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Chinese Group Classes in Shanghai


Shanghai group class

  • Small classes (max 6 students)
  • Certified teachers
  • Specialized LTL Curriculum
  • Make friends from all over the world
  • Flexible duration

Studying in a small group is a great way to combine quick language progress with sharing the experience of studying Mandarin with others at a very attractive price. LTL is a family style school and we do not believe into mass production. For that reason we keep groups small, with an average of three and a maximum of six students per group, which means that everyone gets to speak and practice during class, as well giving the teacher enough time to pay attention to individual student’s problems and interests.

Group Class ShanghaiLTL group classes in Shanghai are offered at five different levels (A1, A1+, A2, A2+ and B1) and follow the LTL rapid progress curriculum. For students who feel they have deficits in specific areas like tones, Chinese characters, pronunciation etc. the Small Group & Individual program allows them to combine standard small group classes with 1-on-1 classes. Students follow the LTL curriculum during the group classes, but for the 1-on-1 classes we will create a personalized study plan for each student to help him or her in the areas you need to improve most in. In our experience 1-on-1 classes are especially helpful for improving tones and pronunciation as the teacher can fully focus on one student, correct mistakes and teach how to do it correctly, as well as for students who’s spoken and written Chinese are not at the same level and want to close that gap.

Course overview

Weekly Courses- all year round Course Content (hrs/week)
Small Group 1-on-1 Classes Course Starts
Small Group 20 N/A On Small Group Class Starting Dates
Small Group & Individual 20 10 On Small Group Class Starting Dates
  • Small Group – Intensive Chinese Group Classes in Shanghai, Maximum 6 students
  • 1-on-1 – 60 minutes individual Chinese education per class at LTL, your home or preferred downtown location
  • Flexible – choose how long you want to study for, just a week or up to a whole year, you decide.

Want more starting date options? Check our small group classes in Beijing.

Upgrade options

Click to find out more about Shanghai Safari

Shanghai Safari teaches you Mandarin by have you speak on the streets of Shanghai – where better to learn? Find out how to shop not by studying a textbook, but by going out and shopping. With Shanghai Safari you will learn how to buy a subway card at a subway station; how to understand a menu, at a restaurant. These are things we believe make sense to be taught outside the classroom. You will be accompanied by a certified Mandarin Teacher who not only knows where to go, but also the vocabulary you will need when you get there. They will teach you all the necessary words in advance, then take you to places where you can engage in conversations and try the vocabulary in real life situations. Your teacher will help if necessary but more importantly, will give you feedback on the spot. During your “cool down” session the teacher will also give you a detailed explanation about additional sentences that could have been used and what the words meant that you didn’t understand.

How a session works:

1) First you “warm up” with your teacher, who will explain which situations will be practiced today and go through the vocabulary and sentence patterns needed.

2) The Safari starts, from buying red socks and a winter coat at a shop to discussing rental prices with a property agent, according to your Mandarin level, the safari will increase in complexity of vocabulary and sentence patterns in each session. Live the Language has twenty different Safari Trips pre-prepared for you.

3) During your “cool down” session, your teacher reviews with you the additional vocabulary that has been learned and when, how and why misunderstandings might have occurred.

Course information:

  • Shanghai Safari is a beginner course, best suited to levels A1 & A2
  • The course includes 10 hr/wk of specialized 1-on-1 Chinese classes
  • Maximum length of the course is 2 weeks

Shanghai Safari is a 1-on-1 course upgrade. To book this course, please first choose a program that includes at least 10 hr/wk of individual classes. You may then upgrade those hours of class to Shanghai Safari.

*Please note, students are responsible for any purchases made during Shanghai Safari.


Looking for 1-on-1 Chinese classes, visit our Shanghai Individual Program page.

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.


Prices are listed for a sample selection of course durations of our intensive Chinese Group Classes in Shanghai. Please note: all of our prices are in CNY. For more detailed pricing on other durations, please contact us.

Prices in CNY Description 2 3 4 8 12 Extra
Weeks Weeks Weeks Weeks Weeks Week
Small Group 20h group 4,442 6,058 7,673 14,054 19,385 1,615
Small Group & Individual 20h group & 10h 1-on-1 8,885 12,115 15,346 28,108 38,769 3,231

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.

Start Dates

The starting days below are for absolute beginners. If you already studied Mandarin previously, you can start your course not only on any of the dates below, but also on any Monday of the month.

Chinese Course Start Dates 2017

  • August 21, 2017
  • September 11, 2017
  • October 9, 2017
  • October 30 6, 2017
  • November 20, 2017
  • December 11, 2017
  • January 8, 2018
  • February 5, 2018
  • March 5, 2018
  • March 26, 2018
  • April 16, 2018
  • May 7, 2018
  • May 28, 2018
  • June 25, 2018
  • July 09, 2018
  • July 23, 2018

If the Monday is a national holiday, classes start on Tuesday instead. As usual any classes missed due to a holiday will be made up for, as students at LTL always get the full week of classes they paid for, even if there is a holiday during that week. Alternatively you might also consider 1-on-1 classes that start on any Monday or choose a group class in Beijing.

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.


When starting a course of Chinese study, it’s helpful to understand how the class levels are defined and divided. LTL uses the HSK/EU Classification System of Language Ability for all its courses. The A1 course starts from complete beginner level, each LTL level takes 60 hours of small LTL group class to complete.

HSK Level Upon Completion LTL Course Name Characters/Words Upon Completion Language Ability Upon Completion
Definition According to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
HSK 1 Elementary A1 Characters: 178 Can understand and use familiar Chinese everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Words: 150
HSK 2 Elementary with Honors A2 Characters: 349 Can understand sentences and frequently used Chinese expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
Words: 300
HSK 2 to 3 B1 Characters: 485 Can understand and express basic life topics clearly and understands sentence patterns, like forming a question, comparing things or describing objects.
Words: 450
HSK 3 Intermediate with Honors B1+ Characters: 623 Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Words: 600
HSK 4 Upper Intermediate B2 to B2++ Characters: 1071 Can understand the main ideas of complex Chinese text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Words: 1200
HSK 5 Advanced C1 to C1+++ Characters: 1709 Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer mandarin texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Words: 2500
HSK 6 Advanced with Honors C2 to C2+++++ Characters: 2633 Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources of Chinese language, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.
Words: 5000


Have a look at the LTL Mandarin School Sign Up Guide  for details on how to book a course. Also feel free to check out our Infographic below which tells you all you need to know about the HSK Exam.

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HSK Exam Infographic

Other Programs

1-on-1 MandarinMandarin Individual Classes

  • Personalized curriculum
  • Fully qualified teachers
  • Weekly start dates
  • 1 on 1 classes
  • Central Shanghai location

Learn Chinese according to your needs, speed and preferences. Individual Chinese courses are fully tailored to a student’s preferences, level, and learning habits and allow very fast progress. For intensive Chinese study individual classes in Shanghai are a very good choice. Also for students who want to improve in specific areas, like tones, pronunciation, Chinese characters, spoken or business Chinese. read more


Semester Program

  • Full semester of study (=18 weeks)
  • 20 hours a week of classes
  • Small group class size (max 6 students)
  • Twice yearly start dates
  • Qualified teachers

Learn Chinese in Shanghai with the LTL Semester Program. Aimed at those wanting to achieve a level of fluency by studying over a longer period of time at more cost effective prices. The Semester Program includes a full University Semester of Chinese language study, totaling 18 weeks. All course materials are also included in the price.   read more


lunch breakMulti-City Programs

  • Study Chinese in different cities
  • Combine courses in Shanghai, Beijing & Chengde
  • Continuity: same Chinese program different cities
  • Total immersion options in Chengde
  • Experience different parts of China, while learning Mandarin

Learn Chinese not only in Shanghai, but also other Chinese cities. While Shanghai is one of the world’s most exciting cities, it is also very different to the rest of China and with a multi-city Chinese program, students have the option to study Mandarin and experience different parts of China at the same time. Study in a combination of place, from international Shanghai to traditional Beijing and historic Chengde. read more

Social Life

Shanghai student community school trip. Learn Chinese and experience China.
  • Meet students and interns from around the world
  • Buzzing student community
  • School drinks, dinners, Karaoke, outings and many other activities
  • Visit the Shanghai skyscrapers, the French Concession and other famous locations
  • Visit surrounding Suzhou, Hangzhou and Nanjing together
  • Spend traditional and modern Chinese Holidays with the LTL students, interns and staff
  • Sample local Shanghainese cuisine, as well as other foods from all over China

Community is an important part of the LTL experience. Our students come from all over the world and have a wide variety of backgrounds, language abilities and aims, but are all united in their love of studying Chinese and discovering the beauty of Shanghai, the financial capital of China. We study together, eat lunches and dinners together, have evening drinks, explore the city and get to know many local and foreign friends on the journey. LTL has a great support network for our students. You can contact us any time of the day with any concerns you may have, whether it has to do with your course, your accommodation or even if you just want some advice and tips on the social scene in Shanghai and the best places to go for traditional Shanghainese soup dumplings.

WechatA big part of the daily communications occurs in the school, but also through our “base of communications”, the LTL WeChat group. In this group, we organize the majority of our weekly events and share them with the students, interns and staff members. The group is very lively and there’s always someone to talk with. The weekly social calendar, posted around the school as well as on the WeChat group and other venues, involves a weekly dinner and a sightseeing event or day trip (The French Concession, the Oriental Pearl Tower, the Bund and the New International Expo Center are just a few of the places we visit). These events and activities are always organized for our students free of charge, you just pay for your own expenses on the day.

At LTL, you will make friends for life, while at the same time exploring the multitude of amazing sights the city has to offer, so we promise you won’t be bored!

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.