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INNOVATIVE & EFFECTIVE METHODS

We developed our own teaching and learning methods to make Chinese learning easier and produce great results.

  • Link Word

    Link Word help students remember and retain new words much better and faster than traditional learning methods.

  • Story Telling

    Improve your understanding of Chinese grammars and sentence structures using meaningful story lines.

  • Smart Lingo

    Take your learning experience to the next level with Smart Lingo’s integrated review lessons, class notes and scheduling system.

Course Curriculum

All of our courses focus on building your speaking and listening skills, with an option to include lessons on
reading and writing Chinese characters.

Survival Chinese

You will be taught everything you need to know to survive living in China and get by easily, such as communicating with taxi drivers, shopkeepers, restaurant staff, etc.

Daily Chinese

You will learn survival Chinese plus additional vocabulary that will allow you to communicate more effectively and have meaningful conversations with the locals.

Tailor-made

If you have a specific interest or need, tailor-made Chinese is the right choice for you. Your teacher will customize the lesson content to help you achieve your goal.

Business Chinese

Conduct business more productively in China with our Business Chinese course  and learn essential vocabulary that is tailored to your industry or field of work.

HSK Preparation

No matter which level of HSK exam or other Chinese exams you are preparing for, our exam preparation class will ensure you pass your exam with flying colours.

Reading & Writing

Learn to not only speak but also to read and write Chinese characters. Elevate your Chinese skills and create more advantages for yourself in life, in school or in the job market.

Lesson Delivery Tools

Speaking & Listening

Your speaking and listening skills will be trained using various methods, including: role-playing, watching and describing scenes from a video, telling a story based on a picture, Q&A with fellow students or your teacher, etc.

Reading & Writing

To improve your reading and writing skills, a variety of tools will be used as practice, such as reading articles, creating sentences using specific words, short essay writing, spelling tests, dictation, etc.

That’s Mandarin (TM) Level System

The chart below shows which Chinese level you should be taking at That’s Mandarin to pass a specific HSK level.

  • Equivalent of TM Level 1

    Suitable for Total beginner students
    Smart Lingo units to complete 5 units
    Vocabulary count 150 words
    What you can achieve – Get 2 work visa points
    – You can survive in China with basic vocabulary and sentences to ask for what you want.
  • Equivalent of TM Level 2

    Suitable for Elementary students
    Smart Lingo units to complete 5 units
    Vocabulary count 300 words
    What you can achieve – Get 4 work visa points.
    – You can express yourself on everyday topics, such as the weather, your family and life in China.
  • Equivalent of TM Level 3 & 4

    Suitable for Intermediate students
    Smart Lingo units to complete 10 units
    Vocabulary count 600 words
    What you can achieve – Get 6 visa points
    – You can confidently communicate with the locals and express your opinions on a wide range of everyday topics.
  • Equivalent of TM Level 5, 6, 7 & 8

    Suitable for Intermediate students
    Smart Lingo units to complete 10 units
    Vocabulary count 600 words
    What you can achieve – Get 6 visa points
    – You should be able to fluently express yourself on any given topics related to life, study or work.
  • Equivalent of TM Advanced Level

    Suitable for Advanced students
    Smart Lingo units to complete 40 units
    Vocabulary count 2400 words
    What you can achieve – Get 10 visa points
    – You will be able to use Chinese for professional and academic purposes, and carry elaborate conversations on specialized topics.
  • Equivalent of TM Advanced Level

    Suitable for Advanced students
    Smart Lingo units to complete 40 units
    Vocabulary count 5000 words
    What you can achieve – Get 10 visa points
    – You will be able to use Chinese for professional and academic purposes, and carry elaborate conversations on specialized topics.

Time Needed To Complete Each Level

Group Classes

COURSE TYPE DURATION
Intensive Group Classes
(15 classes/week)
3 weeks
Part-time Group Classes
(4 classes/week)
12 weeks

1-on-1 Classes

COURSE TYPE DURATION
TM Level 1 & 2 30 classes
TM Level 3 & 4 90 classes
TM Level 5, 6, 7, 8 150 classes
TM Advanced Level 240 classes

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