Learn Chinese at LTL Mandarin School

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Study Chinese on the Great Wall - Brand New for 2018

It's as crazy as it sounds. Imagine combining first class Chinese lessons with the country's most famous landmark. Well with LTL you can! Brand new for 2018, all food and accommodation are included alongside your classes. Study Chinese between one and six weeks for a once in a lifetime experience.

About

LTL Mandarin School is the place to be for students who wish to get their Mandarin ahead fast. Our comprehensive Chinese programs allow students to tailor the perfect program. You can study at LTL from anything between two weeks and a year. Options include studying in Beijing, Shanghai and even little known Chengde where you will not see a foreigner or speak a word of English. This is the jewel in the LTL crown and the reason so many students have achieved such brilliant results with LTL.

Options include 1-on-1 or group classes, to maximize each students desired exposure to the language and preference of the teaching style. Internship and volunteer options are also available. Accommodation is also encouraged with carefully selected Chinese host-families to maximize each participants personal exposure to the language and culture. For all of the details on the available options, please consult the LTL website!

Highlights
  • Experience Full Immersion
  • The best Chinese teachers in China
  • Meet friends from around the globe
  • Choose from 3 brilliantly diverse locations
  • Speak Mandarin 24/7 with your Chinese host family

Questions & Answers

Reviews

97%
based on 42 reviews
  • Academics 9.7
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.2
  • Housing 9.4
  • Safety 9.6
  • Growth 9.5
  • Support 10
  • Fun 9.5
  • Housing 9.5
  • Safety 9.5
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Bjoern
10/10

Two City Combo

School:
I felt LTL was well managed and run, with a very motivated team that clearly cares about helping their students during their stay in China. The courses follow a clear curriculum, classes start on time and they are very upfront with what is part of a program - and also what not.
Support:
After a week in Beijing, I got sick with pretty high fever - quite a scary experience. After calling the school, the owner was at my apartment within half an hour, took me to an international hospital and stayed with me there for half the night. Antibiotics straightened the infection out pretty quickly in the next few days, but that day when I first got sick I do not know what I would have done without them. I feel very appreciative of the help I was given that day, where I am from I do not think a lot of schools would send someone to bring you to hospital on a Sunday night.
The Course
I studied first in Beijing and then in a smaller city in the mountains North of Beijing, called Chengde. I took individual classes in both places as I am a bit of a slow learner and like to be able to study at my own pace. The teachers I had were very professional and supportive of me struggling with some aspects of the language at the beginning. I found the course structure very good, first studying in Beijing to settle into China before then going to the wild China where I was the only foreigner in the whole city I think. It helped me overcome my fear of speaking very quickly.
Social Life
I was a bit worried about not making any friends as I was taking classes alone, but at the school most students have lunch together so I very quickly met a lot of people. The school also organized dinners, welcome breakfast, so taking classes alone turned out not to be a problem at all.
I would definitely do the course again.

Yes, I recommend this program
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jv1981
10/10

Loved it

Spent a truly amazing two months with LTL. I would recommend them for anyone who wants to seriously improve their Chinese.
China is not easy at the beginning and I know I would have not enjoyed it as much without the great support from them.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Stiebke
10/10

four weeks in China

I studied three weeks in Beijing and one week in Chengde with LTL this summer, staying with a homestay family in both places.
The school is great and the combination of the two cities was a great way to see two very different parts of China. My last week in Chengde was the most intense language wise but also where I progressed the most.
Teachers and homestays great, service fantastic, I had a great time. I would strongly recommend LTL for anyone who wants to seriously study Chinese.

How can this program be improved?
to organize payment was time consuming
Yes, I recommend this program
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Meg
10/10

Fantastic Holiday

I loved Beijing and LTL. The school is very nice and has a great student community. It was a lot of fun and Beijing is an amazing city. Go to China guys!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Darky
10/10

Good teachers

I studied five months individual classes with LTL in 2011, four hours a day.
When I got to Beijing, I did not know a word of Chinese. When I left talking was not really a problem anymore. I came to China with the aim to learn some basics, as I have never been good in learning languages. Today I can write emails in Chinese (with not too many mistakes) to our business partners in Shanghai, have no problems chatting to people in Chinese (for most topics at least) and my progress has by far surpassed what I had expected.
I think that had a lot to do with the school and especially my teacher. Four hours a day is pretty intensive but she made it fun and obviously loved her job.
Living with a family who did not speak any English (like really none at all!) was tough for the first few days, but in the end I think helped me a lot with the language. They were great people also.
Organization wise LTL are excellent, I found them very trustworthy and nice to deal with and overall am very happy.
Will be back if I manage to get the time off again.

Yes, I recommend this program
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dreaming
10/10

I would call them friends

I studied at LTL for five weeks last month and I loved it. It was my first trip to China and the school felt a bit like a family away from home, in a city that did not feel very much like home. I made friends with several of the staff there (all Chinese - got a lot of free classes in the evening) and still stay in contact.
I miss you guys!

Yes, I recommend this program
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WanttogobacktoBeijing
10/10

Internship in Beijing

I study Media and PR and was looking for an internship in China in my field and hired LTL to help me to find an internship for me.

Internship: After several interviews I chose to do an internship with a Chinese PR company for five months. It was an amazing experience. I was the only foreigner working in the company and my Chinese colleagues came to me very frequently to help them when there were any cultural differences they had trouble understanding. Together with my manager I was in charge of the BMW account, which was very interesting. I did two business trips to Shanghai for meetings with BMW and we organized a big event for them in Wuhan. I think in China you get the opportunity to do a lot more as an intern than you would do in other countries, because even though I didn't really have any work experience, they saw me as their only "foreign" staff which meant I was asked to do quite a lot of things. Never had to make coffee for anyone.

Beijing: It is a great city, miss it a lot still. Exciting, big - very different to home. I will definitely go back.

Service: LTL was great. First they found me a great internship, but they also helped me a lot with sorting out accommodations, Chinese classes etc. I think after one or two months in China you dont necessarily need that anymore, but in the first few weeks, I dont think I would have survived without them.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Marakanka
10/10

Recommended

I can recommend them. My teacher was not only nice but you could tell she had learned her job. The staff are nice, they are incredibly organized (when does one say that about someone in China...), the accommodation was great.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Pekina
10/10

Immersion in China

I have been studying Chinese for a while, first at university and then at different schools by myself.
I did the Chengde Full Immersion Program with LTL and have to say it was probably the best Chinese study experience I have had.
For me the problem was always that I spoke too much English even when studying in China and was looking for a full immersion experience.
The program was great for that, I lived with a retired lady who had a lot of time on her hands, so we spent a lot of time making food together and talk. She is a real "Chengdenese" and has lived there her whole life and obviously enjoyed showing the city to a foreigner.
She did not speak any English, which was what I was looking for, but I guess for a complete beginner that would have been difficult.
The classes were good too, but I have had similar experiences at other schools. What really made the program great was my host mother and living in Chengde, which feels much more like a "real" Chinese city than Shanghai or Beijing.
For LTL, the thing that mostly stood out was the organisation, from the course organisation to the airport pick up everything worked perfectly.

Would definitely recommend for someone who wants to see real China and have a full immersion program.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Suni
10/10

好好学习

I had studied mandarin for a semester at a university in Beijing and while it was fun, we really did not learn a lot in terms of language and had very little contact with other non-foreign students. I heard similar stuff from other students at universities in China so chose a private school for my three months course this time.
I cannot compare them to other private schools, but I would say I learned in those three months a lot more there than I did in a full semester before. The organisation was a lot better, the teachers more motivated and the environment far more pleasant.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Fred
10/10

Great Trip

I studied at ltl in 2011 for a month and it was fantastic. Especially liked the social program and our teacher was great, even though I probably wasnt the best student always....
I would recommend the homestay option.
Hope to be back in China soon.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Patrick
8/10

Study Chinese in Beijing

I have been studying at LTL for three months so far and will continue to do so for another six months.
The teaching quality has been excellent, but what I like most is the individual attention given to each student. You are not treated like a number but like an individual. This can be quite important in a country with a culture as different from Switzerland as China.

I staid at a homestay family for the first three months and this has been a great experience. Moving into an apartment of my own for the rest of the course now.

Yes, I recommend this program

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LTL (Live the Language) Mandarin School offers the chance for students around the world to study Chinese culture and Mandarin Chinese language in one comprehensive program. During their time with LTL at one of the locations (Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei...