LTL Language School

LTL Language School

Why choose LTL Language School?

LTL Language School provide the ultimate immersive language experiences throughout Asia.

Study Mandarin, Japanese, Korean or Vietnamese with LTL and enhance your skills not only at our schools, but at our wonderful homestays and enjoy a great social life with our other students, staff and teachers.

Courses are offered in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Beihai, Xi'an, Chengdu, Chengde, Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul and Saigon.

LTL also teach 10 languages online with our 24/7 language learning platform, Flexi Classes.

Our Flexi Classes are a revolutionary way to learn languages online. Say goodbye to fixed class times and say goodbye to awkward time-zone differences.

Flexi Classes are revolutionary for three reasons:

-- Study languages online 24/7
-- Complete flexibility to book, re-book and cancel classes
-- Super easy sign-up which takes barely 2 minutes

Study Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian, Italian and many more with LTL Flexi Classes.

Reviews

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Dirceia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Happy life in Beihai

Although I only spent two weekends in Beihai, life here is really great. I was warmly welcomed by the Beihai team, thanks to Savannah for helping me when I needed it, and my host family brought me to meet very interesting people. I've met a lot of interesting people here and seen a lot of interesting new things.The food in Beihai was delicious and the Cantonese morning tea was very good, I loved it.I highly recommend the snacks in Beihai. Lastly, I love the beaches of Beihai, the sand is fine and soft!

What was your funniest moment?
Browsing in shopping malls
Pros
  • patience
  • nice
  • exciting
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Sergej
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Really flexible classes in regard of time and content

LTL provides the possibility of having flexible classes in regard to time and also the content. I had a couple of Chinese and Japanese lessons and had a great experience. I highly recommend it to all language learners who need to improve not only their grammar but also their speaking and listening skills. My teachers were very professional and provided me with the confidence to try to speak in Japanese, which I really do appreciate. Regardless or in groups or 1-on-1 lessons, I can only encourage you to give it a try, especially since LTL gives the possibility to have some free classes.

What was your funniest moment?
Speaking with my teachers about Haruki Murakami and Anime.
Pros
  • Flexible on time
  • Flexible on content
  • Not expensive
Cons
  • No possibility to reach out directly to a specific teacher
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Alyson
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Flexiclasses learning environment

In a relatively short period, I have had the privilege of participating in 12 classes, each led by different teachers, all of which were conducted in Chinese. This diverse exposure has remarkably hastened my progress, providing a well-rounded understanding of the language. The variety of teaching styles has added depth to my learning experience, making each class a unique and valuable encounter.

One aspect that has contributed significantly to my positive experience is the clarity and accessibility of the learning materials. The content provided is not only comprehensive but also presented in a manner that is easy to follow, fostering a seamless learning process. Additionally, the preparation for each class is enjoyable, as the materials and resources provided make the process both straightforward and engaging.

Overall, I am delighted with the quality of education and the overall experience so far. I am eagerly looking forward to the upcoming lessons and the continued growth and proficiency that this learning journey promises.

Pros
  • In your own tempo and time
  • easy to follow
  • all the lessons are done in Chinese making learning
Cons
  • all the lessons are done in Chinese, it can be overwhelming
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Sam
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Live the Language (LTL) Flexi Classes

In my Mandarin learning, I'm always finding new ways to study, especially given that I work and go to school. LTL's Flexi Classes came to me by way of a friend's recommendation when I needed a more flexible, remote way to continue my Chinese studies, not just for studying characters, but also for speaking the language. Flexi Classes have been the perfect solution. Not only can I schedule classes and pick the topics I am interested in, the course content expands your vocabulary and does a great job of reviewing old content. Highly recommend!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Where ever you're at in your language or in the world, LTL's resources are super helpful!
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Erik
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

WOW! Amazing Program!

Summary: Studying at LTL Tapei is a fantastic experience that will improve your Chinese and give you a memorable and meaningful time in Taipei.
I spent two weeks at LTL Taipei doing an intensive 4-hours/day 1-on-1 classes and have only good things to say about the teachers, staff, and other students.
First, the program provided me with a huge amount of flexibility. Although most students work from textbooks, LTL Taipei was happy to provide me with a customized learning plan to meet specific objectives, even though this required additional work and some creativity from my two teachers, Vivian and Thomas. This was extremely helpful and resulted in me getting just what I needed out of the program from a learning perspective.
Second, both of my teachers were fantastic. Thomas and Vivian are extremely good at breaking down Mandarin concepts in a way that is a perfect fit for my language level. They are both also awesome people and when I left I knew that I had made two new friends.. At my request, they also provided me with 3 ‘Safari Classes’ that took place in interesting parts of Taipei and allowed me to practice my Mandarin in a real environment while learning more about Taipei and Taiwanese culture.
Last, the staff created a strong sense of community. The other students were an eclectic mix of ages, nationalities, backgrounds, and mandarin levels. The staff hosted numerous events, including a daily lunch, mahjong tournament, and a group calligraphy lesson that created an environment for bonds and friendships to form. Even though I was taking 1-on-1 classes, I did not feel isolated from the other students. Special mention goes to Riona, who sets the tone for LTL Taipei. Riona is a natural leader who brings people together while also making them feel at ease. Alice, Ai Lin, Rushi, Manuel, Tammy and Octavia were all also awesome and made me feel at home at LTL Taipei.
At this point I am looking at options to get back to LTL Taipei for a longer period. LTL Taipei is a uniquely fantastic experience and I give it my strongest recommendation.

Pros
  • Flexibility
  • Great Teachers and Staff
  • Fun Events

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Jay Bhatt

Jay Bhatt is a software engineer from Northern California and is currently in the middle of a semester of studying Mandarin in Beijing, China. He enjoys fencing, language learning, and tomfoolery.
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Why choose LtL?

I had narrowed my choices down to a Chinese University in Beijing and LtL, but settled on LtL because of my correspondence with the school's director, Andreas Laimbock. Those conversations made me feel like LtL had an environment that would be fun and productive, and that they had a strong commitment to quality home stays, which the university did not provide.

What made this study abroad experience unique and special?

Despite the fact that I've travelled a lot, the two home stays I did in Beijing and Chengde were mind-blowing. It is a cliché that travelers look for authentic experiences, but nothing is more authentic than living with a Chinese family that doesn't speak English. Also, having had a lot of experience learning languages in a variety of formats, I can also say that their quality of instruction is top-notch. This also applies to the ultra-immersive environment of Chengde, where there is no classroom: I was by myself and had the same teacher six hours a day, for three weeks, where she would force me to immediately apply lessons "in the field" while she observed.

How has this experience impacted your future?

As someone who is good at languages but has done most of that learning in American academic environments, full in-country immersion has always been the Holy Grail. It is a priceless thing to say, "I like something, am good at it, and I gave myself the fullest experience possible in that field." Being in China with awesome instruction and support at LtL is nothing short of a dream come true.

Highlights: By my last week in Chengde, I had been in China for seven weeks doing six hours of lessons per day. One day Teacher invited me to dinner with her. We talked about random things and eventually got back to talking about my family. I explained things that had happened to us, how they affected us at the time, how they shaped things throughout my life, how my thinking has evolved, how things are now, how I want them to be, the psychology and social dynamics of my family, and ten thousand other things. I waited for her response, but she stared off to the side, chopsticks hanging mid-air, silent. I then realized I had been talking for a very long time. I became self-conscious and worried that I had over-reached in complexity, not known enough words, and botched most of my tones. Still no response, so I asked her, "Did you understand that?" "Oh yes," she replied. "That was great. I understood all of that. I was just thinking about how amazing you mother must be." A dangerous mix of relief, validation, happiness, and pride set in as I went back to my noodles.

Morning: Up around 8:30am in my own air-conditioned-room-with-wifi, hot breakfast (usually small, tasty, steaming hot pork buns) is waiting for me by the time I'm out of the bathroom. I discuss the day's plans with Auntie, specifically whether or not I'll be home for dinner. I take her trash out on my way to school. The 30-minute walk is filled with sights, sounds, people, and other all the other small things that make living in a Big City fun - much better than a 30 minute car commute at home. It's hot and humid already, so I stop to buy cold water. It's gone by the time I reach school. I enter the lobby and am happily greeted by the staff, because they're great. My classmates and I kid around, because they're great. I have 10 minutes before class starts, so I relax on the balcony despite the heat and contemplate the crazy awesomeness of my situation.

Afternoon: My brain is fried from morning class. A welcome break finds me on the balcony with classmates again, sometimes after a quick run for another cold drink. We're having a good time trying to tease each other with the new vocabulary, which that day included "pink" and "high heels." Afternoon class resumes. I'm hoping at some point my brain will surrender, melt, and hit some kind of subconscious flow where everything gets magically assimilated. It doesn't. Apparently language learning with challenging teachers requires active hard work. And somehow remains fun.

Evening: The walk home is hot and sweaty, but the down time is good. Sometimes I take new routes and get lost. Auntie wonders why I didn't call her to ask for directions. I try to explain "adventure" to her. Dinner is ready and again super tasty. After eating, Auntie quizzes me on what I learned in class. We watch the Olympics. She asks me about current events and further furious addition of flashcards ensues. She goes to bed, I go to my room and crank the A/C. I try to do some internet but am too mentally exhausted to explain as much as I ought to. Posting is less frequent, emails more curt, and I drift off to sleep wondering what the heck I'm doing in China, knowing full well that I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Enjoying living in one of the most eccentric cities in the World as Marketing Manager at the wonderful LTL Mandarin School. Doing my best to learn Chinese, win poker tournaments and deal with the 8 hour UK time difference to watch UK football!

What is your favorite travel memory?

It's very difficult to pin one down given the diversity of the places I've visited but one trip will stick in the memory from 2012. My and a group of friends traveled to Poland and Ukraine following England in the European Football Championships. The trip included a 32 hour train from Krakow to Donetsk to watch England's first match.

Just before boarding we saw the famed Nick Collins (one of the UK's most popular faces on TV). We approached him and he duly offered us an interview which aired back home on Sky Sports News, a channel watching by millions. Our phones went mad within minutes and watching the interview back on TV was surreal. The train itself is beyond words. Copious amounts of vodka, beautiful scenery and 32 hours of meeting and greeting with people from all over the world. Just marvelous!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

In terms of my working ability my skills have increased tenfold in my short stint here so far. Likewise, my Chinese has gone from basic vocab to intermediate level which I'm delighted about considering time is very hard to find working full time. China brings the best out of everyone and it's showing that in my first few months here.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Every student has a different, unique story. It's unfair to pin one down. The fact everyone has their own little story makes each and everyone so interesting. No two students are ever the same. What's always great is seeing students come back for 2nd, 3rd and even 4th stints at LTL. That shows how much people value the school and how much they enjoy spending time in China learning Chinese.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Our immersion program in Chengde is fascinating. No English and speaking Mandarin 24/7 means this is the place to go to study Chinese. It offers something cities like Beijing and Shanghai just cannot offer. Chengde forces you into "uncomfortable positions". Yet, it's these aforementioned conditions that will enhance your skills, probably without you even realizing!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Our Immersion Program. No other competitor boasts Immersion like we do. Chengde is special, it's real China and our students make huge improvements in ridiculously short periods of time. As mentioned above you won't have a choice but to wriggle out of a situation using just your Chinese tools. When you get around the situation, it's a really nice feeling. Chengde does this a lot.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Togetherness. If the team pulls together, anything is possible. That very much shows at LTL I feel. There are three main units to our schools. The students, the staff and the teachers. All three mix, mingle and enjoy time together inside and outside of school. I think this is a huge factor in the company's growth in the last decade and I can only see that getting strong and tighter as more people come through the door.