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There are many different ways to learn Mandarin Chinese.

You can download an app on your phone and try to do it solo. You can buy Mandarin books and study the textbooks on your own, you can sign up for classes in your home country or you can travel to China and learn Mandarin through a Mandarin language school.

Each option will allow you to learn basic Mandarin phrases, but if you’re planning to fully understand the language, the easiest way to learn Mandarin Chinese is by studying in China.

At Keats School in Kunming, we’ve done years of research in determining how to learn Mandarin easily and the way that most people find the easiest and most useful is intensive one-on-one classes at a Chinese language school.

There are many reasons why, which is what this blog post is all about. While it may seem easier to download an app and learn a language on your own, your complete understanding of the language will remain lower than a beginner level.

When you travel to China and study at a Mandarin language school, you have the ability to immerse yourself in the language. When you do this in addition to intensive one-on-one classes, you have the ability to form a greater understanding and comprehension of the Chinese language.

Instead of remaining a beginner Mandarin speaker, we can turn you into the Mandarin language expert you wish to be.

Our school specializes in intensive one-on-one classes. They’re our most popular class option. More than 40% of students return after their first stint studying in China to continue lessons at Keats.


When you sign up for intensive one-on-one classes, you will be in a classroom with a Mandarin professor for four to six hours a day. Four hours a day equals 20 hours a week, and six hours a day equals 30 hours a week.

As you can figure, intensive one-on-one means no other people in the room with you. We develop personalized exercises and materials exclusively for you to meet your learning goals and requirements.

With this type of learning, you will maximize the amount that you will learn at Keats. It also provides you with more opportunities to practice your spoken Chinese, and you will get a real-time correction.

The first big advantage of intensive learning is pure frequency. You’re spending multiple hours a day learning Mandarin with just you and a teacher. Each day you will learn a new chunk of information, and you will have your teacher to practice with.

This leads us to the second benefit, you’re exposed to more material. Having class time each day gives you a lot of new vocabulary and characters to learn.

Do you remember the days of your past university experience when you were just a number in a large lecture hall?

Keats School is different.

You don’t have to feel nervous to ask your question in front of a full classroom of students.

Instead, you’ll feel comfortable having a conversation with your professor, who can answer your question right then and there. And, if you need more information or don’t understand, your teacher will spend the time with you to make sure you understand before moving ahead.


In addition to these benefits of intensive one-on-one that make it an easy way to learn and understand Mandarin, another benefit is timing.

At Keats, our intensive one-on-one classes have an anytime start date. This means whenever you want to learn Mandarin, we’ll be there for you. You sign up for an intensive one-on-one class because you know it’s the easiest way to learn Mandarin Chinese, and we’ll match a professor with you.

Classes run from one week to 52 weeks. This means if you have a month available, we can create a custom Mandarin language plan to fill that month. If you have a longer or shorter amount of time available, we’ll make that work too.


There are nine different package options for the intensive one-on-one Chinese course. Each course packages include intensive one-on-one + three meals. The more expensive ones go on to include culture class fees.

In addition to class fees, tuition includes airport pickup and drop-off, unlimited gym access, laundry, internet access, travel planning in China, SIM card for a cell phone, medicine for minor illnesses, and a tour around Kunming.


If you’re still questioning whether or not intensive one-on-one is for you, take a word from our students.

Fred, a student from New Jersey who has been to Keats twice to study, said this about intensive one-on-one classes:

“My experience at Keats was extremely positive. The teacher assigned to me was very competent and dedicated. She was able to tailor the lessons to my level and needs. I think Keats is more than just a “school.” To me it’s an international community where you can meet and make friends with people of all ages and from all countries and cultures bound by a common interest in Chinese culture and language.”

Contact us today if you’re interested in learning more about why intensive one-on-one is the easiest way to learn Mandarin. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have. If you’re ready to sign up for classes, fill out our easy online application form.

We can’t wait to see you at Keats School.

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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 in, 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 has the best Chinese language program for you.

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.

Sarah | USA
Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

My name is Sarah Fish. I am 81. I knew very little Chinese when I arrived. How was I going to survive 2 weeks of intensive Chinese course? I have to laugh when I think of that now. What a positive experience this has been! I really wish we could be here a little longer. The teachers are extremely encouraging, evaluating first how much someone knows, and then starting from there.

Viktor | Switzerland
Small Group Chinese Class

My school is amazing. I recommend Keats School because it is a more convenient way to learn Chinese in Kunming.

Richard | UK
Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

This is my second time coming. Last year, I also came for about 12 weeks. This time I came for 13 weeks of a summer program in China. The reason why I particularly want to come to this school was because of the one-on-one classes. I was able to increase my level and learn Chinese more quickly than in group classes. If I have a chance again to come next year, I certainly will.

Simon | UK & France
Small Group Chinese Class

The visa application was really straightforward, because Keats School helps us a lot with that. Keats has a big emphasis on conversational practice, so we learn a lot of vocabulary and daily life plans which is very convenient for us to go around town and speak with Chinese people which is the whole point of learning Chinese in China.

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.

Sylvia | USA
Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

One thing I really liked was that I was able to work with my teacher to make an individual plan of study. Another really nice thing is that you live at the school, you feel completely safe.  You always have a group of people who are willing to do things with you on the weekends or in the evenings. They are serving you all the 3 meals a day, the food was excellent.

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