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Mandarin Lessons For Kids In Hong Kong: Chinese Classes, Playgroups And Tutors

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Set your kids up for success with these top Putonghua picks.

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 tongues. In this roundup, we’ll be exploring the different ways in which kids can learn Chinese here in the 852, with playgroups, classes and tutors to help them on their way to fluency. Your kids are sure to go from monoglots to Mandarin masterminds in no time! So yi, er, san – let’s go!

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Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. Many businesses are taking extra precautions, but please make sure you follow the latest government advice and stay home if you have recently travelled overseas, have interacted with anyone who has been away, or display any symptoms. Alternatively, please contact the centres and tutors mentioned to enquire about online learning options.

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Mandarin Classes

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Mini Mandarins Learning Centre

Winners of last year’s Sassy Mama Reader Award for the best kid’s language classes, rest assured that the kids will have a ball (and not even realising they’re learning at the same time!) at Mini Mandarins Learning Centre. Give your little ones a head start on their Mandarin classes and get those linguistic skills underway through interactive play, practice and other fun activities. From conversations to reading, writing and putting their learning into practice, all programmes here are run in small groups of four to six children, giving maximum attention from the experienced native Mandarin-speaking teachers.

Courses are set within a dynamic and immersive environment with real-world settings (think a mini supermarket, fire station and even an airport!) – your kids won’t be able to resist getting stuck in! The situational teaching method, which integrates learning, play and exercise, allows children to study with a relaxed and enjoyable setting, exactly what you want when learning a new skill. If you would like to enrol your child for an online programme, there is a first-time offer of a trial class for $100 (regular price $260).

Mini Mandarins Learning Centre – Central Campus, Room 1703, 17/F, Universal Trade Centre, 3-5A Arbuthnot Road, Hong Kong, 2320 5208, [email protected] 

Mini Mandarins Learning Centre – Causeway Bay Campus, 7/F, Capital Commercial Building, 26 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2320 1128, [email protected], www.minimandarins.com 

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Southside Mandarin

Looking to perfect your child’s Putonghua? Start them young at Southside Mandarin which offers classes for babies right through to 12-year-olds. As the first fully licensed Putonghua centre in Wong Chuk Hang, it offers a progressive curriculum with an in-house developed programme that suits the needs of all levels of Chinese students. Your little learners can try their hand at Putonghua language, art, playgroups, homework tutoring and also take level up classes. Take your pick from the playgroup (birth to 2.5-year-olds), kindergarten (2 to 6-year-olds) and primary (6 to 12-year-olds) classes.

Teachers are all native speakers who promote full immersion into the Chinese language – ideal for local and international students alike. If this sounds like what you are looking for, enrol now for one of its many courses.

Southside Mandarin, shop 106-107, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 3427 9619, [email protected], www.southsidemandarin.com 

Beijing Mandarin

Located in Wan Chai, Beijing Mandarin offers a plethora of classes from 2 to 3.5-year-olds, as well as test prep for teenagers facing big exams. There are four pipeline programmes to choose from – Baby First Chinese, My Fun Chinese, My Fun Chinese-Higher and My Smart Chinese (for teens). These are available in-person and online. It offers exam prep, private tuition and advanced Chinese as well, so you can bet your kid’s Mandarin needs will be taken care of here.

Beijing Mandarin, 23/F, Winsan Tower, 98 Thomson Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, 2865 1660,  www.beijingmandarin.com

Kumon

Kumon centres offer Chinese lessons which are sometimes challenging but you’ll certainly see results. Kumon Chinese works on Chinese characters, vocabulary, grammar, writing and reading with worksheets and also audio CDs – you’ll have a little polyglot in no time. Do your research and see if Kumon is right for you and your kids. For convenience, it has numerous locations around the city.

Kumon, various locations, 2890 6533, www.kumon.com.hk

Yifan Mandarin

Yifan’s Mandarin For Munchkins programme offers classes for toddlers from 12 months up. The classes are small, capped at nine students. Its Mandarin playgroup uses simple songs, rhymes, stories, and games to start 1 to 3-year-old tots on the road to Mandarin learning. Mandarin Builder classes give older children from 4 to 5 years old the chance to have fun and learn Chinese without mum cramping their style! For older kids and teenagers, try Yifan’s Mandarin Focus and Focus for Teens classes to support their school needs and individualise their learning with one-on-one private classes if needed! Classes are held in Central and Discovery Bay, but playgroups are currently available only in Central. Online classes are currently available till Friday, 26 June, 2020.

Yifan Mandarin, Unit A, 14/F, Carfield Commercial Building, ​75-77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong

Yifan Mandarin, Unit 08, G/F, Office Block 1, ​North Plaza, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong, 2486 9012, [email protected], www.yifanmandarin.com

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HK Kidz

The Hong Kong Institute of Language’s HK Kidz Mandarin programme is another great option with classes including First Step for kids ages 3 to 4, Getting Ahead classes for 5 and 6-year-olds, and Arts and Drama classes for kids of all ages held in Mandarin. It also offers Christmas, Easter and Summer Holiday immersion camps, so plan ahead!

HK Kidz, 6/F, Wellington Plaza, 56-58 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong

HK Kidz, Shop 306-307, 3/F, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 2877 6160, [email protected]www.hkkidz.com 

Mandarin House

Offering courses for kids (3 to 18-years-old) and adults alike, Mandarin House is an excellent option for any aspiring polyglot. Its main schools are in Beijing and Shanghai, but it offers after-school classes, private tutoring, camps and group PRC China textbooks here in Hong Kong, giving a fully immersive environment for your kids. Classes are available online, at home or at the centre in Central.

Mandarin House, 14/F, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, [email protected], www.mandarinhouse.com

Other Mandarin classes

Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA)

Bilingual International

Berlitz Kids / Berlitz Teens

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Playgroups With Mandarin Programmes

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Eton House

Eton House has a unique bilingual programme that starts at the age of one and progresses from playgroup to pre-nursery, to nursery and kindergarten. The bilingual playgroup for tots aged one to two runs for two hours each session, and is taught by two teachers (one native English and one native Mandarin speaker). Both teachers will always be in the classroom so children can constantly engage with both languages and learn to organically switch between them!

Eton House, LG/F, Mayfair by the Sea I, 23 Fo Chun Road, Tai Po, Hong Kong, 2780 5700, [email protected], www.etonhouse.com.hk

Mulberry House

Offering Mandarin programmes for children from 8 months to 12 years old, Mulberry House follows a natural immersion approach. It prioritises experiential language learning in small group settings to allow children’s confidence and fluency to grow in a fun and caring environment. The playgroups are for tots aged 8 months to 3 years and are led by two teachers in groups of eight. The little ones will enjoy hour-long sessions of music, drama, storytime and active play – all in Mandarin! You’ve also got a choice of preschool Mandarin and primary school Mandarin foundation, Mandarin enrichment and the homework club covering all ages. It’s also currently offering 1:1 online classes.

Mulberry House, various locations, [email protected], www.mulberryhouseasia.com

Arts Plus

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. Your child will be exposed to various types of play – music, art, and movement – in a cosy facility designed to encourage your baby to explore, touch and learn. Playgroups run in two consecutive sessions, one in English and one in Mandarin, so equal attention is given to each language. Students are monitored across five main areas: intellectual, social-emotional, communication, gross motor and fine motor skills. With its carefully devised curriculum, it definitely has your little ones best interests at heart.

Arts Plus, Rooms 907-915, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 2807 0208, [email protected]

Arts Plus, Suites 604-607, World Commerce Centre, Harbour City, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3106 06613106 0662, [email protected]www.artsplus.com.hk

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Kids Land

With its location slap bang in Central, Kids Land is the place to go if you’re based on HK Island and your toddler loves music. Using nursery rhymes and songs as the basis for all classes, the Mandarin Playgroup provides a fun and stimulating musical environment for toddlers from 18 months to 3 years old. For older, bolder toddlers, Learn-n-Play is an unaccompanied session for 2.5 to 5-year-olds.

Kids Land, 9/F, 16 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 6112 2675, [email protected], www.kidslandhk.com

Woodland Pre-School

Woodland Pre-School’s Aberdeen and Mid-Levels branches offer Saturday Mandarin Clubs for children aged 3 to 7 years. Hosted by a native Mandarin teacher, the club blends music and movement, songs and rhymes, craft, storytime and role-play to offer an exciting and inviting place to learn. Little ones can also try Mandarin Made Easy (also on Saturdays), which focuses on developing a solid base for listening and speaking skills. Look at the Mandarin learning schedule across its many centres and pick the one that suits you best.

Woodland Pre-School, various locations, 2559 4855, [email protected], www.woodlandschools.com

Sunshine House

Sunshine House offers bilingual playgroups, workshops and preschool programmes for tots as young as 12 months. With Putonghua and English storytime in playgroup, Mandarin enrichment workshops and daily Putonghua classes for preschoolers, your toddler is bound to turn into a native Mandarin speaker! Putonghua Enrichment Workshops take place on the Tung Chung campus and they supplement the preschool’s bilingual programme.

Sunshine House Sai Kung, 7/F, Silverstrand Mart, 2 Silver Cape Road, Clearwater Bay, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2358 3803, [email protected]

Sunshine House Lantau Island, 2 Mei Tung Street, Tung Chung Crescent, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 2109 3873, [email protected]

Sunshine House Discovery Bay, Shop 106, 1/F, Block 6, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong, 2259 4066, [email protected]www.sunshinehouse.com.hk

Safari Kid

Safari Kid offers bilingual (and even trilingual!) programmes for children in K1 upwards to K3. For even younger tots, there’s the Early Explorers programme. While all three campuses use both English and Mandarin, the Pok Fu Lam centre offers a Mandarin immersion and a trilingual (English, Mandarin, Cantonese) programme for K1 toddlers!

Safari Kid, Shop G106A – 107A, The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Hong Kong, 2874 3007[email protected]

Safari Kid, L101 Chi Fu Landmark, Chi Fu Fa Yuen, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong, 2177 0001[email protected]

Safari Kid, 16 Min Fat Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, 2177 0001[email protected], www.safarikidinternational.com

Highgate House

Highgate House has a range of classes – from nursery programmes to child classes (the child has to be accompanied by an adult). Classes are conducted in Mandarin, English or if you want your child to have a truly bilingual upbringing – both! It caters to children from three months old and has been touted as an excellent preschool by Hong Kong mothers.

Highgate House, 100 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong, 2849 6336, [email protected], www.highgatehouse.edu.hk

Other Mandarin Playgroups

Oak Tree Montessori

Tutor Time

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Mandarin Tutors And Childcare Services

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DreamCare

Want your child to speak and learn Mandarin but aren’t sure how to start? An option you may not have considered before is using a professional nanny service. DreamCare is one of Hong Kong’s leading childcare solutions specialising in native Mandarin-speaking nannies and early childhood educators. Tackle two problems at once; finding easy and reliable childcare, and fun and effective Mandarin immersion at home. Plus, you can opt for a full or part-time service, depending on your needs. Each nanny or early childhood educator (there are around 600 in employment!) is fully qualified in either early childhood education or holds a professional teaching qualification and follows a play-based approach to learning.

DreamCare, 3629 7425, [email protected], www.dreamcare.com.hk

ITS Tutorial School Hong Kong

ITS Hong Kong is a registered tutorial school offering courses and tuition in more or less every subject you can imagine, including, of course, Mandarin. Better for older children and teens, small group and one-on-one tuition is available, including special programmes for SAT II Chinese and AP Chinese preparation. Tutors here are all highly qualified and follow a tried and tested method for getting those exam scores. Conveniently based in Central and TST, it’s perfect for your newly independent teen. Currently, all new students or students returning from overseas will receive live online classes for the first 14 days of tuition. All online classes maintain the same level of teacher-student interaction.

ITS Tutorial School Central, 4/F, BOC Group Life Assurance Tower, 134-136 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong 

ITS Tutorial School Mong Kok, Shop 1102, 11/F, Richmond Commercial Building, 109 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, 2116 3916, [email protected], www.itseducation.asia

Hong Kong Mandarin School

The Secondary School Mandarin course at Hong Kong Mandarin School helps teens prep for Chinese exams such as GCSE and A-levels. If your child needs personalised attention, Hong Kong Mandarin School offers private classes. But if they want to practice speaking Chinese with peers, there are group classes as well! The whole family can improve their Chinese here as it has adult classes aplenty (including Business Mandarin classes). Classes for children are specifically aimed at international school students, intending to support language learning alongside the school curriculum.

Hong Kong Mandarin School, 7/F, Tung Ming Building, 40-42 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2537 5606, [email protected], www.hk-mandarin-school.com.hk

New Concept Mandarin

If you’re looking for flexibility for your teen, then this is a great option. Each course is customisable to your child’s schedule, needs and requirements. Focusing on IB and IGCSE Chinese exam preparation, New Concept Mandarin encourages regular testing and uses past paper mock exams to ensure that students are thoroughly prepared for the real thing. Its super-flexible approach to tuition means that sessions can take place at its Connaught Road Central centre, at home or even via Skype with online private classes, if necessary.

New Concept Mandarin, 13/F, Fortune House, 61 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2850 4332, [email protected], www.newconceptmandarin.com

NTK Academic Group

Specialising in teenage educational support, especially with the IB, MYP, SAT, ACT, AP and GCSE programmes, NTK 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. To get further individualised support, book a private class! For those who live further away from the main campus in Causeway Bay, try NTK’s new online tutoring for small groups and private lectures (both campuses have been closed since Monday, 6 April, 2020 and all classes have been moved online). If your teen is aiming for those high scores, NTK has proven time and time again that it helps students achieve the best results.

NTK Academic Group (main campus), 3/F – 5/F & 7/F, Lee Garden Five, 18 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2577 7844

NTK Academic Group, 2/F, The Avery, 16 Hau Wong Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong, 2718 3000, [email protected], www.ntk.edu.hk

Mandarin Teacher

Mandarin Teacher provides at-home tutoring, class at its Sheung Wan centre, as well as online. All its tutors are native speakers with teaching experience. There are three programmes for different age groups. For 2 to 5-year-olds, there is a Fun & Conversational Class (phonics and conversation), for 5 to 7-year-olds, Fun & Pre-school Class (conversation, writing & reading) and for 8 to 17-year-olds, Tutoring Class (listening, speaking, reading & writing).

Mandarin Teacher, Room 603, 6/F, Yau Sing Building, 120 -122 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2982 0919, [email protected], www.mandarinteacher.hk

Other Mandarin Tutors

Sun Kids

Lingo Bus

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 25, September 2012, updated by Alex Purcell Garcia and Jessica Wai in August 2019, and most recently updated by Lydia Ching in April 2020.

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Featured image courtesy of Getty Images, image 1 courtesy of Mini Mandarins Learning Centre, image 2 courtesy of Southside Mandarin, image 3 courtesy of Mulberry House, image 4 courtesy of  Jerry Wang via Unsplash.

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