Beverly Hills Lingual Institute
Beverly Hills Lingual Institute
Beverly Hills Lingual Institute
Beverly Hills Lingual Institute

Learn Chinese (Mandarin)
at the Beverly Hills Lingual Institute

Did you know? Chinese is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. The UN's Chinese language day is April 20th.

Hāi! Chinese is the most spoken language in the world, used by more than a billion people in China alone, and by a total of 1.2 billion native speakers. 12.44 percent of the world's population speaks Mandarin as their first language.

In addition to the People's Republic of China and Taiwan, Mandarin Chinese extends past Chinese territory to be spoken in the important and influential Chinese communities of Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, and Mongolia.

If you wish to learn a language that one in six people in the world speak, this is the one for you.

Your best choice to learn Chinese (Mandarin) in Los Angeles is the Beverly Hills Lingual Institute. Our faculty and courses are proven, effective, and extremely popular with residents of the Los Angeles area.

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Meet Your Chinese (Mandarin) Teachers

Emma | Chinese (Mandarin) teacher


Chinese (Mandarin) teacher
@ BH Lingual
for 5 years

The best part about living in Los Angeles is...
The weather and the multicultural environment.

Recommend a place to visit where Chinese (Mandarin) is the native language, and tell us why you like it.
San Gabriel Square is a great place to visit, as it is a Chinese shopping, dining and socializing hub.

What Chinese (Mandarin) film or musical artist do you recommend students watch or listen to?
Film: Dying to Survive (Wo Bu Shi Yao Shen) | Musical Artist: Jay Zhou (Zhou Jie Lun)

What most surprises your students about Chinese (Mandarin)?
The accuracy of pronouncing five tones.

What one thing would you like your students to know about you?
I love travelling. I worked in tourism before moving to the US. I have been to most of the places in China.

Shuang | Chinese (Mandarin) teacher


Chinese (Mandarin) teacher
@ BH Lingual
for 6 years

The best part about living in Los Angeles is...
The diverse geography and culture. You can go to the beach and the mountains in the same day. You can experience any culture and cuisine in the world here.

Recommend a place to visit where Chinese (Mandarin) is the native language, and tell us why you like it.
Hangzhou, China. It is an ancient city with natural beauty, history, innovation and delicious food. West lake is gorgeous, hiking on the mountains through tea gardens is amazing.

What Chinese (Mandarin) film or musical artist do you recommend students watch or listen to?
Chinese film: 'To live.' Musical artist: Teresa Teng.

What most surprises your students about Chinese (Mandarin)?
Chinese has a very simple grammar system: no verb conjugation, no tense, no gender, no plural...

What one thing would you like your students to know about you?
I have published a book. It is a collection of short stories in Chinese. I love reading, writing and painting.

Learn [LANGUAGE] in Los Angeles

Learn Chinese (Mandarin) in Los Angeles

The Beverly Hills Lingual Institute is the premier Chinese (Mandarin) language school in Los Angeles, fostering a dedicated student body and a rich, supportive atmosphere for learning Chinese (Mandarin).

We offer Chinese (Mandarin) classes for all levels of students, and take pride in providing L.A.'s premier Chinese (Mandarin) instruction, with highly educated, native-speaking Chinese (Mandarin) teachers and university texts.

Chinese (Mandarin) language tutors are also available for private instruction and corporate programs.

Schedule | Chinese (Mandarin) Language Classes

We offer a comprehensive schedule of Chinese (Mandarin) language classes in Los Angeles. The classes scheduled reflect our current students' needs and the anticipated requirements of new students.

Current Term
New Year 2020
Next Term
Spring I 2020
Mon 06 Jan
Sat 29 Feb
Mon 02 Mar
Sat 25 Apr
Beg I
Mon 6:00 PM
Please Call (323) 651-5000 to Schedule
Int I+
Wed 6:00 PM
Thu 6:00 PM
Adv - 0
Mon 7:35 PM
Adv - 1
Thu 7:35 PM
Little Linguals 1
Thu 4:30 PM
Little Linguals 4
Mon 4:30 PM

All regularly scheduled classes meet once a week for 80 minutes during each eight-week term.

If your level and preferred time is not shown, please call.

We often add Beginner's classes after the schedule is published in order to accommodate demand.

Private classes

We also offer semi-private Chinese (Mandarin) classes or private Chinese (Mandarin) lessons for any level of Chinese (Mandarin). Please write us or call (323) 651-5000 to schedule your private class.

Why Learn Chinese (Mandarin)?

Learn [LANGUAGE] in Los Angeles

With all Chinese dialects sharing one writing system of at least fifty thousand symbols, of which you'll need at least three thousand in order to be considered literate, the language is inherently difficult - but fascinating to learn.

Fascinating? Yes! As Nationally Syndicated Talk Host Barry Farber puts it, 'Much is made of our abiliity to read the Chinese soul through the Chinese language.'

'Tomorrow' in Chinese is ming tien, which literally means 'bright day.' The character for 'good' literally depicts a woman with a child, suggesting that a mother and a child are emblematic of everything good. The character meaning 'peace' depicts a woman under a roof. The character for 'discord,' however, is three women under one roof!

Moreover, Mandarin Chinese is key to doing business in the Far East. A significant number of international companies have long-term investments in China, and knowing Chinese lends a competitive edge. Forbes lists Mandarin Chinese as one of the three most universally useful languages, noting that it is especially helpful to know for those who work in the manufacturing or the financial sphere. Thanks to our global economy, those industries depend heavily on employees who can effectively communicate with foreign partners. The demand for fluent Mandarin-Chinese stockbrokers, in particular, has risen sharply in recent years.

Learning a language can change your life.

Knowing how to say at least a few words in another language will break the ice at any business meeting, and will certainly make your vacation more pleasant.

You may also want to get in touch with your heritage by learning some of the language that your ancestors spoke. Language is a particularly good bridge in this regard, as it can often be a guide to the ways in which different cultures express not only ideas, but emotions. By exposing you to every aspect of the human condition, language allows you to study the past, understand the present, and ponder the future.

The Beverly Hills Lingual Institute invites you to learn Chinese (Mandarin) at our award-winning school, where we are proud to offer Chinese (Mandarin) and more than 35 other languages.

Our language school hires and retains exceptional Chinese (Mandarin) teachers, eager to share their knowledge and love for their native land and the Chinese (Mandarin) language.

Our attractive location, on-site parking and schedule all combine to facilitate your Chinese (Mandarin) courses.

Read what our students say about us - and come experience the best Chinese (Mandarin) courses in Los Angeles.

Why a Classroom Instead of an On-Line Course?

Clearly there are those who have been successful using on-line courses.

However, we have found that most students who are serious about learning Chinese (Mandarin) do better in a classroom setting with native-speaking teachers, using college-level texts.

Languages are about far more than tedious grammar rules and arcane vocabulary.

Languages are about people.

American journalist Flora Lewis once said, "Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things."

As such, learning a language requires context, cultural and otherwise, which, we would submit, a native speaker is best equipped to provide.

The best way to discover a new language is to immerse yourself in it. Listen to the way it sounds, concentrate on the pronunciation, and look at how it is written. Above all, speak it. By listening and repeating, you'll enter a new world of ideas and peoples. A word spoken between ten and 20 times is remembered more readily than a word seen 50 to one hundred times.

Being surrounded by others who are interested in the Chinese (Mandarin) language and culture will reinforce your interest and motivation. Learning together, with shared commitment, creates a pleasant and exciting education experience. As we're often told, acquiring a language through immersion really does feel like magic!

Research has shown time and time again that motivation and the establishment of clear goals at the outset are the keys to a learner's progress.

  • Regularly scheduled Chinese (Mandarin) classes

  • Accountability from your teacher and the class

  • Individual attention to your learning style

  • Interaction with teacher and classmates

  • Continuity of teaching method at all levels

  • Stay with your classmates as you progress

More About Chinese (Mandarin)

Chinese has no alphabet. Each character is complete unto itself and each must be learned. However, Chinese has two hundred and fourteen radicals, the elements that make up the building blocks for almost every Chinese character. The pronunciation of each character is always one syllable alone, differentiated by tone (four tones in Mandarin Chinese, and nine in Cantonese).

There are at least fifty thousand Chinese characters, but you can carry on fairly sophisticated conversations with knowledge of a few hundred, and you'll be able to read a Chinese newspaper with between two and six thousand.

Chinese requires a different word for 'yes' and 'no' as an answer, depending on the question. That's less complicated than it sounds. When you pose a question in Chinese, you present both alternatives. Instead of 'Are you going?' you'll ask 'You go not go?' (Are you going or not?) The answers then become 'go' or 'not go.'

Language Classes at the Beverly Hills Lingual Institute

The Beverly Hills Lingual Institute offers the most comprehensive selection of language classes in the Los Angeles area.

Classes are held at our facility located at 8383 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 250 in Beverly Hills, California.

Most of our 80-minute classes are scheduled during the evening with the first session running from 6:00 to 7:20 pm, and the second session running from 7:35 to 8:55 pm.

Some classes are also offered during the day. See the schedule for a complete list of all classes.

We all speak one.
Some of us speak several.
A few of us know dozens.

Languages are a staple of everyday life, a necessity for getting by in the world and communicating with each other. They can help you get jobs, help you enjoy another country and culture - and even get you out of trouble.

Choose a language and begin to enjoy the extraordinary benefit of being bilingual or multilingual.

Private Classes

Some students prefer private lessons instead of a scheduled class, or occasionally take private classes to augment their existing, scheduled group course. Private classes are tailored to specific needs, and can be useful if a student's language knowledge is uneven, if a more intensified study program is needed, or if scheduling and privacy is a concern.

With our large staff of native speakers, we can schedule private lessons in most languages.

Private lessons are available in packages of eight, 80-minute sessions; or, if you are enrolled in a group class, your private lesson can be scheduled individually.

Alternative Programs

The majority of our scheduled language classes are designed for adult students who want to learn another language. We also offer the following alternative programs.

English | Accent Reduction

Classes evaluate the student's problem areas and focus on exercises designed to target and remedy those areas. Our Accent Reduction course focuses on pronunciation, stress, enunciation, diction, tonality, musicality, syntax, and articulation, through vowel and consonant exercises, work chants, tongue twisters, and readings. Individual attention is given to each student's area of difficulty.

English | Native Speaker

English | Native Speaker Classes

These classes are for those who grew up speaking English but want to improve and refine their English. Designed to give you the critical edge in English communication, they target grammar, spelling, and pronunciation.

Little Linguals

Little Linguals Classes

Designed for children aged 6 – 11, our "Little Lingual" classes meet once a week during the afternoon for one hour. Class content includes Alphabet, Songs, Games, Practical Words and Phrases, and Basic Dialogue. Children aged 12 and above can join our regularly scheduled adult classes.

These exciting classes are geared to get an early start on language learning while helping children enjoy and appreciate a different culture. This is the best time for them to learn a foreign language. The younger the learner, the better they are at mimicking new sounds and adopting pronunciation. The brain is open to new sounds and patterns in preadolescence.

Young children have the luxury of taking in a new language naturally. A child's brain is like a sponge, soaking up new vocabulary, sentence structure, words stress, pronunciation, and everything that makes up language quickly, easily - and, most importantly, without explicit grammatical instruction.

When you're an adult, learning a new language takes a bit more effort!

Little Linguals Classes

Young children have time to learn through play-like activities. Language lessons can be informal. Children's minds are not yet cluttered with facts to be stored and tested. Before children become self-conscious, they can try out their newly acquired languages without fear of embarrassment.

Children who grow up learning about languages develop empathy for others and a curiosity for different cultures and ideas. They're better prepared to take their place in a global society. In later years, career opportunities increase for those with additional languages to offer.

Studies by Harvard University confirm that learning additional languages increases critical thinking skills, creativity and flexibility of the mind in young children. Moreover, pupils who learn a foreign language outscore their non-foreign-language-learning peers in standardized verbal and math tests, indicating that learning additional language is a cognitive - and not just linguistic - activity. The brain, like any muscle, functions better with exercise. Learning a language involves memorizing rules and vocabulary, which helps strengthen that mental muscle.

Travel Classes

Travel Classes

Our Travel Classes are designed for those who are planning a trip and want to get more out of their travel experience. These classes are held twice a week for one month. They are language classes focused on travel conversation, pronunciation, and culture.

Translating and Interpreting

Translating and Interpreting

With a roster of over eighty native-speaking teachers in over 30 different languages, the Beverly Hills Lingual Institute has the expertise to address many translating and interpreting challenges. This is a highly customized service. Please contact us to discuss your translating or interpreting requirements.