Enjoy Chinese Classes in Shanghai with our small groups that never exceed six students.

Choose a time that’s convenient for you, and we will work around your schedule.

LTL Mandarin School offers morning, evening and weekend small group Chinese classes in Shanghai for part time students.

As with all our courses, you are guaranteed a fully-certified teacher, an interactive curriculum and a focus on making sure you enjoy your time learning Chinese.

LTL students also get free access to study advice from our Student Advisors, the LTL Online Chinese Kit, weekly social and cultural activities and HSK registration support.

If you’re looking for something more intensive, you may be interested in our full time Chinese courses or the unique LTL Immersion Program which couples studying in Shanghai with the ultra-immersive city of Chengde (not Chengdu)!

  • Certified & professional teachers
  • Have fun studying with others
  • Average of three students per class
  • Maximum of six students per class
  • Convenient school location
  • Fully certified teachers
  • Perfectly located near South Shaanxi MTR
  • Over a decade of experience

Outstanding Teachers

Certified: Professional and experienced Chinese Teachers
Enjoy studying: Interactive teaching and fun classes
Small Groups: Average of three, max of six students per class
Location: 300m to Shaanxi South St (Lines 1, 2 & 12)

Great Value

Great value: Fair prices and great discounts for longer durations
Transparency: No hidden fees
1-on-1 assessment: FREE course prep & study plan
LTL Online Chinese Kit: FREE for all LTL students

Flexible Groups

Choose: Morning, evening & weekend programs available
Flexible: Study Mandarin for anything from 6 to 24 weeks
Intensive courses: Add additional private classes to your course
Easy sign up: Call us today to start studying tomorrow

#1 Ranked Mandarin School

Personal support: Let our foreign management team help you
Make Friends: Join our school’s dinners or after school drinks
HSK Exam Center: LTL is a registered HSK test centre
Proven quality: Accredited by various governments


Classes are taught at the LTL Shanghai campus next to Yongkang Lu and 300 meters from Shanxi South St. Subway station (lines 1, 10 and 12).

The average class size is three students and we guarantee there will never be more than six students per class.

Before you start your program we will do a free assessment of your current Mandarin level, either at our school in downtown Shanghai or via WeChat/Skype.


Evening Classes Morning Classes Weekend Classes
Start Date Oct 17, 2023 Oct 24, 2023 Oct 21, 2023
Level A0, A1, A2, B1 A0, A1, A2, B1 A0, A1, A2, B1
Schedule Every Tuesday & Thursday Every Tuesday & Thursday Saturday
Time 7 – 8:30pm 8 – 9:30am 9 – 12pm

NOTE – Courses run for 6, 8, 10, 12 or 24 weeks. Each week you study for 3 hours. 1.5 hours on Tuesday then 1.5 hours on Thursday or the full 3 hours on Saturday if you choose weekend courses.

If you are already in China, you can book your course today and start your course as soon as tomorrow.

It is possible to sign up for a class at any time, subject to availability. Contact us now to book your place, or organise a free language assessment to determine which class would be most suitable for you.


Length of CourseTotal Price – 3 hours per weekTotal Price – 4.5 hours per week
8 weeks2,5203,780
10 weeks2,9704,455
12 weeks3,3845,076
16 weeks4,2246,336

A 200 CNY deposit is required to reserve your place in a group, which students can pay either in person at our Shanghai school, or via WeChat Pay/Alipay. The remaining payment is only due on the first day of class.

For alternative durations and prices in other currencies, please contact us.


Can I cancel a class?

If you cannot make it to class that is OK.

Just let your teacher know and you will be told which materials have been covered, so that if you have time, you can go through them yourself before the next class.

Will I study both spoken and reading characters?

While the focus of LTL group classes is on quick progress in spoken Chinese, characters are used and taught throughout the course.

The main aim is reading and character recognition rather than writing, because hand writing is not really needed in modern day China.

If you want to only study spoken Chinese, you might want to have a look at the Spoken Chinese Only Program; if, however, you want to work on your characters then a better option would be to take individual Chinese classes.

Do you also have full time classes in Shanghai?

If you have the time to commit to full time Chinese classes in Shanghai, great!

We offer small group Chinese classes or 1-on-1 Mandarin lessons, depending on your preference.

Will I also learn Shanghainese?

Not in these lessons, but we do offer a separate Shanghainese course which you are welcome to take with us as well as online Shanghainese classes.

If you have any questions, let us know.

How many students in a class?

On average an LTL group class has three students per teacher, and guaranteed never more than six.

Why do group classes only go up to intermediate level?

At the beginning students tend to all be at a similar level in all aspects of the language, i.e. speaking, listening, reading and writing.

The more advanced students are, the bigger the differences get.

Someone who lived in Shanghai for many years and can express themselves very efficiently might know almost no characters at all.

Another student who studied at university abroad might know hundreds of characters, but has almost no experience in speaking Chinese at all.

Then there are students with Japanese language backgrounds who know almost 2000 Chinese characters without ever having studied Mandarin – because those characters are used in Japanese too!

So even with the small group sizes at LTL, an advanced group class is almost always either too difficult or too easy for some of the students.

How do you choose my group?

Before you start your classes, our Director of Studies will do an informal assessment with you – either in person or via Skype/Phone/WeChat.

Based on this assessment you will be assigned to the most suitable group.

Do you also offer online courses?

Yes, LTL offers online Mandarin classes!

What Our Students Say

Jasmine  Testimony for LTL
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All the teachers were really good and I enjoyed the classes a lot. The classes are small and convenient. I'd recommend these type of classes to anyone who wants to improve. Thanks LTL!

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Callie Testimony for LTL
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I found LTL on the internet and was convinced to study here after seeing all the positive reviews. I'm really happy with the progress i made and with the level of my Chinese. Thank you LTL!

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Henri Testimony for LTL
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When I came to Shanghai I already had some Chinese skills. I wanted to improve the basics that I had to more advanced level. There were two other students in my group. I improved my Chinese far

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    Mojca Godec , Student Advisor

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