Learn Mandarin in China with our small group classes open to all ages and all nationalities!
Enjoy first rate group classes with our fully certified, expert teachers who are experienced in getting the best out of our students. We keep our groups small with no more than six students per class and an average of less than three students per class.
Enjoy learning Mandarin whilst making friends from around the world.
Groups classes for any level and any age
Fully certified, experienced teachers
Diverse, interesting Chinese lessons
Classes no bigger than six students
55 minutes per lesson
You will develop strong friendships as well as enhanced Mandarin skills. Our small group courses will focus on all elements of Mandarin. Speaking, listening, reading and writing are all covered so you’ll have all bases covered.
The Best Teachers
Experience – Our teachers have it in abundance Qualified – All teachers hold University degrees in teaching Chinese Diverse – Experts at teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening Bond – Our teachers and students build strong bonds generally
Part of the Family
Social Events – Join our busy social schedule and meet other students Classmates – Learn Mandarin in China with your new friends Explore – Discover Shanghai and speak Chinese all the time Lunch Club – Share stories and talk Chinese together
Speak up – Every student in a group gets the chance to have their say Small Class – Groups are small meaning your progress is faster Flexibility – Study Chinese for two weeks or a year, you decide 1 on 1 Tuition – Add on 1-on-1 classes to speed up progression
No hidden fees – All tuition is included in the price Included – Learning materials, text books, it’s all inclusive 55 minutes – Every class is 55 minutes filled with quality teaching No classes lost – Get every class you pay for even for public holidays
Learn Mandarin in Shanghai – What They Said
Learn Mandarin in China – Courses in Shanghai
Our very popular small group courses are a great way to push your Mandarin to the next level.
You will enjoy top class teaching and a great mix of friends whilst you learn Mandarin in China. Lessons are flexible and will never be the same.
Enjoy reading, writing, speaking and listening so your Chinese progresses in all areas. Our Chinese course in Shanghai covers all bases.
All lessons last for 55 minutes and your class will consist of 2-6 students in total.
The average number of students in a class is less than 3.
Lessons are split into 70% oral and 30% reading and writing. This means you learn all the crucial elements you need to progress fastest.
Standard (20 hours per week)
Our standard course is quite simply 20 hours of Chinese study a week, 5 x 4 hours each day.
There will be anything between 2-6 students in your class, the average though is less than 3.
4 hours of Chinese a day
2-6 students per class
Intensive (30 hours per week)
Our intensive course simply adds on two hours of class per day, which are taught individually.
This gives you a chance to review everything you picked up in the group lesson beforehand.
6 hours of Chinese a day
Firstly, 4 hours of group class
Secondly, 2 hours of 1-on-1 class
The Dream Team – The LTL Teachers
We really believe our teachers are the best in the business. Fully qualified, experienced and great fun.
It’s not easy to become a teacher at LTL.
The process of selection is difficult so you can rest assured the teachers we have on board are the best Shanghai has to offer.
We regularly see students come to China with no Chinese language experience, and go away fully equipped to tackle anything China has to offer. Without the best teachers this isn’t possible
Learn Mandarin in Shanghai – 2020-21 Starting Dates
27 April 2020
18 May 2020
08 June 2020
29 June 2020
13 July 2020
27 July 2020
10 August 2020
24 August 2020
21 September 2020
12 October 2020
02 November 2020
23 November 2020
14 December 2020
11 January 2021
01 February 2021
22 February 2021
15 March 2021
12 April 2021
26 April 2021
17 May 2021
07 June 2021
28 June 2021
12 July 2021
26 July 2021
09 August 2021
23 August 2021
13 September 2021
04 October 2021
01 November 2021
13 December 2021
Learn Mandarin in China – Prices
NOTE – All prices are listed in Chinese Yuan
Standard (20h group)
Intensive (20h group + 10h 1-on-1)
Prices shown in Chinese Yuan (CNY/RMB)
All our prices are listed in CNY (Chinese Yuan) but you are welcome to pay in any other currency.
There are no hidden charges either. No registration fees, no processing fees and no extra text book fees. For accommodation options visit our Shanghai Accommodation options page.
We also offer a special discount if you book your Chinese course over the Christmas period. More details of this can be found via our Discounts and Supplements page.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How many students per class?
The number can range from two to six students per class.
We never go above six and the average is under three students per class.
Can I request a certain teacher?
Our Director of Studies will aim to place you in the best possible class which includes the right teacher(s) and the right classmates based on your current level.
That said, if you have a certain preference of teacher please speak to us and we can see if this is possible.
What is a typical class schedule?
You will receive a schedule from our Director of Studies before the course begins.
Our classrooms are a comfortable and modern place to study Mandarin in China.
Our Shanghai centre can boast bright and spacious classrooms. All facilities you’d expect are included such as tables, chairs and whiteboard. Air Conditioning is included in all classrooms for the warmer summer months and heating for the cooler winter months.
Do I receive homework?
You will yes but this only speeds up progression.
Ultimately students at LTL are here because they want to be. Students are driven and want to learn Chinese in China, therefore they understand this only helps progression when studying Mandarin.
Do I learn Chinese characters?
You certainly will.
The main focus on the course is speaking and listening but roughly 30% of the course will focus on reading characters and writing them. As our syllabus is modern we focus a lot of our character classes on recognition via reading.
Where is LTL Shanghai?
Our Shanghai Centre is right in the heart of the former French Concession.
Our nearestMetro stop is South Shaanxi Road Exit 7. From there it is a short walk to the centre.
How fast can I expect to progress?
It can progress as fast as you want it to progress.
Ultimately a lot depends on what you do outside of the classroom. As a general guideline, a complete beginner can reach HSK1 in two to four weeks. HSK2 can take roughly two months and this will involve basic conversation. Five to Seven months for HSK4 which will include more in depth conversations and fluency can be achieved in a year.
TIPS –Living in a Homestay, speaking Chinese after class and making Chinese friends also play huge factors in the ultimately speed of fluency.
Can I switch classes?
Yes. We will speak to our Director of Studies to fit you into a more suitable class if this is necessary.
What can I do in Shanghai?
A city with over 25 million people, it’s not exactly somewhere you get bored!
"Having heard lots of positive feedback I decided to give it a go. I’d recommend this kind of class to anyone who wishes to come to China and learn the language. The classes are small and intimate, you can develop friendships as you study the language. Thanks LTL."
"The teachers quickly helped me refresh my speaking skills and I progressed rapidly. I am extremely happy with the level I was able to obtain in only 2 weeks of study with LTL. Beyond the excellent instruction, what makes LTL special is its student community."
"I finally decided for LTL, not only because of the small group classes but also because of the after class activities with other students which made it so attractive for me. My group with two students was very small, which made the study nice and smooth."
My name is Jasmine and I’m from Italy. I wanted to study Chinese in China and having heard lots of positive feedback about LTL I decided to give it a go. My friend studied here before and that was really important for me. I didn’t have a huge preference on Beijing or Shanghai, I just wanted to study and learn the language.
Jasmine and three of her classmates at a cafe
I didn’t really suffer from any pre-China nerves and my first few days were relaxed and comfortable. The airport pickup was so useful and my driver was actually really funny! It takes any hassle away of fighting for taxi’s and they take you straight to your accommodation.
The program I joined was the Small Group Classes. I had a number of teachers, four overall, but they were all brilliant, I was really happy with them. I really liked them and the different methods they used. I couldn’t pick a favourite, they were very accommodating and friendly. I was keen to learn so I had many questions every lesson but they always had time for me and they satisfied my requests every time. I really appreciate that and I wish to thank them for helping me improve.
I’d recommend this kind of class to anyone who wishes to come to China and learn the language. The classes are small and intimate and you can develop friendships as you study the language. Thanks LTL and the staff for a great experience.
I discovered LTL through their excellent reviews on Tripadvisor and other websites. I was already planning to travel to Shanghai to visit a friend and to make the most of the trip, I enrolled in a two week small group class combined with private lessons.
Callie and her friend in Shanghai
I had four teachers who used a combination of immersion and bilingual teaching methods. Although I had studied Mandarin Chinese almost 10 years earlier, it had been several years since I had last studied in Shanghai. The teachers quickly helped me refresh my speaking skills and I progressed rapidly. I am extremely happy with the level I was able to obtain in only 2 weeks of study with LTL.
My accommodation was conveniently located just 20 minutes walk from the school. I enjoyed walking to class each morning and using my language skills to order breakfast on the way. The school and my accommodation were well-located in a very popular area of the French Concession. There were many restaurants and shops to enjoy after class.
Beyond the excellent instruction, what makes LTL special is its student community. I enjoyed meeting other students with diverse backgrounds and nationalities. The school fosters a very collaborative learning environment and offers many opportunities for you to get to know your peers. The Wednesday group dinners are a must!
I already studied a little bit Chinese, and now I wanted to improve my basics. Since I have been to Shanghai already and liked it a lot, this time I wanted to attend a language school. The variety of schools made a decision very hard. So I finally decided for LTL, not only because of the small group classes but also because of the after class activities with other students which made it so attractive for me.
Henri – LTL Shanghai
The package was four hours a day, on five days a week. My group with two students was very small, which made the study nice and smooth. Later I even added another 1-on-1 class (single lesson). After all I had class with three different teachers, who were all very professional and designed the lesson according to my knowledge. We practiced both, the speaking and writing with Pinyin and Hanzi. Hanzi is quite difficult, I had some problems but never the less it’s a lot of fun.
I could improve my Chinese so far, that I was able to come along in Shanghai very well. Although many Chinese speak the Shanghainese dialect which is a little tricky, but when you once got it, and you can have simple conversations with Chinese, you can easily find new friends. That’s what i did, also thanks to the promised after class activities from LTL.
It was very versatile and started with visiting different restaurant to learn more about Chinese food and ended with nice movie night, of course with original Chinese movies. The Language Mix I liked most, where people from all over the world gather in a nice Café and talk in all kinds of languages (mostly Chinese of course). You can meet many different people and improve your Chinese listening comprehension a lot. After all you can have a nice stay in Shanghai.
The six weeks went by so fast, so that I’d like to add another one or two month. Unfortunately I have not enough time and so I hope to come back to Shanghai soon.