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Chinese Heritage Speakers

Speakers of Chinese Dialects

Learning Chinese for heritage chinese speakers

  • Certified teachers
  • Individual study plan
  • Quick progress

Students who grew up speaking Chinese accents like Cantonese, Hokkien or Hakka at home often learn Mandarin faster than most other students who only started to get exposed to Chinese from an adult age onwards. At the same time however their needs are different to most other students, in many cases quickly learning new vocabulary, but struggling with Chinese characters and pronunciation.

LTL offers special 1-on-1 classes in Beijing, taught by certified teachers, to help Chinese heritage speakers to use the advantage of exposure to Chinese languages from an early age on to progress quickly with their Mandarin language studies.

As each student’s linguistic background is different, the best way to study Mandarin Chinese for a speaker of Chinese dialect has to be individually planned and organized. As a first step we will organize a Skype call with you, where our Director of Studies will talk to you about your situation, background and study aims. Based on this, LTL will then design a specialized curriculum for you, to help you to utilize the linguistic advantages of your background and maximize your language progress during your course in Beijing.

Please note that certified teachers for speakers of Chinese dialects are only available in Beijing.

For more detailed information about programs for speakers of Chinese dialects, Contact us

Mandarin Heritage Speakers

Students mainly from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and other overseas Chinese societies

Mandarin Chinese only

  • Learn the usage of words and phrases in China today – which often differs from other Chinese societies abroad
  • Study contemporary mainland Mandarin
  • Courses in Chinese newspaper reading
  • Individual assessment of each students spoken & written level
  • Personal study plan
  • Specialized teachers

Many LTL students from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, often called Chinese heritage speakers, have been exposed to Mandarin from an early age on, either at school or at home, but do not use it as their main language during their education and daily life. Many overseas Chinese also have a quite uneven spoken/written Chinese level, due to the way they learned the language.

Joining a standard advanced Chinese group class is usually not be very effective with this background, as classmates from countries like Japan and Korea or students who studied Mandarin at universities outside of China might be very good in reading and writing Chinese, but lack in speaking. Further, many overseas Chinese have had a lot of practice speaking Chinese in specific areas, for example at home, but not in other settings, for example business or law, requiring special attention in those areas.

LTL offers special 1-on-1 classes for advanced speakers of Chinese, with a focus on helping you to improve your Mandarin in the areas that you need most, while building on your existing language knowledge. This always starts with a personal assessment of your current Mandarin level, both spoken and written by our Director of Studies before you come to China. Based on this assessment LTL will create a personalized study plan for you taught by a specially trained teacher to help you to reach fluency in Mandarin as quickly as possible.

For more detailed information, Contact us


Jasmine2My teacher is very good at helping me to build on my Cantonese language skills when studying Mandarin. She speaks only Mandarin during class and as a native Cantonese speaker, I found this really helped to improve my spoken Chinese. She is also very good at explaining subtle grammar points and makes the classes a lot of fun. I really enjoy my course at LTL.

Jasmine, Germany

Four weeks 20h/week Chinese & small room shared apartment


Prices are listed for a sample selection of course durations for Chinese heritage and Mandarin dialect speakers in Beijing.

Prices in CNY Description 2 3 4 8 12 Extra
Weeks Weeks Weeks Weeks Weeks Week
Heritage/Dialect Standard 20h Heritage/Dialect Speakers 1-on-1 classes/week  9,773  13,327  16,881  30,918  42,646  3,554
Heritage/Dialect Intensive 30h Heritage/Dialect Speakers 1-on-1 classes/week  14,660  19,990  25,321  46,378  63,969  5,331

Please note that for Heritage/Dialect & Small Group students are placed in a group class with other non-heritage or Chinese dialect speakers following the standard LTL curriculum, while receiving specialized tuition only during the 1-on-1 classes.

Prices include: Course tuition and your first text book.

Other Fees: Registration Fee 400 CNY


Winter Discount for students starting a 1 month or longer course on Dec. 15th: 50% off all courses between 21st Dec 2017 – 1st Jan 2018

For details, please check the LTL Chinese course discount/supplement page.

For a full quotation on a course please Contact us

Social Life at LTL

Social Life at LTLStudents enjoying lunch together at LTL Mandarin School in Beijing

  • Meet other students from all over the world
  • Great student community
  • School dinners, karaoke, drinks and many other activities
  • Climb the Great Wall together
  • Spend traditional Chinese Holidays with other students and LTL

Community is very important for us at LTL. Our students come from all over the world, with a very wide variety of backgrounds, language abilities and China experience but are all united in their passion for learning Chinese and discovering China’s culture. We study together, meet for dinners, join for drinks, explore China’s capital and hope to meet many friends along the way. Learning Chinese can be more fun than a holiday. Join one of China’s most international and fun communities while learning Mandarin in Beijing. read more


The School Location

The LTL Beijing Central Business District campus

  • Located in the heart of the city
  • 400m walking distance to subway station
  • All you can drink free coffee & tea
  • Gym, basketball court, and swimming pool inside the complex
  • Banks, restaurants and shopping malls within walking distance

Study Chinese in centre of Beijing, the Central Business District. With convenient subway and bus access, plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars right next to our school, the area around LTL is filled with life. Experience the energy of studying in the heart of the capital, today’s centre of business, culture, and power of the world’s largest and fastest growing country. In the Central Business District, life goes 24/7 Beijing style, with Gucci shops next to tiny noodle restaurants, old men playing Chinese chess on the street besides luxury shopping malls. Beijing is big, fast, exciting, rich and at the same time small, slow, historic and poor and there is no better place to experience this amazing city, it’s contradictions and culture than the CBD.

The school is located in one of the first complexes built in the Central Business District and on the 29th floor of the Sunshine 100 complex next to Beijing’s first subway line (Line 1). With a total of ten class rooms, a common area with sofas, free WIFI, a kitchen and a lunch area, the school atmosphere is family style, where everyone eats lunch together and can relax after class with their classmates and teachers. If you want to know where to get the best noodles in the area or just need some help with your homework  we are happy to help – just ask.

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Have a look at the LTL Mandarin School Sign Up Guide  for details on how to book a course.

Contact Us with your questions or Sign Up Now for your Chinese course.

Contact LTL

If you have any questions regarding our destinations, courses, accommodation or even if you just want to say hello, we are always happy to hear from you. You can contact us using the form below or if you’d prefer, email us directly on Our team will normally be in touch within 24 hrs of receiving your message, although you may have to wait a little longer at weekends.

If you need to speak to us urgently, you can always give us a call on +86 10 5100 1269  for Beijing, or +86 21 3368 0866 for Shanghai, between 8.30am and 6.30pm local Beijing/Shanghai time.

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How to Sign Up

Know everything you need to know? Ready for your Chinese adventure? You can sign up online for your language course at LTL by filling out the form on our Sign Up page

If you want to learn about the LTL sign up process, you can download our LTL Sign Up Guide for step by step information.