To learn Mandarin as a Chinese Heritage Speaker – ABC (American born Chinese), BBC (British born Chinese), CBC (Canadian born Chinese), Singaporean or anyone else who grew up with a Chinese language or accent – is quite different to students without a Chinese language background.

The Chinese for Heritage Speakers Program is specifically tailored for you to ensure you are not held back by other non-heritage speakers and your individual needs are addressed.

Classes are individual specifically for the reason that a Chinese Heritage Speaker will have very different needs to a foreign speaker learning Mandarin.

This in turn will speed up your learning progress further.

Welcome to the first day of your Mandarin learning journey.

chinese heritage speakers program
  • Individually tailored to you
  • 1 on 1 classes for speedy progression
  • Personal study plan
  • Expert and certified teachers

Chinese Heritage Speakers

Knowledge – All Chinese languages have similar structures
Any dialects helps – Cantonese, Hokkien, Shanghaihua etc.
Pronunciation – Learn the differences in Mandarin quickly
Similarities – Grammar structures, words are often the same


Different – Every heritage speaker has a unique background
Assessment – Start with a free assessment of your situation
Personal Study Plan – We create a personal study plan for you
Individual – Focus will be on your specific needs

This Program is for:

Made for – American/Australian/Canadian etc. born Chinese
Made for – Singaporean, Hong Kong, Malaysian, etc Chinese
All levels – Suitable for any level in a Chinese accent
Characters – We will teach you the ones you need

Fast Progress

Quick progress – Learn Mandarin faster by using your knowledge
Intensive – Study hard and get your Chinese up to speed ASAP
Individual – Faster progress through private Chinese tuition
No delays – You won’t learn stuff you already know


To learn Mandarin as an ABC or BBC is very different to an American or British student without a Chinese language background.

As a heritage speaker, you can utilize the language knowledge you absorbed as a child to progress faster in Mandarin.

At the same time each student’s situation is different and a heritage speaker who just listened to his parents speak Cantonese at home needs a very different program to an advanced level Hokkien speaker.

The participants in the LTL Chinese Heritage Speaker Program come from a very wide variety of backgrounds and language levels. Some speak fluent “kitchen Mandarin” and can converse in Mandarin without problems at home, but can’t speak it in a professional business setting, while others need to learn how to correct common pronunciation mistakes Cantonese speakers make in Mandarin.

We will first identify your current level, needs and targets with you together via a personal assessment – if you are not in China yet, this can be done via Skype or WhatsApp – and then design an individual learning program for you.


Program Chinese Heritage Speakers – STANDARD
1-on-1 20hrs/week
Chinese Heritage Speakers – INTENSIVE
1-on-1 30hrs/week
2 weeks42,02463,038
3 weeks57,30685,957
4 weeks72,588108,880
8 weeks132,947199,425
12 weeks183,378275,067
13-52 weeks15,282 / wk22,923 / wk

Prices are listed for a sample selection of course durations for Chinese speakers in Beijing. It is possible to take the course for only a week or up to a full year.

All Prices are in New Taiwan Dollars (NTD)

Prices include: Personal assessment, personal study plan, course tuition and all text books.

Heritage Speakers – FAQ’s

Can I study in a group?

In our experience for Chinese Heritage Speakers their Mandarin learning experience is not only quite different to non-heritage speakers, but also other people of Chinese descent.

A BBC who speaks advanced Cantonese, but cannot read or write characters, simply has very different needs to a Singaporean who grew up speaking Hokkien with his grandparents and learned Mandarin in School.

So while of course everyone is welcome to join our small group classes in Beijing, you might end up not being able to utilize your linguistic heritage for maximum language progress.

This is what the Chinese Heritage Speaker program was specifically designed for: to help you to learn Mandarin as fast as possible through a focused and individualized curriculum, without being held back by the different learning patterns of other students.

How do I sign up?

Send us a message to let us know what you want or ask any questions you might have.

You will have a reply within less than a working day, including a proposal and quotation for your course and can sign up straight away.

Do you recommend Homestay for Heritage Speakers?

Yes, definitely.

Especially speakers of Chinese dialects like Hokkien, Cantonese or Hakka tend to pick up a lot of Mandarin simply by listening and being forced to use Mandarin to communicate instead of English.

A homestay family in Beijing is the best way to progress your Mandarin skills quickly.

Will I be able to meet other students?

Yes of course.

While the classes are tailored specifically for you, all students of whatever backgrounds have lunch together, participate in the same school social activities – of which we have quite a lot – and are part of the same community.

While you might progress faster in Mandarin than most other students outside the classroom LTL is – and we know that this sounds cheesy, but it is true – one big family.

What our students say

Jocelyn Hung Testimony for LTL
Jocelyn Hung
Hong Kong
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I asked Seraph (my teacher) and Angela if we could incorporate current events/rising trends in China, as well as Chinese culture and history. Both Seraph and Angela were very responsive and worked to address my desires immediately.

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Daniel Neu Testimony for LTL
Daniel Neu
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Learning Chinese as an overseas Chinese is different from learning Chinese as a complete beginner. I already had some knowledge of the language. I found my teacher (Lucy) was very adaptable to my needs.

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Winkie Testimony for LTL
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The LTL community is a big family that welcomes all students with a warm hug. There are school organised events every week that also give you a chance to get to do things that you wouldn‘t necessarily have thought of on your own

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    Alexander Krasnov, Student Advisor

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