See our fantastic Google Reviews from our Chinese Language Students:

I highly recommend Chinese for Professionals for anyone looking to learn Chinese at all level. Shelley is a very passionate, knowledgeable and experienced teacher. She really goes above and beyond to tailor lessons which better suit the student’s capability and learning style. I have been extremely busy at work but look forward to coming to Chinese lessons each time with Shelley. Shelley is very flexible and adaptable with her lessons and has always been able to cater for unavoidable changes. Shelley has a deep understanding and appreciation for Chinese and is able to effectively convey complex grammar and sentence structures in a way which people who grew up with English (and other languages) can understand. If you are considering learning Chinese, I would strongly suggest contacting Shelley before looking at other options.read more
Jason Trieu
Jason Trieu
14:23 19 Jun 18
I have attended other language institutions to learn Chinese and so far this has been the most beneficial institution to learn Chinese. I have been a student of Shelley for half a year and she is an amazing teacher who will try her best to tailor the lessons to suit the student's pace and learning method. She is always giving feedback which is very helpful. Lessons are challenging and very engaging. Highly recommend to anyone who is interested in learning or improving their Chinese!read more
Phuong Ung
Phuong Ung
08:17 29 Jul 18
Shelley is an exceptional and professional teacher. She is attentive and flexible in providing you with the resources in achieving your goals. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced speaker, "Chinese for Professionals" is the place to be.read more
John Chow
John Chow
06:11 25 Jul 18
Shelley is an excellent teacher who, even in group classes, is able to tailor her lessons to suit the needs of each individual student. She goes to great lengths to come to a complete understanding of each person's present level of Chinese proficiency, their motivations for learning Chinese and any time constraints that they are under - and matches her teaching accordingly.Shelley also maintains a perfect balance between, on the one hand, the basics and fundamentals (e.g. vocabulary and sentence structure) and, on the other hand, the more nuanced aspects of Chinese that enable its use at a higher level of technicality (such as within a business, legal or political context).There are few places where it can truly be said that the single point of emphasis is to help each individual realise their capabilities to the best possible extent. Chinese For Professionals is such a place.read more
Major Zhang
Major Zhang
10:40 06 Jun 18
If you're looking to improve or refresh or keen on learning Mandarin, I would highly recommend Chinese for Professionals. I certainly can see my own improvement and the confidence to use Mandarin when necessary thanks to the teacher (Shelly). Not only you will learn Chinese in the proper methods, the class structures makes it fun and exciting to learn.read more
Mike Touch
Mike Touch
11:04 23 Apr 18
Shelley is an amazing teacher. Without a doubt. Not only does she possess the ability and knowledge to teach, she also cares. Her passion for teaching is contagious and I find it brings out the best in her students whilst simultaneously creating a fun, studious and safe learning environment. Having been a student for more than half a year now, the lessons never gets dull, each lesson just as engaging as the last. Thanks Shelley for all your hard work and endless dedication. You've truly created something special!read more
Patrick Mei
Patrick Mei
11:22 11 Aug 18
I have been attending Chinese For Professionals weekly for almost a year and during that time my Mandarin listening, speaking and reading ability has improved tremendously. Shelley always squeezes the most out of every lesson, tailoring her lesson plan to suit my needs, with a well structured and progressive method. I would highly recommend anyone who is genuinely interested in learning Mandarin to contact Chinese For Professionals.read more
Carl Mannix
Carl Mannix
08:39 21 Sep 18
CFP is a fantastic place to learn Chinese as Shelley makes sure that the lesson content and flow is based off of each students' individual needs and skill level in Chinese Mandarin. I highly recommend these classes as a holistic way of learning and understanding Chinese vocabulary and concepts that are relevant to whatever field you wish to better convey yourself in Mandarin with.read more
Daniel Fang
Daniel Fang
08:06 08 Aug 18
I have been taking private Chinese lessons with Shelley for six months now. I’m always impressed by Shelley’s ability to identify gaps in my understanding and supply clear explanations. I have learnt much faster than I ever thought possible.Shelley is both extremely patient and methodical when teaching. Each lesson progressively exposes me to more vocabulary and grammar points in a natural way.Shelley is very professional. She is always well prepared and I appreciate her attentiveness and dedication to every detail of the lesson. She is also really warm and fun. Her enthusiasm is contagious and it makes me look forward to my Chinese lesson each week.Shelley makes great use of technology when appropriate. She shares notes from the lesson in Google sheets as well as providing printed material. We also do lessons online when I am unable to attend in person.谢谢 Shelley!read more
Joel Laity
Joel Laity
10:41 19 Mar 20
Shelley is incredibly flexible and patient and designs her lessons based on your progression. As a full-time student who works part-time there are fluctuations in the time that I can spend on learning Chinese. Shelley has always been very accomodating in speeding-up and slowing-down according to the business of my life, while challenging and progressing my Chinese skills the whole time. As a result my Chinese learning experience has been smooth and very enjoyable. I highly recommend Shelley to anyone who wants to learn Chinese.read more
Jongwoo Yim
Jongwoo Yim
23:23 01 Mar 20
Fantastic learning experience. Shelley is a very dedicated professional, very knowledgeable and patient in her teaching. You can tell she has many years of experience by the way she listens and understands your questions and how she develops her explanations. Trust me, I ask many questions! ;)I have taken lessons with her for almost a year now and the journey has been very pleasant: I feel like my chinese level is improving at a level greater than my effort. Her classes allow a limited number of students only (around 10 max) and she also offers private lessons. She is very flexible with these private lessons and designs these based on your learning pace.Not to mention she is very kind! You definitely feel very comfortable around her and she makes you feel welcome.100% recommended, I would not go elsewhere.read more
Andrea S
Andrea S
23:23 18 Mar 20
Shelley is a very good teacher that helps explain how to speak Mandarin in a clear and concise manner. Her classroom size is small to ensure that each student is well catered for and also given plenty of opportunities to participate and engage with other students to help improve communicative skills.Previously I have tried other language schools however they do not provide the detailed sentence structure and grammar that Shelley class is able to provide. I felt that I have learnt and significantly improved my Chinese skills over a short period of time.read more
F C
F C
21:18 21 Feb 20
When I started studying with Shelley a year ago I was at a low-intermediate level and had a poor understanding of grammar and syntax. Now at HSK 4 Shelley has given me the confidence and ability to use Chinese in both my professional and personal life, I would definitely recommend her to any beginners and advanced students of Chinese looking for a serious improvement in all aspects of the language. 🙂read more
Callum Rhys
Callum Rhys
19:56 26 Feb 20
I've been studying with Shelley for almost a year now. I have enjoyed every lesson and noticed a steady improvement in my mandarin. Shelley has always been super easy to learn from, is friendly and structures her lessons well. I would definitely recommend picking up a few lessons if you have any interest in learning Chinese from an experienced teacher.read more
Austin Garmin Zhu
Austin Garmin Zhu
09:53 01 Jan 20
I've been taking Chinese lesson from Shelly for just over a year now and can't recommend her enough. Shelley's curriculum does a phenomenal job of introducing a very complex language to a non-native speaker. Additionally, Shelley's passion and enthusiasm for what she does shine through in each of her lessons. She brings an excitement that makes learning Chinese an incredibly fun and rewarding experience. If you are looking for a Mandarin teacher, I highly recommend you consider looking into her school.read more
Matt Pinter
Matt Pinter
01:55 11 Apr 20
I have studied with Shelley for 6 months now. Shelley is a great teacher who is very patient and provides clear and concise explanations to resolve any questions that may arise. In her group classes, lessons are well structured with ample time to learn new grammar, vocabulary, and practise speaking Mandarin. Shelley excels at creating a safe and fun learning environment to allow students to just have a go and learn from their mistakes. I would recommend her as a teacher to anyone who is looking to start learning, or improve in, Mandarin.read more
Li Sa Lai
Li Sa Lai
22:48 24 Apr 20
Shelley Tian is a wonderful teacher who is simply passionate about teaching Chinese. She has the rare ability to be able to challenge you on the detail of the Chinese language whilst allowing you to casually explore simple and concise ways of saying things. She tailors her lessons around your professional workplace and constantly guides you on how to conduct a decent and simple conversation in Chinese in your professional field. I have worked with Shelley for a number of years now and have made great progress working with her. For Shelley, teaching Chinese is a passion and her enthusiasm and professionalism is infectious. I would absolutely recommend her to any existing or future student of the difficult language.read more
Markus Haefeli
Markus Haefeli
10:25 19 May 20
Shelley is a wonderful Chinese teacher who is patient and knowledgeable. Her lessons are very structured, and she makes it engaging, progressive, and educational. I love her enthusiasm and positivity she brings to every class. Her dedication and passion for teaching have helped me to improve my reading and writing skills. I highly recommend Shelley, as she has made my learning experience exquisite and enjoyable.read more
Midori
Midori
14:19 19 May 20
I have been studying Chinese on-off for a few years now, mostly self-taught, however since i have joined up with Shelley, my learning has gone to a new level. Shelley was immediately able to pull together all of my prior learning into order & provide me with a clear path for accelerated learning & achieving my goals. It has almost been a year since we commenced on this path & i haven't looked back. Shelley makes the lessons fun & enjoyable, whilst still being able to provide a disciplined & encouraging environment - this is incredibly rare. Our weekly lessons are something i always look forward to & then can't wait for the next! I would highly recommend Shelley's services for anyone wanting to learn Chinese, regardless of any level to commence from.read more
Damien Albert
Damien Albert
05:13 21 May 20
It's been 1.5 years since I started studying with Shelley and I can tell you that my confidence in speaking, listening, reading and writing has been greatly improved. It's been very fun learning Chinese with Shelley. She is very supportive and I can see that she adjusts her ways of teaching to best suit me and my classmates. Shelley has also created a great online program so that we can continue studying with her, no matter where we are. I highly recommend!read more
Akina Lam
Akina Lam
07:22 22 May 20
I have been studying Chinese with Shelley for around a year now. Shelley is an excellent teacher who goes above and beyond for her students. Especially now with the disruption caused to COVID-19, Shelley has very effectively adjusted classes to a new online format temporarily. Her in-person classes are also fantastic - it is an absolute pleasure to learn Chinese with Shelley!read more
Johnson M
Johnson M
10:12 27 May 20

Why Students Choose CFP to Learn Mandarin in Sydney

Highly Recommend

Shelley Tian is an outstanding teacher of the Chinese language and a woman gifted with many capabilities and qualities. Her ability to tailor learning appropriate to the learner's immediate and future needs and interests is particularly impressive. I would highly recommend Ms Tian's services to those at any level of need in learning or enhancing their knowledge, skills and understanding of the Chinese Language.

Dr Phil Lambert PSM

Director, Phil Lambert Consulting

Outstanding Teacher

Chinese is a difficult language. Shelley is able to explain the complexities with ease, in English.
In my experience, there are no short cuts to learn Chinese. You have to spend a lot of time in class over a long period. It's therefore very important for students that they enjoy being in class.
Shelley's classes are very enjoyable - in fact, they're fun.

Stanley Drummond

Partner, Thomson Geer Lawyers

Passion for Teaching

Shelley is an extremely supportive Chinese teacher who has a strong desire for all her students to succeed. Her knowledge of Mandarin and industry specific jargon is excellent. Both her group classes and individual sessions are informative and engaging.
For anyone wishing to learn Mandarin or achieve their language goals, I highly recommend this fantastic teacher to you without hesitation; Shelley is an outstanding teacher.

Anya Beniac

Efficient & Effective

Shelley Tian is a first class Chinese language teacher. She is equally adept at coaching the pre-eminent, internationally accredited language examinations for Mandarin Chinese, as well as designing tailored coaching lessons for customised personal and professional requirements. My Mandarin speaking skills were rudimentary when I met Shelley, and within a mere month, she was already encouraging me to significantly expand my vocabulary and phraseology for business purposes. Shelley’s teaching methodology is both efficient and effective. She inspires me to practise daily. For over a decade, I have had mixed success to learn Mandarin Chinese from attending university language programmes, to targeted linguistic schools. I have not made as much progress as I have with Shelley in less than one year already. She is outstanding.

Jacqueline Chow

Non Executive Director at Coles Group, nib Holdings, Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce

Enthusiastic & Professional

Shelley Tian is a wonderful teacher who is simply passionate about teaching Chinese. She has the rare ability to be able to challenge you on the details of the Chinese language whilst allowing you to casually explore simple and concise ways of saying things. She tailors her lessons around your professional workplace and constantly guides you on how to conduct a decent and simple conversation in Chinese in your professional field. I have worked with Shelley for a number of years now and have made great progress working with her. For Shelley, teaching Chinese is a passion and her enthusiasm and professionalism is infectious. I would absolutely recommend her to any existing or future student of the difficult language.

Markus Haefeli

General Manager China, Tennant Company

Accelerated Learning

I have been studying Chinese on-off for a few years now, mostly self-taught, however since I have joined up with Shelley, my learning has gone to a new level. Shelley was immediately able to pull together all of my prior learning into order & provide me with a clear path for accelerated learning & achieving my goals. It has almost been a year since we commenced on this path & I haven't looked back. Shelley makes the lessons fun & enjoyable, whilst still being able to provide a disciplined & encouraging environment - this is incredibly rare. Our weekly lessons are something I always look forward to & then can't wait for the next! I would highly recommend Shelley's services for anyone wanting to learn Chinese, regardless of any level to commence from.

Damien Albert

Client Relationship Manager, PMA Global

The Best Experience By Far

I have been studying Chinese since February 2016. I started at the Confucius Institute in Sydney, which, for beginners, is ok. Then, when I had to start beginner-medium level lessons in February 2018, I decided to go to Chinese For Professionals. And this turned out to be the wisest decision.

As of today, and having previously had lessons with four other Chinese Language teachers, I must say that the best experience by far is with Chinese For Professionals. Why? Simple. Here you can learn and acquire all sorts of levels and knowledge of Chinese Language, e.g. vocabulary (reading and speaking), and grammar, which is essential for a sound knowledge in any language as it helps a lot to think like a local and prevents you to simply translate word by word from English into Chinese (or the other way around).

The teacher, Shelley, is very encouraging and always knows how to improve the student's performance, not only in practicing but also in studying and preparing your lessons in such a way that you feel real improvement within a few weeks.

Moreover, the experience is personal, practical and flexible, so you can really learn at your most convenient pace. In this regard, even after moving to Glasgow (Scotland) in April 2019, I decided to continue my lessons (via Skype) because, according to my experience, when you find a good language teacher (and Shelley is one of the best teachers I have ever met, not only as a student, but also as a teacher at high-school and university), it is paramount to continue as long as possible in order to continuously improve your language skills.

I fully recommend Chinese For Professionals.

German Olivares

Integrative, Tailored and Personal

I have studied advanced Chinese with Shelley in both a private and group context for three years now. In the nine years that I have taken Chinese lessons, Shelley is, without a doubt, the best Chinese teacher I have had the fortune of being taught by.

Shelley's teaching style is integrative, tailored and personal. She creates a safe-to-fail space where everyone, including herself, is comfortable with participating and voicing different opinions. The learning and improvement that derives from this ability to leverage each other's strengths through mutual and respectful constructive criticism is significant.

While there is (thankfully) no cookie-cutter structure to each class, Shelley always manages to plate up the optimal amalgam of reading, speaking, listening and writing/typing Chinese. Since attending Shelley's classes, I have developed from being able to speak and read Chinese at a basic level to now, comfortably understanding Chinese news articles.

Flora Wang

Dedicated Teacher

I have been learning Chinese over three years with Shelley. She is the best Chinese teacher I have ever met. Shelley is specifically trained as a Chinese language teacher and has been teaching Chinese many years. She is an enthusiastic and a dedicated teacher who cares about students’ progress. She understands each student’s learning requirement. My Chinese has been greatly advanced through her teaching and instruction. She has made my Chinese level from elementary to advanced level within a short period of time. I have passed HSK level 5 proficiency exam in just 2 years since I started to learn Chinese. I highly recommend Shelley to anyone wish to learn Chinese. No matter what level you are at, learn Chinese from Shelley, you won’t regret!

Yuji Saito

Invested in Students

Shelley is a truly outstanding Chinese teacher.  I've been fortunate to learn business-level Mandarin in a number of different environments, from Ivy League professors through to language courses at C9 universities in China - yet even amongst this cohort, Shelley stands out as an exceptional teacher.  She's dedicated to her craft and a genuinely empathetic teacher who is very much invested in her students.  In the context of my work in private equity, I often needed to brush up quickly on industry-specific vocabulary and Shelley would go above and beyond to create tailored, customised vocabulary packs on short notice to ensure I was always prepared.  With Shelley, I wasn't rote-learning lists of vocabulary - I was learning the context and nuance of how to engage with the language.  I'd highly recommend Shelley to anybody looking to improve their professional Mandarin.

Yin Shum

Chief Operating Officer

Friendly and Encouraging

I have been Shelley’s student for over a year now and she is one of the best Chinese teachers I have ever had. She is genuinely passionate about teaching and her classes are never boring. You can tell that she is very dedicated towards each and every one of her students because she regularly alternates between different teaching styles to suit individual learning approaches. Depending on your mandarin level, you may have a different type of class structure. My classes generally consisted of reading and translating news articles, coupled with group discussions based on a certain topic. Translation is not the main focus of the class, however, it is a useful method to ensure that the meanings of individual words or phrases are clear. From the news articles and group discussions, we pick up new vocabulary which is recorded and reviewed at the end of each teaching term. Shelley ensures that everyone can actively participate in class discussions in a friendly and encouraging environment. Since students in each class come from various professional backgrounds, it enhances the quality of class discussions. I strongly encourage people to take this class if you are looking to enhance your Chinese, in both written and writing, to a level that can be used in professional settings.

Annie Wan

Just some of the clients learning Mandarin Chinese with us:

Allens
Commonwealth
KPMG
Lazard
NAB
Sydney Airport
Thomson Greer
Westpac