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FAQ

  • What makes Mandarin Morning different from other schools?

We offer a wide range of Chinese courses aimed at your personal and professional development, at levels and times to suit you. From language exchange to specialized classes, we provide high-quality learning that suits the individual learning needs of foreigners living and working in Shanghai.

Our training system combines core lessons with supplementary learning. This will help you learn language quickly and affordably.In addition, our unique way of teaching is fun, effective and flexible. Our experienced teachers are available 7 days a week, 365 days a year and will come to your home, office or another location of your choice.

  •  I would like to apply for a course. How and when I can do that?

We look forward to seeing you at our school and kindly ask you to contact our customer service. They are more than happy to help you to get your Chinese language experience started. The earlier you apply the better. We need to ensure your place in our program and reserve your seat. 

  • I’m not sure about my Chinese level. How can I know my Chinese level?

Before joining our classes or beginning of Private Tutoring lessons, Mandarin Morning will give you a free professional assessment consisting of a written exam and an oral test. Based on this assessment, we will suggest you different options that are the most appropriate for your level and goals.

  • When can I begin my Chinese studies? 

Flexibility is our keyword it allows you to begin a one-to-one Chinese course any time you wishto. We offer all kinds of Chinese Courses from 9:00am--21:00pm every day. If you prefer studying Chinese in a group, further information about starting dates is provided on our website or from our staff.  Companies can begin our Corporate Training program anytime. Please contact our staff for further information. 

  • Where can I have my Mandarin lessons in Shanghai?

Our well recognized Mandarin School is centrally located in Jing’an district, just three minutes’ walk from Jing’an Metro Station. Some of our clients prefer to study at home. Therefore, our Mandarin teachers are happy to teach you anywhere you want.

  • Which type of visa should I apply for?

If you are staying for less than 3 months, we recommend you apply for the L visa (tourist visa). If you plan to stay for longer than 3 months, it recommended that you would apply for  the F visa (business visa). China’s visa policy is subject to change; please contact us before you come to China to explore your options if your visa doesn’t cover the length of your stay.

  •  Where can I live while studying?

Mandarin Morning can arrange you services such as airport pickup or accommodation to make your arrival and living here more convenient as well as comfortable.You can choose to share an apartment and live together with other students or alternatively stay privately in a studio apartment, hotel, or hostel. 

  • Besides Mandarin lessons, what else can I learn at Mandarin Morning

Besides our personalized courses offered, skilled teachers and teaching system, we concentrate on disseminating Chinese culture in an environment that is designed with traditional Chinese style. Participating in our classes offers you an opportunity to become more familiar with Chinese culture as we offer free culture courses and activities to our clients. These regularly organized activities does not only support your learning of Chinese culture  but also you will gain great experiences as you learn how to make dumplings, experience a tea ceremony,  learn tai-chi or calligraphy.

  • How can I pay for my program?

If you already live in Shanghai, you may come to our school and pay the course by cash or credit card. If you live outside of China, the easiest way to pay the course is using the Paypal or bank transfer. 

We accept payment by:

·         credit card (MasterCard and Visa)

·         debit card

·         bank transfer

·         cash

  • Who studies at Mandarin Morning?

Today we teach listening, reading and writing the Chinese language to 300 students from more than 50 countries all over the worldand during the past six years, we have taught more than 8000 students and several companies. Even though they come from different backgrounds, they share the same interest in learning Chinese. Our unique way of teaching has helped them to learn Chinese in a way that is fun, effective and flexible. The vast majority of our students are between 14 and 45 years old. Students of all ages have studied at Mandarin Morning. We’ve had everything ranging from 4 to 68 years old! 

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Top 10 Learning Chinese Problems & Solutions
  • "We are native speakers, but our kids refuse to speak Chinese or learn the culture" 
Unfortunately, some children who have native speaking Chinese parents refuse to learn Chinese. This is often done in the teenager years as a method of defiance to establish their power as they become adults. With defiance issues at that age, consider sending them to a full immersion environment.  Our daughter was starting to speak Chinese with English Grammar, which frustrated my wife.  The more frustrated my wife became, the less my daughter spoke Chinese. My daughter got to spend a summer with cousins in Taiwan, and nobody would speak English to her. Within a day, she was even speaking some Taiwanese, not to mention the Mandarin Chinese.
  • "I am worried about my kids learning Chinese; won't it hurt their English speaking skills?"
The truth is scientific studies have shown that children have an amazing ability to learn more than one language, such as Chinese. If you are a native born speaker, have one parent speak only English and the other Chinese.  This way the kids are forced to learn and speak both.  My wife speaks Mandarin Chinese to our daughter and I English, and it's worked out great.  We have not had the issue of having her mix up the English and Chinese.  Their is so much English in the US, especially when they start school, that not getting enough English is not an issue. I have seen students who only speak Chinese at home, start public school and become the best in their class at English and want to become a writer.  They are also taking Chinese as their foreign language in High School. Kids have an amazing ability to Learn a foreign language, as long as they are given the opportunity.
  • "It's easier to just speak English to my kids, I'm not going to teach them another language"
Kids have an ability to quickly learn a second language without an accent that adults don't. There are so many adults I have met who are learning Chinese in College where it's much more difficult as you get older. It would have been in great favor if their parents had them learn Chinese when they were younger. 
  • "Learning Chinese is a waste of time, it's too hard!"
Some US born Children and even their native parents believe this.  There are many reasons why one should learn to speak Chinese. Studies have shown that being truly bilingual can help a child develop their brain in new ways and make it easier to learn other languages as well as understanding the Chinese cultures better (like why the number 8 is a lucky number in Mandarin, and 4 is not).
  • "It's not fun like other studies in the US!"
Usually kids have this belief and it takes time away from their other studies and video games.  Usually parents think their children have better things to do, and everybody knows English anyway around the world! However, there are many products and tools out there that make learning Chinese fun and easy!
  • "Learning Chinese Characters is too hard."
There are great books and even computer software and some great books that make learning Chinese characters easier. I won't be surprised when they finally release more apps for this to make it even easier!
  • "Neither my wife or I speak Chinese. There is no native speaker at home."
Many parents are finding online tutors to help them. Finding local tutors at a center or have someone you trust come to you are classic ways of selecting a good teacher. Some parents are even learning Chinese with their kids.  Many curriculum and other Learning Chinese tools are specifically designed for non-native language learners of Chinese.
  • "I'm so afraid my kids will HATE me for forcing them to learn Chinese."
It's important to work with your kids so they are not being forced to Learn Chinese, but actually enjoy learning it. Picking the right curriculum that matches their learning style is also very important.
  • "I don't have Time! We have Piano, Soccer, and other things to do!"
Time management is always a challenge with young kids. Prioritization and asking your self "am I doing the right work?" are key. Creating a weekly schedule and a dedicated time for Learning Chinese can help you a lot.  Keeping record of a time sheet for a few weeks to see where your time goes can also help. By starting a foreign language early, you will actually be helping your child in high school to give them more time, instead of learning a foreign language from scratch. Learning a language is just as important as other extracurricular activities.
  •  "I have no idea where to buy fun, entertaining and affordable Learning Chinese Materials!"
I can help you with that. ChildBook.com has a full range of Learning Chinese materials. We have best-selling books, CDs and DVD to suit your childs needs. I also offer lots of free advice and tips that are available as well!
  • Conclusion: Chinese Will Make You Better
Being bilingual gives you more opportunities! And by knowing a second culture, you can also relate better to other people. 
By planting these seeds today, you are more likely to become even more productive and well-rounded. 
With your support, now is the best time for your children to learn Mandarin Chinese.
Your commitment now will truly give them an advantage later on.
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