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There are a lot of options for studying a new language.You can stay at home and learn it through an app or you can travel across the globe and learn it from the locals.

Each option will give you the ability to know some words, order your favourite meal at a restaurant and ask where the toilet is. But, applying to an intensive one-on-one course is the very best option if you’re looking to become fluent in a new language. We’re going to share with you why in this blog post.


An intensive one-on-one course is exactly what it sounds like. You and a teacher, studying your language of choice in a classroom. No other students to distract you from your learning and no other students for your teacher to answer to.

Working one-on-one has many advantages over group learning. It becomes more focused, the teacher is able to build a plan for you and you stay more engaged in the lesson.

One-on-one classes cut out distractions giving students more bang for their buck.

At Keats School in Kunming, China, we offer intensive one-on-one Mandarin classes that range from 4 hours a day/20 hours a week to 6 hours a day/30 hours a week.


The one-on-one Chinese program at Keats School has been the most popular program since opening in 2004. It provides students with the opportunity to practice their spoken Chinese and get real-time corrections, unlike an app.

Before starting an intensive course at Keats, students speak with their teacher to prepare a customized lesson based on requirements and language wants.

This means the course is 100% customized to you and that’s a huge bonus for a lot of travel abroad students. Why sit on a couch and speak into an app or sit in a classroom with 30 other students, when you can sit in a private room with a teacher and work one-on-one on your language skills?


Everyone learns differently and having the opportunity to use your preferred learning technique is another bonus of one-on-one learning.

Did you know there are three major types of learning? You’re either a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner. Knowing what type of learner you are before starting your course, gives you the chance to talk with your teacher about what works best for you.

A German psychologist named Hermann Ebbinghaus said that people learn more when they space out learning out rather than cramming it all together. By signing up for an intensive class, you have the ability to space out your learning throughout the week since you can choose to study for only 4 hours a day.

Ebbinghaus also mentioned that people remember things better when they link them to personal experiences. For example, book in Mandarin is Shū. Some students have found that if they think about a book in a shoe, this little personal image helps them remember the Mandarin word better.

Knowing what techniques work for you and sharing those with your teacher will benefit your study abroad experience. Your teacher will take your strengths into consideration and create a study plan and worksheets that work best for you.

They’re with you every step of the way during your language learning.


There’s a very popular saying that “no question is a silly question” and while we all are taught that, there still remains some intimidation asking a question in front of a group of people for the fear of it sounding silly.

When you decide to study with solely the teacher in the room, that problem will never appear.

You will form a bond with your teacher, allowing you to relax and ask any question on your mind. You don’t have to be scared of sounding silly, or forgetting what book in Mandarin is, your teacher is there to walk with you while you become fluent.


One of the most common barriers to conversing in a new language is the fear of making mistakes. Imagine that you’re in a big classroom full of other students, you may not feel as comfortable speaking in front of everyone else.

With a one-on-one study experience, you’re the only one in the room with the teacher, so you have to talk.

You may still feel uncomfortable, but having no one else in the room will allow you the ability to learn from your mistakes.

Speaking to your teacher will show them that you’re interested in learning and conversing with them to better your skills. They’ll appreciate your effort and even help you when you make a mistake.

The more you speak with your one-on-one teacher, the more comfortable you’ll be speaking your language of choice outside of the classroom.


While each intensive one-on-one course is different, Keats School offers personal study plans, the best Mandarin teachers, anytime start dates and full services including study, food and accommodation.

Keats School offers a number of different study programs and we’ve seen ultimate success with the intensive one-on-one course. Our students leave Keats on their way to fluency, with improved self-confidence and the ability to take their language learning back to their corporate jobs.

If you’re interested in Keats School, click here for more information about our one-on-one study option.

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Andrew testimonial for keats chinese school

Andrew | USA

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

I am a graduate student working on my doctor degree at Columbia University. We were able to really focus on speaking especially interview  style speaking and we are able to really up my reading and writing, so when I go back to Columbia, I can take formal classes.  It has been a really good experience and I really love my teacher.

Josh testimonial for keats chinese school

Josh | USA

Small Group Chinese Class

I really had a wonderful experience at the school. The teachers are very very friendly. In my class, we practice speaking, listening, reading and writing. We play games and other fun activities. We have trips around town. The staff at Keats is phenomenal. My teacher is one the best teachers I have ever had in my educational experience. She comes in with smile every day.

Kim | UK

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

I’ve had an amazing time at Keats. I am amazed of how much I’ve learned over the last 3 weeks and I will be really sad to go. We are already planning on next trip of coming back because we had such fantastic time here. They really tailor the course to you and your individual needs.

Jope testimonial for keats chinese school

Joep | Netherlands

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

I have been to Keats School for 4 times now. The reasons for coming back to this school is pretty much that the teachers I did work with were very good teachers. I make it a 5-year plan or even 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.

Paul | UK

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

All teachers are really lovely. The teaching level at Keats is so much higher. I really love the city. It is very comfortable to get around. I fully recommend Keats. It is a great place to come. We are looking forward to coming back again later this year.

Hilary testimonial for keats chinese school

Hilary | USA

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

I’ve had a really great time here. I’ve studied a lot with my teacher who was fantastic. Keats School tried very hard to match its students with really good teachers that their personality works very well together. I really enjoy the school and I will definitely come back.

Caroline testimonial for keats school french

Caroline | France

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

It is very comfortable studying at Keats. The teachers are very friendly. I welcome you to come to study Chinese at Keats.

Robert testimonial for keats chinese school

Robert | Netherlands

Small Group Chinese Class

Since last semester, we started studying Chinese at Keats. It was the best choice we can ever make. It is a really good school. The classes are a lot of fun, you learn a lot, but very interactive, so you talk a lot which means it is not just books and writing. Kunming is a really pleasant city to live, especially if you compare it to other cities in the east. If you like to travel, if you like to study Chinese in a fun way, Keats is the place for you.

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