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Learning a new language may seem extremely daunting before you actually start studying.

The idea of being fluent in Mandarin, speaking with locals, ordering food from an authentic restaurant and traveling in China using the new-to-you language may seem just out of reach.

Truthfully, it is for now. But, if you follow these five tips, becoming fluent in Mandarin will become a possibility for you.


Many people believe Chinese is the most difficult language to learn because of the written characters. In some cases, that is true. The Chinese writing system is extremely different than other languages. It doesn’t have an alphabet; it has thousands of pictographs called “characters,” The language itself is a “tonal” language.

However, the Chinese language boasts one of the easiest grammars in the world. The structure is like English (subject + verb + object). Verbs are singular with no conjugations whatsoever, and there are no genders or plural nouns.


While there are hundreds of regional and locally spoken Chinese languages, we suggest learning Mandarin.

Mandarin Chinese is spoken by more than 955 million speakers worldwide, making it the most spoken language. If you learn Chinese in China, that means you have the potential to speak to over 13% of the world’s total population.

It’s the predominant dialect in Northern China and is the official language of politics, education and media in both Mainland China and Taiwan.

Did you know that in Mainland China, the Chinese word for “Mandarin” translates to “common language”? If that’s not enough of a reason… We don’t know what it is!

Fortunately for study abroad students, Mandarin is also arguably the easiest Chinese language to learn.


You’re not going to become fluent overnight. It’s going to take a lot of hard work, dedication, and study time.

Unlike many Western languages, which share more common linguistic roots with the English language, Chinese requires a high level of commitment and perseverance. You’re probably not going to learn Mandarin once a week in an hour-long group session.

You are however more likely to learn Mandarin in an intensive one-on-one Chinese class with a professional teacher. Keats School in Kunming, China offers an intensive one-on-one study option that includes private Chinese lessons Monday to Friday, allowing you more time to study the language.

Do your homework to find the best study option for you.

Additionally, you need to practice, practice, practice. Nothing is going to help you become fluent more than practicing the language. When you’re out exploring, even if you have the possibility to use your first language, why not try to only speak Mandarin?

If you need help, ask a local, ask a friend or ask a teacher. Westerners who have mastered the Mandarin language say that real fluency comes when you spend time in a Mandarin-speaking city and country, and you’re able to survive without your first language.


According to the Huffington Post, many Mandarin learners focus on speaking the language first before reading and writing it. This is because of the highly complex writing system, which can seem overwhelming at the beginning of your studies.

According to the Huffington Post, a lot of Mandarin learners focus on speaking the language first before reading and writing it. This is because of the highly complex writing system, which can seem overwhelming at the beginning of your studies.

The teacher will then create a completely customized study plan for you.

By working on what you want to work on, your focus will be zoned in. This will help with your study motivation because you’re learning and studying what you want to.


While learning a language is a lot about practicing speaking the language, there are huge benefits to listening to others speak.

Listen carefully when you’re having a conversation with a local, listening to your teacher speak with another student in the hallway, or watching a tv show. Pay attention to the conversation and the wording being used.

By opening your ears, you’re listening to what the other party is saying, and you could respond to what was said with relevant phrases of your own.

Soon your mind will pick up on certain spoken words, and you’ll be on the road to understanding the tonal language.


In the end, it’s not what you do; it’s the way you do it. Learning Mandarin will take a lot of time, but it will be a gratifying feeling once you’re completely fluent. You’ll be able to put it on your C.V., you’ll be able to speak with locals, business professionals, and you won’t feel like a tourist in China anymore.

Contact us today to learn more about Keats School in Kunming, China, and why this school is a great option for you. We’d love to discuss our eight different study plans and determine which one would be best suited for you.

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Matteo | Italy

Small Group Chinese Class

I really enjoy studying Chinese in Kunming at Keats. The teachers are great and my classmates are awesome. It is an unforgettable experience for me. I also got the chance to travel to other places in Yunnan. Those places are amazing and you definitely need to visit these places when you study Chinese in China at Keats.


Emiliano | Mexico

Small Group Chinese Class

I come to Kunming because I think the environment in Kunming is better and I heard that Keats School is better. I like the small group Chinese class because my classmates study hard and our teachers are very good. I like the teaching method of Keats because I like the activities at Keats. I think Yunnan is a particularly beautiful Chinese province.



Jade | UK & Mauritius

Small Group Chinese Class

I think the Chinese learning environment here is great. The teaching methods are also very interactive and fun. What I particularly enjoy here is the fact that my teacher does not stick to the textbook. We spend a lot of time discussing general topics, such as Chinese culture, world news, typical expressions used by local people. We also discuss social and economic topics.


Joleen | Germany

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

About studying Chinese here, I think the living condition is very convenient because the dorm is very close to the classroom. Our teachers really enjoy teaching Chinese. They are also very passionate. Compared with other cities in China, Kunming has really good weather.


Joep | Netherlands

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

I have been to Keats School to learn Chinese for 4 times now. The reason for coming back to this school is pretty much that the teachers I did work with were very good Chinese teachers. I make it a 5-year plan or even a 10-year plan to come back to this school.  All the teachers have methods of looking at what your skills are. They are aware of at what level you are. I think it is worth for everyone.


Stew | UK

Small Group Chinese Class

The place is very cool. I am with a great group of people in my class, so coming to classes is very enjoyable. It is fun, we have a lot of discussions, games, activities. Our teachers are also very good, very supportive. Learning Chinese is intimidating at the start because you have so many questions. But I would advise coming to Keats because the atmosphere for learning is great. It is very relaxing. I would recommend the school.


Hitanshu | UK

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

It doesn’t matter what level of Chinese you have, or even you can start from the zero level. Your teacher will prepare the lessons according to your requirements. The advantage of living in the school is that you will have your tutoring, you will have your private accommodation with your own bathroom and all the meals provided. I highly recommend everybody to actually take the whole package because you get to meet other students.


Aliza | USA

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

I found Keats School and I am so glad that I did. When you learn Chinese in China at Keats, you are fully being taken care of. My teacher is really great and we become lovely friends.

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