Student Stories

The Chinese Language Academy has supported its clients in over 50 industries to conquer the language barriers and succeed in their missions. At CLA, we have scientists, actors, ambassadors, doctors, business executives, and government officers who take Chinese classes for career development.  We also have individuals from all backgrounds to learn Mandarin in order to have a heart-to-heart communication with their family and friends. 


As one of the largest Chinese language school by enrollment in the US, CLA does not only provide Chinese Mandarin knowledge, but also an effective communication solution, a highly motivating and fun learning environment, and a community in each city for the students to receive genuine support and meaningful experience on their learning journey.


The videos below were made from real CLA students' unscripted interviews. Click to hear their stories!


Paul Tomko

Bodybuilder/Fitness Coach

At CLA, you get that team environment where your classmates are helping each other; the teachers are very passionate about your progress. It makes learning Chinese that much easier. After taking classes at the Chinese Language Academy, I found my confidence with the language has increased significantly. 


Callan McAuliffe


They make it very easy here because the teachers are so accommodating and so encouraging. For me, this has been an incredible experience.  Every time we learned a new word or sentences, I get to learn a little about Chinese history, which is very fascinating to me.


Stacey Cohen


It’s very motivating when I came to the class and saw how my peers were learning the language and how they were picking it up through class participation.  Even though it’s a challenge, it’s very much achievable. 


Terry Wingo

Banking Technology Specialist

I recommend CLA for those who really want an intense crash course to speak a language. As one who studied Japanese at a university, CLA actually was able to give me a lot of information in a short amount of time that I would have had in a university.


Jenny Park

Real Estate Agent

I recommend the program to those who want to expand their business to China. The program will help you directly communicate with your clients and win their trust.


Toshiji Takeshima


The teachers are awesome. They have great positive energy. You can learn from zero. You don’t need anything. You just need curiosity, and the teacher will guide you


Michael DeRenzo

Government Officer

What I’ve learned at the Chinese Language Academy will absolutely be beneficial to my career. Immediately upon completion of the course, I have the basic blocks that I need for engaging in conversation with my Chinese language counterparts that work at my job. 


Christina Nguyen

Senior Software Developer

Chinese Language Academy really opened my eyes to what I can accomplish in learning Chinese. 


Sean Bulanda

Health Care Lead Compliance Partner

Instructors at the Chinese Language Academy are all very helpful, very knowledgeable and they made the experience worthwhile just to have such a great team. I think what’s really fantastic was that we had the opportunities to get their immediate feedback. Their methods were very effective in helping me retain the information so that I can speak and read in Chinese with confidence. 


Michael Klueber

MBA Student

I think the hardest part about learning a language is usually the beginning phase when all seems so overwhelming. But I think if my friends can make it through this course, then they will see that learning Mandarin isn’t really as hard as they think it would be.  

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