Learn Chinese in China

Affordable yet top quality Chinese lessons in China!

Study Chinese in small group classes gives everyone the chance to get their mouth moving and speak Chinese at the very beginning. Our group classes have been a success for over a decade in Beijing, Shanghai and further afield.

Beihai offers a more affordable alternative than the aforementioned beasts of China. Beijing and Shanghai are great cities to learn Chinese but for cost of living, Beihai is a great choice if you are on a budget. Roughly 1.5 million in population, Beihai is a small city in Chinese terms!

Learning Chinese in groups at LTL

Learn Chinese in China with our certified, fully qualified teachers, study speaking, reading, writing and listening and get your Chinese ahead faster than you ever thought you could!

Our group classes welcome all students up to HSK3 level where an individual program is recommended.

  • Great Teachers

    Great Teachers

    The Best: professional, certified, qualified. We employ the finest

    Speaking, Reading, Writing & Listening: We cover all aspects

    Interactive: Lessons are never the same

    Experience: All LTL teachers boast years of experience

  • Great On A Budget

    Great On A Budget

    40% Cheaper: Than our courses in Beijing and Shanghai

    High Quality: you'll still receive first rate tutelage

    Cost of Living: Beihai is much cheaper than China's big cities

    Sign up in Seconds: Simple sign-up process which we assist with

  • Try Something New

    Try Something New

    Beihai: not many people know about it. Try something different

    Learn Chinese in China: there's no quicker way to learn Mandarin

    Community Feel: become part of our tight-knit group

    Travel China: we have schools in five locations. Travel and learn

  • China Experts

    China Experts

    Over a Decade of Experience: We know the deal when it come to China

    Support: All our team are here for you, across China

    Fluent Speakers: Our staff speak many languages between them

    Enjoy It: Learning Chinese can be daunting, but it isn't so hard

Learn Chinese in Beihai

Beautiful Beihai, a perfect location to master Chinese

  • Small group classes at LTL Mandarin School consists of 20 Mandarin lessons per week.
  • Lessons lasts 55 minutes
  • Chinese courses can be last anything from one week to one year

Our small group Chinese courses focus mainly on spoken Mandarin. That said we do not neglect other areas. Reading and writing skills are of course are also a vital part of the whole package.

WHEN CAN I START? If you are a complete beginner you can start your course on any of our starting dates (see below). If you already studied some Chinese previously – it does not matter how much – you can start on any Monday of the year.

Learn Chinese in Beihai – 2020/2021 Start Dates

If you are ready to make then plunge and come to Learn Chinese in China with LTL, good for you. Here are our starting dates for 2019 for complete beginners.

  • 09 March 2020
  • 30 March 2020
  • 20 April 2020
  • 11 May 2020
  • 01 June 2020
  • 22 June 2020
  • 13 July 2020
  • 27 July 2020
  • 10 August 2020
  • 24 August 2020
  • 14 September 2020
  • 19 October 2020
  • 16 November 2020
  • 07 December 2020
  • 28 December 2020
  • 04 January 2021
  • 01 February 2021
  • 21 February 2021
  • 08 March 2021
  • 29 March 2021
  • 19 April 2021
  • 10 May 2021
  • 31 May 2021
  • 21 June 2021
  • 12 July 2021
  • 26 July 2021
  • 09 August 2021
  • 23 August 2021
  • 13 September 2021
  • 18 October 2021
  • 15 November 2021
  • 06 December 2021
  • 27 December 2021

Small Group Classes at LTL School

Learn Chinese in Beihai – Group Prices (Chinese Yuan)

Class Small Group Small Group & Individual
Duration 20h group  20h group & 10h 1-on-1
1 week 1,417 2,873
2 weeks 2,765 5,607
3 weeks 4,046 8,205
4 weeks 5,264 10,673
5 weeks 6,419 13,016
6 weeks 7,515 15,238
7 weeks 8,553 17,344
8 weeks 9,537 19,339
9 weeks 10,467 21,226
10 weeks 11,347 23,009
11 weeks 12,177 24,692
12 weeks 12,960 26,280
13/52 wks 1,080 / wk 2,190 / wk

All prices in are in CNY (Chinese Yuan). Currencies you can pay in include USD, GBP, CND, AUD, JPY and SWF.

Please note – this is based on the Bank of China exchange rate at the day.

No hidden charges!

No registration fee and no processing fee

All the textbooks and study materials are included in the price.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you assign me to a group?

Here’s how it works:

  • Before you start your course with LTL our Director of Studies will do a free assessment test with you.
  • This can be done via Skype, WhatsApp or phone.
  • This isn’t an exam. It is quite simply a conversation to help us to understand your Chinese level.
  • Do the assessment whenever you want. We generally recommend doing it two to four weeks before coming to China to give us ample time to assign you to the most suitable class possible.
Will I learn Chinese characters?


70% of class time is focused on speaking and chatting in Chinese. 30% of the class will be spent reading and getting to know the characters in Chinese.

If you want a more tailored solution, we recommend taking the individual Chinese classes in Beihai.

When are the classes?

Classes take place Monday to Friday and times can vary. A general guideline would look something like this:

  • 10am-12pm
  • Lunch for an hour
  • 1pm-3pm

This can change, perhaps you’ll start at 8am, or 1pm depending on teacher and class availability.

If I am not comfortable with my class, can I change it?

If you speak to us anything is possible. If you feel the level of the class perhaps doesn’t match yours (perfectly natural as people progress at different speeds), then come and speak to us.

How many classmates will I have?

This depends on a number of factors such as season, number of students the same level as you, teachers available etc. We purposely keep class sizes very small. Quality is the most important thing for us, the larger the class size the less you speak and the less you get to practice.

Class sizes can be as small as two people. Across our LTL schools the average size of our group classes is just three so either way, you’ll be a key part of your group no matter what.

What about lunch?

Students tend to all go together for lunch which is something we love to see. This could involve getting some food ordered into the school (speak to our Beihai staff for more information about this), going out and exploring the streets of Beihai for some lovely local food, or just bringing in some food from the day before.

How much Mandarin can I realistically learn in a group class?

This is a question we get asked a lot and is quite difficult to define but here are some rough metrics to work with to give you an idea:

  • The basics – Within two to four weeks (HSK1)
  • Day to day conversations after two months (HSK2)
  • Complex conversations after five to seven months (HSK 4)
  • Fluency within a year (HSK 5 to 6)

Fluency is of course a broad term and this doesn’t mean you can turn up to class for a year and you’ll be fluent.

It’s what you do outside the classroom that will most likely define your success.

Are you willing to make a Chinese friend? Are you willing to change your phone language to Chinese? Are you willing to go for Chinese food instead of a pizza?

Students who live with a Chinese Homestay, or join in the Chinese Immersion Program tend to progress faster.

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