Private Chinese Classes in Beijing

LTL Mandarin private Chinese classes in Beijing are taught according to each individual student’s needs and requirements.

That means your teacher can fully focus on your challenges and tailor the lesson to your needs.

Whether it’s improving tones, getting your spoken Mandarin up or studying grammar, every second of the class is designed just for you.

Before you start your course you will do a free Chinese language assessment with our Director of Studies where we will learn more about your Mandarin level, specific requirements and challenges.

Based on this we will design an individual study plan for you, making sure we factor in exactly the requests you specified.

Marco in Chinese Class

  • Study Chinese in Beijing
  • Great, certified teachers
  • Individual study plan
  • Rapid language progress
  • Free Assessment
  • Structured & fun lessons
  • Be a part of the LTL Community
  • Best way to learn Chinese
  • Discover Beijing in your spare time
  • Upgrade your course with our Safari/Discover programs

We genuinely believe this is the most flexible, and best tailored Mandarin course you will come across!

  • Our Teachers

    Our Teachers

    Our teachers: the best Mandarin instructors Beijing has to offer
    Experienced: our teachers have at least 5 years of teaching experience
    Certified: hold a BSc or MSc in “Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language”
    Fun & professional: we guide you, while making class fun and interesting

  • Tailored to You

    Tailored to You

    Individual: lessons tailored to your needs and learning speed
    No one size fits all: textbooks, topics and materials chosen just for you
    Free assessment: together with you we will decide what to focus on
    Speed: speed up or slow down the pace according to your needs

  • Our School

    Our School

    Meet people: easy to meet other students at school and school events
    A family: LTL will be your home away from home
    Our Lunch Club: join the LTL lunch club for great food and conversation
    Personal: we are big enough to be professional, yet small enough to care

  • Learn Fast

    Learn Fast

    Quick progress: individual lessons are the fastest way to learn Mandarin
    Intensive: 20 or 30 hours of Mandarin per week will get you ahead fast
    Great value: each Mandarin lesson lasts a full 55 minutes
    Never lose classes: if there is a holiday your classes will be made up

Private Chinese Lessons Beijing

For full time students we offer three different individual class programs and you can choose between the Standard Individual, Intensive Individual and the Small Group & Individual program options.

The Standard Individual course includes 20 hours of lessons per week, whereas the Intensive Individual course includes 30. The Small Group & Individual course combines 20 hours of our Chinese small group course with 10 hours of individual Mandarin tuition a week.

Your Mandarin program will be specially designed and tailored according to your needs. To better understand what you are looking for our Director of Studies will do a free assessment with you before your course.

This can be done via Skype, phone, WhatsApp or in person at our Beijing school. It is not an exam or test, but simply a chat designed to help us to understand your current level, what you are looking for, and what your challenges might be. Based on this we will then design a personal Mandarin study plan, choose an appropriate teacher and study materials for you.

All of this will be ready for you on the first day when you start your course in Beijing.

Note: The cost of all textbook and study materials is already included in the course price.

Private Chinese Classes – Starting Dates

You can start your individual Chinese course in Beijing on any Monday of the year. It can last for a few weeks, several months or a whole year – this is completely up to you.

Our Chinese teachers

Meet the LTL Teachers

The most important part for a successful Chinese course and learning Mandarin quickly is of course your teacher.

For us our teachers are our school’s most important asset and the main reason LTL has done so well during the last decade.

Our selection process is accordingly rigorous. To be able to apply for a full time teaching position at LTL, an applicant needs to be a certified Chinese language instructor, speak fluent English and already have significant Chinese teaching experience.

Teachers who meet these requirements then will go through a rigorous selection process, including a series of interviews, trial classes and grammar exams followed by a three months trial period where we make sure that our teaching standards are fully met.

While this is quite a long and difficult process, those teachers who make it on our full time teaching team are well paid, fully insured and can develop their teaching career with us long term.

We are very proud of the good work conditions we provide our teaching staff with and even prouder that since the founding of LTL very few teachers left our school and all of them did so because they were moving to another city or had started a family and decided to take a break from work.

However, as we provide full maternity benefits, most of our teachers come back after having a child to work with us. Check out the “LTL Babies” wall in our school office for a few very cute pictures.

However, we believe all that work is worth it. As a professional Chinese instructor, your teacher will be able to tailor your Mandarin lessons to your individual needs, explain complex grammar concepts clearly and guide you on your Chinese learning journey.

Being able to speak fluent English also helps to explain some of the more complex Chinese grammar rules, though we do very much focus on making sure during classes Mandarin is used whenever possible. And of course a good teacher knows how to make a lesson fun and interesting, for example by teaching you a Chinese joke or story to relax when your brain needs a bit of a rest after an intensive Chinese character studying session.

There is no better way to learn a language than to enjoy it.

Private Chinese Lessons – Prices (Chinese Yuan) 

Below you find the prices for a selection of popular course durations. However, it is possible to study for any other duration you choose to too. You can find the full LTL price list here (link to our full pricing pdf, without year dates)

Duration % OFF Standard Individual
(20h 1-on-1)
Intensive Individual
(30h 1-on-1)
Group & Individual
(20h group & 10h 1-on-1)
1 wk 0% 4,855 7,282 4,789
2 wks -2% 9,473 14,209 9,345
3 wks -5% 13,862 20,794 13,675
4 wks -7% 18,032 27,049 17,789
5 wks -9% 21,991 32,986 21,694
6 wks -12% 25,745 38,618 25,397
7 wks -14% 29,303 43,955 28,907
8 wks -16% 32,673 49,009 32,231
9 wks -18% 35,860 53,791 35,376
10 wks -20% 38,873 58,310 38,348
11 wks -22% 41,718 62,576 41,154
12 wks -24% 44,400 66,600 43,800
13-52 wks -24% 3,700/wk 5,550/wk 3,650/wk

Minimum duration: one week

Maximum duration: one year

Starting: on any Monday

Textbooks and study materials: included in the price

Additional fees or charges: none

Assessment and course design: free

Visa Invitation: fully available

Registration fee: none

Duration of each 1on1 lesson: 55 minutes

School Location: Beijing Central Business District

Beijing Safari

Discover Beijing in truly unique fashion with our Beijing Safari and take your class out into the open world. Our Safari upgrade gives you the chance to complete day-to-day tasks with your Chinese teacher which include buying and topping up a Metro card, ordering food and bargaining for food.

The class is split into three sections and overall we have 20 different Safari lessons for you to delve into:

1 – Warm up. Your teacher will talk you through the upcoming lesson and teach you all the vocabulary you need.

2 – The Beijing Safari. Now it’s your turn to get stuck in and get chatting to the locals. You may end up on the street markets and grabbing yourself a bargain or perhaps you’ll visit a property agent and discuss housing and rental prices in Beijing. There is plenty to discover in Beijing.

3 – Cool down. You will go through the lesson with your teacher. What did you do well, what could you have done better, what other phrases could you have used? Your teacher will correct you and hopefully you’ll come out of the lesson with a new set of vocabulary to your armour.

Beijing Safari Information

  • These lessons are best for beginners at A1 and A2 level (HSK1 and HSK2)
  • 10 hours a week of your 1 on 1 classes will be upgraded to the Beijing Safari
  • You can upgrade for a maximum of two weeks
  • All purchases you make, you are responsible for
1 week upgrade – 500CNY / 2 week upgrade – 900CNY


Discover Beijing

Three people inside the Forbidden city Courtyard

Learning Chinese in Beijing

Beijing has a wealth of history to enjoy whichever corner you turn. If you’d like to see this all first hand, whilst learning Chinese then Discover Beijing is just for you.

You will visit some of Beijing’s most famous landmarks and study Mandarin with your Chinese teacher whilst mixing with the locals. What better way to learn Mandarin than out in the open chatting to locals? Beijing has a plethora of incredible sights from the famous Great Wall of China to the Summer Palace and the Forbidden City. How about visiting the incredible Birds Nest Stadium to witness Beijing’s Olympic legacy a decade since the Olympic games all whilst learning Chinese?

  • Suitable for all Chinese levels from A1 to C2 (HSK1 – HSK6)
  • Explore different historic or culturals sight each day of your program
  • 20 hours a week of your 1 on 1 classes will be upgraded to Discover Beijing classes
  • You can upgrade for a maximum of 2 weeks
  • You are responsible for any purchases made during your Beijing Discover classes
1 week upgrade – 1,000CNY / 2 week upgrade – 1,800CNY

What Our Students Say

Christian Testimony for LTL
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

With individual classes you are at the center of your teachers attention. This can be challenging as it demands that you are always focused, but it is also a great way to truly improve your Chinese.

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Jonathon Testimony for LTL
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Staff helped organize me a tightly packed 1-on-1 class schedule. My teacher Alwin happened to be a perfect match for me. His superb knowledge of Chinese always amazes me.

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Patrizia Testimony for LTL
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Of course, where my Chinese really grew is at school: I took individual classes, 4 hours a day, every day from Monday to Friday. Let me say this loud and clear: my teachers were absolutely amazing!

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Carsten Testimony for LTL
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The best recommendation I can give is that I am now about to start my 4th year at this school. I contacted well over 10 language schools in Beijing. LTL got back to me very quickly and with all the answers

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Sara Testimony for LTL
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I discovered LTL on the internet. I want to say thanks to LTL school, thanks to the staff and thanks to the teachers who, for two months, were my parents. Just as parents would do with their children, LTL held me by the hand.

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Mohamed  Testimony for LTL
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The good thing about individual classes is that progress is much faster since you are forced to talk and focus most of the time. In addition my classes were tailored exactly to what I wanted to learn, which was great!

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Where do the lessons take place?

All lessons in Beijing are taught at our school in the middle of the Central Business District. Right next to Da Wang Lu subway station (Lines 1 &14) this is the heart of the city, with an almost endless number of restaurants and shops right next door. We have a gym with a swimming pool and football court in our complex, a cinema next door, a basketball court in the university across the road and a huge Walmart supermarket in the complex next to ours. At the same time we are just a short subway ride on Line 1 from the Forbidden City and Beijing old town.

Are there any other costs?

No, there are not! At LTL we don’t have hidden fees, surcharges or other ridiculous costs that you might be charged after signing up. All your study materials and textbooks are already included in the cost of your lessons and you will never be charged any additional fees ever!

Whom would you recommend an individual course for?

Individual Chinese lessons are the best way to learn Chinese fast. However, individual classes of course also cost a bit more than small group classes, so especially at the beginner and beginner intermediate level choosing a small group class and individual classes combination makes a lot of sense. While of course each student is different, a beginner who studied for example a small group & individual course, can expect to be about HSK 4 (B2) level after about 20 weeks.

When should I definitely be taking individual classes?

From intermediate level onwards private lessons are definitely the best way to go. This is because the Chinese skills of students at higher levels are usually very uneven. For example a HSK 4 student from Japan might be able to read a whole book, but struggling with basic conversations while a US expat who lived in China for a long time speaks at HSK 4 level but struggles to write his own name in Mandarin. Both would be classified at a similar level, however their actual abilities are completely different which means that class is almost always to easy for some and too hard for others at the same time. So from approximately HSK 4 onwards progress in group classes becomes very slow and we recommend signing up for individual classes from that level onwards.

How do I sign up?

Just contact us and let us know what you are looking for and we can sign you up straight away. All emails are always replied to within less than 24 hours during working days (usually much faster). You can also have a look at this “How to sign up for an LTL Chinese course” PDF or just send us an email on [email protected] with any questions you might have.

Does the school close during national Chinese holidays?

At LTL you will always get all the Chinese lessons you paid for. So that means if there is a holiday during your course, you will never lose any of these classes. However, as your teacher might have the day off, some of the classes that fall on a holiday might be made up for before or after the holiday. The best times for this you can directly discuss with your teacher.

What if I speak a Chinese dialect or grew up in a partially Mandarin environment?

If you have a family background in Cantonese, Hakka, Hokkien or any other Chinese dialect or maybe grew up speaking some Mandarin for a part of your childhood, the Chinese Heritage Speaker program is perfect for you.

How about when my LTL program finishes?

If you’re worried about keeping up the same Chinese level and continuing to make progress after your program then you might want to take a look at our online continuation course. You can continue studying with LTL even when you go back home. 

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