Learn Mandarin in China – Group Classes

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.

Learn Mandarin in China - LTL Shanghai Mandarin School

  • 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

    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

  • Confidence using the Chinese Language

    Confidence using the Chinese Language

    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 whole year, you decide
    1 on 1 Tuition – Add on 1-on-1 Chinese classes to speed up progression

  • Become part of the LTL family

    Become part of the LTL 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 – Enjoy lunch with us each week, share stories and talk Chinese

  • Excellent value for money

    Excellent value for money

    No hidden fees – All tuition is included in the price
    Included – Learning materials, text books, it’s all included in the price
    55 minutes – Every class is 55 minutes filled with quality teaching
    No classes lost – Get every class you pay for even for public holidays

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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.

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

2019/2020 Mandarin Course Starting Dates

  • 03 June 2019
  • 24 June 2019
  • 08 July 2019
  • 22 July 2019
  • 05 August 2019
  • 19 August 2019
  • 09 September 2019
  • 23 September 2019
  • 21 October 2019
  • 11 November 2019
  • 02 December 2019
  • 23 December 2019
  • 13 January 2020
  • 03 February 2020
  • 24 February 2020
  • 16 March 2020
  • 06 April 2020
  • 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

Pricing (Chinese Yuan)

Duration % OFF Standard
(20h group)
(20h group + 10h 1-on-1)
1 week 0% 2,296 4,658
2 weeks -2% 4,480 9,089
4 weeks -7% 8,529 17,301
8 weeks -16% 15,453 31,348
12 weeks -24% 21,000 42,600
13-52 wks -24% 1,750/wk 3,550/wk

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.

What Our Students Say

Jasmine Testimony for LTL
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"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 and the staff for a great experience."

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Callie Testimony for LTL
United States
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"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."

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Henri Testimony for LTL
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"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."

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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.

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.


The need to actually handwrite Chinese characters isn’t what it was before given the nature of technology today.

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.

Where is the School located?

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.


What will my class schedule be?

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.

How fast can my Chinese language skills really 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.

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.

Can I switch a class?

Yes. We will speak to our Director of Studies to fit you into a more suitable class if this is necessary.

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.

What is there to 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:

3 Days in Shanghai

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    Study Chinese in Beijing in a small group at a time that is suitable for you. LTL Mandarin School offers you first class Chinese lessons with fully certified and experienced teachers.

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