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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

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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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Jeremy
10/10

LTL Shanghai

A fantastic school to study at located in an equally fantastic area of Shanghai. I would say that the most excellent attribute that I experienced was their flexibility. Due to my work and travel commitments, which tend to be last minute, I had numerous interruptions to my daily schedule. Dealing with LTL was a relaxing process and solutions were always easy to find. My initial 7 weeks of intensive study was spread out over almost 4 months. I personally find this kind of flexibility to be excellent.!. On from that dealing with Alex, the head of the School in Shanghai, was an easy and often fun process. Along with Dannie and Johann, and of course the excellent teachers on their rather large roster. The weekly events that were organised are an excellent chance to get an inside view of the life and history of Shanghai, whilst also giving students a great chance to further practice their Chinese language skills in real life settings. Also I found that the one on one classes were excellent and the teachers I had allowed the classes to flow organically, so we not only studied from the text book, but also discussed contemporary topics and delved into Chinese history.. Overall my experience with LTL was a positive one and I would highly recommend any student wishing to further their study into the Chinese language in Shanghai, to get in contact with LTL.!!. 谢谢

Yes, I recommend this program
Daniela
9/10

An LTL Experience

I have been with the LTL school for 4 months. During the first month I was studying Chinese as a student. At that time I did the individual program in which I had 4 hours of Chinese every day. During this time I had the opportunity to study Chinese with 3 different teachers. They were all very well prepared. Studying with three different teachers gave me the chance to understand different points of view and learn three different teaching methods, which allowed my Chinese to improve super-quickly.

After the first month I started my internship for LTL. In this way I've been able to see both sides of the school, as a student and as a worker. Working for LTL gave me the chance to learn many new things all very useful for my career.

Also my manager was really impeccable, every day he taught me something new, making sure I was able to get by myself at the end of the day. All of this was an unforgettable experience.

During my 4 months in China I chose to stay in a Chinese homestay, it was the best choice I could make. At home I had the opportunity to talk and improve my Chinese, not to mention the homemade Chinese food that is really delicious.

I believe that the bonds I have created during this period at LTL will last a long time and that this experience will be impossible to forget.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Maxi
10/10

Excellent Summer - memories to last a lifetime

I spent some time in the Summer of 2017 with LTL in Beijing learning Mandarin and the memories from that short time will last a lifetime.

The school was excellent, very relaxed and calm. A great environment to learn. My classmates, all three of them, were great company and we became good friends outside of class as well as in. Between us, we grew a strong bond with our teacher, Lucy (pictures attached below). The classes were well put together and within a short space of time my Chinese improved like I never imagined and it continues to do so to this very day.

The students and staff at the school are wonderful company and provides you with a great reason to get out of bed everyday!

I stayed with a Chinese Homestay during this time to top up my learning and try something I may never do again. What an experience. The mother, father and daughter were lovely company, so caring and thoughtful. The facilities were ideal and the food they made everyday was just sublime.

Zero negatives and memories I will cherish forevermore.

How can this program be improved?
Nothing I'd say
Yes, I recommend this program
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Laura
7/10

Language Course in Beijing and Language Programme in Chengde

For two months, I visited a one-by-one language course at LTL in Beijing. I did not participate in the whole cultural programme, since my internship place already provided a place to stay. Furthermore, I also participated in the language programme in Chengde for one week.

The one-by-one language course was okay, but nothing special. During the two months, I had courses with two (male) teachers and we covered the book 'Short-term Spoken Chinese'. In my opinion, the quality of the language course can still be improved. A little more engagement and creativity from the teacher's side would have been nice. Apart from learning from the book only (which makes it a bit boring...), more creative exercises could have been applied during the course in order to better learn Chinese, for example reading a simple Chinese book or making a role play, etc. I think this engagement can be expected from a trained language teacher. I felt I did not speak sufficiently during the course, although it should be the priority that the student is engaged to speak more (at least more than the teacher).

For one week during the two months at LTL I also participated in the language programme in Chengde, which is a small town not too far from Beijing. I was told that staying at Chengde would boost my Chinese language skills - which was also true. However, in my opinion this programme is a bit overrated and too costly for the service received.
My host family was an old couple, which was pretty fine for me. They were really nice people although I would have wished that they would have integrated me more into their lives and showed more engagement. After my language course in the morning, which finished in the afternoon, I mostly came home. My hostmum would arrive at home a little later and start to cook. In the evening we watched tv together and then went to bed. It would have been nice to do more things together with them, such as joining them visit the places they go in the afternoon, or cooking together, etc. I also think for the price I payed for that week, at least the most important facilities should be provided (and it should not be needed to be stated extra), such as a shower, a bed (with a mattress - I had one but I heard of another person that slept on a wooden bed and who didn’t sleep very well) and a clean environment (often they didn’t wash the dishes properly and they were smoking a lot in the living room). Otherwise it was really interesting to see an authentic Chinese family.
Since Chengde is a quite small town, as mentioned, you rely a bit on the activities offered during the programme, in case your family is not very active. Before going to Chengde, I was interviewed by one of the LTL employees which activities I would like to do (horse riding, rafting, playing soccer, etc.). However, I was quite disappointed by the activities offered in Chengde since it turned out they were not included in the price for the Chengde programme. Zhongwen (a really active woman even though highly pregnant) tried to organize a lot but I was shocked about the huge prices. When staying longer Chengde, which is not the most interesting place on Earth, and I think I would get poor after a while if I always had to pay so much extra for every activity. The school could help to join more things that do not cost so much or even don't cost anything.

I hope those things I mentioned could be improved in the future, since I think that LTL school and also their Chengde programme has a lot potential. The outcome just needs to be more adjusted to the price and more creativity could make the stay at LTL much more interesting and fun.

Thank you.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Toby
10/10

Beijing Internship

Program: I completed a 6-month internship program with a homestay.

Experience: The internship provided me with a great opportunity to experience the dynamics of working in a commercial environment within China. I was given a board range of responsibilities, from assisting with company recruitment to reviewing company reports. Not only did this give me exposure to an array of skills that will prove useful for a future career, but it also allowed me to practice my Mandarin in a professional environment.

Homestay: The homestay was the most important aspect when it came to practicing my Chinese. Every day without fail I would communicate with my host family in Mandarin. This was initially quite daunting, but over time my Mandarin ability, along with my confidence in using the language, improved substantially.

Beijing: LTL will arrange an array of activities that will allow you to explore both the city and its surroundings. It may initially take some getting used to, but there is definitely a unique character to the city that I grew to love.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Marcus
10/10

LTL -

I have just completed my 3-week program at LTL Shanghai, and it has been fantastic. I am studying chinese at my university in Copenhagen, and did this to maintain my chinese level during summer vacation. From the moment i arrived in Shanghai airport (my 1st time in China) everything went smooth. The airport pick-up, provided by the school, was there on time, and took me directly to my homestay family. The homestay experience is optional, but was very interesting and allows you to really get the chinese culture under your skin. And of cause, it is the best way to improve your oral chinese.
The school is located in one of the most cool areas of Shanghai, and there are plenty of good restaurants, shops and bars nearby. But the best thing about LTL is the staff. They are so welcoming and friendly, and right away you'll feel like a part of the LTL family. They plan weekly events such as; dinners at various chinese restaurents, trips to cultural sites and karaoke nights etc. for both students and teachers which gives this a really cool social environment, that i have never experienced between teachers and students. Besides they are all really skillfull, in what ever part of the chinese language that you want to practice. I have probably learnt more here in these 3 weeks, than i would in months back home.
I will miss this place very much, but hopefully i will come back again and again. And so should you. I can not recommend this place any higher.

How can this program be improved?
I have been trying to think about this, but can not come up with anything.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Joel
10/10

LTL Shanghai - An Incomparable Experience

I have studied foreign languages abroad at schools in France, Italy, Brazil and Korea. I can say without a doubt that LTL is the best language school I have ever attended. From the very first moment you step inside the school, the administration makes you feel welcome and right at home. They go to great lengths to ensure your transition to Shanghai is a smooth one. The teachers at LTL are superb. They carefully explain the intricate nuances of the Chinese language - tonal pronunciation, sentence structures, grammatical rules, character writing - all the skills necessary to succeed in Chinese. But much more than that, the teachers are very friendly, approachable and always happy to help. There is always something going on at school - LTL plans daily lunches in the neighborhood, weekly dinners, karaoke, weekend visits to interesting cultural sites within Shanghai or trips to other nearby cities (e.g. Suzhou, Nanjing). With so much going on, it is common to see students just hang around for a few hours after class has ended. LTL puts so much thought and care into everything it does that it does feel like a family away from home, regardless whether you are here for one week, one month or one year. I wholeheartedly recommend the school to others who are considering studying Chinese in Shanghai.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Susanna
9/10

Challenging, but rewarding

LTL provided excellent support right from the first contact with the school until the end of the programme. Someone always answered my questions immediately, even when they weren't urgent queries.
I had two great teachers for my one-on-one classes and the topics we covered in class were exactly those that I was interested in and my vocabulary expanded during the 6 weeks. I had good opportunities to improve speaking fluency and have grammar and pronunciation problems corrected. I enjoyed the fact that the course was challenging and that I also learned much about China today.
I opted for the serviced apartment accommodation. The living quarters were sunny and the area nice and quiet. There were many food options locally. For anyone thinking about this option, you need to remember that the standard of cleanliness may not be what you are used to at home. However, my landlady responded to any calls immediately.
My time at LTL was very positive. I thought it was a little expensive, but on the other hand, it was money well spent.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Bruno
10/10

Learning Mandarin in Chinese New Year

The experience of studying at LTL in Beijing was great. From the first contact with the school advisor till the last day, the LTL team gave me a huge support, even for activities not related to the school, like booking a taxi to take me to Great Wall and other things

Homestay was really convenient, about 30 min from school, and all of them were very kind to me, especially at Chinese New Year.

The school also provides some weekly activities, which is a nice way to know other students and have some fun.

And finally the most important point, was the huge increase on my mandarin skills in only one month. 1 on 1 classes were awesome, once I was free to choose the way and the speed of learning.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Thomas
10/10

My experience with LTL

I really enjoyed the stay at LTL in Beijing. Great teachers and both effective and fun learning experience, which gave my chinese a great boost. The school location in the Business district is excellent, and school activities are much fun (Baiju, Karaoke etc.). I am happy i chose to stay in a homestay family and could continue talking chinese after school, plus enjoy every day homestyle chinese food.

How can this program be improved?
Systematic assessment of chinese capabilities and learning plan after school program
Yes, I recommend this program
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Hadijah
10/10

Live The Language Rocks

For the 3 weeks of mandarin course, I was glad everything turned out epic. I got super skilled teachers teaching me, helping me to be prepared for my HSK test. The learning materials are sufficient for me to study for the test. The teachers’ soul focus never leave me either. The environment of the school is welcoming thanks to the teachers and staff being super friendly and widely open minded. Large diversity of people attended the school so I was lucky enough to meet some great people. Every week, there would be a small get together which is fun to bond with the other students. Overall, I got more than what I bargained for, which keep me wishing I don’t have to leave that school. Because it felt just like home.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Alexander
9/10

Great Experience in Beijing

Coming to Beijing in the coldest month of the year seems to be a bad idea? Spending Christmas and New Year in China doesn't have your homeplace's atmosphere? Not at all! I went to Beijing in December and January to study Chinese at LTL Mandarin School. It's an unforgettable experience. From the first day you arrive you get into Beijing's everyday life. I stayed with a homestay family, they are so kind people, let me participate in their everyday life, let me taste any kinds of great Chinese food, take me to see the place they live. The schedule at school is tight, but the faster the progress is. Everyday when talking to Chinese people I felt that I could apply the things we leart in class. The teachers here are very enthusiastic and you can choose your speed and way of learning.
If you want to boost your Chinese from a very basic level to fluent everyday conversations, as I did during the time here, experience Beijing's great lively atmosphere and make friends with people from all over the world, just try it out!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Heidi
9/10

A worthwhile experience

I had been learning Mandarin for a while but had reached a plateau. I now wanted to expand my knowledge and immerse myself in the culture. After much on-line research, I decided LTL was the way to go and enrolled in a four week course: 2 weeks group classes in Beijing and 2 weeks emersion in Chengde, both with a Homestay family.

Before leaving, my contact with the student liaison was very helpful and answered all my questions and concerns. I was also very pleased that all the arrangements to pick me up and deliver me to my host families were well taken care of. My host sisters were both very kind, friendly and helpful and over time I began to understand more and more of the conversations. Still some way to go though!

Getting around in Beijing was quite easy with the Metro; pass provided. I had a few conversations with a variety of people en-route, in shops etc. and they were all very patient and forthcoming, and happy to answer my questions in my limited Chinese. I think the trick is not to be afraid to make mistakes. Everyone appreciates the fact that you’re trying.

The two class teachers in Beijing were well prepared and, because the class was small we were able to ask questions and have our concerns addressed. We concentrated on correct pronunciation and usage as well as vocabulary development and character formation, but we also learned a pop song and indulged in some general discussion, which I found particularly interesting.

In Chengde, my one-on-one experience was tailored more to my personal needs, again with very accommodating teachers. As I had chosen one week of “Discover Chengde”, my teacher in the second week was my guide to some of the beautiful, historical sights of this charming city, and morning lessons were held in a café by the river.

At the end of my four weeks I was taken back to Beijing and spent two more weeks travelling in China with my son. My preparations had certainly been worthwhile!

How can this program be improved?
Yes, it was expensive, but you get what you pay for!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Xan
10/10

LTL has a great social scene and experienced teachers.

Studying in China with LTL was, overall, an amazing experience. The school is full of interesting people and friendly staff, and we often met up for dinners, drinks and dancing.
I am also very satisfied with my progress in Chinese. I arrived as an absolute beginner, and 16 weeks of their Standard Immersion Program later I can chat away in Chinese with ease.
The homestays they organised for me were excellent. In both Beijing and Chengde I had a double bed, and the houses were very clean. More importantly, the families were really friendly. In Beijing they even took me to a Chinese wedding, and throughout treated me as a member of the family. I became really good friends with my 24 year old 'homestay brother', and we are still in contact to this day.
The only downside to the program is that it is a little on the expensive side. But what you get is well worth the money!

How can this program be improved?
I guess a few students told me their homestays were a little bit far away from the school in Beijing, but the vast majority are, I think, within 40 mins away, which is fine.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Lisa
10/10

Learn Mandarin at a fast pace!

I just came home from a five weeks stay in Beijing and China, three of which I spent at LTL learning Mandarin. The last two weeks I did some traveling with my mom to test my abilities ;)
Having learnt Chinese in Germany before (HSK 2 level), I wasnt a total beginner. However my speaking and listening skills were far from being useful in daily conversation. Studying at LTL helped with that tremendously. Both with good and intense classes (three to four students) and with arranging a homestay for me. While my reading, vocabulary and grammar skills were improved through my lessons, staying with a real chinese family helped greatly with my listening and speaking skills. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to experience chinese daily live first hand and explore similarities and differences.
My two weeks of traveling proved to me that my chinese really improved and I was able to navigate around the country without major mishaps. Even in the south ;)
In my opinion, LTL is a good address if you want to learn Chinese and experience the culture first hand. They take good care of their students and do their best to make your stay a memorable one!

How can this program be improved?
While the program is great and I can't point out any downsides, for me as a recent graduate it was at the same time quite expensive. I would have found it great if LTL offered discounts for students enrolled at university.
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...