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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 your Mandarin skills as fast as possible.

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

Our school boasts 17 classrooms, new facilities and is located right in the heart of the CBD in Beijing, right next to Dawanglu station.

Our team are always on hand to help support you and we boast a tonne of super motivated students as well. It’s a great place to be!

We also now have Online Group Classes available.

  • 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

LTL Teachers: Professional, certified, qualified – and really fun!
Speak: Our teachers have you talking all lesson
Fun: Stories, games and jokes make learning Chinese fun
Experienced: Teachers have at least five years of experience

Make Friends

Classmates: Study with students from all over the world
Sociable: Get to know your classmates and teachers after class
Community: Join our school dinners or Friday drinks
China Hands: Explore Beijing & China together

Small Group Classes

Small Classes: Average of three students per class
Never Big Classes: Maximum class size of six students per class
Practice: In a small class everyone gets talking
Flexible: Study for a week, a whole year or any other duration

Our School

Great Location: Study in the heart of the CBD
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: Super calm environment to learn

Student’s Experiences

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.

Don’t want to wait? There are also Online Group Chinese lessons available if you want to start your Chinese journey straightaway.

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.


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.

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.

How do I sign up?

Contact our student advisor by opening the live chat on this page.

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.

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.

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%.

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.

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.

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.

What Our Students Say

David Testimony for LTL
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My whole holiday was great and has opened new doors. As a retired person, it is brilliant to find new interests and purpose. I will keep traveling, and keep going to China.

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Franziska Testimony for LTL
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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 Chinese.

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Frederic Testimony for LTL
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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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Achille Testimony for LTL
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LTL's flexible class times, the homestay program and the fact you could mix up different cities were the defining reasons for choosing them over others. Everything online was pretty clear.

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Jean-Paul Testimony for LTL
Texas, USA
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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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Theo Testimony for LTL
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My teacher was also super nice and Jane at the front desk was really happy and friendly. If we needed anything, she would always be there to help. I think everything went really well at LTL.

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    Sabatino Antonini , Student Advisor

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