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Learn Mandarin at our Chinese school in Shanghai

Whether you take private Chinese lessons or small group classes, learning on our school in Shanghai is a great way to learn Mandarin while getting face-to-face contact with your teachers and fellow students. Besides, there are plenty of other things before and after class!

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GoEast Mandarin Shanghai

How would you like to learn Chinese?

Supercharge your conversation skills and reignite your passion for learning Chinese.

  • 1 week
  • Beginner (HSK1-2) or Intermediate (HSK3-4)

Learn 4X faster than regular courses while making new friends and having fun. 

  • 4 to 8 weeks
  • From zero to intermediate

Our small-sized group classes are a great and affordable way to learn Mandarin.

  • Three to six people per class
  • Held at both campuses
  • At all HSK levels

Make the most of your time with private classes at one of our campuses in Shanghai. 

  • Held at both campuses or on your location
  • At all HSK levels

We’re offering free open classes for everyone curious to try out GoEast Mandarin.

  • At all HSK levels
  • One hour session

French Concession campus, Shanghai

Visit our campus on Changle Lu, in the middle of downtown Shanghai. Come to lounge, class, or one of many events.

Ways to learn at our school

Small-sized group classes schedule

Total beginner to elementary

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Intermediate & above

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  • Each Class Hour is 50 minutes.

How long does it take to learn Chinese?

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    Learn Chinese in Shanghai

    Come learn the Chinese language in Shanghai at GoEast Mandarin’s Chinese school. Aside of learning at our campuses in the former French Concession or Yangpu, there are plenty of other reasons.

    Cons of learning Chinese in Shanghai

    Shanghai is by far the most international city in China, and this may not appeal to you since you want ‘real Chinese culture’. In many modern shopping malls, staff will be able to speak English, so it depends on you to stick speaking Chinese to them to to practice your Mandarin.

    Pros of learning Chinese in Shanghai

    …. on the upside of Shanghai being a very international city: great services for expats, such as specialized companies dealing with health insurances or moving for foreigners. And there are many high-quality Chinese language schools, such as GoEast Mandarin! 

    Shanghai has a huge range of places and events to go to, and with around 26 million people, you can choose if you want to hang out with other foreigners, or Chinese locals who do not speak English.

    Best Chinese school in Shanghai

    GoEast Mandarin is listed by TimeOut Shanghai as one of the top Chinese schools in Shanghai, as well as by ‘Sapore di China‘. Since opening our school in Yangpu, Shanghai, in 2012, our Chinese language students have consistently rated us 4.9 out of 5, with an NPS of 84.

    In 2016 we started teaching Mandarin Chinese online, and in 2018 we opened our second Chinese school in downtown Shanghai, the French Concession campus.

    You can come to our Chinese language school in Shanghai not just for Chinese language classes, but also for monthly events. In the last years, we’ve hosted food workshops to make jianbing or dumplings, held movie nights looking at Mulan in Mandarin as well as other Chinese movies, We made art such as Chinese handfans or Chinese ink wash paintings. And so much more. When you take classes at our Chinese school, there’s so much more than just the classes, but a whole environment to make you feel like home in Shanghai.

    Overview of Chinese Classes in Shanghai

    GoEast Mandarin offers different types of Chinese classes in Shanghai to cater to the diverse needs of learners.

    1. Small Group Classes: GoEast Mandarin offers small group classes where you’ll study Mandarin Chinese alongside a small group of students. These classes are great for interactive learning and practicing your language skills with classmates. The small class size allows for more individual attention from the teacher, giving you the opportunity to ask questions and receive personalized feedback.

    2. 1-on-1 Classes: If you prefer a more personalized learning experience, GoEast Mandarin also provides 1-on-1 classes. In these classes, it’s just you and the teacher, allowing for focused attention on your specific learning needs. You can customize the curriculum, pace, and content based on your goals and interests. It’s a great option if you prefer a tailored approach or have a specific focus area you want to work on.

    3. Intensive Classes: For those who want to immerse themselves in learning Mandarin at a faster pace, GoEast Mandarin offers intensive classes. These classes provide a more concentrated learning experience, with a higher number of hours dedicated to language instruction each week. Intensive classes are designed to help you progress quickly and build a solid foundation in Mandarin Chinese.

    Immersion in Real-Life with GoEast’s Cultural Activities

    Participating in cultural activities alongside language classes can greatly enhance your Mandarin learning experience. Here are some benefits:

    1. Immersion in Real-Life Context: Cultural activities provide an opportunity to immerse yourself in real-life situations where you can practice your language skills outside the classroom. By engaging in cultural activities, such as visiting local markets or historical sites, attending cultural performances, or participating in traditional Chinese arts and crafts, you can apply what you’ve learned in class to real-world scenarios.

    2. Cultural Understanding: Learning a language is not just about vocabulary and grammar; it’s also about understanding the culture and customs of the people who speak that language. Cultural activities help you gain a deeper understanding of Chinese traditions, etiquette, and social norms. This understanding allows you to communicate more effectively and respectfully in various social and professional settings.

    3. Building Vocabulary and Language Skills: Cultural activities expose you to new vocabulary, idioms, and expressions related to specific cultural contexts. By actively participating in cultural activities, you can expand your vocabulary, improve your listening and speaking skills, and develop a more authentic and natural way of using Mandarin Chinese.

    Now, let’s talk about some examples of GoEast Mandarin’s cultural activities in Shanghai:

    1. Chinese Calligraphy Workshop: GoEast Mandarin offers workshops where you can learn the art of Chinese calligraphy. You’ll have the chance to practice writing Chinese characters with traditional brushes and ink, guided by experienced calligraphy teachers.

    2. Chinese Cooking Class: GoEast Mandarin organizes cooking classes where you can learn how to prepare authentic Chinese dishes. These classes not only teach you cooking techniques but also introduce you to Chinese ingredients, flavors, and culinary traditions.

    3. Shanghai City Tour: GoEast Mandarin arranges city tours of Shanghai, taking you to popular attractions and historical sites while providing interesting insights into the city’s culture and history. This gives you a chance to practice your Mandarin skills while exploring the local surroundings.

    4. Traditional Tea Ceremony: GoEast Mandarin hosts traditional tea ceremonies where you can learn about the art and etiquette of Chinese tea. You’ll get to taste different types of tea, learn how to brew tea properly, and understand the significance of tea in Chinese culture.

    Looking to Learn Chinese in Shanghai? Here Are Some Tips to Get You Started!

    From immersion techniques to cultural activities, we’ll equip you with the tools and advice you need to make the most out of your Chinese learning journey.

    1. Immerse Yourself: Take advantage of living in Shanghai by immersing yourself in the language and culture. Practice speaking Chinese with locals, engage in daily conversations, and explore the city’s vibrant neighborhoods where you can use Mandarin in various settings.

    2. Join Language Exchange Programs: Seek out language exchange programs or language partner opportunities in Shanghai. Interacting with native Chinese speakers who want to learn your native language can be a valuable way to practice Chinese and make new friends.

    3. Explore Cultural Activities: Participate in cultural activities offered in Shanghai, such as attending traditional performances, visiting museums, or joining local interest groups. These experiences will deepen your understanding of Chinese culture and provide additional language practice opportunities.

    4. Utilize Language Apps and Online Resources: Make use of language learning apps and online resources to supplement your studies. Schools like GoEast Mandarin offer interactive lessons, vocabulary practice, and listening exercises that can be accessed conveniently on your smartphone or computer.

    5. Practice Regularly: Consistency is key when learning a language. Set aside dedicated time each day to practice Chinese, whether it’s reviewing vocabulary, listening to podcasts, or practicing speaking with a language partner. Regular practice will help you progress more effectively.

    6. Take Advantage of Language Schools: Enroll in reputable language schools like GoEast Mandarin that offer structured courses and experienced teachers. Language schools provide a supportive learning environment, curriculum guidance, and opportunities for cultural immersion.

    7. Make Flashcards and Use Memory Techniques: Create flashcards for vocabulary and characters that you find challenging. Utilize memory techniques such as visualization, mnemonics, or creating stories to help you remember new words and characters more effectively.

    8. Explore Chinese Media: Watch Chinese movies, TV shows, and listen to Chinese music or podcasts to expose yourself to the language and improve your listening skills. You can also read Chinese books or news articles to expand your vocabulary and comprehension.

    X2 visa for learning Chinese in Shanghai

    GoEast Mandarin can assist you in obtaining the X2 student visa to study Chinese in Shanghai. The X2 visa is specifically designed for students who wish to pursue short-term language courses in China. It allows you to stay in the country for the duration of your studies.

    One advantage of choosing GoEast Mandarin is our expertise and support in the visa application process. We have experience and knowledge in handling visa procedures, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free application. GoEast Mandarin understands the requirements and can provide the necessary documents and guidance to increase your chances of obtaining the X2 student visa.

    By choosing GoEast Mandarin, you can focus on your language learning journey while we take care of the administrative aspects, including visa assistance. This relieves you from the stress of navigating the visa process on your own, giving you peace of mind and allowing you to fully immerse yourself in your studies and experience life in Shanghai.

    To learn more about X2 Visa, visit this page.


    Pick up your Chinese guide at a GoEast in Shanghai

    Speaking some Chinese makes Shanghai much easier: you can tell the taxi driver where to go, or exactly which dish you want (no surprises).

    Learning Mandarin also makes Shanghai much nicer: locals will be even nicer to you when you to speak them in their language.

    And speaking some Chinese can also possibly make Shanghai safer: you can ask someone to call an ambulance (although we hope you’ll never have to).

    So you can do two things. First off, you can come pick up our free twelve-page quickguide at our campus in Shanghai’s Yangpu district or in the French Concession near Shanghai Library. And secondly, you can take Mandarin classes at GoEast, of course, either in Shanghai or online.

    So feel welcome to pick up a quick guide for yourself, or for your friends that may need one. And if you decide to sign up for classes, you’ll know where to find us.

    The Chinese quick guide covers topics like food, greetings, animals, colors, talking to a taxi driver, ordering a restaurant, and emergencies, as well as some small talk (such as ‘You are cute!’).

    Sample pages:

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    Learn Chinese at our school in Shanghai

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