At that time, our plan was simple – create the kind of Chinese language school we would like to attend and it would be so great that others would be certain to join us. How hard could it be?
Our first students included a German engineer, a graduate from Mauritius and a Brazilian dancer who claimed to be the brother of soccer star Ronaldinho (at that time Brazil and Barcelona’s most famous player). This later turned out to be untrue, but it was a great story to tell our friends!
The fun and excitement of those first lessons for both our new school and our earliest students is something we have never forgotten and still drives the way we run EasyMandarin today.
Since 2006, we have grown to a campus of fourteen modern classrooms in a totally fantastic location (we overlook Jing An Temple from the fifteenth floor and, on certain festival days, we can wave ‘hello’ to the monks in the bell tower) and have become one of Shanghai’s largest and most successful Chinese language schools.
We didn’t know in 2006 that EasyMandarin would grow so fast. But sharing the pleasure and rewards of learning Chinese with the thousands of students we have gotten to know over the past few years has been amazing and is something we never tire of.
Inside and outside of the classroom, we love all of our students (even if they send us text messages at 3am asking for help!) and believe in going to great lengths to make sure they are happy.