Chinese in San Francisco

Chinese is the most spoken language in the world, with more than 1.2 billion speakers, and 2.9 million of them live in the USA. Did you know that, according to the 2011 Census, 21.4% of the population in San Francisco speaks Mandarin and that most of them are monolingual speakers? This means that learning this ancient language will allow you to connect with this growing community, boost your job prospects and even understand the menus of the many Chinese restaurants located in San Francisco. Contact us at Language Trainers so we can start designing the perfect course for you!


Why Learn Chinese in San Francisco

For Work: Learning Chinese in San Francisco will expand your professional horizons.  If you would like to connect with Chinese companies and entrepreneurs, you can contact the Chinese American Chamber of Commerce on Sacramento St. This is a non-profit organization founded with the objectives of assisting and furthering the development of Chinese-American businesses in the Bay Area. It specializes in assisting people in the financial, industrial and marketing fields. If you are a medical professional, you can apply for a job at the San Francisco Chinese hospital after taking a Mandarin course with us. The hospital is located in Chinatown and asks its employees to have at least a basic level of the language to start working there. And if you would like to network with Chinese businesspeople, you can send a message to China SF on Market Street. Established in 2008, this is an economic development initiative in San Francisco that organizes events on how to enter the Chinese market, with more than 20 workshops in 2018!

For culture:  If you would like to know more about the fascinating Chinese culture, San Francisco offers endless possibilities of exploring it. For example, you can visit the Tin How Temple on Waverly Place, the oldest Chinese temple in the USA. Most of the ceremonies are performed in Mandarin, so it’s a great opportunity to develop your listening skills! Another interesting activity to practice your Chinese vocabulary is the walking tour “From Dynasty to Democracy” organized by the Chinese Culture Center. This non-profit organization was established in 1965 and tries to promote and preserve the Chinese culture in San Francisco by hosting many events and organizing these tours, aimed at tourists, school groups and even activists who want to know more about Chinese activist history. Even if the tour is not completely in Mandarin, the guides use many Chinese terms and expressions that you will be able to understand after some classes with Language Trainers! And you cannot miss the San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade, one of the top ten parades in the world and the biggest one outside of Asia! It started in 1860 under the direction of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce. Every year, you can see gorgeous costumes, exploding firecrackers, the crowning ceremony of Miss Chinatown and the “Gum Lung”, a giant dragon carried by 180 people. Attending this festival will give you the chance of meeting people with similar interests and practice your newly-acquired Mandarin!

For Social: Those who would like to put their Chinese into practice while meeting new people can join the more than 20 MeetUp groups available in San Francisco! The most popular of them is the Chinese Speaking Professionals in the San Francisco Area MeetUp group, with more than 4,000 members. These people get together to speak Chinese and have some fun. For example, they play traditional games and sing along to songs in Mandarin. And don’t forget to visit some of the restaurants that offer traditional dishes in the city. For example, Zandy restaurant on Jackson Street offers authentic Chinese food to tourists and San Francisco eaters. Another option is Little Szechuan on Broadway St, which has Mongolian Beef, roasted broccoli, chow fan and many other Chinese options. Their menu and their webpage are in Mandarin, so take advantage of this opportunity of developing your reading skills!


Where to Learn Chinese in San Francisco

Taking Mandarin classes in San Francisco with Language Trainers is a very easy and convenient experience. Our professional language tutors can meet you in the comfort of your home or office, or at a public place if you prefer, such as San Franciso Public Library on Larkin St, Weaver's Coffee & Tea on Market Street or Atlas Café on 20th St.


If you do not live directly in the city, but live in the surrounding areas and still want to learn Chinese, our tutors can come directly to you. We have language teachers ready to meet you in Concord, San Jose, Stockton, Cupertino, Santa Rosa, Fairfield, Oakland, Fremont, Hayward, SunnyVale, Santa Clara, Vallejo, Berkeley, Richmond and Antioch.


Are you ready to start learning Mandarin? Let’s go, 我们走吧 (Women zouba)! If you studied Chinese before, you can take our free Chinese level test so we can tailor our language packages to fit your requirements.


Special offer

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Interesting Language Facts

Over 50% of company recruiters look for language skills on potential employee's resumes.

1 in 2 people worldwide speak 2 or more languages.

21% of Americans speak a language other than English at home.
WHY people learn CHINESE?
Business in Chinese-speaking countries
Travel abroad to Chinese-speaking countries
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1-on-1 General Chinese Course in San Francisco

Our general one-on-one courses in San Francisco will help students improve their Chinese level quickly and efficiently, whatever their needs. One of the most exciting aspects of our courses is that they are developed entirely around the needs of the students. The fact that we offer our Chinese classes on a One-on-One basis means that you can learn the words and phrases you need in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

1-on-1 Business Chinese Course in San Francisco

Our Chinese courses in San Francisco are taught on a one-on-one basis and will help you improve your business communication skills immensely. No matter what level you begin at we will soon have you dealing with business introductions comfortably before moving onto other matters. Beginner level students can expect to finish the course with basic telephone Chinese and email skills, as well as a level of survival Chinese, granting them the ability to work in a country where Chinese is the native tongue.

2-to-1 and Small Group
Chinese Courses in San Francisco (closed group)

Our Chinese courses are also available for small groups studying together (Two-to-One Chinese Course or In-Company Small Group Chinese Course). All participants must have the same language needs, be able to study at the same time at the same place and be at the same level. All participants should be booked at the same time. Language Trainers suggest that you do not look for classes with more than 8 students at one time. However, an In-Company Taster Chinese Course can contain a maximum of 12 people.

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Our clients from San Francisco include:

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How to Book

Take our Chinese Language Level Test.

Let us know why you need to learn Chinese and include the time and location that best suit you.

Review our quote and, if you are happy with it, receive our invoice and Agreement form.

Sign our Agreement form and submit a deposit* for the course.

Receive confirmation from our team with your Chinese tutor’s details.

Begin your Chinese training and receive your Chinese course book.

Throughout your Chinese course, the Language Trainers Academic Team will be on hand to help you with any queries.
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After the first lesson or two, our team will contact you to ensure you are happy with your trainer. If necessary, we will change the focus of the course to better suit your needs.
After finishing your course, we will send you a course attendance and completion certificate..
Our team will provide you with follow-up learning opportunities, including: self study material, language courses in Chinese-speaking countries, and more advanced courses with Language Trainers.
*Deposit payable by check, credit card, wire transfer, or PayPal. Your quote will include the number of classes and cost. A typical course lasts 30 hours per level, with classes of 2 hours each.

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”My Chinese tutor, Chloe, has adapted her lessons to fit my needs. I found out about Language Trainers through a Google search, and am overall very happy with my classes!”

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”I enjoyed my first English lesson and Jane is an excellent teacher for me. She could understand me and what I need in order to enhance my English skills. I'm looking forward to the future lessons.”

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