Intensive Chinese Programs in Shanghai with Silk Mandarin

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About

Intensive 30 & Intensive 20
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.

Express 30
The increasing importance of HSK has been the reason to design our Express 30 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.

Highlights
  • Full immersion in Chinese language and culture
  • Full time teachers native to China and bilingual
  • Slow Motion Technique to teach you Chinese with just one rule
  • 2 in 1 curriculum to teach you Conversational Chinese and to prepare you to pass the HSK exam
  • 2 plus 1 to teach you Business Chinese and to prepare you to pass BCT exam

Questions & Answers

Reviews

96%
based on 70 reviews
  • Instruction 9.8
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.6
  • Housing 9.4
  • Value 9.1
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Alesia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Mandarin 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.

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Marine
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Highly recommend

I have been learning Chinese for a long time but I always have found that my level was stagnating. I was lacking methodology and grammatical knowledge and was not implicated enough. This was until I came to Silk Mandarin where I have made huge progress in only a few months. I love their ways of teaching and their ability to make chinese interesting. Whenever we discover a new character, my teacher often tells me a story about where it comes from and why it looks the way it looks. It has made the whole learning process a lot more fun. Living in China, I am also able to apply what I am learning to my everyday life, which is a great way to learn too. I have a private teacher and the lessons can be quite expensive. I however think that they are worth the money!

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Barny
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Friendly staff and quality teaching; great for quickly improving Chinese

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 ! :)

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Laurene
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The way to improve your level quickly!

I would like to thank Silk Mandarin a lot!! In 3 weeks, with the « Intensive courses » option, I have validated 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 an 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 in the afternoon (so if you have free time in 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 of 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), which allows 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 be at this level without her.
谢谢🙏🏼

J’aimerais remercier infiniment Silk Mandarin pour ce qu’ils ont pu m’apporter.
En 3 semaines avec l’option « Cours Intensif » j’ai pu valider mon HSK 2 !
Je commence dès lundi le HSK 3.
J’ai réellement sentie une énorme progression durant cette période de temps, je suis arrivée sans connaître 1 seul caractère et en ayant de vague souvenirs du HSK 1, aujourd’hui je peux désormais:
- Tenir une conversion et bien savoir m’exprimer.
- Écrire des textes avec les caractères « Hanzi » à l’aide du pinyin (ex: nǐ hǎo -> 你好)
- Savoir lire et comprendre des textes non seulement en pinyin, mais surtout avec les caractères.

J’ai pris les cours le matin et je travaillais dans une entreprise l’après-midi.
Les locaux sont très agréables et les salles de classes illuminées avec une vue imprenable sur Shanghai.
J’apprécie sincèrement cette ambiance familiale et chaleureuse au sein de Silk Mandarin, et de pouvoir échanger avec d’autres étudiants (de tout niveaux et tout âges) pendant la pause est très agréable.
Les classes sont constituées de peu d’étudiants, dans la mienne nous étions 3, c’est un réel avantage puisqu’on progressive plus rapidement !
Je voudrais finalement remercier ma prof Andy, pour sa patience et son excellente manière d’enseigner, sans qui, je n’aurais pu atteindre ce niveau.
谢谢🙏🏼

我很高兴能在 Silk Mandarin 学习中文课程,如果你想快速提高你的水平,我绝对推荐这个地方!

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Andrew
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Would highly recommend Silk Mandarin

Over 6 months I attended the HSK4 group class at Silk Mandarin.
Before the course began, the school were very accommodating with my tight schedule and ensuring that I was at the right level to start the course. My level was somewhere between HSK2 and 3 before the course started and the school gave me some make up lessons to cover the parts of HSK3 that I didn't know.
The teachers in Silk Mandarin are all excellent, with their own individual teaching styles. My teacher for the group class was great at making sure that everyone spoke equal amounts and she was very good at dealing with the students' different levels of Chinese (although we were all quite similar).
The teachers are all very helpful, supportive and always made the classes interesting and fun. The school has a nice atmosphere, where everyone is very friendly. It wasn't always easy to go to class after working all day but once I was in class, the time flew by and I was always glad that I went.
The group class had a maximum of 6 people, although it worked best when there were around 3 people in a class. Regardless of how many students attended a class, there were plenty of opportunities to speak.
If I was not about to leave China, then I would definitely continue to have classes with Silk Mandarin. My Chinese has significantly improved since I joined the school and I am sad to be leaving them.
I would highly recommend if you are serious about improving your Chinese.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take the classes seriously and ensure that you keep up with new vocabulary and grammar, otherwise it may slow down the class for everyone.
Be sure to participate as much as possible and don't be nervous.
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Laetitia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I has known about Silk Mandarin earlier I would have started with this school from the first week I arrived in China instead of trying other schools.
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Hariman
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Learning Mandarin shall not be feared anymore!

As an Indonesian whose professional work also revolves around Mainland China clients, I will not regret the 2 months intensive course package; (HSK 1 and HSK 2) I have completed in SilkMandarin! I took the program for these main goals; to be able to speak and respond in Mandarin, but not the character writings. You will be surprised of the profound program selections that awaits you, whether it’s a fulltime daily class or weekly evening classes or even private classes; I am too satisfied with their teaching techniques that includes the explanation of the entire Chinese grammar in one map; the Holy Structure map by Silk Mandarin! Having to experience the intimate group classes (a class of not more than 4 students) and private one-on-one classes, I am blessed to have alternate teachers with different but profound teachings methodologies. My unforgettable 5 teachers guiding me through this exquisite language were, Bella; her 101 of introducing the Chinese Hanzi characters and how to memorize them with stories, Marsha; a sweet oral-challenged and textbook reviewer teacher, Lexie; a superb presence to keep you intact with the Chinese grammar structure, Andy; a brilliant who hands you down with homework you will enjoy, and David; the man you will want to spend endless Chinese culture insights with, while keeping your intonations in the correct order. Silk Mandarin houses such a warm hospitality; I for one will always be thankful to Lina for her accommodative help from the first registrations up until my last few days leaving this gorgeous city. As of now, my goals have been achieved in ways that I may not even be able to explain here, lets just say I can slowly converse with my Chinese clients without anxiety now! Within the 2 intensive months of courses, I was comfortably challenged with the new language intake, the oral practices you will use in the daily routines especially while you are in the city and more. But what better to top it all with its pristine location, located in the heart of busy Shanghai! Silk Mandarin is more than a language course school; it will be your home no matter the duration of courses/programs you are taking! Looking forward to come back and further my levels!
HARIMAN – Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Maarten
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

HSK 2 course 2 x a week

It was a great experience and would recommend checking out this school if your searching. They support you a lot even outside classroom. Always ready. And you will definitely pass the level you’re going for with the classes.

Their school is in a top location downtown and well decorated. Always felt as ‘my school’ there. Staff challenges you to speak Chinese out side class and is patient if you’re low level and stammering a lot :) their own materials are well designed and look smooth and useful. I love the complementary flash card box and mediapen. They also have a great way of letting you listen to the CD, as who has CD rom these days? They offer an easy and quick work around so doing homework is great and easy experience too. No fumbling around with CD for audio exercises haha good job!

What would you improve about this program?
I would like to have more student to student controlled and free practise in class, or variation in delivering the content. Or more challenges to use the learned structures or grammar or words. The teacher was talking a lot, which is fine but something student to student interaction can keep students sharp. If there is time of course because we had a lot to cover in short time.
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Cid
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Challenging

I guess learning a new language is already challenging by itself. I've studied some foreign languages but Chinese is, by far, the toughest one for me. The Chinese mind-set, the pronunciations, the five different tons, the Chinese characters... everything is a challenger. If you propose yourself to face this challenger you will need a lot of self discipline and motivation. Having a good methodology, good teachers and supportive staffs will help you to reach your goals. Silk Mandarim gathers all these qualities. Silk Mandarim, specially Jessica (my teacher), Allison (my very first teacher) and Amy (Silk Mandarim Coordinator), is helping me to keep myself disciplined and motivated.
Thank you Silk Mandarim to be together with me in this challenger!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I've started studying the Business Chinese Module, I would recommend start with the HSK Books.
Andrew
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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 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.

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Ela
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Good value for the money ,great atmosphere

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.

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Iñigo
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Tailor made

After studying at Silk Mandarin for three years, I can see now a great improvement in my Chinese level, all thanks to the strong commitment of my dedicated teacher Lexie with the back up of the whole Silk Mandarin school.
At Silk Mandarin I can feel the support of a professional team that through the modern tools used  in class, the programmed events, and the different activities, helps me not only to achieve my goals as student but also to immerse, enjoy, and understand the Chinese culture.
As an expat in China and due to my busy schedule it is very difficult for me to join any group class or follow a regular curse, thanks to Silk Mandarin and his one on one flexible plans I have the opportunity to easily combine both job and Chinese lessons, arranging the time and the place of the classes according to my needs.

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Clara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Class too much to be satisfied! 너무너무 만족한 클래스!

Translation: Two months after I worked as a resident in Shanghai, I realized the need for Chinese and found Silk Mandarin. We met Planer Amy for the first time, helping to ensure that all classes were happening smoothly, fluent English and unique kindness helped us to make our last lesson uncomfortable. My teacher, Liwen, took a group class for the first month and a 1: 1 private class next month. Although it was not Chinese, I have never met a good teacher like Mr. Liwen after many language academies and tutoring. I was very fluent in English as well as basic about personality and punctuality, and I had lots of experience in Chinese education, so every class was good and fun. Thanks to its excellent system and good teachers, I was able to find fun in Chinese, and now I am able to survive in China.

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!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Translation:
I had a group class for a month and a 1: 1 private class for a month.
As the group classes are with Westerners who have no understanding of Oriental languages ​​(of course), we recommend a private class for Asian students!

저는 한 달동안 그룹클래스를, 한 달 동안 1:1 개인 클래스를 진행했습니다.
그룹 클래스는 동양 언어에 대한 이해가 (당연히) 없는 Westerner와 함께 진행하다보니 Asian 학생들에게는 개인 클래스를 추천합니다!
Ahmed
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A great Choice.

A month after relocating to Shanghai for work reasons. I was suggested by a Danish couple of friends to start my Chinese language course in Silk Mandarin . Since they lived here for a long time , they did try many venues for learning Mandarin and strongly recommended me this place . Upon their advice I contacted the school and they arranged for me a free demo class to explain their ,indeed, innovative methods of teaching , I immediately enrolled for a beginner private one-on-one course to have more flexibility in my schedule. After 7 months of learning here I am glad to say that I started communicating with Mandarin which enhanced my life in and outside work environment . Thanks to Andy , my teacher who has a fantastic way of simplifying things and great patience for a starter like me . Her passion and dedication to teaching motivates me to study and more and my level is improving steadily although my tight work schedules. She even helped me with many terms and expressions that I use daily at work which is out of the curriculum . I would definitely suggest Silk Mandarin for any foreign new comers to China

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Jake
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best 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.

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