Overview

Learn Chinese in Shanghai quickly with a private LTL Chinese tutor. Our teachers are all government-certified Mandarin teachers with many years of teaching experience. Accordingly, lessons do not just follow a text book, but are taught according to your individual needs and requirements.

Let LTL Mandarin School show you how much progress you can make with your Chinese, even whilst working full-time in Shanghai. The key is a structured, organised and efficient study plan and of course, a professional Chinese tutor to accompany you on the journey.

  • Certified teachers
  • Flexible study times
  • Flexible location
  • Fair pricing: no hidden fees
  • Free LTL Online Chinese Kit
  • The LTL Quality Guarantee
  • Shanghai’s best tutors

    Shanghai’s best tutors

    Certified: All LTL teachers are certified Chinese language professionals Personalized: Follow an individual study plan focused on your needs
    Modern Teaching Methods: Interactive teaching and fun classes
    Quality Guarantee: If you are not happy after 3 hrs, your classes are free

  • Flexibility

    Flexibility

    Time: Study at any time Mon-Sun 8am to 10pm, at no extra cost
    Not only at our school: We can also come to you anywhere in Shanghai
    Cancelations: Cancel up to 30% with only 6 hrs notice during working hours

  • Great Value for Money

    Great Value for Money

    No hidden fees: No weekend, evening, or morning surcharges
    No transport surcharges within Line 4: Reasonable costs for further travel
    Great Discounts: For buying more classes and paying on time
    Free LTL online study kit: Various discounts for Skritter, ChinesePod etc.

  • LTL Mandarin School

    LTL Mandarin School

    Relaxed: Modern class-rooms, air-con, free soft drinks & beer
    Next to Yongkang Lu: French Concessions, 300m to Shanxi South St. station
    Advice based on experience: LTL Study Advisors will help you to learn Mandarin
    Community: Join weekly school dinners, after class drinks or weekend trips

The LTL Quality Guarantee

Before you start your Chinese lessons we will do an individual assessment with you to determine your language level and specific needs. Based on this we will then match you with a suitable private Chinese teacher and develop a personal study plan for you, before you have your first class. This might sound trivial, but is important because a good Chinese class is not just a tutor turning up with a book. It does (and it should) take a lot of effort on our part to prepare and organise in advance.

This effort is exactly why we need our students to also commit to our Chinese school before we start the process and why we do not offer free trial classes.

However, with the LTL Quality Guarantee we are promising you that our teaching quality is outstanding – and if you do not agree after 3 hours, then you owe us no money at all and the classes you took are completely free.

Prices

Private 1-on-1 Class, Certified Mandarin Teacher Shanghai

Class Hours Price (CNY per hour)
> 150 132
101 – 150 139
51 – 100 143
25 – 50 152

2-on-1 Class, Certified Mandarin Teacher Shanghai

Class Hours Price (CNY per hour)
> 150 75
101 – 150 77
51 – 100 82
25 – 50 87

All prices are in Chinese Yuan and per person.

At LTL there are no surcharges for weekend, morning or evening classes. We also do not charge any teacher transport fees for Chinese classes taught anywhere on subway line 1. All students are welcome to attend our weekly social events free of charge and will also have access to our free LTL Online Chinese study kit.

Students follow a regular study plan depending on work and personal schedules. However, up to 30% of your lessons can be cancelled if we are notified six working hours before your class is due to begin. It is also possible to fix the duration of a class to anything between 1.5 hours (short lesson) and 6 hours (super intensive lesson). If you need even more flexibility, check out the LTL Super Flexible Chinese Program.

What our students say about LTL

Chris Testimony for LTL
Chris
UK, Booz Allen Consulting

“I studied Business Chinese for one year with LTL. Because I have to travel abroad a lot for work, it was great how supportive the staff was with scheduling.

They were professional and flexible with everything, including my curriculum. I’d recommend them to others looking to study in Shanghai.”

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Chris Testimony for LTL
Chris
UK, Booz Allen Consulting

“I studied Business Chinese for one year with LTL. Because I have to travel abroad a lot for work, it was great how supportive the staff was with scheduling. They were professional and flexible with everything, including my curriculum. I’d recommend them to others looking to study in Shanghai.”

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My Story

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Eleanor Testimony for LTL
Eleanor
USA

"My 4 weeks in Beijing have been amazing! I have had a wonderful time – living with my homestay family, having dinner with Chinese friends, learning Mandarin, visiting the Great Wall and exploring Beijing. So much of this was possible because of the LTL staff. Thank you for your flexibility and dedication. I’ll never forget this trip!"

Eleanor Testimony for LTL
Eleanor
USA
Kay Testimony for LTL
Kay
Germany, Siemens

“Before starting my Skype lessons, I thought online classes might not offer the same learning experience, but I was pleasantly surprised! The sound quality is great and you can share your desktop with your teacher. For me there is no difference between face-to-face and Skype lessons. Since I travel a lot, that’s a big advantage to me.”

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Kay Testimony for LTL
Kay
Germany, Siemens

“Before starting my Skype lessons, I thought online classes might not offer the same learning experience, but I was pleasantly surprised! The sound quality is great and you can share your desktop with your teacher. For me there is no difference between face-to-face and Skype lessons. Since I travel a lot, that’s a big advantage to me.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you teach during lunch time?

Yes, of course we can. There are no surcharges for taking classes at any particular time of day – mornings, evenings, weekends, lunchtimes. Your tutor can also travel to your office during your lunch break. Please note though that the minimum duration of a class is 1.5 hours. If you want to book classes shorter than that, please have a look at the LTL Super Flexible Chinese program.

Where is LTL Mandarin School located in Shanghai?

Located right in the Former French Concessions, LTL is about 250 metres from Yongkanglu and a two minute walk from Shaanxi South Road Subway Station (Lines 1, 2 and 12). Shaanxi South Street subway station is two subway stops away from both People’s Square and Jingan Temple. The area is full of bars, restaurants and shops.

Our full address in English is: Shanghai, Xuhui District, Xiangyang South Rd. Modern Mansion, Tower A, Unit 910   Phone: +86 (0)21 33680866. If you take a taxi, tell the driver to go to Xiangyang Nan Lu and Fuxing Zhong Lu (襄阳南路 / 复兴中路). The school is located right at the intersection of the two roads.

In Chinese the address is:上海市徐汇区襄阳南路218号现代大厦A座910室.

Can I change teachers?

As we spend a lot of time preparing a course, choosing the right Chinese teacher and creating a personal study plan for each student, it is very rare in our experience that a student wants to change teachers after starting the program. Should you however feel you need to change to another Mandarin teacher, this is of course possible at any point and we will do this free of charge.

Do I need a regular study schedule?

Firstly, sticking to a regular schedule is not only good for maintaining the self-discipline needed to learn a language quickly, but also ensures that students can get into a “study rhythm” – which in our experience is essential if you want to make real progress in the language. Moreover, LTL teachers are professionals who do not just teach for fun, but made a choice to teach Mandarin as a career. This is great in terms of getting a teacher that’s reliable, motivated and experience. However, like any professional, our teachers need and deserve a reliable work schedule and an income that actually allows them to live, rent and eat in Shanghai. So to make sure that a teacher can reserve his or her time for you when you want to study, a regular study schedule is needed.

Saying that, we do offer very flexible terms for this schedule. You can request to change this schedule – subject to availability within at least two weeks, but often much faster – and students can move or cancel up to 30% of their scheduled classes without having to pay for any of them, as long as they notify us at least six hours in advance during working times (9am to 6pm).

If you have a very unpredictable work schedule and need an extremely high level of flexibility, please have a look at the LTL Super Flexible Chinese Program.

How many classes per week do you recommend?

In general Mandarin Chinese is more of a “sprint” than a “marathon” language, because it is very easy to forget words unless you hear/use/review them again quite soon after you learned them. That means it is usually much more effective to study more intensively for a shorter period than sporadically for a longer period. It is of course up to the student to decide on this and our Chinese school can offer any schedule a student wants. However, according to our experience, for any kind of real progress a student usually needs at least two sessions per week at two hours each session. Anyone who wants to make really quick progress towards fluency should consider at least eight hours of class per week. If there is a risk that you’ll be out of Shanghai sometimes on business trips or holidays, then it might be necessary to schedule even more classes to at least maintain that average.

What often works well in our experience is planning intensive study periods for a limited length of time. Many of our students spend a few months studying intensively to reach the Mandarin level they need, and afterwards start to focus again on other areas of their life – stopping or strongly reducing classroom hours. Doing an intensive Complete Immersion program in a smaller Chinese city for a week can also be a very effective way to get your Chinese ahead.

How long does a class have to be?

As it takes a bit of time to get into the “Chinese learning mode” we recommend that classes during the week last at least two hours, and at least three to four hours at the weekend. However it is also possible to book classes for as short as 1.5 hours. If you want to book a lesson that is even shorter than that, please have a look at the LTL Super Flexible Chinese program.

How can I pay?

It is possible to pay LTL in cash at our Shanghai school, via local or international bank transfers, WeChat Pay or Alipay.

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