Having your child learn Chinese is one of the best things you can do while living in Hong Kong. Whether you’re looking for an A-Level or IGCSE Chinese tutor to help your teens or a Mandarin kindergarten to get your little linguist started, there are a wide range of Cantonese and Mandarin classes for kids in Hong Kong to learn Chinese.
One of the most useful gifts you can give a child is the ability to speak more than one language, and here in Hong Kong it’s so easy to expose your little linguist to two, three or even more foreign languages. In this roundup, you’ll find the different ways in which kids can learn Chinese in Hong Kong (a Hong Kong Mama offers her advice on learning Chinese here!), with Mandarin preschools and playgroups to Cantonese kindergartens, right through to IGCSE or IB Chinese tutors, you’re sure to find the right Chinese language class to fit your family’s needs.
Mini Mandarin – Activity-based Mandarin curriculum designed to engage young learners
It’s no myth that young children can pick up languages more readily than adults and Mini Mandarin‘s child-centred learning ensures a solid foundation in speaking, reading, and writing in Chinese. By providing a nurturing and stimulating environment to encourage the mastery of Mandarin, expect your little one’s attention to be gauged through various activities. Children with existing Mandarin knowledge can brush up on their grammar, speaking, listening and more.
Age: 2 to 10 years
Sassy Mama Tip: Sign up for Mini Mandarin’s Summer Fun Workshop that teaches Mandarin through storytelling, arts & crafts, problem-solving and role-play games – like the Mini Metro where students can apply vocabulary and sentence structures in real life settings. Find out more here.
Little Genius House – Chinese classes for kids as young as two
You may know of Little Genius House as an all-rounded, multi-activity kids’ club that specialises in STEM, arts and crafts and cooking. It also provides a comprehensive Chinese course for the little ones – its lessons primarily focus on encouraging logical thinking through reading and writing in Mandarin, whilst keeping it fun and interactive for young learners. Parents can sign up their tots for the Chinese Genius Summer Camp by booking via WhatsApp or using this link.
Age: 2 to 12 years
Little Genius House, RM1101, 39 Yip Kan Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Little Genius House, RM218, Hundsun International Centre, 44 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, WhatsApp: 6936 1636, Facebook: Little Genius House, Instagram: @littlegeniushouse, www.littlegeniushouse.com
Qurio Education – After-school Mandarin classes with Cantonese and Mandarin vocabulary, phrases, grammar rules and more
Youngsters here will learn how to distinguish between Cantonese and Mandarin vocabulary, phrases, and grammar rules, as well as a solid foundation in Pin Yin. Give your child an instant boost in Mandarin and prepare for a smooth transition to K3 and primary school.
Age: 3 to 12 years
Mulberry House – Pre-school primary school Mandarin foundation as well as Mandarin homework club to learn Chinese
This pre-school prioritises experiential language learning in small group settings to allow children’s confidence and fluency to grow in a fun and caring environment. The little ones will enjoy hour-long sessions of music, drama, storytime and active play – all in Mandarin! It’s also offers 1:1 online Mandarin immersion classes.
Age: 8 months to 12 years
iMandarinChinese – Online language-learning school providing bespoke Mandarin and Cantonese courses
An online language-learning school suitable for all ages, iMandarinChinese provides tailored courses and private classes for anyone looking to pick up Mandarin and Cantonese. Whether your teens (or you!) are preparing for the HSK or IB or are just looking to expand on Mandarin language skills, the flexible and creative teachers here are all highly qualified and will tailor the course to your needs.
Yifan Mandarin and Mandarin for Munchkins – ECA, school holiday camps and one-on-one teaching programs
“Yifan” is based on the Chinese proverb meaning “sailing with the wind”, to ensure a child’s safe and pleasant journey in learning Mandarin. Founded in 2002, Yifan Mandarin offers speaking, writing and comprehension training as well as exam prep for IGCSE/GCSE, IB and more. You can enrol your child for in-person group classes or private online classes.
Age: From 5 and up
Arts Plus – Bilingual English and Mandarin playgroup in Hong Kong
Arts Plus offers a bilingual playgroup programme that will ensure your child will have fun while honing their Mandarin skills. With three different age groups, Infant, Toddler, and Tot, the playgroup caters to your baby’s needs and developmental stage.
Age: From 8 months
Hong Kong Mandarin School – GCSE Chinese tutors, A-levels Chinese tutors to help learn Chinese
The Secondary School Mandarin course at Hong Kong Mandarin School helps teens prep for Chinese exams such as GCSE Chinese tutors and A-levels Chinese tutors. If your child needs personalised attention, Hong Kong Mandarin School offers private classes too. The whole family can improve their Chinese here as it has adult classes aplenty (including Business Mandarin classes).
Age: Pre-school and up
NTK Academic Group – MYP Chinese tutors, IB Chinese tutors, SAT, ACT, AP and GCSE Mandarin programmes
Specialising in teenage educational support, especially with the IB, MYP, SAT, ACT, AP and GCSE programmes, NTK Academic Group offers a range of classes for native and non-native speakers. Teachers follow curricula designed to supplement test prep and what your teen is learning at school.
Age: 8 years and up
More Mandarin Classes, Chinese Tutors And Mandarin Day-Care In Hong Kong
- Beijing Mandarin – From Mandarin playgroup right through to Advanced Chinese lessons and Mandarin exam prep. www.beijingmandarin.com
- DreamCare – Learn Chinese from a Mandarin Nanny with early childhood qualifications. www.dreamcare.com.hk
- HK Kidz – Immersive Mandarin classes for kids of all ages. www.hkkidz.com
- ITS Tutorial School Hong Kong – IB Mandarin, IGCSE Mandarin, A-Level Mandarin tutors and more. www.itseducation.asia
- Kumon – Learn Chinese characters, vocabulary, grammar, writing and reading with worksheets and also audio CDs. www.kumon.com.hk
- Mandarin Teacher – Provides at-home tutoring, class at its Sheung Wan centre, as well as online. www.mandarinteacher.hk
- New Concept Mandarin – Focusing on IB Chinese tutors and IGCSE Chinese exam preparation. www.newconceptmandarin.com
Editor’s Note: “Mandarin Classes For Kids In Hong Kong: Chinese Tutors, Cantonese Classes & More” was originally published by Alex Purcell Garcia and Jessica Wai and most recently updated in June 2023 by Fashila Kanakka.