Study Mandarin in China

Study Mandarin in China at our Chinese School solely aimed at helping you achieve fluency as quickly as possible.

With our fully certified teachers and tailored lesson plans the aim of our individual Chinese courses is to get you ahead fast. You decide what you wish to learn.

That can range from anything to tones and pronunciation to speaking in public situations.

Study Mandarin in China with LTL

  • Certified teachers to get you ahead fast
  • Tailored lesson plans
  • Meet and spend time with other LTL students
  • 55-minute Chinese lessons
  • No lesson is ever the same
  • All the focus is on you
  • Enjoy support from LTL School

No two lessons are the same and you will experience the Chinese language first hand as you study abroad at our Mandarin School in Shanghai. Our Director of Studies will gauge your Chinese level with our pre-course assessment.

This isn’t a test, but a way for us to assign you to current level of Chinese. All levels are welcome and you can join for up to one year.

  • Tailored Lesson Plans

    Tailored Lesson Plans

    You are the boss – Choose what you want to study
    Assessment – We will help you design the perfect study plan
    Rapid progression – Study Mandarin 1 on 1, it’s the fastest way to progress
    Materials included – No other fees, all textbooks and materials included

  • Learn Chinese from the best

    Learn Chinese from the best

    Top Teachers – We employ the best, you are in safe hands
    Professional – All teachers have years of experience and degrees
    No class is the same – Make progress with information, interesting classes
    Loyal – On average our teachers stay with us for more than 5 years

  • Enjoy speedy progression

    Enjoy speedy progression

    4 or 6 hours – Everyday, you decide which suits you best
    Focus on you – No distractions, just you and your teacher
    Intensive – Study Chinese in China everyday and apply it after class
    Never lose out – If there is a holiday, your classes are made up

  • LTL Family

    LTL Family

    Support – We are always on hand to help
    Students – Mix with our group of students before and after class
    Be social – Join us for Lunch and our social events
    Personal touch – Every student matters, no one is a number

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Study Mandarin in China – Shanghai Courses

Our individual intensive Chinese courses in China aims to get your Mandarin up to optimum level as quickly as possible. Our three Chinese language programs at LTL School will help you do just this:

  • Standard Individual Mandarin gives you 20 hours of lessons per week, four hours every day.
  • Intensive Individual Mandarin offers 30 hours per week, six hours per day.
  • You can also mix Individual with our Small Group Classes in Shanghai with our Small Group and Individual combined course. Please do contact us if you wish to discuss any of these options further.
Course Standard Intensive Small Group & Individual
Hours per week 20 (1-on-1) 30 (1-on-1)  20 (group) + 10 (1-on-1)
Start dates Any Monday Any Monday  Small Group start date
Duration 1-52 weeks  1-52 weeks  1-24 weeks

Before you come to study Mandarin in China you will receive an assessment from our Director of Studies. This will allow us to gauge your current Mandarin level. This assessment can be done over Skype or Whatsapp and is a basic conversation, not a test. This helps us create the perfect study plan for you.

Mandarin courses start on any Monday of the year at LTL School. You decide on the length of the course; we provide the expertise.

Mandarin Course in Shanghai – Prices (Chinese Yuan)

All prices are listed in Chinese Yuan and include all your study materials. There are zero hidden costs. The longer you join for the greater the discount.

Duration % OFF Standard Individual Intensive Individual Small Group & Individual
1 wk  0% 4,724 7,085 4,658
2 wks  -2% 9,217 13,825 9,089
3 wks -5% 13,488  20,232 13,300
4 wks -7% 17,545 26,318 17,301
5 wks -9% 21,396 32,095 21,099
6 wks -12% 25,049  37,574 24,701
7 wks -14% 28,511  42,767 28,115
8 wks -16% 31,790 47,685  31,348
9 wks -18% 34,891  52,337 34,407
10 wks -20%  37,823 56,734 37,297
11 wks -22% 40,590  60,885 40,026
12 wks -24% 43,200 64,800 42,600
13-52 wks -24% 3,600/wk 5,400/wk  3,550/wk


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    In the Summer of 2018 we had a group of students from Mexico pay us a visit. They studied Mandarin with us in group classes. Find out how they enjoyed their time at LTL.

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Extra LTL Mandarin School Shanghai Programs

Shanghai Safari 

Fancy something different? Enjoy getting out the classroom? That’s exactly why we’ve created the Shanghai Safari. There is no better way to learn Chinese in China than in real life situations. Go shopping, enjoy ordering food or use public transport. You’ll learn and use day to day essentials in the Shanghai Safari.

You will be accompanied by a certified Mandarin teacher who will teach you the vocabulary you need. You will then receive feedback and before you know it you’ll be using Mandarin on the streets everywhere you go.

These programs are upgrades and can only be purchased on top of an Individual Chinese course.

  • Warm Up – Before setting off on the adventure you will be briefed by your teacher. You will study Chinese vocabulary and structures to help you on the way.
  • Safari – We have 20 different Shanghai Safari’s for you to embark on that range from speaking to a property assistant about pricing of houses to asking a shop assistant where to find your favourite brand of clothing.
  • Cool Down – You will review the lesson with your teacher and see what you did well, and where you slightly went wrong. You will also be suggested alternative phrases you could use. Learning Mandarin is all about making mistakes so do not be afraid. Approach with confidence and enjoy the Safari.
1 Week Shanghai Safari – 500CNY / 2 Week Shanghai Safari – 900CNY

Discover Shanghai

Chinese culture is so important to Chinese locals and Shanghai has it in abundance. Whether it’s a trip to gorgeous Yu Garden, People’s Square or one of Shanghai’s many soaring skyscrapers. This is another specifically designed outdoor program that gets you out of the classroom and learning Mandarin in China. You will meet your teacher at our Mandarin school in China and go to a different location each day.


  • All Chinese language levels from A1 to C2 can partake
  • Explore different sites in Shanghai each lesson
  • 20 hr/wk of your 1-on-1 classes will be upgraded to Discover classes
  • The upgrade can be applied for a maximum of 2 weeks
  • You are responsible for any purchases made during your Discover classes
1 Week Discover Shanghai – 1,000CNY / 2 Week Discover Shanghai – 1,800CNY

What Our Students Say

Mia Testimony for LTL
United Kingdom
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"My classes were great. I loved how I would have conversations with the teacher at the start, and then we would learn and review words based on this conversation."

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Chris Testimony for LTL
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Anna was a fantastic teacher, so experienced, knowledgable and, patient. I learned so much from her every lesson and my only regret is that I wanted to stay for longer."

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Priscilla  Testimony for LTL
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"Alex was a great teacher and he was able to thoroughly explain the textbooks. 钟桃 was my second 1 on 1 teacher. I would 100% recommend 桃子 to other students."

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Kennedy Testimony for LTL
United States
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"I had the Intensive Individual classes. I had really good teachers. Everyone was very patient and accommodated my learning. I want to come back to China to study"

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where will I have my Chinese lessons?

All your lessons will take place at our Chinese School in downtown Shanghai.

The area is in the heart of Shanghai located right near the South Shaanxi Road Metro stop in Shanghai.


How do you prepare the right plan for me?

The assessment with our Director of Studies before your Mandarin course in China starts is important.

We’ll be able to gauge your level of Chinese and work out a plan for you. We’ll also listen to you and what you aims and goals are. We discuss your plan with you and assign you the perfect teachers.

This allows us to create an ideal Mandarin study plan so you get the most out of LTL when you come and study Chinese in China.

I’m not sure if I want group or individual classes?

Group classes are general for students who are at a beginner or intermediate level.

If your Chinese is of a higher level we’d put you straight into a 1 on 1 class. Individual courses are also ideal for people who want their Mandarin to increase fast. If your budget doesn’t stretch so far it might be worth checking out our budget Chinese course.

How about Chinese Holidays? Do I lose classes?

You will never lose a class at LTL. If there is ever a Chinese holiday these classes will be made or or another teacher will step in to take over your lessons. These details can be discussed if need be.

Chinese National Holidays 2019

How can I enhance my Chinese outside of class?

Immersing yourself is very much down to the individual. There are a number of things we recommend to speed up your Chinese further.

A homestay with a Shanghai family is probably the main thing we’d suggest. This is a great way to implement your Mandarin outside of class.

We offer some great homestay families and 80% of our students actually use a Shanghai Homestay as their choice of accommodation. You can also check out our Chinese Immersion Programs for more details on Immersion and speedy Chinese progress.

Do you offer Shanghainese classes too?

We certainly do.

If you wish to find out more about Shanghainese visit our dedicated page or chat to our team in Shanghai.

What about if I want to study in one of your other cities like Beijing or Chengde?

No problem – we can tailor the perfect course just for you.

At this stage it’s best to check out the programs we offer and see which is the best one. After that you can contact us for a more detailed look at your plan.

The programs that probably suffice would be the multi city course or the gap year in China.

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