Study Chinese Part Time in Shanghai

Study Chinese in a small group, at a time that’s convenient for you. LTL Mandarin School offers morning, evening and weekend small group Chinese classes 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.

LTL Shanghai classroom where a teacher is having class with four students

  • 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

If you’re looking for something more intensive, you may be interested in our full time Chinese courses or the unique LTL Immersion Program.

  • Outstanding Chinese Teaching

    Outstanding Chinese Teaching

    Certified: Professional and experienced Chinese Teachers

    Enjoy studying: Interactive teaching and fun classes

    Small Groups: Average of three, maximum of six students per class

    Location: Next to Yongkang Lu, 300m to Shanxi South St (Lines 1, 2 & 12)

  • In a Group, yet Flexible

    In a Group, yet Flexible

    Choose your course: Morning, evening & weekend programs available

    Flexible durations: 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

  • Affordable


    Great value: Fair prices and generous discounts for longer durations

    Transparency: No hidden fees

    1-on-1 assessment: FREE Chinese level assessment & study plan

    The LTL Online Chinese Kit: FREE for all LTL students

  • Shanghai’s Best Mandarin School

    Shanghai’s Best Mandarin School

    Personal support: Let our foreign management team help you

    Make Friends: Join our school’s weekly dinners or after school drinks

    HSK Exam Center: LTL is a registered HSK test center

    Proven quality: Accredited by various governments

How about Full Time Chinese Classes?

  • Full Time 1-on-1

    Full Time

    Personalise your learning with a course of private Chinese lessons in Shanghai. In a 1-on-1 class you have the full attention of the teacher, so no matter what you want to learn, we will guide and teach you.

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  • Full Time Group

    Full Time

    At LTL we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach, since every student who comes to Shanghai to learn Chinese with us is different. Learning Chinese in a small group is a great way to get quality teaching.

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Part Time Chinese Classes – Starting Dates

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 January. 7, 2020 January. 14, 2020 January. 11, 2020
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
Duration 3 hours/week
Length of Course 6, 8, 10, 12 or 24 weeks

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.

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Study Chinese Part Time – Prices

Length of Part Time Chinese Course Price Total Price 3 hours (CNY) Total Price 4.5 hours (CNY)
8 weeks 95 2,280 3,420
10 weeks 90 2,700 4,050
12 weeks 85 3,060 4,590
16 weeks 80 3,840 5,760

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.

What Our Students Say

Jasmine  Testimony for LTL
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

When I came to Shanghai I already had some Chinese language skills. I wanted to improve the basics that I had to more advanced level. There were two other students in my group.

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How many students are there in a class?

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

Is it ok to 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 were covered, so that if you have time, you can go through them yourself before the next class.

Why do group levels only work well up to intermediate Chinese?

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 will I be placed in a 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.

Will I study both spoken Mandarin and Chinese 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.

How about 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.

Do you teach us the local dialect of Shanghaihua in these lessons

Not in these lessons but we do offer a separate Shanghainese course which you are welcome to take with us. If you have any questions do let me know.

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    Johan Brandal, Student Advisor

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