" I am quite happy with my experience with New Concept Mandarin. I have been studying with them for almost 2 years now and I really feeling very comfortable with Mandarin abilities.
I am able to converse in Mandarin for a variety of day to day activities for work and personal areas. The teachers and coursework were most helpful in not only developing my proficiency in Mandarin, but my confidence as well.
I highly recommend NCM to anyone learning Mandarin. "-- Greg Schmidt, Account Manager, Nokia Singapore
(Robert Mellergardh took 10 days 80 hours Immersion course in March, 2013)
This is awesome!
When I started the course I did not know any Mandarin. I could say "hi" and "thanks'". The second day at the course I was out in the society and made a small interview with people. In Mandarin I introduced my self and ask them questions and took there phone number. For me this was a "wow experience". Next day I bought some things and could do some bargain.
That I could learn to speak and understand Mandarin in two weeks is for me is amazing. I'm not in a high level, but now I catch up the discussions and information that people having. Not fully, but so much that I can understand the "big picture", introduce my self, ask questions, take a taxi, have somethings to drink and eat, etc, etc.. It really felt that this Survival course was customized for me.
I really wanted to learn Mandarin because I need it for work, and are very grateful to all of my teachers for their way of handle the learning situation for me. They put their full effort to drill me so I was so exhausted in the end of the days. I really want to say thanks to all of my teachers, Anny, Ursula, Ashley, Maggie, Suki for a fantastic work and that you had patience with me.
This concept and the teachers in combination is a success.
Robert Mellergardh, vice President, SAC-- Robert Mellergardh
I am very happy with the lessons I had at New Concept Mandarin. I've been studying with NCM for nearly 5 months on the Social level and made big progress in that period. I feel much more confident now speaking and reading Chinese.
My teacher, Anny Tian, is a very friendly, patient and dedicated teacher. She can explain things well and is always happy to answer any question. She also knows very well how to motivate and stimulate students to learn more. She challenged me a lot, and that really pushed me to a higher level.
I can highly recommend New Concept Mandarin to anyone learning Chinese. It's a very good way to learn and the lessons are a lot of fun!-- Jeroen Rijnbergen
As my course ended yesterday with the last session I would like to take the opportunity to express my appreciation and gratitude.
Serena is a very professional, motivated, encouraging and disciplined teacher.
She applied the New Concept system very well and I benefitted a lot from the lessons.
I feel well equipped with the survivor knowledge!
All the best for you and the New Concept Team.-- Hans Nasemann, Regional Director, WMF Consumer Goods (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
I'm very happy with the 40-hour course I just finished. Qing and Suki are both very dedicated, energetic teachers. I noticed a lot of improvement in my ability to communicate and understand more of what I was hearing outside of class (in the real world where the conversations are a little tougher to follow!) They also both did a nice job of developing extra material aimed at my personal interests. As you know this was my second short-term intensive course at New Concept, and I really hope to come back and do a third one.-- Steve Toloken
I wanted to express my sincere thanks to Ashley. She is an organized and very professional young lady with the most endearing personality. She did her best to make the mandarin lessons suitable for our individual needs. She was always patient enough to allow us to go over words and homework until we felt comfortable that we understood. She also gave us the opportunity to visit the small super market downstairs and practice what we had learnt in the classroom.This was an excellent way to learn the concepts of Mandarin and to also gave us the confidence to try out our language skills in public.
The other important fact I wish to add is that Ashley included other topics not featured in the Concept Mandarin booklet.We were struggling with Transport and she spent part of a lesson going over the communication needed for requesting and directing a taxi driver, which is a must when you use this form of transport daily!
And lastly, I wish to say that I had great fun in the class.We were rather a mad group but we all got on so well and it was great to meet others and learn about there countries and backgrounds when completing the language tasks.
I now need to go over my Mandarin and practice using it in public as much and as often as possible!-- Sandra Hobbs
I had my first Chinese classes in Germany right before I came to China for a 3 year work assignment. After completing this first approach towards Mandarin, I realized that this was just a thing to say â€œI prepared for Chinaâ€. Arriving here in Nanjing, it was obvious that learning Mandarin would increase the comfort factor substantially. Luckily, there is a New Concept Mandarin language school. It is just great fun to work with the NCM staff, because they are passionate about their work and about teaching foreigners. My Chinese lessons are no longer mere language classes, but also help me to better understand Chinese customs and culture. My teacher is very good at giving background information on upcoming Chinese festivals, such as Chinese teacherâ€™s day and Chinese Valentineâ€™s day. She also enriches classes with simple stories of Chinese tradition and a lot of pictures, so that I can remember new vocabulary even at 7:30 in the morning.-- Berthold
With this email, I would like to extend my highest commendations for Ms. Ashley Liu, our Level 1 Teacher in the Nov/Dec 2012 session. Without question, your clear introduction of your program was the main reason I signed up for this class but Ms. Liuâ€™s teaching ability, warm personality, caring attitude, great knowledge and proficiency of both English and Mandarin languages were the reasons I stayed and continued with the class.
This has by far been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Your program definitely does work and I hope I can manage to find time to continue with the next levels.
I will recommend New Concept Mandarin to others not only because I think this method works but also because the program is being conveyed by such professional staff as You, Ms. Liu and others at the Shekou School.
Best wishes for the new year and continued success for everyone at New Concept Mandarin.
Al Anvari, P.E.
President-- Al Anvari
I have now completed Level 2 Survival and am already very comfortable to have basic conversations in my day to day life here in Suzhou. Right from the beginning my teacher Lexie has become and amazing teacher and support in my learning of a new language. As the leader of a new company in China, all of my team are for the most part Mandarin speaking only so it was very important for me to learn the basics as quickly as possible. Already after completing Level 2 Survival I can understand about 40% of the conversations and for the most part able to respond in basic Mandarin. As I start Level 3 Survival, I am confident that I will only become more proficient and confident in my new skills.
As a very busy business person, it is always difficult to absorb so much so quickly, but the pace and teaching techniques of New Concept Mandarin and my piaoliang laoshi Lexie, it is absolutely possible.
I am very excited to return to Canada for Christmas and show off my new language and will definitely go where I can use it!-- ----- Mark Greenberg
I wanted to share hereby my feedback on this first series of Mandarin courses with New Concept Mandarin Singapore.
I've found both the Chinese class methodology and the input of my mandarin teacher very helpful in gaining understanding of the most frequent situations of the daily life. I found particularly helpful to be able to interact on any kind of topic and dive deeper into that ones that are the most relevant to me.
The stream of work and rythm is compelling and encouraging.
I really look forward to pursuing these courses with Mandarin Social Level 2.-- Isabelle
Thank you, Rebecca, for teaching us Mandarin. You’ve helped us a lot.-- -- Jesse Allmyer & Jessica Allmyer
I like to learn Mandarin in NCM very much. Rebecca’s lesson is very good.-- -- Daniela Forrer
Andre, Daniela, Jesse and Jessica just finished a 32-hour public group course for beginner level one.
I am very happy to learn Chinese in NCM with Rebecca.-- -- Andre Frankenstein
Since the beginning of the year, we have each received 80hrs tuition at New Concept Mandarin. Both Lillian and Rebecca, our teachers, have helped us to understand the fundamentals of the Chinese language. Their professional approach and friendly manner has enabled us to gain confidence and improve our linguistic skills.-- Paul Moxon GM at an American manufacturing giant
-- Paul and Elaine Moxon
Kallie Kuch, a six-year-old American girl from a Chinese local primary school, learned Chinese with New Concept Mandarin for 130 hours.
"Thanks so much! We sure love Julia and can't say enough good things about her. Kallie really misses her and everyone is impressed with how much Kallie knows! It's fantastic!! We got Kallie into a Chinese immersion program in the local school program here. She will spend 1/2 the day in Chinese and 1/2 in English. We are so thrilled!"-- -- Kallie’s mom Julie
"I just finished the last part of the Survival level at NCM. The teachers are professional, committed and they mix the books with extras that make the language more rich and useful in my everyday life. They have been good at giving positive feedback which is important for the motivation. They have also been great when it comes to give constructive criticism. When I have pronounced words wrong or misunderstood the grammar they have been quick to correct me in a constructive and good way, which is so important when you are learning a new language. It has truly been a pleasure to study Mandarin at NCM.
In my meetings with the NCM's staff, I have not only learned to converse in basic Mandarin but also gained an insight into Chinese culture, customs and traditions which really has enriched my life here and now, and forever.
Thank you for a great learning experience!-- Pia Meijer
"I'm learning Chinese now with New Concept Mandarin for roughly one year. A colleague had recommended NCM to me, mentioning that she would have seen fast success with moderate efforts to learn. Even if it seems me to take some more exertion to become familiar with Chinese language, I fully agree with her and therefore also recommend this learning approach to others.
What I like best:
1. The concept: NCM strictly focus on using and speaking Chinese from the very beginning on. Therefore it does not stress too much grammar or language specifics. Such will be introduced smoothly during the different lessons. The training content seems carefully selected to fit common day's needs, like booking hotels or trains, ordering dishes, making appointments etc. NCM calls this "survival" content and is absolutely right by doing so. From the beginning on, the Chinese world opens case by case, word by word and therefore offers a lot of chances for self motivation to learn more. This concept seems to be very reasonable to me and furthermore highly supports my learning behavior.
2. The teachers: They all not only seem to really like their job but also are very professional and highly attentive. They encourage their students to speak as much as possible all the time. After having passed the first 3 survival levels, I will more or less solely speak in Chinese with my teacher Janey. Of course, sometimes, for very difficult sentence structures or new words, we will communicate in English (and btw. I really would be glad, if I could speak English as fluent as she does). She really encourage me, even if sometimes suddenly for some reason all my Chinese seems to have been disappeared. With patience, humor and precise knowledge about my knowledge, she will try to understand my ways to remember words, e.g. by offering mnemonics or basic explanations which will help me to access the words.
Of course I will continue to learn with NCM. Currently I'm looking forward to enter the "social" levels. And I will feel encouraged when my teacher says to me: 加油！"-- Jan Dainat
Combination of dialogue and review at the start of each lesson with learning new lessons.Patience, friendliness, flexibility and skillset of the teacher.
Teacher is always very open for answering questions.Good variation between learning new words, grammar and reading.-- Benjamin Volvo
My first instructor was energetic, clever, humorous and well educated. I appreciated her focus on pronunciation and her ability to explain proper use of words. My second instructor used her real-world experience in training to help me better understand how to speak and use formal pronunciation. Her ability to provide me examples through her experience help me relate to each learning session. The entire staff in NCM was helpful and caring which makes for a great learning experience. I would strongly recommend NCM to anyone interested in learning or advancing their Chinese languages or writing skills. In particular I had a great experience with the instructors. I also appreciate the support of NCM teams. I only wish I could have continued my experience much longer.-- The Outdoor Recreation Group, Jay Beyler
After few hours, I feel comfortable to exchange a few word with Chinese people and I can also sometime catch a few word in a discussion or understand the subject. So even If we are far away to be fluent in mandarin, it's definitely a great improvement for me and my wife.
Be capable to exchange at least few world and hopefully more in future with local people is for us the key of success for our integration in China. And we are fully satisfied by the courses provide by you and your colleagues.-- Jeremy Oliver
I highly recommend New Concept Mandarin as a great candidate for a language school. I studied Mandarin for two months and loved every minute of it. While a student at NCM I felt that my teachers did a great job in making me feel comfortable at all times. The teaching curriculum is very easy to follow and very efficient. The teachers at NCM have a wonderful rapport with people of all ages. Their ability to connect with their students and their talent at teaching Mandarin are truly superior. They all have excellent written and verbal communication skills. They are extremely organized and reliable. The teachers accomplish these tasks with great initiative and with a very positive attitude. I recommend NCM to whomever wants to learn Mandarin.-- Sincerely, Jennifer
The lessons starts always with the reviewing contents what we had before.This is a good warming up to help us to remember the structure and words well. Also our homework is being checked. I learned about a theme like time,introduce yourself,shopping…
Teacher Manli speak to us very clearly and understandable. What I like most is the way how Chinese characters are build up or what is the story behind it.
Actually I like the lessons and teachers very much,with what we learned already it should be very useful if we practice after class more and more…-- Andy Demeulenaere
The Chinese lessons are very helpful in daily life , without a basic understanding simple things can become very difficult. Its still the case that the majority of the Chinese people do not speak a single word of English.
Survival level 1 brings everything you need to overcome the basic questions about time , shopping , money , and other conversations.
I believe the content of this first level has been chosen very well.
Our teacher Manli is very professional and has lots of experience , the lessons are very well prepared and have a clear goal. For students from our class I believe this is very important , we are all fulltime employed and have already a busy daytask , well structured , ontime classes are therefore required.
I have only positive points to say about our class and teacher , keep on the good work I would say , ….-- Kristof Soreyn
The practical teaching method of New Concept Mandarin, where the student is encouraged to talk a lot, especially in the early phases, works really well in overcoming the initial barriers when trying to speak a new language. The teachers explained not only the grammar but also how the words were put together, which made them a lot easier to memorise. The classes were tailor made for my requirements and were always stimulating.-- Thorsten Everling
I have been learning Chinese with Julia for about a year at New Concept Mandarin (Shekou,Shenzhen); reading, making exercises and writing allow me to learn more and faster than before. The method is very intuitive, efficient and appropriate.
I really enjoyed my lessons. Even if I did not always well reviewed previous lessons or changed the schedule at the last minute, Julia is flexible, patient, takes the right time, adapt her lesson to the right pace, repeat with different words to make me understand (instead of immediately translating to English.) and always with a smile. Well prepared courses, a glitch of humor and some hints on Chinese Culture, Chinese historical facts... All this make Julia's course an interesting, motivating and pleasant time.-- Hugues Barlow, Valeo
"I have hugely enjoyed learning Mandarin at NCM. The language itself is fascinating, as it is so vastly different to English and learning the characters is like unlocking a puzzle, but the real joy has been my teacher, she has done an excellent job at keeping the sessions fun and interesting, varied and not regimented, but still thorough in teaching style and constantly adapted to my learning needs over time. I have made great progress, thanks to a fun but very professional teacher."-- David Charnley, The Royal Bank of Scotland
"I really enjoyed my classes at New Concept Mandarin, in particular with our teacher Lynn. I was looking for a basic introductory class and I looked around at quite a few different options – including other courses as well as private tutors. However, I am really glad I went with New Concept Mandarin. The classes were great – not only did we cover the basics of vocabulary, tones and pronunciation, but the class setting really helped they dynamics of learning and made it a lot more fun. It also took away some of the fear and issues around learning a new language. Lynn was very helpful in this respect – not only engaging us to speak more but also taking the time to answer all of our questions. She even met with us on her own time to meet us for a 'group' dinner and take us on a tour of Chinatown, which was really great of here and an excellent learning experience. Overall, I felt the classes were at the right pace and covered the right material, as well as a good value for money. Lynn was a great teacher and would definitely recommend her to anyone, from beginner to more advanced students just looking to improve or learn more."-- Brett Penfield
Director, Sales Support
Asia Pacific Region
I took a survival level 1 in NCM. I really enjoyed, It was a great
course and a great experience. The subject was different every class,
It came with audio and worksheet as well. So, i could practice at home..
And thanks to my teacher, Lynn Li. I am able to speak and understand chinese now. She is very patient in explaining and answering all our questions. I also have more understanding in chinese culture. Even though, I am not able to continue to the next level. I will keep in practicing and learning. Thank you NCM and Ms. Lynn Li!
Evelyn-- Thank you very much-- Evelyn Tjahjono
New Concept Mandarin (NCM) has been my language teacher of choice for just over one and a half years and though I am not the best or fastest learning student ever enrolled in the program I am probably one of the most pleased. During my enrollment I have been fortunate to have two very talented teachers who have had extreme patience, insight into Chinese culture and a talent for making Mandarin “come alive” during our classes.
NCM’s structured approach, utilizing well designed textbooks and other teaching materials has been very effective and made the transition from one teacher to the next very easy. For me personally, the teachers have made the learning opportunity enjoyable as each brought her unique personality and style to the classroom and shared with me in a relaxed environment I have found quite comfortable. Encouragement abounds, enthusiasm for teaching is evident in each class and a continual pursuit of “everyday life” application is prevalent. When student and teacher goals are aligned like ours seem to be the experience is enriched.
As an aside, I have particularly enjoyed the study of Chinese characters. When learning about the composition of each character and later practicing the strokes involved in writing I find real peace and tranquility in the midst of my life. Without the attention to detail from my teacher I would never have realized this benefit of my learning experience.-- Richard winkelman
The learning method of New Concept Mandarin is very practical. After Survival Level 1 we are already able to have basic communication in practical situations. Our teacher Jean is very fun to be with and we enjoy the classes very much.
We recommend this course to all other expatriates in Singapore to learn Mandarin in an effective and pleasant way.-- Petteri & Anita Kostermaa
My experience of New Concept Mandarin language teaching is two-fold: a ten-day one-to-one immersion course in Shekou and several series of one-to-one tutorials in Hong Kong (in that order). In both cases the teaching was individually designed to meet my learning requirements and the teachers at both locations demonstrated a high level of understanding and commitment on the one hand together with creativity and flexibility on the other. The immersion approach, albeit gruelling on a one-to-one basis, is an excellent way for the learner to break down the barrier that Mandarin seems to present in the early stages and to gain the confidence needed to see the battle through. I doubt whether I would have continued to study Mandarin without that experience behind me. One-to-one tutorials are, in my opinion, the best way to progress once the basis has been laid. They are demanding of both teacher and student and it was the calibre of the teaching staff I encountered at NCM in Hong Kong that made them successful and encouraged me to keep going back for more.
There was plenty of hard work involved, but an outstanding feature of all the lessons I had at NCM is that they were always lively and stimulating. The teachers not only displayed a highly professional approach to teaching Mandarin, but it was also fun to spend time with them and to be so easily and warmly accepted into their close-knit and friendly community.-- Chris Nicholls
As a result I have attended many different Mandarin schools so can vouch for New Concept Mandarin's superior standards! Upon arrival at their training centre I was given an assessment and was impressed that the teacher really took the time to discover what would be the best level for me. At first I wanted to take a group class but after 1 lesson with my new teacher, I realised their one-on-one technique is amazing. My teacher promised I would learn Mandarin faster and more efficiently with their techniques and it was true!
Through my music I have found that learning Mandarin songs is one of the best ways to improve tones and pronunciation. I have to focus on each word to make sure it is accurate before I can sing the song and this has made my spoken Mandarin much sharper too. I would recommend you to learn a Mandarin song with your teacher! Not only will your language skills improve, you will also gain a deeper appreciation of Chinese culture.-- Katie Targett-Adams Musician and Singer
I started Mandarin 1 year and a half ago not knowing where I was embarking for, but conscious that it would demand a serious effort. I found within New Concept Mandarin a very supportive environment, and, thanks to their teaching, a continuous motive of interest in learning not only mandarin but also the whole chinese culture filtering from every words and characters. The pedagogy is subtle, the progression makes you feel you are really making progress. I particularly enjoyed the always cheerful and so smart way our Lao Shi, Mina, enlivens the language and organize our weekly games with new words and sentences.-- Bertrand
The Business Mandarin (Advance) offered by New Concept Mandarin appealed to me because it offered flexibility that allowed me to tailor the course to suit my specific learning needs. My tuitor Ms Zheng was not only effectively bilingual in English and Chinese, she was also very patient in accommodating my very tight work schedule, allowing me to complete the entire course in a short span of 2 months, just in time for me to leave on my work stint in China.-- Christina Choh
I am very satisfied with the ongoing courses.
The strong points of this teaching system are the good materials that are provided, these are adapted to foreigners trying to understand and learn a very alien language, and the personalized teaching one-on-one. This helps a lot.
My trainer, Mina Zheng min, individual strong attributes are: very punctual service, good knowledge of Chinese language and culture (it is important that we learn more also about the culture, so this is very helpful), personalised attention. She answered all questions very appropriately, good context placement of what we learn, her flexibility in scheduling classes, a good sense of humor to make it lighter. Her recommendable patience to teach wiaguoren like myself who seem to learn with great difficulty.
It is a pleasure working with Mina and NCM and I am looking forward to a lot more.-- Alain
My language training at NCM has been a positively outstanding experience I would recommend to everyone. “Language Immersion” combined with one-on-one tutorials is probably the most effective way to learn Chinese, both for students at square one and for people wanting to improve their Chinese language skills and vocabulary. The NCM methodology is holistic in the sense that it focuses on developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills at the same time. Moreover, the teaching materials and techniques are both effective and pleasant, since they give students the flexibility to adapt classes to their learning speed and skills as well as professional needs. While continually challenged, I never felt completely lost from the material, and I believe that this allowed me to gain the maximum possible benefit from the training. Combined with the personal attention of the instructors, this approach makes it possible for the student to learn a great deal in a short time. As to the instructors, I found them to be uniformly excellent. The talent, patience and good humour of all of the instructors was a real boost to me. One of my teachers one day told me that NCM was like a big family and she couldn’t be more right – it’s amazing because when you arrive in a foreign country you value much more the affection. The big family concept also allows you to follow intensive courses at NCM branches other than where you are normally based. You then get the pleasant experience of showing-up Monday morning in a different city meeting new teachers who nonetheless already know who you are, how much Chinese you speak, your strengths and weaknesses, and how you prefer to be taught. Impressive!-- Rasmus Abildgaard Kristensen
New Concept Mandarin (NCM) has really enriched my life in Dongguan both professionally and personally. Working as head of Human Resources and Administration at a large production facility, it is a great help being able to discuss issues directly with our factory employees. After a little more than one year of studying Mandarin two times a week I have reached a level that allows me to do so.
When selecting the right vendor to provide Mandarin, the most important criterion for me was "value for money". Despite the fact that our comparisons showed me a unit price for lessons a little higher at NCM than other vendors, I believe that NCM Chinese courses are worth-the-money and the most efficient solution. Better teachers and better teaching methods mean faster progress and therefore savings on lessons in the long run. In a hectic everyday flexibility can be required and therefore flexibility were the second most important criterion for me.
NCM has certainly lived up to my expectations and therefore I highly recommend NCM.-- Morten
"I just completed four weeks of intensive study at New Concept Mandarin (NCM) in their Nanjing Learning Center. I could not be happier. I had studied the language in the U.S. for a couple of years, adult education, one day a week at the local Chinese Cultural Center. Since that study focused primarily on reading/writing, much-needed verbal skills were lacking, I requested NCM target that important area. After my four weeks I feel much more capable.
I chose NCM because they are routinely selected by international companies and foreign governments to provide training to their employees assigned to work in China, or conduct business with Chinese counterparts. From my own experience, I know this is the hallmark of a successful language school, and NCM certainly deserves their business. In fact, I met one of NCM’s recent local graduates, a German wife whose husband works for a leading German company in Nanjing and is a continuing part-time NCM student. Her own Chinese skills are commendable. She too praised the school, and returns occasionally to chat with the amicable Nanjing NCM staff.
NCM Nanjing’s group of talented, young teachers is superlative, as they teach real-world interactions within Chinese society. For example, one teacher discussed her own two exciting weekend activities – one, visiting her parents in her own hometown and attending a wedding; the other, journeying to a nearby municipality with friends to attend yet another Chinese wedding. On other occasions, I was treated to detailed descriptions of Chinese houses, real-estate, and very importantly…taught Chinese humorous sayings and even some jokes! These insights into Chinese society can be invaluable for achieving rapport with Chinese counterparts.
In short, I can unequivocally recommend New Concept Mandarin!"-- Steve Wilson
" I had been taking classes in NUS, and was very upset to learn that not many people wanted to pursue, so there were no more classses I could join. After looking at many schools, I found NCM, and found the right fit for me.
The learning is progressive and comfortable, our teacher Linda Huang, doesn't stick only to the book, she brings in new material which enhances and vitalises our class.
I strongly recommend anyone who wants to learn and or enhance their Mandarin Level to attend classes at NCM. "-- Viviana Bernard
" During my internship in Singapore I had the chance to start learning Mandarin at NCM and enjoyed it very much.
I think it’s always a good way of learning a new language when it takes place in a small group like our group of only 7 people, because then the teacher can structure the classes better according to the individuals needs.
The repetition exercises in every lesson were very beneficial.
With these exercises we could repeat the last lesson and keep the words and expressions in mind easier.
I believe that it is also very important that the clients talk and practice a lot in class and we always held a lot of conversations and read texts out loud.
The classes were well-structured and full of useful terms for everyday life and working life.
In addition our teacher was prepared completely for every class and very patient with us.
It was always fun to learn Mandarin with her!
So thank you very much for an outstanding experience by teaching me Mandarin! "-- Sarah Loeschmann
" We have had a very good experience with “New Concept Mandarin” as we had an excellent teacher, good study materials and a small group of students. We were nurtured from absolute ignorance in mandarin to a survival level in a very short time and most of all, we had good fun during our classes. We definitely can recommend “New Concept Mandarin” to anyone. "-- Petra Pohorska
" It was forty years ago that I have been taught Chinese as a second language in school. Without interest or paying much attention Chinese was boring and a struggle just for a grade.
How did I do?
It is forty years after and I am fondly thinking of learning Chinese all over again. A desire such that after 3 attempts over 2 years to find a suitable tutor or institution that can help me to master Mandarin, I chance upon New Concept Mandarin.
My experience with New Concept Mandarin is that of laughter in the class coming from mistakes, curiosity, queries, stories and the likes while learning. I found the textbooks format easy to learn and the teacher made the learning enjoyable. This gave me comfort and confidence in learning so much so I am always looking eagerly to the next lesson.
Teachers are caring, trained, experienced professionals.
Another plus factor for me is the flexible time and place for learning and customization to suit my convenience in various situations.
Much can be gained and of course much depends on oneself, if to learn faster or slower at different levels, at one’s own comfort zone. "-- Jerry Soh
" New Concept private lessons are ideal for my busy and ever changing schedule.
The lessons were arranged to fit into my diary and the times could vary from week to week. They were also held in my office which saved travel time. It could not have been more convenient.
My teacher was very patient and understanding and catered the course to my needs and ability. She taught me not only the language, but also many cultural Chinese aspects.
I find the lessons engaging and productive. I highly recommend New Concept Mandarin to anyone wanting to embark upon learning this fascinating language. "-- Simon Meers
" I have been studying at NCM in Singapore for 4 months now, taking one-to-one classes once or twice a week depending on my schedule.
I like NCM for many reasons, but here are some of them:
- The teachers are both excellent and enthusiastic with a good sense of humor
- As a one-to-one student I can chose when to study with great flexibility
- The textbooks are full of relevant and useful topics. The teachers are willing to incorporate extra topics outside the scope of the textbook
- NCM has enabled me to reach an intermediate level from scratch in a relatively short time
- The school is conveniently located and has comfortable classrooms
If you are serious about improving your Mandarin, I would certainly recommend NCM to you."-- Daniel Shepherd
New Concept Mandarin was a great solution to get my level of Chinese up to speed within a very short period of time.
Whether online, private or the group immersion, the company made every effort ot focus on my delivemental needs. The teachers I had were professional and took teaching Chinese very seriously.
I was surprised at just how quickly I was able to not only learn, but actually use Chinese in everyday situations outside of the classroom.
From my perspective, I can certainly recommend New Concept Mandarin.-- Chistopher Heidemanns
" What I have to say about NCM first of all is that the course is effective. I had never learned so much of a language in such a short time - especially such a different language from my own. After just the first module (Survival 1) I was already getting more used to the Chinese language tones and I was able to understand Chinese better. After Survival 2 I could already have some conversation as well as do many useful things in Chinese like booking a ticket or a hotel. The course is very down to earth and does help with daily language use. And the interesting thing is that we learn without noticing, without much effort. One day you don't know much and when you realize you are already speaking Mandarin. It is so great! I mean, so many people say that learning Mandarin is so difficult! I don't think so! At NCM it feels easy.
My husband is even happier than I am that I am learning so much and I can already tell the drivers where to go, or ask information about a place, or talk on the phone to Chinese people because he gets off having to go through that kind of ordeal!! Now whenever he needs to communicate in Chinese, he calls his translator: me!
The material used at NCM is pleasant and focused on what really matters. The lessons are very clear and well distributed.
My teacher is really good. She is an experienced teacher and she knows how to conduct the class in a natural pace. She explains all the subjects very clearly and provides many different exercises that make the class interesting. She also encourages enough practice in class so that to make sure we do learn and understand everything . I also enjoy the often exchange of cultural issues in class. Learning a country's culture is very important to understand its language.
As a bonus, my teacher is a very pleasant and helpful person, as well as all the staff at NCM.
I do recommend NCM for learning Mandarin. I am sure you will be well satisfied with your progress. "-- Christine Abreu
" Having previously taken a Mandarin language course only on the weekends, I found the long lapse of time between classes to be an ineffective learning method. Then along came NCM. With the ability to balance a flexible method and a structured approach, NCM greatly increased my language ability. Having just completed Survival Level II, I was able to incorporate two classes a week because of NCM’s willingness to work with my busy schedule.
My teacher kept the classes fresh and interesting, encouraging my curiosity to learn, sometimes tailoring the program to my individual needs and interest and at other times returning to the outlined material in the program. My teacher is both knowledgeable and skilled. She puts effort and time into each class and cares about teaching. As important to her commitment for learning, she aims to keep things balanced with fun and practicality.
NCM provides the best of both worlds in having both the resources of a larger school with personalized touch of friendly and caring teachers. "-- Charles Moll, MTD Suzhou
" We strongly recommend New Concept Mandarin language training. They have connected us with a language expert who understands both English and Chinese thoroughly, prepares for each class completely, demonstrates patience without questions, and provides a fun learning experience. The time spent in class is focused, well-paced, and the content of our lessons is very relevant to real life situations that we encounter in our daily lives. Thank you so much for your help. The very best! "-- Cari & Gari Yerby
" I have been working and living in China for nine years. When I arrived I spoke no Chinese. For those nice years I was pocking up Chinese through informal classes and SCIF study. Though I was progressing alright I felt I needed a boost. Since working with my teacher for less than a year, I believe I have experienced exponential growth. In my language, and more importantly, ability to express and understand complex conversations. I believe I will be able to conduct all our meetings in Chinese in the next 6 months. I am kicking myself for not studying with them years ago. "-- Bill Wheeler, Gerneral Manager
" Bruce enjoys learning Mandarin with us through both online course and Chinese tutorial live as he travels regularly. He loves the flexibility and convenience learning with us as long as he's got the internet connection anywhere. He can practice what he's learnt and re-study Chinese words that he's problem with through online course before he visits our instructor online.
Bruce enjoys learning Mandarin with us through both online course and Chinese tutorial live as he travels regularly. He loves the flexibility and convenience learning with us as long as he's got the internet connection anywhere. He can practice what he's learnt and re-study Chinese words that he's problem with through online course before he visits our instructor online.
'I have a good teacher and I like the study material.' said Bruce. "-- Bruce Plummer
" I have just finished a module of 95 hours of Mandarin course with New Concept Mandarin. We were a small group of 6 students and the teacher came twice per week to our company to provide an excellent teaching. I really appreciate the flexibility, the quality of the teaching and the availability of our teacher. At the end of the survival level, my mandarin level allows me to have a simple communication with Chinese both at work and in my personal activities. As a conclusion, I would recommend New Concept Mandarin to any newcomer in Shenzhen so as to acclimatize quickly. "-- Yoann Szeflinski
" I have had an excellent experience using New Concept Mandarin as my Mandarin tutor. The classes were well structured and really reinforced my learning. The different activities ensured that I never got bored and the teacher was professional, experienced and always cheerful. She adjusted our classes to suit the topics that we were interested in and she also quickly figured out which learning techniques worked best in our class. She really helped to get an understanding for Chinese culture as well, not just the language.
The support materials provided were the best I’ve ever seen. The book provided clear and easy-to-follow lessons and the audio CD really helped in building and remembering vocabulary.
A recent holiday in the north of China proved the effectiveness of the New Concept Mandarin training, where I successfully used Mandarin to buy train tickets, food, accommodation and even chatted a little bit with some local people. Thank You New Concept Mandarin "-- Andrew Newman
" The course is well-structured so that I am learning Chinese that is useful to me in everyday life. Lessons are taught extremely well and my teacher gives me plenty of time to practice during class so that I know the vocab and grammar before I leave. My teacher also prepares the lessons according to what I like and not just from the topics in the textbook which makes learning a lot easier and what I am learning more useful to me.
She caters the course according to my needs so I don't think it can be improved. I have studied at a lot of different schools and NCM is by far the best, the teaching quality is excellent, and all the staff are friendly and helpful. "-- Mared Thomas
" New Concept Mandarin has well-structured courses. Starting with their survival level, I learned the basics of Mandarin, from introducing myself to ordering food and much more. Beside their interactive courses with well-prepared teachers, their course material offers different learning strategy for everybody. Audio CD, DVD and online courses help to deepen the language skills and to learn the right pronunciation, especially all the different and very important tones. I particularly used the phonetic table on their homepage to memorize the pinyin and speak out the right tones. After finishing the survival level, I'm using my Mandarin knowledge for basic conversations. I'm looking forward to learning more and to using my knowledge while traveling across China. "-- Cyril Stutz
" Loved my time at NCM. The immersion classes were a wonderful start to our time in China. The one on one classes kept the pace up. While my Chinese is not great, many Chinese are surprised we’ve only lived here one year. "-- Jeff Bougher, Plant Manager, Timken Suzhou
" I had previously studied Mandarin in France for a few years while working and I decided to continue on the same pace here in Guangzhou, i.e. 3 hours a week, but NCM's material is a lot more practical and fun. Survival 2 level gives a lot of satisfaction, making you able to communicate and improve your understanding skills in every day life in China, same with survival 3. I am now studying social 1 and though it required a lot of effort at the beginning, it is very interesting to start speaking about more abstract subjects and even basic aspects of Chinese manners and culture. NCM's method does meet the needs of expats in China.
My teacher is great as she manages to get me through the lessons going slower or quicker according to my needs. Besides, she is flexible and understanding when my work does not allow enough time to study at home or requires a change of schedule. I am very happy with these classes and do recommend them to anyone who wishes to make significant progress in communicating in Mandarin. Of course studying Mandarin can be a life long achievement, but NCM definitaly makes it within reach for those who do not have time. So it's never too late. "-- Laurence Monmayrant, Vice Consul General of France
" I had previously taken one Mandarin course in the US, but from my point of view, the teaching method was so bad that I hardly learned anything and it made me think that Mandarin was an impossible language to learn. After our "Survival Course' at NCM I feel encouraged to keep with the challenge: now I feel I can learn Chinese! My teacher has been extraordinary and it's a pity we have to leave Hong Kong and interrupt the course. Why don't you open a language school in Boston and New York? Thanks for everything. Xie Xie. "-- Ester Moschitz
" I really enjoyed studying Mandarin at NCM. Starting slowly by learning the numbers was great. It took some time to remember the different sounds, but after countless repetitions I left the class feeling I had really learnt something. Soon afterwards, at the Hong Kong airport, I was really excited about understanding the flight number announcements in Mandarin. Although I was initially suspicious of the value of studying characters, I changed my mind. It is really helpful. It is great to recognize some characters in everyday life, for example on street signs, shops, grocery products and so on. Also, somehow it is easier to associate the correct pronunciation with a character than with a pinyin word. Although I have spent only three months in Hong Kong, I always wanted to get at least some Chinese lessons.
Language is a very important part of what we are, how we behave and how we think. To understand people better, to feel "part of it", I want to get a start with the language. Of course, in Hong Kong, Cantonese would be even better, but more generally, I thought Mandarin would perhaps make more sense.
Our teacher was great. She taught us that it is possible - and a lot of fun - to start speaking, writing and understanding Mandarin in a fairly short time. She really made me love Mandarin and wanting to continue learning it. I already signed up for a follow up course in the US. Unfortunately not with NCM, as you don't have an office in Boston. I hope to be back in Hong Kong before long and continue my studies at NCM. Thank you! "-- Julius Moschitz
" I am very pleased to have found New Concept Mandarin. I have been studying with them for just over 1 year using mostly the written and audio, and one-to-one classes. Iˇm very impressed with the quality of the materials and the teaching. And the flexibility to arrange classes to suit my schedule was a great help. I now must return to UK, and I will miss my classes and teacher at NCM. "-- Richard Udy, UBS
" I have been very satisfied with the excellent teachers from New Concept Mandarin. My language skills have improved significantly due to the three weeks of intensive language training. I would wholeheartedly recommend New Concept Mandarin to any expat who wants to study the most important language of the 21th century. "-- Jens Alsbirk, Consul General of Denmark
" I was using NCM's CD-ROM in the U.S. and I left it in my laptop. My company gave me a new laptop and took my old one with my CD in it. I was so upset when I realized that I left it in the U.S. because the CD is so helpful for improving my listening skills. I really appreciate it and use it everyday!
I love studying Chinese because I have such a wonderful teacher and fantastic school. NCM is the best school I have experienced. I like studying Chinese more than Japanese because I love the Chinese characters. My teacher has excellent teaching skills and she is always reviewing past material with me so that I do not forget what I have already learned as I am learning new phrases and vocabulary.
Last night I was able to communicate in the restaurant and order food in Chinese for my Japanese customers. They were so impressed because they did not know that I was studying Chinese. They could not believe how much Chinese that I know in such a short period of time. They visit every month but had not seen me in two months. I even got them a taxi and told the driver where to take them.
I enjoy living in China even more now that I can speak Chinese. Thank you for helping me make my dream of becoming fluent in Chinese come true. "-- Denise Meagles
" NCM is a fun way to learn that rather intimidating language because you get to talk from the very beginning. My teacher was great and besides Mandarin I learned quite a bit about Chinese traditions and culture. "-- Claudia Wanner
" My learning experience is simply great. Although I had to change a teacher in the middle of the course, which normally can be stressful and needs time to adapt, it was beneficial for me. I had an opportunity to meet two great teachers with two different working styles but with the same very high level in standard of teaching.
My teachers have taught me loads about not only Mandarin as a language but also about the Chinese culture, customs and even songs for children. I am very grateful for that. Many thanks! "-- Lukasz Scendo, Reuters
" I have found my learning experience with New Concept Mandarin to be extremely enjoyable and highly worthwhile. The Online Chinese Tutoring Program is very helpful for catching up classes. In just a few short months I feel I have gained a knowledge of Mandarin that i didn't think was possible. The materials, teachers and facilities have all been second to none. Overall the online tutorial is very well-structured and it is very convenient for me, as no need to travel but can attend the lessons at anywhere. "-- Andrew Couch, Mandarin Divers, Marine Services ltd
" This training has been nothing less than an extraordinarily positive experience. During my 8-year tenure with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs I've had numerous language trainers in French, Russian, Lithuanian and Chinese. Many have been good - and some really good. Nonetheless, the training I've been experienced the past 2 weeks has been second to absolutely nothing I've previously experienced. My teacher is quite simply an extremely skilled, knowledgeable and engaged teacher, who consistently manages to communicate not only 'fun' subjects but also complicated and/or less exciting material in an engaging and inspiring way. Also, she has a great instinct for finding the balance between allowing a student to 'rest' a bit and when to push/challenge. "-- Alexander Schultz, Commercial Counsello, Embassy of Denmark
" The structure of the lessons and books quickly cover the basic social vocabulary needed to ineract with others. My application was dealt with quickly and efficciently. The pace at which the course is taught is spot-on, whilst giving teachers some flexibility in adjusting them to individual student's needs. I had an excellent teacher, who was very enthusiastic and encouraging, making learning fun. "-- Anne Leslie
" The Online Chinese Tutoring Program is working out great for me as a beginner to Mandarin. I'm able to go through the online classes with the teacher along with the opportunity to ask questions and have them correct my pronunciation of what I'm learning from the course. With the travel I do for work I'm not able to attend a regular class. With this option I'm able to work with the same teachers and keep up with my learning and I don't have to worry where I'm at.
I really enjoy NOT having to miss any classes. I would recommend it for anybody in the same situation I'm in or for anyone who doesn't have the time to spend traveling back and forth to the class. "-- Tim Ramil, Dennmark Consultants Inc.
" Through a contact in China I got aware of New Concept Mandarin and their programs. I took the decision to study with the online courses, as well as the possibility of having individual lessons through Skype with my teacher while my teacher is in China and I am in Germany.
Through Pinyin, the Romanization of Chinese characters, this language looks more simple and easier to me. Studying with the Online Chinese Tutoring program, learning characters is not a must as I can alway refer to the pinyin next to the characters.
The Online Chinese Tutorial and its courseware are very well-structured. It starts with numbers and short sayings (such as ask for prices, phone numbers, birth dates). Gradually including more wordings for daily conversations, such as topics like prices, greetings, politeness or introductions.
The teachers are very polite, punctual and quite flexible when it comes to the agreement on dates.
To get better in the learned basics and built on it, I have booked a two weeks immersion course in China to get more practice and to get direct contact with Chinese people. "-- Ralf Mueller
" My classes were FANTASTIC and my teacher's teaching enabled me to truly "survive and thrive" in China. I've learned so much and I'll never forget it. It should be said that she was a truly exceptional teacher - funny, kind and patient. She taught me much beyond the language basics - I learned a ton about Chinese culture and norms. "-- Anne Nosko, Group Brand Director, Leo Burnett
" I work for a large multi national producing high volume precision engineered products and have lived in Suzhou for two years. I tried very hard for two years to learn the language through regular lessons in the office. I was able to get to a sort of street survival level.
For a long time I wanted to do better but could not find the time or the motivation. Then a change of responsibility upped the anti and pushed me into asking for the help of New Concept Mandarin. I signed up for 8 weeks of immersion. They were brilliant. They assessed my capability, assembled a team and surrounded me with learning experiences. I spoke Chinese all day and everyday for 8 weeks and it was not embarrassing and it was not stressful. It was bloody hard work though.
At the end of each day they would assess my progress and design the program for the next day. By the time they pushed me back into the factory I could talk to most people about most subjects. I still have an awful long way to go but they got me to the point where my colleagues are not afraid to talk to me, so now I have hundreds of teachers!
For anyone needing to make a stepped improvement in their Chinese Language ability I would recommend immersion with New Concept Mandarin. I will certainly be back for more. "-- Andy Millerchip
" At New Concept Mandarin there are students are from all over the world learning the same language together. It is a very good experience for me not only to learn Chinese with them but also to share our life stories in China. Teachers are very patient with us asking many questions and the staffs are always nice to us. It is definitely a highlight of my day! "-- Mayu Boelens
" Having a basic knowledge of Mandarin from previous postings in China we wanted to build on that by increasing our vocabulary and actually getting to the stage where we could structure sentences and begin speaking, even though still at a basic level.
We are currently in the middle of our level 3 survival course and we feel the methods used by New Concept Mandarin are helping us to achieve that already. Our teacher Chloe has been excellent (and very patient!), realising what our goals were, and the on-line course and text book work very well together. "-- Gary & Julie Murray (Britain), Lloyds Register
" I have been studying twice a week at NCM for the past 8 months, which has been the best thing I could have done both for myself and my business. I have gained a great amount of respect from all of the Chinese people I deal with as I am starting to communicate with them in Mandarin. I have studied other languages at different schools in the past but I find the attitude and teaching methods at NCM to be the best and most modern I have ever experienced.
The teachers are professional, personable and understand each student's needs and pace. I would highly recommend NCM to students of all levels. "-- Karen McHardy, La Bora Basics
" I have lived in Suzhou China for over three years. I have had two different private Chinese tutors both were university students and very nice but they didn't know how to teach Chinese. I was introduced to New Concept Mandarin and given a demo lesson and liked what I saw. I sign-up for my first class and wasn't disappointed. I have now completed Survival level 2 and looking forward to Survival level 3. If you are thinking about starting a Chinese lesson course I recommend New Concepts Mandarin it is well worth the cost and also fun. "-- Sue Cornwell, Co-President Expat Association of Suzhou
" I cannot begin to tell you how much our three kids enjoyed their day today. My husband and I were concerned that perhaps the kids would lapse into speaking English because of all the excitement around them at Disney or that the day would not work out as expected, but I want you to know that it appears to have been 100% successful! I believe a lot of it has to do with your excellent planning, but a lot of it has to do with your teacher - she is so delightful for our kids-they really like her a lot and she is dedicated to help them accomplish their goal which is to develop a fluency in Mandarin-a language they truly love learning. "-- Wendy Ruskin
" New Concept Mandarin is first-rate. I would highly recommend the school to anybody interested in studying Chinese. "-- Michael Dwyer, China Correspondent Australian Financial Review
" I was thoroughly impressed by the lessons I received from New Concept Mandarin. As a participant in NCM's Survival I course, my classmates and I were able to develop a foundational understanding of the language's key syntax and basic vocabulary.
Most impressive, however, was the extent to which we could control the flow of the course. Our instructor, Yvonne, was very comfortable with our "Western" learning styles and throughout the duration of the course, created lesson plans that were relevant to our interests and needs. New Concept Mandarin seems to provide high-level language instruction that creates results which justify the cost. "-- Bernard Vanderlande, Burson-Marsteller
" I have studied Mandarin many years ago and I have forgotten a lot. Recently I found this online course from New concept Mandarin. It is a great course. I found the pronunciation table helps me a lot to improve my Mandarin pronunciation. I like their flash movie as well. Their mixed code method is great. I find it really works. "-- Kay Oliver, Queensland Department of Education
" I have had several Chinese classes in Suzhou-- and several personal tutors come to my home. I can honestly say that this is the best course or study that I have had in my "almost" three years in Suzhou. I am in Beginner Level 2-- and I feel like after the last five or so weeks of class, I have gained a much better concept of sentence structure, grammar and comprehension. The language is really starting to come together and I am feeling more and more confident! The classes are fun-- and we laugh a lot! Our teacher is a very intelligent young lady that has a great sense of humor...she makes the time fly!
Also, the course books are great- very fun and bright. The online study is good when you are tired of looking at notes and your books-- plus its wonderful practice because you "HEAR" the words spoken instead of just read them.
So, If you want to learn Chinese but are just waivering about "if you have time" or "how hard it will be"...etc...I recommend that you just sign up with New Concept Mandarin and dig in. Don't wait til' you are here for a couple of years like I did...that's wasted time!
I know I sound like a "Paid Advertisement" but I'm not! I just think you should give credit where credit is due! But since I'm already sounding that way anyhow....ha ha...
(quoted from suzhouexpats.org) "-- Teresa Bratton, Children's Charity Organizer
" I am an English teacher working in China and I found the online Mandarin course of New Concept Mandarin is great. It is an excellent way to start my Mandarin study. I find it is the best online Mandarin course that I have found. "-- Glen Hansen, Nurse School
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