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What’s the best way to learn a new language, such as learning the Chinese language? There are a lot of options for studying the Mandarin Chinese.You can stay at home and study Mandarin by yourself via useing free online Chinese lessons or you can travel across the globe and learn it from the local Chinese. Among many Chinese cities, I would say that learn Chinese in Kunming is the best solution you can have. 

Each option will allow you to know some words, order your favorite meal at a Chinese restaurant and ask where the toilet is. But, applying to an intensive one-on-one Chinese 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.


What do you need to know about the intensive one-on-one Chinese course? This is a language program that is exactly what it sounds like. You and a teacher studying the Chinese language 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 small group Chinese 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 ranging 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 its 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, which is a huge bonus for many 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, the English word “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.

At Keats School, the most common teaching techniques is the flashcard. Why Keats uses the flashcards in class?

Knowing what techniques work for you and sharing those with your teacher will benefit your study abroad experience. Your teacher will consider your strengths 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. That’s why learning at Keats School is the best way to learn the Chinese language in China.


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 by asking a question, like what is the difference between Chinese and Mandarin, in front of a group of people for fear of it sounding silly.

When you decide to study solely with 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 a 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. Your teacher will also share tricks of learning Chinese easily with you once they notice your concerns. 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, start dates, and full services, including study, food, and accommodation.

Learning the Chinese language is getting more and more important in 2021.  It is time for you to take action and make a plan to make your Chinese learning trip to Kunming come true.

Keats School offers several different study programs, and we’ve seen ultimate success with the intensive one-on-one course.

Keats School also offers different learning locations across China to enjoy various authentic Chinese living experiences after the class. Dali and Lijiang branch schools are located in the northwest of Yunnan;  Puzhehei branch school can present you with the most amazing karst landscape; Yuanyang owns the famous intangible cultural heritage, the rice terrace fields; Xishuangbanna allows you to enjoy warm sunshine even during the cold winter; Tengchong and Jianshui are ancient border cities that can relax both your body and mind; Jingmai Tea Mountain is a good place to know more about Chinese tea, especially the famous Pu’er tea.

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.


1. Where is the best place to learn Chinese in China?

Kunming city, the provincial capital city of Yunnan, must be your best choice. It has not only the mildest climate in China but also a budget-friendly living environment. Besides the comfortable living conditions, it also boasts the best Chinese language school, Keats School in China, for you to enjoy the top-quality Chinese classes and improve your Chinese level within the shortest time.

2. Why many people choose Kunming city to learn Chinese in China?

Out of the ideal living environment of Kunming, there are also lots of things to enjoy after the Chinese class when learning Chinese in Kunming. You may have cultural classes or activities after the class to know better about Chinese culture. You can also join in different kinds of activities and events held by the school or enjoy your nighttime at local pubs and bars. There are many parks, museums, restaurants and sightseeing spots for you to have outdoor activities. Kunming is a very amazing Chinese city to learn Chinese in China.

3. What's the best way to learn the Chinese langauge?

Getting yourself immersed in an authentic environment full of Chinese language and Chinese culture is always the best and most efficient way of mastering Mandarin Chinese. Keats School has been dedicating to deliver the best immersive one-on-one Chinese language program since it was funded in 2004. It has both experience and knowledge of how to help every student to master Chinese within the shortest possible time.

4. Can a team building culinary class help to improve the Chinese level?

It could be beneficial by involving in some Chinese cultural classes if you want to go further with your Chinese learning. Culinary class is a good and also interesting way to know more about Chinese culture and even philosophy.

5. What special technique Keats teachers use to help students improve their Chinese language?

When preparing the class for every student, the Keats Teaching team always focuses on the actual learning demands of each student. Also, it applies the most practical learning materials for them to practice. Flashcard is one of the most common techniques that the Keats team would use.

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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 of the best teachers I have ever had in my educational experience. She comes in with a smile every day.


嶋田京子 | Japan

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

Kunming’s scenery is very beautiful. It is the best place to study Chinese in China. My favorite learning method at Keats School is one-on-one because it is suitable for everyone. My teacher is very good, very caring, and lovely. My life when learning Chinese in Kunming is very good and the weather is very good. The air is very good. It is good for the elderly’s body.


Claudia | Australia

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

I’ve been at Keats school and Kunming now for one month doing the one-on-one Chinese lessons with two different teachers. I really enjoy it. Both of my teachers are very friendly and patient. They really helped me to improve my Chinese, both of my reading and speaking. I really enjoy studying Chinese in Kunming as well. This city is really beautiful and the weather is nice, the air is clean. It’s one of the best cities in China to study Chinese.


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 studying Chinese at Keats and I will definitely come back.


Jean | USA

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

I can’t tell you how much I liked it. The thing I liked about the teachers and the teaching method is that there is so much flexibility. The other thing I liked about the teaching is the combination of classic textbook learning and going outside. I loved it! I like getting to know other students. Everybody shared the same goal and that’s making their Chinese better. Kunming is a big city, but it is very safe to live here. Another thing I liked about Keats is the idea that people here help you. I can’t recommend it enough. I think it was a valuable experience. Looking forward to coming back!


Ramji | USA

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

The best part of the school is the patience the instructors had and the time to focus on the fundamentals like pronunciation. I think it is very easy to skip over those and go to vocabulary. But by learning the pronunciation, I feel like it helped me gain a better understanding of the language.


Mike | Australia

Small Group Chinese Class

I think Kunming is a great city, the weather is really good. I really like Keats school and found it is very organized. The teachers here are very good. They have a coffee shop and new classrooms, a new lounge area here now, so you can chill out with your friends and practice your spoken Chinese with natives. If you’re considering coming to Keats to study, I would really recommend it. It’s the best place to learn Mandarin and I think it will be a great experience for you.



Judith | USA

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

Listening and speaking in the classroom every day has improved my communication skills. After three weeks, my new words and sentences became more and more natural and fluent. Now I am used to thinking in Chinese, and I understand better what other people say, to be able to have real conversations with other people.

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