Our private students highly value our teaching method and our teachers. They enjoy their classes a lot and quickly are able to actually speak Mandarin! Apart from that they appreciate the warm family kind of atmosphere.
Silk Mandarin is the first language school I’m taking classes at, and for sure the best one. The school is located ideally in the center of Shanghai and in a new building, therefore the classrooms are perfectly equipped and the environment is nice.
Everyone is very welcoming and while enjoying some food or drinks (offered by Silk Mandarin) there’s the opportunity to meet new people who are living the same life as you, alone in a new city on the other side of the planet.
I’ve been here for 2 months now, and I can already say that Silk Mandarin made my life so much easier in China; I can already make myself clear when going grocery shopping or when ordering food in a restaurant.
If I had to do this again, for sure I will do it exactly the same. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to learn your beautiful language Silk Mandarin!
When it comes to learning languages, my ambitions have always overshadowed my end results. Silk Mandarin helped me change that!
Before starting my course with Silk Mandarin, I knew nothing except “Nihao”. I was going to stay in Shanghai for 3 months and wanted to put the time to good use. I was introduced to Silk Mandarin by another exchange student and after a consultation where we were introduced to their method, we were sold! After two months of two three hour lessons per week, I can introduce myself and get by in simple conversations.
We are five people in my class and Jessica, our teacher, is amazing at making sure we all keep up and have fun while learning Chinese. She’s very attentive and answers all our questions, and when we ask about useful things to learn when navigating Shanghai. I’ve already recommended it to the next exchange students coming to Shanghai from my home university.
Here’s the kicker; I opted for Silk Mandarin despite being offered FREE lessons by my university, and the best money spent and best decision I’ve made while in Shanghai!
Aside from efficient and rewarding lessons, what you can expect from Silk Mandarin:
– Clean & Modern classrooms
– Free coffee, tea & water
– A warm atmosphere
– Professional, patient and welcoming staff and teacher
– Good study material; the flashcards and the magic pen are a godsend!
Don’t hesitate; they’ll take good care of you, and your language skills!
I have no bad word about this language school. The office building is very clean and new, unlimited coffee, tea and water (sometimes we even get food like Tony Chocolonely and fruit mmm), very warming atmosphere, professional, kind and patient teachers and very good study material (love the magic pen and flashcards, it helps you a lot and it’s a fun way to learn Mandarin). My teacher Jessica is absolutely sweet to her students! Her lessons are very efficient and fun. I don’t regret my choice at all. Two friends of mine took lessons here before me and recommended it to me. I recommended it to my exchange group and now there are 8 students from my group at Silk Mandarin and everyone is very satisfied. I would like to say a huuuge 谢谢 .
A friend of mine, who studied at Silk Mandarin before, highly recommended me this school when I told her that I want to learn Mandarin. I got in touch with Amy who promptly replied to my inquiry and helped me so well with finding the right course and accommodation. Furthermore, she helped me a lot with a VISA issue I had and smoothly coordinated the airport pick up in Shanghai.
When I arrived at the school (which is located on the 6th floor of a top modern skyscraper) l was warmly welcomed by everyone and amazed by the very clean and well-equipped school.
I had 80 hours of 1 on 1 private lessons with Andy who is honestly the best language teacher I’ve ever had (I’ve studied 4 languages before). With her you can laugh and learn a lot at the same time. Especially when you have difficulties to learn the Chinese characters, she can always make up a story how to remember them.
In general, everyone at the school encourages you all the time to speak Mandarin as much as possible. There are even talking corners during the weeks where teachers and students meet to practice their speaking, and this all for free! Every Friday there is a free time activity where the school organizes something such as pottery class, mahjong or a Chinese food tasting.
I want to thank the whole Silk Mandarin Team for such an unforgettable time I had with you. I will recommend you to anyone out there who wants to learn Mandarin in a fun and very efficient way.
I have studied in two other Mandarin schools (one being in Shanghai as well) and Silk Mandarin is by far the best!!! They offer the best classes, very fun and dynamic, great teachers plus the super friendly staff!! They truly make you feel at home!! I once asked for the students to have more contact with the Chinese culture, and now, every Friday we have culture classes, and they are awesome!!! You can feel that they really care about the students and making them learn as fast as possible! I can already feel the difference in my Mandarin even with just a few classes!!! I would 100% recommend to everyone!!
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 instructor 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.
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 🙂
Over the last few years, I have tried over five different Mandarin schools and found that Silk Mandarin is by far the best. What I find interesting about Silk Mandarin is that they seek to constantly improve their teaching methodology, something very different from any other Mandarin school I have encountered so far. The teachers and the management are all extremely involved and passionate about teaching Chinese: it really is something special. After two years of Silk Mandarin part-time studies and no prior experience of studying Mandarin, I am now about to start with HSK5 classes. I would not have expected to improve my Mandarin this quick. This school is really something special and I have (successfully) recommended it to many friends in Shanghai who are now also fixed customers.
Upon entering the school the motto says “More Than Just Talking!”, which made me think most Chinese schools would say this plus initially I found them on a map app. Honestly, the space is quaint, comfortable and staff is very personable. Final decision to join came after taking a level assessment and them expertly finding my level to help push and support me. Still figuring out what “More than just talking!” means but most definitely feel a better connection using the language with their patient and earnest effort for my development. Highly recommend to join, my suggestion is to let them know your personality and the best way to learn, then they can correctly accommodate your speed of learning. It’s a safe environment!
I couldn’t be happier to have chosen Silk Mandarin as my Chinese School. The entire team is very friendly and supportive. My one-on-one lectures are fun, very interactive and the learning techniques multifaceted. I highly recommend this school!
I’ve been living in Shanghai for over five 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 HSK 2/3 level and am now 6. Have introduced many beginners also who loved it and still go many months after starting.
I have been in Shanghai for over seven years and I had tried to learn Mandarin before but I failed. When I won free classes with Silk Mandarin, I had just signed up for trial classes with another school to support my roommate in her effort to learn Mandarin. I attended those classes with her and thought I would come just for those free lessons at Silk Mandarin and then continue at the other place which was closer to where I live. However, Andy is an amazing teacher. Silk Mandarin’s teaching methodology, the cards and the talking pen as well as the other two students, Heidi and Sisay soon had me signing up to continue taking lessons at Silk Mandarin. Since then I have recommended Silk Mandarin to other people and I will continue to do so!
Having studied in many language schools in different countries during my life gives me the confidence to say that Silk Mandarin stands out from other schools for different reasons. The foundation is made of enthusiastic and friendly people that are always encouraging our learning process; then it’s noticeable how they are really motivated in making us learn through different approaches, not only by using books, but offering their own material like flashcards, talking pens, customised apps and even SMS groups to keep us constantly engaged; and finally, their openness in asking for feedback is legitimate and they will always try to improve our experience with tailored classes, according to our needs, in the best way possible.
At Silk Mandarin, I found the right teacher. The teachers are qualified, motivated and always in a good mood. The atmosphere in the class is really refreshing, that’s why I really like to take lessons there. Thanks to Silk Mandarin I now can engage in a real conversation with my Chinese friends, that’s such a great feeling!
After trying many unsatisfactory Chinese schools, I have finally found in Silk Mandarin an effective Chinese program custom-tailored both to my language needs and my schedule at a very affordable rate. No matter what your goals are for studying Chinese, Silk Mandarin can build a curriculum to help you achieve them.
I spent 1 year working in China in the Investment sector. Silk Mandarin has been of great help for me to succeed in passing both HSK 3 and Jiao Tong Daxue exams. More than this, the lessons were designed so I could tackle interesting subjects and discover them at my pace. The teachers helped me to reach my objectives with creativity, patience and a lot of enthusiasm!
At Silk Mandarin I definitely found the best teachers so far. They are very competent, patient and always in a good mood. Thanks to them not only my speaking, but also my reading skills improved a lot. I can only say good things about Silk Mandarin and would definitely recommend this school to anyone who wants to learn Chinese!
“I was referred to Silk Mandarin by a friend and I have never looked back. The teachers have helped me pass my HSK 6 and I am very grateful to them for making it easy and fun for me.”
“After two years learning in a bigger Mandarin school I decided to choose Silk Mandarin for my further lessons. I was excited regarding the differences to my old school. And I was very surprised regarding the learning success. Then even after only some lessons, the improvement of my spoken Chinese was enormous. They only have very experienced full-time teachers which using advanced teaching methods The teaching books are up to date and not so old-fashioned like at my old school. And because the school is still not so big the atmosphere there is very familiar. So all in all the right choice for myself.”
“The teachers are not only very professional but also able to mix fun and learning at the same time. They follow their own scheme and structure for each class, and there is always a positive outcome. The precise and correct method allows you to reach your final goal. I have improved my Chinese level at a very fast pace and I can definitely say that in one month in silk mandarin I have learned more than I would ever expect before. Thank you 老师!!”
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