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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.

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.

  • 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

IN SHANGHAI NOW? We’ve got some specialist Chinese courses for students in Shanghai now.

The Best Teachers

Experience – Our teachers have it in abundance
Qualified – All teachers hold University degrees in teaching
Diverse – Experts at reading, writing, speaking and listening
Bond – Our teachers and students build strong bonds generally

Part of the Family

Social Events – Join our busy but fun social schedule
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

Gain Confidence

Speak up – Every student gets the chance to speak
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

Excellent Value

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
No classes lost – Get every class you pay for, even the holidays


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.

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
  • Monday-Friday
  • 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

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.


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.

Generally small group classes in Beijing, Shanghai, and Taipei run from 10am-12pm, a one-hour lunch break and then 1pm-3pm.

What are the classrooms like?

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 nearest Metro 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!

We put together a short guide on some alternative things to do besides the obvious.

I’d recommend this kind of class to anyone who wishes to come to China and learn the language. As the classes are small, you can develop friendships. Thanks LTL.

– Jasmine from Italy


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 from Germany


The teachers quickly helped me refresh my speaking skills and I progressed rapidly. Beyond the excellent instruction, what makes LTL special is its student community.

– Callie from the US


My experience has been really positive. The content of the course as well as the teachers were really good. Thanks for my time with you LTL Team, I will be back 🙂

– Laura from Sweden


The teacher’s explanations were very clear, and the lessons were truly tailored to what I was looking for. I had an absolutely fantastic two weeks at LTL Shanghai!

– Melissa from the US


The community between the students and teachers is great so you can quickly find people to talk to, get information about the city or help with any other topic.

– Johannes from Germany



Our student advisor will reach you within 24 hours and get your course booked up in no time.