I went to school Mandarin House in Shanghai on business matters: I work with an international company, and recently (like many others) we started to establish partnership with Asian countries. Chinese language was needed, and in a short time, so I turned to Smapse with a request to pick up a language school for me. My colleague sent his daughter to study in England with this company and highly recommended - I can immediately say that the recommendation worked for a bang and I never regretted that I started working with Smapse.
The consultant assured that recently the flow of students to Asia and China has indeed grown very much, because the company also entered into contracts with the best language schools in that region. Yes, an important point is that Smapse works exactly as partners, and not as intermediaries: in particular, this affects the absence of a commission when enrolling, which is a rarity for Moscow companies.
What can I say? It's a difficult thing - Chinese. But I can appreciate the school of Mandarin House very highly: all the audiences are brand new, with needles, modern computers, projectors and other equipment. There are online courses and support, electronic training materials - very convenient, you can repeat even on the road (and getting from Moscow to China is not fast at all). Teachers are excellent: they have good experience working with European students, so they already know what the main difficulties will be and what are the hurdles during the training. The most difficult, of course - written Chinese and speech: a very special pronunciation, for a Russian person is difficult. Therefore, we had a huge number of seminars and oral discussions - in the evening I was really tired of talking! But the results are there - I started from the most basic level, and in a month I will go to a more complex and intensive program. Shanghai I liked: if the language goes well, I do not mind staying here and working with Chinese business representatives.