CLI is an institution for the study of Chinese language and culture. Through this core mission, it is so much more. CLI is a community, a Chinese language school, a custom programs provider, and your partner in China.

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📚About the Program

Non-degree in 1 on 1 Online Chinese Language Program at Chinese Language Institute (CLI)

Chinese Language Online Courses Overview:

1) Your Virtual Classroom

With CLI Online, students can learn Chinese from anywhere in the world – all they need is a reliable Internet connection and a video instant messenger ID (such as Skype, Google Hangout, or any other software of your choice). Their teacher will call them directly and hold class over live chat, creating a virtual one-on-one classroom.

2) Scheduling Flexibility

CLI’s online Chinese lessons are scheduled to fit your personal scheduling availability, and classes are offered seven days per week. Their staff will work directly with the students to assess their scheduling preferences and set up their weekly class hours.

3) Reduced Tuition Rates

CLI’s online students purchase a set number of class hours upfront, and time is deducted from this total with each passing lesson. Reduced tuition rates are awarded to students who purchase 30 or more class hours at a time.

4) One-on-One Tutoring

For only a fraction of the cost of hiring a private tutor in their home country, online students can enjoy one-on-one live instruction with a highly qualified, carefully selected CLI Mandarin teacher. CLI Online lessons are held to the same high standards as classes taught at the CLI Center in Guilin. Individualized lessons ensure that your language level, learning pace and style, and personal requests are all carefully assessed to tailor-make a Mandarin class that is perfectly suited to their needs.

5) Simple Online Sign-up Process

Once the students decide to enroll in CLI's one-on-one online Chinese lessons, we will help them contact CLI’s Director of Admissions. Then, the students will receive an e-mail from the CLI admissions department explaining their next steps and instructions on how to sign up for their free trial lesson.

CLI Online Study Options

Kindly message us for the study options you will choose:

1) Comprehensive Chinese

CLI’s online Comprehensive Chinese course incorporates regular instruction in both written and spoken Chinese. Class instruction covers a wide range of topics, focusing broadly on the core concepts of reading, writing, speaking, and listening required for well-rounded proficiency in Mandarin Chinese.

2) Business Chinese

CLI’s online Business Chinese course is constructed primarily for individuals conducting business in China, as well as those pursuing a future career in international business. Business Chinese focuses heavily on specialized grammar and vocabulary, as well as proper business etiquette. The overall level of course material is highly individualized based on each student’s prior exposure to the Mandarin language and Chinese business environment.

3) Chinese for Kids

Due to the increasing demand for Chinese language instruction at an early age, CLI is proud to offer online Mandarin classes for children aged 4 to 11. Through exciting games, imaginative stories, rhymes and songs, and pictorial aides, children will benefit from a high level of exposure to Chinese culture and enjoy the educational benefits of language immersion.

4) Spoken Chinese

Their online Spoken Chinese course is designed for learners who have limited opportunity to regularly practice their Chinese with native speakers, as well as those whose spoken ability lags behind their reading and writing skills. Focusing primarily on improving students’ speaking and listening proficiency, Spoken Chinese highlights conversational ability as a central academic component.

5) Chinese Culture & History

Their online Chinese Culture & History course has been designed to provide those interested in China with a greater opportunity to learn about the country’s past and present. Focusing on historical background, customs and traditions, and the modern Chinese worldview, this course was created as an opportunity for students to learn more about China’s rich heritage.

6) Chinese for Teens

The CLI Method stresses the importance of total language immersion and thinking and speaking in Chinese as much as possible. To help foster these crucial learning components, CLI has a flexible language pledge program, which allows students to opt-in or out at any time.

Dates & Fees

1) Online One-on-one Rates

Students are required to purchase all online class hours upfront. Time will then be deducted from their total hours with each passing lesson. CLI provides discounts for bulk purchases. Kindly message us for the number of hours you will choose:

  • 1–29 hours: 20 USD/hr
  • 30–49 hours: 18 USD/hr
  • 50–99 hours: 17 USD/hr
  • 100+ hours: 16 USD/hr

2) Structuring Your Class Hours

How many class hours should students ideally dedicate to language learning each week? Each student has unique needs, a unique background, and unique strengths and weaknesses. As a result, each student dedicates a unique amount of time each day and each week to learning Chinese. CLI’s intensive Immersion Program in Guilin provides students four hours of Chinese class each day, for a total of twenty hours per week. CLI’s online students generally have professional and academic commitments alongside language learning and prefer to study part-time, usually dedicating between four and eight hours per week to CLI’s online Chinese language classes.

3) Mastering Chinese

Learning Chinese requires consistency and dedication. Repetition and regular review of vocabulary and core concepts is the key to retention and constant progress and improvement in the students' language learning. CLI’s online one-on-one learning system allows them the flexibility to structure their class hours in any way that best suits their needs and availability. They are the master of their own schedule. This also means that they are the master of their own progress. The more consistent students are with their learning, the faster their Chinese will improve.

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📖Program Curriculum

Class instruction covers a wide range of topics, focusing broadly on the core concepts of reading, writing, speaking, and listening required for well-rounded proficiency in Mandarin Chinese.

🏫About Chinese Language Institute (CLI)

About the Chinese Language Institute (CLI)

Founded in 2009 by brothers Robert and Bradford Fried, CLI aims to provide students a unique path to learning Chinese and understanding Chinese culture. With a combined 20 years of experience in China, Robert and Bradford developed an individualized educational platform that will help students learn the Chinese language fast. 

CLI is home to a community of local and international educators. The institute is grounded by values of trust, openness, and putting students first. Educators at CLI are passionate about sharing the Chinese language and culture. CLI provides a welcoming and warm environment for students, ensuring that you have the best possible learning experience.


Guilin is a small, but beautiful city in the southern part of China. Compared to other cities in China, Guilin is less populated with a population just approaching a million people. The city is known for its scenic spots, marvelous hills, clean rivers, peach blossoms, and amazing rice terraces. It's only one of the few cities in China with ethnic minorities. Located in China's Guangxi Region, Guilin is in close proximity to Hong Kong and Guangzhou. 

Campus Facilities

CLI has a 5-story center which includes 18 private classrooms, several study areas, and a full kitchen and dining area. The CLI campus also has 3 stories of private bedrooms (each with a full private bathroom), and a recreational room equipped with a pingpong table, electric piano, and mahjong table.

Campus Life

In addition to a fun learning environment inside the classroom, CLI schedules extracurricular activities for students. This may be in the form of incursions, field trips, culture immersions, games and sports fest and many more. 

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💰 Fees

Application Fee:

$0 USD

Tuition fee:

80 USD per week

📬 How To Register

Please register to book a free trial class. You will get a free Chinese level evaluation and personalised learning plan. 

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