LTL Mandarin School believes to learn the language you have to live the language. Learning Chinese requires full immersion in China's language and culture from the moment you arrive in China. Our Chinese Language School in Beijing will give you all the right tools to excel fast.
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Study Chinese with the LTL Semester Program in Beijing. Achieve fluency with LTL Mandarin School with our intensive semester program which lasts 18 weeks for a discounted price.
A unique and once in a lifetime opportunity to study Chinese whilst living on, and exploring the Great Wall of China. Enjoy local food, living in a farmhouse and unearthing beautiful areas of the wall whilst studying Mandarin.
The most flexible Chinese study program in Beijing, this LTL program allows you to study Mandarin anywhere in the city, at any time. You can schedule classes with only six hours’ notice and cancel up to two hours before, at no charge.
Are you only interested in speaking Chinese? You can learn quickly with the Spoken Only Chinese program at LTL Beijing. In these classes only oral Chinese is taught – no Chinese reading or writing skills.
What our students say about LTL
"I had to get used to the teacher speaking Chinese all the time, it was a little difficult in the beginning but I ended up really liking teaching method. It really helps you learn faster and improve your Chinese. It was comforting to have a nice school to go to."
This was my first time in China, and there was a lot to get used to. The city, the culture, the people, and even the way to teach and learn were all new to me. I have to admit I was a bit worried and I was thinking about how things would be like.
There was no need to worry though, as everything was nice and smooth. Something I had to get used to in class was the teacher speaking Chinese all the time, it was a little difficult in the beginning but by the third day I really began to appreciate it. It really helps you learn faster and improve your Chinese. I ended up really liking the teachers teaching method.
Beijing is a big city, lots to see and do but it can also feel a little chaotic. It was comforting to have a nice school to go to, everything was fine!
"My host family and their dog were extremely welcoming, and I immediately felt like a member of their home. It's amazing what six hours of class a day compounded with constant Chinese at home can do."
I was looking for an immersive Chinese program, something, despite the language’s importance, is particularly hard to find in the U.S. I kept finding cultural immersion programs, where kids would do Kung Fu and things like that all day and fully academic programs that students described as a type of prison… After poking around the internet, my mom was actually the one that found LTL. It was really a eureka moment for us because it really seemed like it allowed students to be serious learners while still having fun. While the flight, homestay and classes did add up, it was exactly what I was looking for.
When I finally arrived my first few days in China were really cool. It was a lot to get used to, with 12 hours of jet lag, but I was immediately thrown into Beijing life when I biked with some of the LTL staff to school. I bike to school everyday, but this was just a whole new level of intensity — there were so many bikes and there was purely bike traffic! There was just such a wide variety of people, from women in high heels holding their phone and umbrella while biking at 20+ mph to old men whose favorite activity seemed to be ringing their bike bell at literally everything in sight.
My host family and their dog were extremely welcoming, and I immediately felt like a member of their home. We went out to dinner, Yunnanese food actually, and I was really excited until I realized I couldn’t read the menu! I was okay though, they helped me out. There was a welcome breakfast at the school where I got to meet all of the new students and start making friends.
Classes were engaging and I interesting. I ended up getting placed in a class that was a bit above my Chinese level, but it was okay, I caught up quickly. It’s amazing what six hours of class a day compounded with constant Chinese at home can do. All the other students were so welcoming and nice. And within a couple days, it almost felt like I’d always been there. They moved promptly enough to make progress, but not too fast as to limit my retention. Especially in one on one classes, it really moved exactly how I wanted it to move. If I was really feeling the urge to push ahead, sometimes my teacher and I could do 2 lessons a day. Or, if I felt like being more relaxed, we could just have a conversation. My teacher and I could talk for literally hours about anything from the animals in the Everglades to Mao Zedong to her friends and my friends to a southern breakfast. If you can explain what grits are in Chinese, you know you’re getting better. Classes were concise and to the point.
"My class consisted of just three students, including me. The pace of learning was rapid, but that was not a problem. We could always ask and the teachers who adapted the lessons to suit. I want to thank you for the wonderful two weeks!"
My time at LTL Mandarin School
First of all, I must admit that I had expected something completely different from Beijing and also from LTL Mandarin School. Beijing was, in my mind a state-of-the-art metropolis full of technology and skyscrapers. LTL Mandarin School itself was a bit like a small and intimate university. Many students from all over the world would come to study the Chinese language together.
The fact that my ideas absolutely did not correspond to reality, was already evident in the breakfast on the first day. From the first moment I was impressed by the warm, familiar atmosphere, which had no resemblance to my fear of perhaps, a colder community. Andreas, about ten other new students and I sat together in a small Chinese restaurant, talked and shared plates full of Chinese ravioli, noodles and soup.
Beijing itself is not as up-to-date in most places as you would imagine. It’s a really diverse city. Modern areas are growing year on year but it still has a very traditional feel to it. Everywhere there are tiny, local Chinese shops, supermarkets and restaurants. Street vendors, free-roaming dogs and unusual two or three wheeled vehicles weave in amongst the chaotic traffic.
LTL School and Homestay
My class consisted of just three students, including me. The pace of learning was rapid, but that was not a problem. We could always ask and the teachers who adapted the lessons to suit us.
I will never forget our daily walks to the supermarket around the corner, to buy an ice cream that was barely a few cents! Even at school there was a soft ice cream machine! I learned Chinese cooking with my host family and the calligraphy teacher became more of a friend than a teacher.
On my last day at the LTL Mandarin School, the director of studies, Angela, said good-bye to me and said that I would always be welcome to come to her again.
LTL team, I want to thank you for the wonderful two weeks! I hope that I can come to Beijing once more and learn Mandarin with you.
“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. They were very friendly”
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.
The multi-city program seemed perfect as I could experience both Shanghai and Beijing and thus see two different sides of China.
I read a lot about Beijing beforehand and to be able to see it with my own two eyes was incredible. There is so much to see and do in Beijing that I couldn’t possible see and do everything. I feel Beijing really represents China.
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.