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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Juan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best 3-week Mandarin Study

Underwent a three week program here with the homestay and safari package included and can confidently say this has been the perfect place to improve my Mandarin skills. The staff are wonderful people to work with and the work is rigorous but can be accomplished and I have seen a noticeable improvement since starting here. The safari package is a wonderful addition because it gave me the chance to get out of my comfort zone and use oral communication in real life scenarios that had me appreciating the numerous vocab we learned. I also appreciated the class style that allowed me to hone in on my bad habits and clean up my communication to ensure my point was understood. I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone. You will not be disappointed.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
As part of practicing oral communication, I had to interview strangers in Mandarin and I was super nervous to do so. The people I asked though were super helpful and helped improve my confidence in speaking the language.
Pros
  • Accessible
  • Affordable
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Nathan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

LTL Online Flexi Classes is a fantastic way to study a variety of languages from the comfort of your own home.

LTL Online Flexi Classes is a fantastic way to study a variety of languages from the comfort of your own home. I have taken several courses in both Japanese and Vietnamese and in both courses, the teachers have been encouraging and knowledgeable about their respective subjects. I particularly like the amount of speaking practice that students receive, as that is often difficult to achieve when studying at home. It is also incredibly helpful to have access to the class materials prior to the lessons so that you can preview what you will be learning, along with being able to save the materials as notes for later. Overall, I would definitely recommend these lessons to anyone who wants to learn a language without breaking the bank.

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Sylvia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

I had the best teacher ever!

Learning Mandarin in LTL Shanghai was incredible! Three months ago, I was basically lost in class. Everything was in Chinese, and I could only understand maybe 20% at best, but thanks to my amazing teacher (Ms. Evelyn and Ms. Anne), I'm now up to 80% comprehension!

My teacher's teaching style were super chill, but their teaching was on point. They explained everything super clearly, even the tricky grammar stuff, and were always patient with my (probably) super basic questions. Plus, they totally tailored the lessons to what I wanted to learn - in my case, listening comprehension.

Besides, learning Mandarin wasn't just about the language, it totally boosted my confidence! In three months, I went from barely understanding a word to following along in conversations pretty smoothly now. That's a huge jump, and it feels amazing.

The whole experience was awesome. Not just the teaching, but the people too! I met so many cool classmates from all over the world. It was amazing connecting with people from different cultures while we all struggled (and succeeded!) with Mandarin together. If you're looking for a fun, friendly language program in Shanghai with superstar teachers, this is the place! You'll learn tons, make awesome friends, and have a blast while doing it. Definitely recommend!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I came across something called chou tofu, also known as stinky tofu. The name is pretty accurate - the smell can definitely be...interesting! But as you discovered, the smell doesn't tell the whole story. Once you take a bite, the strong smell disappears, and it actually tastes quite good! So its a lesson dont judge a food by its smell/looks, go for it to try! hahaha
Pros
  • Good teacher
  • Made a lot of new connections
  • Activities every week
Cons
  • A bit pricey
  • Homestay house can be a lil dirty
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Sylvia
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My Overall Experience was Amazing!

Learning Mandarin in LTL Shanghai was incredible! Three months ago, I was basically lost in class. Everything was in Chinese, and I could only understand maybe 20% at best, but thanks to my amazing teacher (Ms. Evelyn and Ms. Anne), I'm now up to 80% comprehension!

My teacher's teaching style were super chill, but their teaching was on point. They explained everything super clearly, even the tricky grammar stuff, and were always patient with my (probably) super basic questions. Plus, they totally tailored the lessons to what I wanted to learn - in my case, listening comprehension.

Besides, learning Mandarin wasn't just about the language, it totally boosted my confidence! In three months, I went from barely understanding a word to following along in conversations pretty smoothly now. That's a huge jump, and it feels amazing.

The whole experience was awesome. Not just the teaching, but the people too! I met so many cool classmates from all over the world. It was amazing connecting with people from different cultures while we all struggled (and succeeded!) with Mandarin together. If you're looking for a fun, friendly language program in Shanghai with superstar teachers, this is the place! You'll learn tons, make awesome friends, and have a blast while doing it. Definitely recommend!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I came across something called chou tofu, also known as stinky tofu. The name is pretty accurate - the smell can definitely be...interesting! But as you discovered, the smell doesn't tell the whole story. Once you take a bite, the strong smell disappears, and it actually tastes quite good! I totally recommend dont judge food by the smell and go for it hahahah
Pros
  • Teacher was Amazing
  • Meeting new friends
  • Activitiese every week
Cons
  • Maybe a bit pricey
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Reeves
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

I felt well taken care of and given personalized 1:1 treatment.

Learning Mandarin at LTL Taipei was a just what I was hoping for. Their flexible scheduling meant I could fit classes around exploring the city, and their teachers were incredibly supportive in creating a program tailored to my needs. Thanks to LTL, I not only improved my fluency but also rediscovered the joy of learning Chinese while experiencing living in the heart of Taipei.

I am very thankful for the teachers that invested in my learning experience. I felt very taken care of and would not hesitate to work with them again in the future! Thank you LTL for making this such a special and memorable time.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I loved all of the small "safari" trips we did in the city. It was such a great way to get to know Taipei and the other class mates. It was always easy to show up to the school and find out what you would explore the next time!
Pros
  • individualized tutoring and programs
  • clean and well taken care of facility
  • group lunches and other relationship building experiences
Cons
  • I wish the school was a bit bigger (more class rooms)
  • The lunch table was a bit too small, if a group was playing a game there you could not easily sit as well
  • I wish they had a bit more video content online to better show what the program would be like

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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.

Marine Colliot

Job Title
Marketing Vice-director
Marine has been working at LTL Language School for several years as part of the marketing team, focusing primarily on overseeing our social media platforms and content strategy.

Having been a student at LTL Language School herself and having studied Asian languages both in France and abroad, Marine understands the challenges and difficulties associated with language learning, studying in a foreign country, and overcoming learning plateaus.Now based at the LTL Taipei school after working at the Beijing school, she is dedicated to helping students make the best of their program experiences and stay in Asia.
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What is your favorite travel memory?

Many travel memories come to mind, but one from 2013 in China particularly stands out. At the end of our exchange semester, I traveled around China with a group of three friends.

We visited a small city called Luoyang to see the Longmen Grottoes. There, people would follow us in groups, watch us eat at the restaurant by standing right next to us and take pictures of our every move. It was their first encounter with foreigners, and once they realized we spoke Mandarin, conversations opened up. We exchanged thoughts on various topics, and they showed great kindness, curiosity, and eagerness to learn about our lives in Europe.

Despite our diverse backgrounds, we connected deeply on subjects like family, happiness, and food. This is when I realized that even though we do not speak the same language and live on opposites sides of the world, we might not be so different after all.

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

Working in a rapidly expanding company like LTL, which has expanded from operating schools in one country to multiple countries, has been a continuous learning journey for me. New and exciting projects regularly come our way, keeping me engaged and evolving.

I was once the student discovering life abroad for the first time, with the joys and challenges that come with it. I now serve as a guide for younger students going through similar experiences, and I am glad my past experiences and knowledge is helping them in their language learning journeys. The opportunity to help students on a daily basis is very rewarding and contributes a lot to my personal growth.

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

I have met multiple students in my time at LTL that were having such a great time studying with LTL and living in a new exciting city, that they kept renewing and extending their language program. Meeting students again after one year when they come back for another program is also very gratifying, as you can see the progress they accomplished, not only in their language proficiency but also personal development.

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

Having studied Mandarin in the past I would love to study Korean. I would choose the intensive program with both group classes and individual classes for a minimum of 3 months in order to make the fastest progress.

Combining this language course with living with a homestay will also allow better cultural immersion, which is the best way to understand the country and its traditions.

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

Our company is unique because each team member is a passionate language learner with experience living in multiple countries. This background allows us to understand our students better and provide them with a more personalized approach.

In addition, despite becoming a bigger structure with an increased number of students every year, we have maintained our personal touch and a strong sense of community across all schools. We know all students personally and consistently check on their progress to ensure their success.

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

I believe our success stems from our dedication to understanding our students' unique challenges and helping them achieve their goals with a personalized and empathetic approach. LTL staff members and teachers are language learners themselves, so we know about the learning challenges students can face and how to overcome them.