About Online Study

There are so many online Mandarin courses, why should I select MasterChina?

You are right to think carefully before selecting a Mandarin course provider. Hopefully our website has outlined ample reasons, why MasterChina is a good choice. In summary, MasterChina is commit to effective learning. Our online course provides systematic grammar classes, rather than countless subject dialogues and sentences; we focus on expressing freely, precisely and confidently, rather than repeating textbook perfectly; we create an innovative online study platform that provides an interactive study experience incorporating listening, speaking, reading and writing.Our professional teachers give continuous personal instruction anytime wherever you are. To show this enriched and authentic learning, we provide the most comprehensive, no obligation, one month trial. Use a full month’s teaching to make your own mind up. The effectiveness of our teaching and operations, demonstrated through the rapid progress you will make is, how we retain customers; not contractual lock-in.

What can I expect to cover in the trial month to help me decide to join?

First, you will have chance to experience our comprehensive online training, including listening, speaking, reading and writing. There are few providers do all these on Internet. We wish to share our rich experience in the academy with global learners. Secondly, besides the standardized grammar classes in your personal account of our free App , you will get constant instruction from a professional teacher, anywhere and anytime. You also will be impressed by our grammar explanation that figures out the logic of Chinese thinking. As we understand the weakness of general online study, we tailor these innovative operation for all learners. In the end, you will enjoy real progress after the trial month. That’s our wish too.

What do you mean by tailoring the course to my unique needs?

Like the operation in our academy in Shanghai, our courses are customized. Based on your aim of study,
previous study experience and speciality, we arrange bespoke courses and exercises, including speaking,
listening, reading and writing, to help overcome weakness on your learning journey. If you are more proficient,
we will tend to vary the teaching material more to best match your personal objectives.

I have my own teacher in my own country, is it still useful to join MasterChina’s
online course and do you have a tailored package for this case?

We believe so, so why not give our trial a go and decide for yourself? In general, the more you study, and practice, the faster your progress will be. As our academic team is based in China, our study material is updated regularly to catch up with the latest trends and vocabulary being used in China. We believe this can be of great benefit to learners overseas who may be using more traditional textbooks, as is the ability to raise questions whenever they occur to you and get a “second opinion” if something is bothering you. If you are only taking one or two lessons a week that is a long time to wait to address your concerns. Also, all our practice partners are locals living in China. They are willing to share information about our society directly with you. As such we think our online course can work as an effective supplement to your studies in your home country.

We also offer specific packages for HSK preparation and you can also take one on one lessons with one of our professional teachers, without enrolling into our communication Chinese course. In these lessons, you dictate the content and can
even provide your own study materials.

I saw “online students may be allocated to a class”, why is that?

Each student has a unique perspective which may inform fellow classmates who may be struggling to understand concepts that other class members have just grasped. MasterChina’s students can share their tips, and request advice, from other students in their class. We believe being part of a class brings a social dimension to your studies which helps students to feel a sense of community. A community can be a powerful motivator when we, naturally, hit a low on our learning journey. Our teachers moderate the class discussion to ensure the discussion is technically accurate and appropriate.

Why aren’t my one to one lessons with my Mandarin teacher?

This is our deliberate arrangement with teachers and practice partners playing different roles in your online study. Teachers focus on explaining grammar and culture while practice partners help strengthen and test your understanding by forcing you to combine your growing knowledge in real conversations; just like in the real world . However your teacher and practice partners work together (for example if weaknesses are observed) to effectively support you.

What tools do you use for one to one practice sessions?

A variety of options are available. All are free of charge, provided you have access to a broadband internet connection.

I’m concerned that the time difference between China and my location may make
it difficult to contact my teacher or schedule practice with my practice partner?

You can contact your teacher anything by using social media tools and your class teacher will endeavour to respond the same day (working day in China is Monday to Friday). Due to the time difference between China and your location, it may be that it is the next day before you get a response. The form of that response may be written, a recording or an invite to discuss. In reality, you can ask questions 365 days a year. We ensure that you always get a timely response.

One hour practice of each week does have some restrictions due to the time zone difference between your location and China. However, this one hour practice is available 7 days a week and can also split each hour lesson into several shorter duration to provide as much flexibility as we can (for example, 30 minutes during your lunch break). One of the motivations for our month-long trial is for you to ensure that our teaching works with your schedule.

You seem to offer a very generous trial period compared to other providers,
is there really no catch or obligation?

There really is no obligation, we want you to experience our method and feel comfortable with our operation. Our desire is for a long-term relationship, so the trial is a great way for both of us to get to know each other.

What is the procedure to join your online course?

You can simply click on the “sign up for a trial class” link at the top of this page. If you have special requirements, or concerns, simply tell when we contact you. We can always be contacted at info@masterchina.com

How does your online subscription service work?

MasterChina’s online communication Chinese course uses a very simple subscription model. Students pay monthly, in advance,
for access to a teacher (anytime), as well as all of the customized teaching materials needed to progress. Also included in the
monthly fee are four hours of one on one practice with a local and assessments as required. If students decide not to continue with
their studies, they simply give notice during the month and can walk away with no more to pay.
Full details are found in our “Terms of Use” section.

What forms of payment do you accept?

All payments are processed using PayPal for your piece of mind. Our preferred currency is the USD. If you prefer to use some other
payment method, or payment currency, please contact us to discuss.