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About TENWEST Mandarin

A Language School

TENWEST is a private language immersion school that provides Mandarin Chinese Education for international students. Founded in 2006, TENWEST has quickly become one of the most trusted and exceptional schools of it’s kind in Yunnan Province. It is one of very few private schools in Kunming licensed to teach Chinese as a second language to international students. Through years of outstanding performance, TENWEST has earned students’ and parents’ trust and support, and also received many awards from the local government.

Courses We Offer

Basic Mandarin

Beginner, intermediate, and advanced level courses including vocabulary, grammar, syntax, pinyin, Chinese characters, speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Business Mandarin

Basic business course covering Chinese business practice and etiquette, communication and negotiation skills, business case analysis and business related visits.

Ancient Chinese Language

Ancient Chinese appreciation course including traditional Chinese vocabulary and character recognition, analysis and appreciation of Chinese poetry, renowned novels and authors.

Chinese Culture

Specialty course covering all aspects of Chinese culture including history, education, medicine, politics, religion, arts, geography, etiquette, traditions and minority cultures.

Cultural Arts

Unique course covering Chinese painting, calligraphy, tea culture, martial arts, minority music and dance, handcrafts and cuisine.

HSK Test Preparation Courses

To help evaluate the Chinese proficiency levels of non-native Chinese speakers across the world, Hanban created the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) test.

Study Chinese at TenWest

With over a billion speakers, Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world today. Standard Mandarin Chinese, also called PUTONGHUA is the national language of China and widely understood, but there are scores of ethnic, regional and city dialects spoken with regularity.

What Say Our Students


I’m a beginner student of Chinese, having studied it at school for only a year. It was great studying in TenWest. The teachers are great, always trying new ways to capture your interest for learning. They adapt really well to your personal requests also. They are also always willing to go out of their way to help, even if it includes working off schedule. I had a great experience and highly recommend TenWest!

Student of TenWest


When I was in Kunming, I studied at Tenwest language school and I was amazed at how warm and caring the staff and teachers were at Tenwest! Their passion and commitment to their students was evident in the way the teachers took time to create learning experiences that were beneficial to each unique student. Whether I was in a group class or a one on one, I always had a rich learning experience! I will definitely be going back to Kunming to continue my Chinese language studies and when I do, I will be returning to the team at Tenwest language school! See you in 2018!!

Student of TenWest


I was a little apprehensive about learning Chinese full time, not being an academic person, but I have learned so much in just a few weeks. The teachers are so well skilled in aiding learning, thanks to flexibility according to individual learning styles. The school is extremely well-run, affordable, friendly and response times to emails etc. is very fast. Learning here is so good, it’s an absolute pleasure.

Student of TenWest


I am young learner at Tenwest and really enjoy my lessons. No matter your level, the teachers always teach at level that you can follow. The teachers are very kind and break down the Chinese step by step in order for you to learn well. I have learnt so much from Tenwest and within a year I am now able to hold conversations in Chinese, thanks to my teachers.

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Why Choose TenWest


We will work closely with you to help you design a course of study, arrange a schedule, and determine a class size that will work best to suit your individual needs.


We have a vibrant staff of experienced, personable and patient teachers dedicated to helping you achieve your language goals.


From student visas and scholarships to airport pick-ups and housing, we will do everything possible to make your transition to life in Kunming a smooth one.


Kunming has all of the benefits of a modern city plus ideal weather, friendly people, clear skies, a laid back lifestyle and a low cost of living.

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