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Praise for Yao Mandarin School's Chinese classes

As an attorney with a large Mandarin speaking clientele, it was natural that I would want to learn the language. Nonetheless, I went several years relying upon my office staff to translate for me while making very little effort to pick up what I believed was an "impossible" language. Even when I would encourage my office staff to teach me words or phrases, I still could not grasp the tones and pronunciations.

So, when my wife signed me up for personal instruction with Yao, I did not have much confidence. However, to my surprise, I was able to grasp the fundamentals of Mandarin within just a few sessions and my vocabulary has been consistently expanding ever since. My newfound ability to converse directly with my clients, has led to a more solid attorney-client relationship. I certainly could not have made such progress were it not for Yao and his teaching techniques. He took the intimidation out of tackling a foreign language and he taught me devices which have enabled me to make significant strides in my education. Perhaps best of all, my clients and Mandarin speaking staff have been amazed at how quickly I have become conversant. Thank you Yao.

Madeo & Fasano
Donald F. Madeo, Attorney at Law

I found (Mandarin Quick Learn) system makes learning (Chinese) much more simple. It's a very fun learning experience with Yao Mandarin School.

Carlos Camacho
Diplomat, General Consulate of Costa Rica

What should I mention first about Yao and his teaching? It could be the logical, yet human, way he leads even the greenest beginner forward through the thickets of a new language. Or it might be the way he somehow makes learning Mandarin seem approachable, even fun. Perhaps it would be his laser-like focus on each student's success, striking a careful balance between gentle reassurance and carefully-timed jolts of motivation. Yet, even more than any of these, I was struck by how, under Yao's calm and friendly leadership, a small class full of strangers transformed itself into a band of friends, pulling for each other, steadily gaining confidence and reinforcing each other's success.

Alan Olmsted
Urban Planner

Yao Zhang teaches Mandarin to several Canadian diplomats and myself in the Canadanian Consulate, he is also teacher to my wife and my children. He is a young enthusiastic professor and proud of his work, very dedicated in the preparation of his lessons and very professional in the execution of his work.

Stewart Beck
Consul General, Consulate General of Canada

Yao is a highly professional and passionate teacher. I like the integrity of his approach because he ensured that I solidly knew the fundamentals of Mandarin before moving on to more complex structures. He had a natural way of learning my style of language learning, which made a huge difference in embracing Mandarin concepts. I left every lesson with something to feel good about - and now I'm speaking Chinese!

Julius Roberge
Managing Director, Verbal Identity, Interbrand Corporation

Highly recommended! Yao Mandarin School's Absolute Beginner course is an outstanding way to gain exposure to the Chinese language through its focus on building vocabulary, learning pronunciation and practical applications of the language. Students come from diverse ethnic and career backgrounds and the class has a low student-teacher ratio so you get plenty of direct coaching in these fun hands-on lessons, not to mention the fantastic view from the 63rd floor of the Empire State Building! I plan to take the Intermediate course this fall!

Michael K. Marinic
Manager, Fortune 100 Company

A must take course if you are serious about learning Mandarin Chinese.

Nadir Ahmed
Citigroup

Yao's efficient method of teaching quickly familiarizes you with Chinese pronunciation and tones. I was surprised at how fast I learned some very useful words and phrases. For anyone that has the desire to speak chinese and learn Pinyin this is an excellent class.

Eric Withrov
Merrill Lynch

I can't say enough positive things about my experience as Yao's student and client for translation services. He is exceptionally professional, super smart and has developed an excellent teaching method which taught me a lot in a short period of time. He also did extensive business translation for the media company I work that I used for meetings with government officials and finance executives in China. His work was always on deadline and he is very thorough. You'll be very pleased if you hire him.

Lisa Balter
Vice President, Custom Media, The Deal LLC

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