The Mandarin immersion program combines an Intensive Chinese language program in Chengdu with studying in a complete immersion environment in China’s old summer capital, Chengde. They are different cities!
Studying Chinese in Chengde is probably the best way to learn Chinese in China, simply because of the lack of opportunities to speak English.
However, be aware. This isn’t somewhere we recommend complete beginners go and study Chinese straight away. This will do no one any benefit which is why we created the Mandarin Immersion Program:
1 – Come to Chengdu (or any other LTL based city) and get a foothold with your Chinese
2 – Move onto Chengde, this is where the real immersive experience begins! Study Chinese and speak Mandarin 24/7
Mandarin Immersion Program : Step 1 – Chengdu 成都
You can choose to study in a small group or individually, live in a homestay or apartment or your own accommodation.
There is plenty of flexibility here. Chat to us if you are unsure what options suit you best. Generally most of our students stay with a homestay because it helps enhance your Chinese even faster.
The same will be said for individual lessons compared to group classes simply because lessons are tailored solely around you.
During this time, you will improve your Mandarin language skills, learn how China and its society work and get ready to take the next big step into a real immersion environment.
Mandarin Immersion Program : Step 2 – Chengde 承德
Before going to Chengde, we will get you ready and prepared with our pre-Chengde meeting.
This is where we discuss your preferences, desires and iron out any issues so everyone knows exactly where you stand.
After that, it’s time to make the journey from Chengdu, to Chengde.
After this, you will move to Chengde where you will not speak a word of English anymore and be speaking, dreaming and living Mandarin 24/7.
Accommodation options here are homestay or shared apartments, although it must be said 95% of students in Chengde stay with a Homestay.
Your friends will exclusively be local Chinese which again, will only enhance your ability to speak Mandarin.
Discover Chengde – The Most Intensive Chinese Language Program
Find out more about accommodation by visiting our main website and learning more about our Immersion Program.
Chengde Survival Kit Standard
Train Ticket from Chengdu to Chengde – We will organise and book your train ticket from Chengdu to Chengde.
Pick-up From Chengde Train Station – To make your arrival in Chengde as easy as possible we will arrange for you to be picked up from Chengde train station and taken to your accommodation.
Chengde Mountain Resort Ticket – If there is one thing that you must see in Chengde is the famous Mountain Resort which we will provide you an entrance ticker for.
Chinese Culture Class – To give you a taste of some traditional Chinese culture we will give you one free culture class such as Chinese paper cutting or calligraphy.
Learn Chinese in Chengdu with LTL
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the Mandarin Immersion Program last?
Anything from four weeks (two in each city) to one whole year!
How do I travel from Chengdu to Chengde?
From Chengdu you will be taking the train to Chengde on the Sunday before you start your Chinese immersion program there.
The costs of this are already covered in your Mandarin Immersion Program so no need to stress about added fees.
Who is the team in Chengde?
We have a dedicated team in Chengde who have been around with us for years. Zhongwen runs our team there and she has been a part of LTL almost since the start. She is Chengde born and bred and lives for the city. There is no better support guide than her.
Our very first director of studies, Tina, is also based in Chengde to help organise our classes there. Alongside our teachers you are well set in Chengde
How fast can I realistically progress with my Chinese?
Faster than any other course, but if all depends on how much you are willing to put in and out of class.
The intensive immersion program gets you ahead faster than the standard option. Students living in a homestay usually progress faster than those who do not. These are two examples. Of course they come at extra cost but there’s a reason for that, faster progression.
If you pass through our schools in Beijing, Shanghai or Taipei on your way back home, you will be stunned at how far ahead you got of your old class mates who stayed there.
What is life in Chengde really like?
We created a page with more information about life in Chengde with a lot of information about the city and living there.
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