What Our Students Say

China is not the easiest country for foreigners. It is full of challenges such as the different culture or the different food, but the biggest challenge for every foreigner is the language. Chinese is known worldwide for being one of the most difficult languages in the world and although a lot of Chinese people speak English, but the major part of the population doesn ́t or is embarrassed of their English.
I arrived in China knowing nihao (hello) and xiexie (thanks) and had to face constant communication problems during really basic situations as asking for the toilet or a glass of water. I was recommended Mandarin King by a co-worker and assigned myself for one of it ́s courses after having had a free test class. From that decision onwards my stay in China became easier and easier as my Chinese improved with every class. The teacher was well prepared and achieved to make the difficult, and sometimes boring, task of learning a language not just funny and entertaining, but also really effective. After just six months I passed the HSK3 with a score of 85%, but more important I achieved to communicate myself with the local people dealing with more than daily or basic topics.
Furthermore I received a view into the Chinese culture, as the teachers would share their experiences and bond with their students during breaks and after class. Moreover did Mandarin King not just help me with my studies and the paper work for my HSK, but also with other problems as understanding the rice-cooker in my house or important documents.
All in all I would like to recommend Mandarin King for it ́s great staff and teaching methods.

Jürgen von Beyme Cortés

I have been a student of Mandarin King for almost a year now, and my experience was absolutely amazing. Other than learning and improving my Chinese, I expanded my knowledge about the Chinese culture, and met some lifelong friends.

MK’s teachers are professional, knowledgeable and friendly, and answered all of my questions; in class and after it. The class level was always adjusted to my level and my requirements.

If you’ll ask me to recommend the best Mandarin school in shanghai, I would defiantly say: Mandarin King!

Raz Hornick

Grace a Mandarin King, j`ai reussit avec un score tres eleve le HSK niveau 5. Ce resultat je le dois a la disponibilite , au serieux et au professionalisme des enseignants de cette institution.
Leur methode d`enseignement est efficace et adaptee aux besoins des etudiants. En ce qui me concerne etant en activite, le temps alloue a l`apprentissage du chinois est limite et precieux, je ne peux pas me permettre de perdre du temps. Mandarin King a pris en consideration de mes problematiques et s`est adapte a mes exigences, c`est un partenariat gagnant gagnant. En conclusion la reussite ne depend pas que seulement de l`ecole mais aussi de l`investissement personnel que chaque etudiant doit consacrer.

Hakim Maaref

Learning Chinese with my teacher in Mandarin Lesson Teaching is always a pleasure for me. My course program is tailor made to my learning ability, schedules and progress, and in every lesson, my teacher is involving me in real life; calling hotel for a reservation, having short walk to visualize learned words, games..etc. I am satisfied the individualized program, teaching method and my teacher's way of teaching. Thanks to Mandarin King for their contribution to my learning journey!

Mehmet Bilgin

I would like to take this opportunity to say what a remarkable course Mandarin King has to offer. I am doing the One on One Program and the way they gear the course to meet my needs is gratifying, I am learning real life language skills for my specific needs. My teacher is very conscientious and knowledgeable in her capacity for helping me to better understand the Mandarin language and communicate while living here in China.

Eileene Kurtz

Mandarin King has been the best thing to happen to our Chinese since arriving in China. The lessons are fun and interesting as well as informative. But most importantly the children love them. The teacher is brilliant at knowing when the kids need something a little different and does not hesitate to change her plan in order to keep them stimulated, taking them outside for games and activities while still teaching them Mandarin. We are thrilled to have been introduced to Mandarin King and recommend them all without hesitation.

Vanessa Robitaille

Mandarin Kingの授業には非常に満足しています。しっかりしたTeaching methodology を持っており、Extra教材
おこなってもらえるのも非常に魅力です。さらにDoris老師は才色兼備なだけでなく、Mandarin Kingの会社経営もして
いることから話題も豊富で、私の会社の日常の問題についても中国語で話し合うことができ、実践的な中国語を学ぶ機会となっています。これからもMandarin Kingで中国語学習を続けていきたいと思います。

Hiroyuki Izumi

I am delighted to recommend Mandarin King and their very well structured teaching methods to anyone who has a passion to learn the Mandarin language, and experience a true Chinese cultural experience.

The design of the Mandarin King course is exactly tailored for my personal and business requirements, and my Mandarin language skills have improved significantly since I started.

My Instructor Betty is a delight to learn from, as her language and general knowledge skills are excellent, and her teaching style is friendly, patient and highly effective.

I am very happy that I decided to switch to Mandarin King, and I look forward to many more enjoyable classes in the future.

Bob Moore

Based on my learning experience with Mandarin King, this past semester, I would highly recommend this school to students who wish to become proficient in speaking and understanding Mandarin Chinese. In spite of my lack of prior, formal training in the language, Mandarin King Course Consultant pegged me at the appropriate class level, after a short, but very efficient, 15 minutes of oral assessment. This front-end process laid the groundwork to ensure that I had a challenging learning environment, taking into account my specific needs.

The very useful, in-depth and easy-to-follow class-room materials provided, coupled with our teacher Mandy Lu’s lucid explanations, were sufficient to keep up with the pace of the lessons covered at each session. This resulted in a minimal amount of work outside of the classroom, to absorb the concepts, grammar and vocabulary highlighted within each lesson.

The Mandarin King approach to language training, exemplified by teacher Mandy Lu’s patience and keen insight into individual student’s needs, really helped to enhance my comfort level with the language. Her willingness to go off on tangents, away from the text book contents, to indulge a student’s curiosity, was particularly useful to improve one’s overall grasp of language and culture.

I am planning to attend my next level course this coming semester, to further improve my language skills.

Shashi Puthran

My experience with MandarinKING has been great. Their ability to tailor my course upon my learning needs is amazing, and the flexibility they have made to my schedule has exceeded my expectations! Their way of teaching is very engaging. I have colored cards with the words every lesson, that makes it very easy to add new vocabulary to my memory every time, and my teacher has always been prepared to my demanding questions about what each individual character mean of each new word I learned. I have made a huge progress in short time, thanks to the way the course is organized and the attentive follow up from everybody in the organization!

Ahmed Tawakol

Learning Chinese at Mandarin King is far more than just learning the language. I learn a lot about Chinese culture, everyday life, and useful sentences. And I have good fun with my teacher. Thank you all for your cordiality, your warmth and your support in our daily life.

Petra Stoehr Bellingen

I have been attending Mandarin King for about a year now and I can't believe the progress my Chinese language skills have made. For so long I had been struggling with just getting by with 'taxi and restaurant Chinese'. Mandarin King has let me take my Chinese language to a whole new level where I can converse with local friends across a broad range of topics. Many thanks to Doris and her team.

Tim Lyons

I started to learn mandarin in March 2010, in May I went to Beijing for a trip. Everybody knows how it's difficult to communicate in English in this city. So after only 2 months, I can order in restaurant, take taxi, negotiate gifts... Now I get a total of 120 hours lessons and now I can talk daily things with some suppliers, with neighbors and some of my Chinese colleague in their native language.

Florian Delalee

Studying at Mandarin King was a really lovely experience. The teachers are patient and knowledgeable. I really feel that studying at Mandarin King gave me a lot of confidence to use Chinese in public. I would recommend Mandarin King to anybody trying to seriously learn to speak Chinese.

Natalie Meintjes

When MandarinKING told me they would design a course around my mandarin learning needs, I thought it was too good to be true, as I have heard this before with other schools and tutors, but was left unhappy with the results. My teacher has done an amazing job of tailoring the class structure to my learning style, and is actively bringing in new content types into the class to make each class fresh and relevant to my personal and business needs. I am more than happy to pay slightly higher than average class fees for instruction at Mandarin King, because the return on my investment has been fantastic. I am a student of Mandarin King for three months, been in China for 10 years, and I look forward to studying at Mandarin King in the months and years to come.

Joseph Constanty

How many times have you looked enviously at foreigners speaking in Chinese here?? How many times have you wondered, “How do they do it???" Let me tell you how I did it. I did it at Mandarin King! When I first came to China everything was so exciting and new. I realized that to fully enjoy life here it would be helpful to know the language.

At Mandarin King I learnt to speak Chinese in 50 hours spanning over 25 days. The lessons were extremely well organized, skillfully planned to suit my interest and very well executed. The key to teaching the language here is constant revision of vocabulary using interesting teaching aids.

After just two classes, I was able to put together words to make sentences and it was a real confidence booster.

This has also helped my kids learn faster and get better grades in school. They look forward to their language classes at Mandarin King.

Apart from the one to one teaching in class, I also had some “real world experience" classes. The teachers accompany you to a place of your interest and encourage you to use the language with the locals. Now this is what I call- a real test of language. This has tremendously improved my quality of life here. Now I have a wider circle of friends and can confidently find my way around and go shopping with ease. My friends and family are so impressed. It has helped me career wise too.


I have been learning Mandarin with Doris since 2009 and have had at a total of 80 hrs classes with her over a 6 months period. Midway thro' my classmates and I could already converse in simple daily conversations relating to our daily routines, thanks to Doris' proactive and interactive way of teaching.

In class or whenever conversing with her she insists on us having our conversations in Mandarin which really helps as we know when it comes to learning no better way than to put in practice what one learns in order to master a skill/knowledge.

Her classes are well organized and she tailors it to suit our individual needs.

Besides helping us with Mandarin in or out of class hours, Doris has always been there whenever we have an emergency when it came to 'communication' in Shanghai.

I highly recommend Doris and Mandarin King to anyone who seriously wants to learn and master the Mandarin language here in Shanghai. It is not just a businesses for her it’s a passion and she takes great joy when foreigners can begin to converse in Mandarin.”

Jeanette Collins

When I came to Shanghai to set up my business I decided also to learn Mandarin. It was important for me to be able to have at least at the beginning short conversations with Chinese but also to progress rapidly with a dedicated method. I have found Mandarin King all the facilities to learn basic and advanced Chinese with an interactive and structured method, skillful motivated teachers and tailor made class schedules . After a few months with Mandarin King, I realized that I have really made a lot of progress allowing me to be better integrated in this big city.

Jean Luc Rossignol

At Mandarin Kind I found a Chinese course with the learning content which meets my learning objectives. I wanted to use my limited time to learn spoken Chinese instead of learning characters. The lectures are well prepared, but my teacher is flexible to do repetition or to focus on special topics I brought up. I also learn a lot about Chinese culture and common sayings. It's fun.

Joerg Bellingen

Even with only 40 hours of lessons with Mandarin King, I've noticed substantial improvements in my Chinese skills. I speak with greater confidence and reading the language feels more natural to me.

Justin Fischer