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Studying Chinese for Six Months in Beijing.

Studying Chinese for Six Months in Beijing.

Studying Chinese was something I had always wanted to do, but never had the opportunity. I graduated from university in 2013 and, like most people my age, failed to get a job in the UK. I decided to make the most of the opportunity and spend six-months in China learning Mandarin. Picking a school was not easy. I wanted to…read more →

LTL’s top tips of what NOT to do in modern day China!

LTL’s top tips of what NOT to do in modern day China!

China is famous for its ancient culture and traditions, however modern day China is not without its own set of rules and in many cases these are more important to note than the older traditions which have become less important during the recent economic boom and communist rule. You’ll find many articles on the internet telling you what not to do in…read more →

Useful Phrases for Expats Moving to China!

Useful Phrases for Expats Moving to China!

Moving to China can be crazy! New time zone, new culture, new food and especially, new language. You’re going to need a few basic Chinese phrases to survive before you have time to really learn the language. I asked some expat friends that live here in Beijing, what the first (useful) phrases were that they learnt when they arrived and…read more →

From 0 to HSK 5 in a Year

From 0 to HSK 5 in a Year

I did not know a single word in Chinese when I first came to Beijing in July 2013 to study Mandarin. After finishing highschool I decided to spend my gap year trying to achieve fluency in Chinese – something I was back then not very certain I could achieve within only a year. Mandarin is generally believed to be one…read more →

My highlight in China: Immersion program in Chengde

My highlight in China: Immersion program in Chengde

These past 10 months I’ve been in China studying Mandarin with LTL. I started out in Beijing and then for the final leg of my trip I was in Chengde, Hebei. When I first arrived in Chengde I wasn’t really excited to be there. I had already established a pretty good lifestyle in Beijing; I had my classmates, my homestay, my…read more →

Game of Thrones – The Chinese Names

Game of Thrones – The Chinese Names

We know that many of you tune-in on the TV, Netflix or other less orthodox ways, to watch the hugely popular HBO series, Game of Thrones, based on the successful book series Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. As such, we decided to give you a brief list of characters, sayings and names from the Game of Thrones…read more →

Six Gradual Methods of Learning Chinese

Six Gradual Methods of Learning Chinese

Mandarin Chinese, as with any other language, takes a long time to master. Many people who have previously studied French, Italian or other romantic languages are befuddled as to how to go about starting with Mandarin. While in the previous languages, they could start with conjugations and grammar, Mandarin Chinese is almost completely devoid of it. To learn Mandarin, you…read more →