Capital Mandarin History
-Capital Mandarin’s “Spark of Foundation”-
Capital Mandarin School has been established in May 2006. Its spark of foundation was the realization that a lot of foreigners were uncomfortable navigating their Chinese working environment. At the same time, the Chinese they were working with also encountered difficulties dealing with foreigners, most of which were linguistic but also closely related to cultural differences. A working environment in which efficient interaction and a free flow of communication is hindered are not only inefficient from the business point of view, they are also very bad for the working atmosphere, making collegues feeling afraid or uncomfortable when they have to exchange knowledge. As a Chinese teacher, Ma Laoshi has realised that facilitating positive experiences for language learning is crucial to make language students enjoy their experience in China. After unsuccessfully searching for a Chinese language School for some of her foreign friends, she decided to found a School to put her principles into action. Capital Mandarin School was born !
After its foundation, Capital Mandarin School was mainly focused on alleviating communication problems between colleagues at work. This explains the location of our first school : the Beijing Guomao Business district. But after some time, satisfied customers, comprising expat community in Beijing, began asking whether it would be possible to send their Children to Capital Mandarin, or even to make friends’ visits more enjoyable by teaching them the basics of spoken Chinese in the shortest of times. This is why, after a short student drought during and after the world economic crisis and the 2008 olympics, Capital Mandarin School also expanded its teaching orientation towards abroad based students who would like to fully immerse themselves into Beijing culture and language at the same time. In 2011 increasing student numbers made it clear that the interest in China was rising rapidly. Moreover, student voices were calling for a more profound and unbiased way of teaching Chinese as a culture and thought. Chinese language beyond its application as a communication tool became a more and more urgent need. Along with this interest, students, parents and seniors began to wish for a less stressful environment than the crowded and bustling City Center of Beijing. It was then decided that Capital Mandarin should get its own fully functional campus, 3 stations away from Guomao.
Gaobeidian Campus is focused on providing a calm, traditional and safe environment for students who want to discover Beijing and the Chinese Culture in their own terms. Since time is money, the idea of accommodation and classrooms in the same area makes Capital Mandarin the only school providing what we call a « forward base » into the Chinese world. The 2014 opening of the Gaobeidian Campus was thus the source of considerable pride, and we are exited to be able to show you all the beautiful sides of China in our new Capital Mandarin culture center!
Capital Mandarin Service
With an increasing interest of young students, children of expat workers or internationally minded families after the 2008 olympic games, Capital Mandarin has accommodated this interest by offering Summer Camp packages from June until August every year. Ever since, the camps have become the speciality of Capital Mandarin – which is certainly also due to our founder Ma Laoshi’s penchant for teaching (and laughing with) the young ones. The special attention she gave the Chinese camps and her insight in parents concern for their Children’s safety were a big argument to build Gaobeidian Campus. Since 2014, parents can send their Children to a fully autonomous area in a new, calm, traditional and arts-focused Chinese district in Beijing. Evolution of this special experience with the Capital Mandarin School shows that success comes with attention to what is most important : our students. We are looking forward to welcoming new campsters next years!