Group Chinese Course in Beijing

A Chinese course in Beijing at LTL means an average of three students per class, fun learning, experienced teachers and a relaxed study environment. Our small group classes are the most popular Chinese course choice at our Beijing school and the program is designed to get you to improve you Mandarin skills as fast as possible.

The small group classes can also be combined with studying additional individual Mandarin lessons in the afternoons.

Teacher and five students inside a classroom smiling to the camera

  • Great teachers
  • Fun & interactive courses
  • Average of three students
  • Maximum of six students
  • 20 lessons a week
  • 55 minutes each lesson
  • Make friends for life
  • Join the LTL Community
  • Great Teachers

    Great Teachers

    LTL teachers: professional, certified, qualified - and really fun!
    Speak: students speak and practice their Mandarin during their lessons
    Fun: little stories, games and jokes make learning Chinese interesting
    Experienced: LTL teachers have at least five years of teaching experience

  • Small Group Classes

    Small Group Classes

    Small classes: average of three students per class
    Never big classes: guaranteed maximum class size of six per class
    Practice: in a small class everyone gets to speak and practice
    Flexible: study for a week, a whole year or any other duration

  • Make Friends

    Make Friends

    Classmates: study Chinese with other students from all over the world
    Sociable: get to know your classmates and teachers after class
    Community: join the LTL lunch club, school dinners or Friday school drinks
    China hands: LTL students want to explore China and learn Mandarin quickly

  • Our School

    Our School

    Great location: study in the heart of the Central Business District
    Support: LTL staff in Beijing available 24/7 for help and support

    Refreshments: Free tea, coffee and beer available at school

    Learn, relax and enjoy: everyone is very chilled here at LTL Beijing

Small Group Chinese course in Beijing

A small group class consists of 20 Mandarin lessons per week. Each lesson lasts 55 minutes and courses can be as short as a week or last up to a year – this is completely up to you. Our small group Chinese courses focus on spoken Mandarin, but reading and writing skills are of course are also part of it. If you are a complete beginner you can start your course on any of our starting dates (see below). If you already studied some Chinese previously – it does not matter how much – you can start on any Monday of the year.

Chinese Course in Beijing – 2019 Start Dates

LTL is very flexible and if you studied Chinese already previously you can start your small group course on any Monday of the year. If you are a complete beginner, you can start your language course on:

  • 14 January 2019
  • 11 February 2019
  • 04 March 2019
  • 25 March 2019
  • 15 April 2019
  • 06 May 2019
  • 27 May 2019
  • 27 May 2019
  • 17 June 2019
  • 01 July 2019
  • 15 July 2019
  • 29 July 2019
  • 12 August 2019
  • 26 August 2019
  • 26 August 2019
  • 16 September 2019
  • 08 October 2019
  • 28 October 2019
  • 18 November 2019
  • 09 December 2019
  • 30 December 2019

Chinese Course in Beijing – Prices (Chinese Yuan)

Class Small Group Small Group & Individual
Duration 20h group  20h group & 10h 1-on-1
1 week 2,296 4,658
2 weeks 4,480 9,089
3 weeks 6,557 13,300
4 weeks 8,529 17,301
5 weeks 10,401 21,099
6 weeks 12,117 24,701
7 weeks 13,860 28,115
8 weeks 15,453 31,348
9 weeks 16,961 34,407
10 weeks 18,386 37,297
11 weeks 19,731 40,026
12 weeks 21,000 42,600
13/52 wks 1,750 / wk 3,550 / wk

All prices in CNY. It is also possible to pay in Euros, USD, GBP, CND, AUD, JPY and SWF based on the Bank of China exchange rate at the day.

No hidden charges!

At LTL there are never any extra charges for your course. There is no registration fee, no processing fee or anything like this. All the textbooks and study materials for your course are already included in the price.

What Our Students Say

Jean-Paul Testimony for LTL
Texas, USA
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I decided to sign up for the Small Group Classes with some individual as well, at LTL Beijing. I really enjoyed the group ones and the diversity of each teacher was useful for learning the language.

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Jean-Paul Testimony for LTL
Texas, USA

Jean Paul and his homestay sister

Jean Paul and his homestay sister

11 weeks at LTL have flown by and it’s been a great experience that I’d recommend. If you are on the fence, just make the jump.

I decided to sign up for the Small Group Classes with some individual as well, at LTL Beijing. My Chinese lessons were great fun. I really enjoyed the group ones and the diversity of each teacher was useful for learning the language. Overall I had three different teachers. They were great and each excelled in their own little areas. The group classes I actually found more fun than an activity or learning. You build up strong rapports with your teacher and your classmates that it makes it genuine fun.

You learn about more than just the language as well. Culture is a big thing in China and you are taught that accordingly which comes in really handy in real life situations.

Lunch at the LTL Beijing roof top

Lunch at the LTL Beijing roof top

This was useful for my homestay, you get to understand the differences between living in China and the west. It took me some time to figure out if he family were arguing or just conversing with each other! The lessons and day to day living mean you get to grips with this quickly.

There’s never a dull moment in China and I’ll be looking at coming back to LTL to try and achieve the HSK 6 in the future.

Frederic Testimony for LTL
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

At LTL I was in a small group of four people. We were all at a similar level but from different nationalities and ages which provided for a great mix. It turned out to be a great choice for me.

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Frederic Testimony for LTL

At LTL I chose the small group classes. It turned out to be a great choice for me. Before the start of the classes my level in Chinese was very low. I had some group classes (in very large groups of 20 persons) many years ago in Belgium. At LTL I was in a small group of four people. We were all at a similar level but from different nationalities and ages which provided for a great mix. There was one German, a Briton and an American. This made it really fun because we could compare how each person would say or do things in their own country, or help each other out when needed.

Teacher Lucy and four students in a classroomEach weekday we had a four hour class, two hours in the morning and two more with a lunch break in between. It’s perfect because you don’t feel too tired after each session. During lunch break we ate together and discussed some of the things we’d just learned.
The teacher follows a handbook to teach us the basics in Chinese which is exactly what I needed compared to my starting level. Besides that she also did a lot of preparations such as pictures, particular exercises and role-plays.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays we learned about the Chinese characters (structure, strokes, radicals,…). I really liked the stories behind some of them. For example, I’ll never forget the story behind the word ‘lake’. There’s the ‘water’ radical and the ‘moon’ radical in it referring to the ancient Chinese who went to the lake to watch the moon over the water.
Large group of people sitting around a table in a restaurant Our teacher also made sure that there was enough room for personal accents and questions. For me it was definitely the pronunciation (‘b’ and ‘p’) so she made me repeat a lot of times and I finally got it right!

In general she really encouraged us to speak, read and write. After each class she gave us some homework. Most of the time it was to help us review what we’d learned that day.
So in conclusion I would say that I’ve made real progress. A lot faster than I would have in Belgium and on top of that learned a lot about the local culture and habits and met some great people as well. I can’t wait to go back for a second time. Thank you LTL and xiexie laoshi!

Franziska Testimony for LTL
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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.

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Franziska Testimony for LTL

Previously, I had studied Chinese as an optional subject at the University for two years back home in Germany. After graduating, I wanted to go to China to improve my Chinese. In particular I wanted to work on my listening comprehension which was often neglected in my university course as there were more students, around 20 overall.

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.

Group of students in a resturant eating Beijing Roast duck

Beijing Roast Duck in Beijing

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

I also 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.

Franziska in a group photo at a house party

Franzi and her fellow students in Beijing

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which group will I be put into?

Before you start your course with LTL our Director of Studies will do a free assessment test with you to determine your level. If you are not in Beijing yet, this can be done via Skype, WhatsApp or phone. This is not an exam or anything like this, but simply a relaxed conversation to help us to understand your Mandarin level and place you in an appropriate class. You can do the assessment at any time you want, but we recommend doing it two to four weeks before you start your Chinese course in China.

Do you teach Chinese characters?

Yes of course we do. The focus of our classes however is on spoken Chinese and spoken Mandarin classes make up 70% of the course, while Chinese characters are taught for the remaining 30%.

What time are the classes?

Class times can vary a bit, but normally our small group class courses start at 10am, finish at 3pm and have a one hour lunch break from 12pm to 1pm.

Can I switch classes?

Yes you can. Subject to availability it is possible to switch to a higher or lower level class if you prefer to do so.

How do I sign up?

Have a look at our how to sign up infographic. Likewise, just send us an email by visiting the contact section at the top right of the page and let us know when you want to study and we can have you booked up today.

Who will be my classmates?

LTL students come from all over the world, with a wide variety of backgrounds, age ranges and language skills. Some students come as beginners and spend their Gap Year in China to achieve full fluency while others only come for their vacation to freshen up their Mandarin skills. So while you will meet a lot of different people at LTL, everyone here has the same passion: China and it’s language. We are a community of new China enthusiasts and old China hands who want to learn Chinese quickly, immerse themselves into this culture and make new friends on the way.

Where will I eat lunch?

As we are located in the middle of the Central Business District there is an almost endless choice of restaurants around our school. From spicy Sichuan to local Beijing, Italian, Korean or Japanese you can find pretty much any kind of cuisine here. Or you can just join our LTL lunch club where students and teachers eat lunch together either on our school rooftop or indoor lunch area. Everyone shares the food Chinese style, we order from a different restaurant every day and share the cost together. Great for meeting other students and a relaxed lunch break as your food will be ready right after class. The cost is usually between 20 to 25 CNY per person.

How much Chinese will I be able to learn?

While language progress of course differs for each person, we are very proud of the speed that we get our students ahead. For the small group course a complete beginner usually knows survival Chinese to get around within two to four weeks (HSK1), can have basic conversations after two months (HSK2), more complex conversations after five to seven (HSK 4) and can reach fluency within a year (HSK 5 to 6). Students who live with a Chinese Homestay, choose the small group & individual classes or take part in the Chinese Immersion Program, progress faster than those who don’t.

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