linked to real life situations (day to day life, work, etc.) which makes the learning more effective and applicable. They follow their own scheme and structure for each class, and there is always a positive outcome. I have improved my Chinese level with a very fast pace and I can definitely say that since attending classes in Silk Mandarin I have learned more than I would ever expect before. Thank you 老师们!!

posted 2 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

Romania   

studied General Chinese

Student

What I liked the most is the energy that the teacher had every class, which made me stay focused throughout the entire class. The teaching methods are excellent, and this helps students remember information in the long term. Moreover, I loved the Chinese corner, which is organized frequently and it's suitable for every level. Silk Mandarin organizes events and outings for the students, which is a great way to meet people and practice speaking Chinese! I strongly recommend taking classes here!

posted 3 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

Denmark   

studied Tailor made Chinese courses

Amazing school with the best teachers

I've been living in Shanghai for o´ver 5 years and tried many different schools. At Silk Mandarin I've had the best experience by far and always recommend it to my friends that need a place to study Chinese. They make it fun, they care about your learning, and it works... I started around HSK2/3 level and am now 6. Have introduced many beginners also who loved it and still go many months after starting.

posted 4 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

United Kingdom   

studied General Chinese

Learnt a lot in a short space of time

I definitely felt the benefit of being at one of the smaller, but still popular language institutions. The teaching style and techniques are very effective and after two weeks I can’t really believe how much vocabulary and grammar I have been able to absorb. The staff are very friendly and make you feel like you are part of their family, which makes it a much more enjoyable environment to learn the language in.

posted 4 months ago

Silk Mandarin - Language Training Institute

Netherlands   

studied Business Chinese

My intensive course experience

Very nice and friendly staff. They really want to make a bond with you upon arrival. Professional teachers that will help you achieve your set goals. Private classes can get quite intense if you follow the intensive program (makes sense, right?). So prepare yourself for a lot of characters thrown at your way. Although this school is not bad, I do believe that it’s main focus are beginners. If you start from scratch or are a very low level, this is the place to be! Location is good but the school itself could use some upgrades (maybe some place to relax during break, give it a more ‘school’ feeling, tidy up the bathrooms). Activities were organised a lot but I never participated in any. They seemed OK though. Service was on point. Whenever I wanted to sign up for the BCT test, it took them 1 day. Well done on that one. I cannot speak for the group classes because I took private classes, but I had the feeling that there weren’t that many students. So not really a place to make lots of friends. Overall, a medium sized Mandarin school that has potential to become a very big one. Classes are clear and structured. If you pay for private classes, you can decide the content of that class. A worthy Mandarin school that will make you feel like learning Mandarin is easy and fun!

posted 4 months ago

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