LTL Mandarin School believes that Chinese study should not be limited to the classroom. For us, learning Mandarin means fully immersing yourself in China's language and culture from Day One.

  • Beijing Courses

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    For those who want to focus on studying Chinese in Beijing intensively, we offer a wide range of full-time study programs at our Beijing school. We have a great range of Small Group Classes or you can study individually.

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  • Shanghai Courses

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    If you are planning on coming to Shanghai, LTL Mandarin School can provide you with first class Small Group or Individual classes. Our fully certified, experienced teachers will have your Chinese up to speed in no time.

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  • Taiwan Courses

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    Our newest school in glorious Taipei offers further opportunities to learn Chinese with LTL. Study Mandarin in Taiwan in either small groups or tailored 1-on-1 classes and experience something different.

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  • Chengde Courses

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    Not Chengdu but Chengde. If you want to learn Chinese fast and not have a foreigner in sight this is the city for you. Minute in size compared to Beijing and Shanghai but 24/7 Mandarin will see your level propel, fast.

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NEW PROGRAMS

  • Online Classes

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    Want to learn Chinese from the comfort of your very own home? Want to continue class with your teacher after leaving China? It’s all possible with our brand new Online Chinese Classes

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  • China School Trip

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    Bring your class to come and learn Chinese in China with our brand new China School Trip program. Flexible program options and the experience of a lifetime lie ahead for you and your class.

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Chinese Learning Resources

  • Experienced and Certified Teachers

    Experienced and Certified Teachers

    Our teachers have dedicated their careers to teaching Chinese. All are fully-qualified with years of classroom experience.

  • International Student Community & Activities

    International Student Community & Activities

    There is no typical LTL student. Our students come from all over the world and speak dozens of different languages.

  • 24/7 Help and Support Service

    24/7 Help and Support Service

    For most of our students LTL becomes more than just a school. It's a home away from home, where you meet friends and find support.

  • Government Accredited School

    Government Accredited School

    LTL is one of China’s leading language schools and accredited by the Chinese, German and Swedish governments.

  • Homestays and Shared Apartments

    Homestays and Shared Apartments

    We believe the best way to improve your speaking and listening skills is to live with a Chinese family.

What our students say about LTL

Marianna Testimony for LTL
Marianna
Italy
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At LTL one thing is for sure, you will never feel alone. The entire staff are always available. As for the lessons you will be followed step by step, and everything is very flexible according to your needs.

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Marianna Testimony for LTL
Marianna
Italy

Coming to Beijing through LTL Mandarin School for me was not just a study experience but above all a life experience. As soon as I arrived at school, I found a welcoming environment where people will make you feel at ease straight away.

At LTL one thing is for sure, you will never feel alone. The entire staff are always available. As for the lessons you will be followed step by step, and everything is very flexible according to your needs. The teachers are well qualified and at the same time they are able to create a relaxed atmosphere in the classroom.

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The bonds that we have established with them go beyond the simple teacher-student relationship. At LTL Mandarin School I have had the opportunity to integrate myself into everyday Chinese life thanks to the many organized activities that allow you to relate with people from different countries. At the end of your journey, in addition to achieving your goal of study you will feel enriched on a personal level. Sure, there will be initial difficulties due to the linguistic and cultural differences. However, all the friendships that you can build will transform what is a simple study trip into an experience that you will carry with you forever.

Maggie Testimony for LTL
Maggie
Maine, USA
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I did 5 weeks in each location, starting in Shanghai. I started from an absolute zero level and now I can use Chinese conversationally with my host family and in day to day life. I am very glad to have found LTL

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Maggie Testimony for LTL
Maggie
Maine, USA

Hello! I am a recent college graduate from the USA. I did a 15 week intensive study program with LTL in all 3 cities. I did 5 weeks in each location, starting in Shanghai, then to Beijing, and ending my adventure in Chengde. I started from an absolute zero level and now I can use Chinese conversationally with my host family and in day to day life.

 

I am very glad to have found LTL, and that I chose to do the 3 city program. I found LTL on the Internet and decided to do all three cities because I wanted as many experiences as possible, and wanted to see more places in China. LTL is great for this because their staff give you insider information on the cities and recommendations on how and when to go to a site. They also organized trips to places I never would have found on my own, like a hike to a remote part of the Great Wall and the Shanghai Marriage Market.

When I arrived in Shanghai I had no idea if I had set myself up for months of pain or an awesome experience. Luckily, it turned out to be the latter, and the supportive, all inclusive atmosphere at LTL made adapting to the culture shock much easier. That and Shanghai’s international ties made getting around the city a great place to start to study Chinese. LTL Shanghai’s Alex and Fu Lala were so supportive. I never felt lost or alone despite being in a city of 24 million. The other students were wonderful, and we all commiserated on the daily 40℃ (104℉) weather. I took 4 hours of group classes and 2 hours of individual a day, so I not only had the opportunity to learn at my own pace, but also learned in a group which was often more fun and cooperative.

 

Five weeks flew by and I found myself taking the bullet train to Beijing and my new school. The summer was coming to an end and my classmates changed from college students to travelling professionals. Over the course of my trip, my classmates ranged from a 17 year old Spanish girl starting college that autumn to a 68 year old former German diplomat who had worked in the Beijing Embassy. I’m glad I chose to go to Beijing because, though Shanghai is amazing and looks like something out of a sci-fi movie, Beijing has all of the classic sights and so much history! My classes were once again excellent. Instead of hot weather, we commiserated about how crazy the subway was in the mornings.

Maggie and her classmates in Beijing.

Maggie and her classmates in Beijing.

Chengde was again a big change and a great experience. Chengde is different because there is no actual school location and all classes are individual. That being said, my homestay was great and I saw huge improvement in my Chinese. In my 5 weeks there I saw 3 other foreigners. It really is a true immersion, and after my first week I was tired using all Chinese all the time. But after a week I started to become comfortable. I would recommend Chengde to anyone looking to focus on their Chinese culture and language study, because the isolation forced me to stop using English speaking classmates and independently work on my Chinese.

All in all, I have had a great experience at LTL. I leave China with a new skill, friends from all over the world, and the ability to live and travel comfortably in one of the biggest, most influential countries in the world. Thank you LTL for an amazing language and cultural experience!

To find out more about Maggie’s experience with LTL you can watch her video interview she kindly offered to take part in. She discusses the Multi City program in further detail alongside her other experiences as she studied Chinese throughout China.

Carsten Testimony for LTL
Carsten
Denmark
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I am now about to start my 4th year at this school. If you have 1-on-1 classes, you can organise the classes as you wish. I have 15 hours a week with 2 different teachers. Having 2 teachers gives me different input.

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Carsten Testimony for LTL
Carsten
Denmark

If you are planning on learning Chinese in China I would like to draw your attention to the LTL School in Beijing.

The best recommendation I can give is that I am now about to start my 4th year at this school. In the summer of 2015, I had decided to go to China to study Mandarin. I contacted 13 language schools in Beijing. LTL got back to me very quickly and with all the answers to my questions about the school which convinced me that this school was very likely to suit my needs. I’m pleased to say I was not disappointed.

I studied Mandarin before, at both a big state-run university and a private language school. Classes ranged from 4 to 23 students. This was not a formula that suited me.

Before contacting the various language schools I had already decided that I wanted one-to-one classes and that I didn’t want to use text books but just discussing various subjects with my teachers. That was not a problem as one of LTL’s strong points is its flexibility. Whether you want one-to-one classes or to be in a class with other students. You can have classes at the school premises or at your place. You can have classes during day time, in the evening or during weekends this can always be arranged.

If you have 1-on-1 classes, you can organise the Chinese classes as you wish. I have 15 hours a week with 2 different teachers. This really is an advantage as having 2 teachers gives me different input, ideas and feed-back which is very valuable. The teaching atmosphere is very relaxed but also very efficient.

I am happy to say that I can, without any hesitation, give my best recommendation to LTL.

Franzi Testimony for LTL
Franzi
Germany
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I really liked that the lessons were entertaining or not after the lesson book was done alone but entertaining and easy. Working with native speakers has helped my listening skills.

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Franzi Testimony for LTL
Franzi
Germany

I had previously studied Chinese as an optional subject at the University for two years in Germany. After my graduation, I wanted to go to China for a while to improve. In particular I wanted to work on my listening comprehension which was often neglected in my university course with about 15-20 students. After my arrival in Beijing, my worst fears came true, I did not understand a word…! The pronunciation of the real Chinese is very different from the perfectly pronounced recordings I had learned at home.

Franzi at a house party with her classmates after Chinese class

Franzi at a house party with her class mates after Chinese class

I had opted for the intensive course and thus I had four daily lessons in a small group (with four Italians) and then two hours of private lessons. Looking back, I underestimated how exhausting six hours of lessons are in one go (in such a small group or even alone). For the last few hours, I used to be a bit tired and heavy-handed, but luckily my teachers adapted to my pace of learning. I really liked that the lessons were entertaining.

In addition, I had decided to take the exam for an official language certificate (HSK3) in Beijing. I feared the “listening comprehension part” of the exam and I toyed several times with the idea of giving up and resigning from the exam. Luckily, my teachers had a lot of understanding and faith in me. They rebuilt me and systematically prepared me for the exam. Although I walked calmly, but not very self-assured, I took the HSK test. For me, coping with the test anxiety was a big step forward. Unfortunately, I do not have the result of my test now, but I am confident and feel that it went well.

Working with native speakers has helped my listening skills both at school and in everyday life. I still do not understand everything spoken in Chinese (even if I have to know the vocabulary), but compared to the first day, my understanding has improved a lot.

In everyday life I can make myself understand one way or another. I’m sad that time has gone so fast. Here I had not only made linguistic progress but also met many nice people and made friends. I will continue to work on my knowledge of Chinese and, if time permits, I will gladly return to China one day.

Stuart Testimony for LTL
Stuart
Australia
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When I arrived to Shanghai, after organizing the program with LTL, we started classes and they were really great! My teacher was amazing, we really clicked! That’s always a good feeling

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Stuart Testimony for LTL
Stuart
Australia

My name is Stuart, I’m from Australia but my parents are from South Korea. I studied medicine in university, and wanted to go with my friends to China to do a Chinese study program. While Googling for places to study, I found the LTL website. Me and my friends decided to search a bit more, and found that LTL had a lot of reviews! One amazing review site listed 25 reviews with really high ratings. I then called the school and talked with the school director, and he got me really impressed. The guy seems like he really knew his stuff, not to mention he also sounded very interested in helping me learn Mandarin, regardless of coming to this school or not. That’s a great feeling : )

When I arrived to Shanghai, after organizing the program with LTL, we started classes and they were really good! My teacher was amazing, we clicked instantly! We were having an Individual 1on1 program, and it was organized well, and my teacher also hung out with us after class, so it was really easy to make friends with her. The environment of the school was really great. We had a lot of fun LTL dinners, and the social presence of the school director really rocks! The atmosphere was very casual, which felt very welcoming, and I enjoyed hanging out and talking with the staff after and in-between classes.

I can say that originally I didn’t want to go to Shanghai. Shanghai didn’t win me over, LTL did!

I definitely want to come back and study again at LTL if I’m able to 🙂

Zoe Testimony for LTL
Zoe
UK
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I attended class 2 times a week in the evening, but I felt my language, and most importantly my confidence with the Chinese language improved. I hope to go back to the school.

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Zoe Testimony for LTL
Zoe
UK

In 2017 I had recently moved to China and wanted to kick-start my Chinese language learning, mainly concentrating on speaking and practical use. LTL certainly did not disappoint! They were extremely flexible with my not-so-flexible work schedule, and I was even able to join onto a course half-way through. My job demands regular changes to my schedule so the fact LTL adhered to this was just ideal for me.

Zoe with three classmates at a party in Beijing

Party time in Beijing

It was a group course, but often it turned out that I was the only student, so I also got some one-on-one practice with my teacher, Lucy. I attended class 2 times a week in the evening, but I felt my language, and most importantly my confidence with the Chinese language improved. 

Lucy structured lessons based on life in Beijing, and she would structure learning materials around my level. We would also only speak in Chinese (when possible!) meaning it was great language immersion. By the end of it I didn’t want the lessons to be over! 

I hope to go back to the school in a few more months for another language boost. 

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