About Us

See How It Works

 

At Mandarin Core we understand that you may have a number of choices when it comes to learning Chinese online, that’s why we offer all of our potential students the opportunity to see exactly how our Mandarin Chinese lessons work. Feel free to take a look at the following information as this should help you decide which study plan is the right one for you. And of course, if you have any questions about our Chinese lessons or the way we do things here at Mandarin Core, you are more than welcome to contact us directly via email support@mandarincore.com.

See How It Works

 

Course Plan (Group Learning)

If you simply want to access a certain course here, please join our Course Plan and you’ll receive your bonus all Supplementary Courses.

Take the Quick Chinese Level Test to find the right course for you

Learn online audio and video lessons anytime, anywhere (Lesson dialogue, explanation and expansion mp3’s + printable course notes)

Any questions? Get learning support from professional Chinese teachers.

You will study real and relevant Mandarin Chinese via our online audio and video lessons which include dialogue, guided explanations and lesson expansion MP3’s. Our systematic learning method focuses on the core of Mandarin and you’ll love being able to study anytime, anywhere! Plus meet other Chinese learners online just like you and our professional Chinese teachers are available to answer your questions within one working day in our WeChat group(Please join us via WeChat: groupMC). It’s the most efficient and effective way to learn Mandarin Chinese online!

 

1-on-1 Lesson Plan (Intensive Learning)

If you’d like to optimize your valuable time with a professional Chinese teacher to learn Chinese please join our 1-on-1 Lesson Plan for Intensive Learning.

Take a Free 1-on-1 Trial Lesson to get your customized, systematic learning plan

Learn online audio and video lessons anytime, anywhere (Lesson dialogue, explanation and expansion mp3’s + printable course notes)

1-on-1 learning support anytime, anywhere

Take regular private 1-on-1 online tutoring lessons

Do your homework

Get guidance and suggestions for improvement from your dedicated professional Chinese teacher

You will have an initial consultation with one of our dedicated professional Chinese teachers before receiving your customized and systematic learning plan. You’ll be learning real and relevant Mandarin via online audio and video lessons including dialogue, explanations and lesson expansion MP3’s. Finished your text and audio homework? Send it to your teacher for guidance and suggestions for improvement whenever it’s convenient for you.

Students on this plan will also take part in regular online tutoring with their teacher, making this the most efficient and effect way to learn Mandarin Chinese online!

During your lessons, you and your teacher will expand on the lessons to consolidate learning. Focusing on the core of Mandarin, you’ll be able to discuss the topics that you’re interested in to help you communicate effectively in real-life situations – just as if you were living in China and talking with a Chinese friend! It’s fun, casual, and it works!

Why Choose Us

 

We know that you have a number of choices when it comes to learning Chinese, but here at MandarinCore we like to think that we do things a little differently. We’ve created a system that not only focuses on learning the core of Chinese to help you build a solid foundation, but also one that enables you to fit lessons in around your busy day. We’ve banished the inconvenience that often comes with learning another language and our online Chinese classes can be taken at a time that’s always convenient for you. That’s right – there’s no more having to trek to class after a hard day at work or school and there’s no more having to reschedule plans. At MandarinCore you’ll be learning real Chinese that’s relevant to your life when it’s convenient for your life!

Focus on the Core of Mandarin Chinese

In all of our online courses, from the Newbie to the Advanced level, we focus on the core of Mandarin Chinese, you’ll learn high frequency vocabulary and grammar patterns: that’s 5000 words and 300 grammar structures in total. Once you’ve got them down, you’re speaking Mandarin fluently!

Systematic Learning Method

We provide a step-by-step systematic method for learning real and relevant Mandarin Chinese. This helps learners at different levels improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities – enabling you to communicate fluently in Chinese.

Real and Relevant Mandarin Chinese

All of our courses are based on the real lives of Chinese people living in Shanghai today and you’ll be learning about the issues and situations that are most relevant to your own life as well as the reasons for learning Chinese. You will also learn how to use Mandarin Chinese more efficiently when solving problems.

Easy to Use

You can take our audio and video courses online anytime anywhere at your own convenience. Each lesson is about 10-15 minutes long, so you can easily fit it into your day. We provide a great variety of online courses to satisfy your individual interests and learning goals.

Benefit from Full Involvement in Interactive Lessons

With our efficient 1-on-1 Lesson Plan (Intensive Learning) you will be enjoying 1-on-1 online live and interactive Chinese lessons to optimize your valuable time with a professional Chinese teacher. During your online lessons you and your teacher will practice and expand upon the subjects you’re learning about so you can discuss topics that are relevant to your life and communicate effectively in real-world situations. It’s just like you were living in China and talking with a Chinese friend! It’s fun, casual, and it works!

Caring & Professional Chinese Teachers from China

With high standards of professionalism and rich teaching experience, all of our certified, native Mandarin Chinese speaking teachers have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and majored in “Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language”.

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This Is Ellen Guo

 

Ellen Guo

Ellen Guo

Who am I and why did I create Mandarin Core?

I am Ellen Guo and I have been teaching Chinese to a wide range of non-native speakers for my entire professional career. Based in Shanghai, China, I have a Bachelors degree in Chinese Literature and a Masters degree in Linguistics & Applied Linguistics, specializing in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language.

As a university lecturer for six years, I taught HSK prep courses for local, non-Chinese speakers who were taking the HSK test in order to enter Chinese universities. The course design was more about accumulating systematic knowledge and skills for the test than about actually learning the language. Fortunately for those students, they lived in China and had a chance to regularly practice what they learned in the class. For this reason, they were usually able to take regular university classes together with Chinese students after two years’ language training.

In contrast to rigid HSK training, then I taught Chinese online for four years. The experience was more interesting than the traditional classes, but student progress was often much slower. The online learning materials were usually not well-organized and contained too many topics and vocabularies at once.

Based on my years of experience, my philosophy is that the objective of learning a language is not only to accumulate knowledge, but also to systematically master it as a tool. Using my background teaching Mandarin in different environments, I have created a system I feel is most effective.

According to my system, Mandarin Core, you first need the instructions of how to use Mandarin, the tools.

—— That’s the core 5000 words and 300 grammar structures in total. Once you’ve got them down, you’re speaking Mandarin fluently! The Step-by-Step Mandarin Courses are based on the real lives of Chinese people living in Shanghai today. You’ll be learning about the issues and situations that are most relevant to your own life and reasons for learning Chinese. You will also learn how to use Mandarin fastest when using it to solve problems.

—— Optimize your valuable time with a professional Chinese teacher. Practice what you learn with regular 40-minute online lessons. The main focus is on listening and speaking, discussing topics that are relevant to your life. This keeps discussions fresh and real.

If you’re serious about learning Mandarin Chinese, the step-by-step Mandarin courses and online lessons lets you learn Mandarin Chinese effectively and efficiently.

Enjoy your learning on our site!

 

What Our Clients Say

 

“I’ve been studying from the MandarinCore program with Ellen three times a week, using Skype. It’s been immensely gratifying to observe how much progress I’ve made in my Chinese speaking and listening, on a strong functional and grammar foundation. It is not easy to find a teacher and program that will support the serious adult learner in progressing from elementary to intermediate or higher levels of Chinese. Ellen is just that rare and magical teacher! She has deep insight into the challenges that face English speakers learning Chinese and has built that experience into the MandarinCore lesson plans and teaching materials. Ellen is an exceptionally patient and kind teacher (so important for adult learners!) and a creative and thoughtful language mentor. And it certainly feels right to be learning from a program and a teacher actually based in China. (Shanghai.) I enjoy my Chinese lessons enormously and highly recommend Ellen and MandarinCore.”

—Barbara Rifkind

What Clients Say

“As an older student of Chinese, I appreciate MandarinCore’s philosophy, which focuses on key vocabulary, reinforced by the dialogues, explanations, Skype calls and expansions. Ellen Guo is a seasoned teacher, who personalizes her approach for the student, but also emphasizes key points of each lesson. The dialogues are challenging with new vocabulary and grammar structures in each lesson. The dialogues speak to real life situations in China. I believe that the use of Chinese words is quite up to date, sometimes with words used in ways that I cannot find in the Pleco dictionary. I also appreciate Ellen Guo’s flexibility for accommodating my schedule for the Skype calls.”

—Robert Lin

“Mandarin Core is an online language course best used in conjunction with regular lessons with trained teachers via Skype. Ellen Guo has successfully combined useful day to day Chinese conversations with a thoughtful analysis and explanation of key Chinese word patterns, word associations, syntax and sentence structure. Compared to other online learning programs, Mandarin Core is excellent. The online teachers are particularly good. The online lessons reinforce and expand upon the regular lesson and related learning materials with real life situations and role plays with a view to helping you communicate effectively in real life situations.”

—David Barwise

“I have known Ellen Guo for several years, and appreciate her dedication and experience as a teacher of Mandarin Chinese to non-native speakers like myself. Ellen is very methodical and orderly in her approach to language learning. This is helpful to beginners and advanced students alike. I have greatly benefitted from her patience and skill as a teacher in a virtual setting and highly recommend her!”

—Betsy Neidel

Contact Us

 

Welcome to MandarinCore.com!

We value your feedback about our courses and services.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.

Email: support@mandarincore.com

Skype: ellenguoyl

WhatsApp / WeChat: +8615301693328

Address: MandarinCore, Building 1-408, 2749 Husong Highway, Shanghai, China

Welcome to MandarinCore.com