Looking for an A-Level Chinese tutor or Middle Years Programme Chinese tutor (MYP Chinese tutor)? Perhaps you want your little linguist to start young with a Mandarin kindergarten? Choose from a wide range of Cantonese or 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-speaking playgroups, Mandarin and Cantonese classes and Chinese tutors to help them on their way to fluency. Your kids are sure to go from monoglots to Mandarin masterminds in no time. From Mandarin preschools and Cantonese kindergartens, right though to IGCSE or IB Chinese tutors, you’re sure to find the right Chinese language class to fit your family’s needs. Putonghua perfectionist here we come…So yi, er, san – let’s go!
Featured Mandarin Classes In Hong Kong
Qurio Education – After-school Mandarin classes with Cantonese and Mandarin vocabulary, phrases, grammar rules and more
Head to Qurio Education, the learning centre for kids aged from 3 to 12 years old, for after-school classes in Mandarin, English, math and more. Here you’ll find the Qurio Summer Mandarin Bridging Course for 5 to 6 years olds. Over nine lessons, youngsters will learn how to distinguishing between Cantonese and Mandarin vocabulary, phrases, and grammar rules. The course is two lessons a week (one hour every Tuesday and Thursday), and gives your child a Mandarin pinyin foundation to achieve clear pronunciation and tonal accuracy. Give your child an instant boost in Mandarin and prepare for a smooth transition to K3 and primary school.
The summer Mandarin Bridging Course will run from Tuesday, 2 to Tuesday, 30 August, 2022 (3:30pm to 4:40pm) and costs $2,500 for 9 lessons (terms and conditions apply). Find out about Qurio’s summer camps here.
Age: 3 to 12 years (5 to 6 years old for the Summer Mandarin Bridging Course)
iMandarinChinese – Online language-learning school providing bespoke Mandarin and Cantonese courses and private classes for kids to adults
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 (they all hold a degree in teaching Chinese as a foreign language!) and will tailor the course specially to suit your family needs and learning style. This efficient and reliable platform promises to be easily accessible to everyone, and even has 30 minutes lessons that are ideal for little students between the age of 4 to 6. Classes are typically one-on-one private lessons ($90 for 50 minutes) and take place over Zoom or Skype. You can book a lesson according to your schedule. Courses include, but are not limited to:
How Much: From $90 a class if you sign up for six classes per week.
Sassy Tip: Book a free first trial class by getting in touch with the coordinator.
Use the code SASSY when you enrol and get 10% off your first three months of courses. Valid until Friday, 30 June, 2023.
Mandarin Classes For Kids In Hong Kong
Mini Mandarins Learning Centre – Immersive Mandarin playgroup in Hong Kong with native Mandarin-speaking teachers
Give them 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 with experienced native Mandarin-speaking teachers. ourses are set within an immersive Mandarin environment with real-world settings (including a mini supermarket, fire station and an airport).
Age: 1.5 and up
Beijing Mandarin – From Mandarin playgroup right through to Advanced Chinese lessons and Mandarin exam prep
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 Mandarin exam prep, private Mandarin tuition and advanced Chinese as well, so you can bet your kid’s Mandarin needs will be taken care of here.
Ages: 2 to 3.5 years
Kumon – Individualised Mandarin lessons, student-lead
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.
Age: 3 years and up
HK Kidz – Immersive Mandarin classes for kids of all ages
The Hong Kong Institute of Language’s HK Kidz Mandarin programme is a 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!
Age: 4 to 12 years
Mandarin House – Fully immersive Mandarin classes in Hong Kong
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 in Central.
Age: 3 to 18 years
Other Mandarin classes in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) – www.clle.ywca.org.hk
Bilingual International – www.bilingual.com.hk
Berlitz Mandarin classes ing Hong Kong – www.berlitz.com
Yifan Mandarin and Mandarin for Munchkins – www.yifanmandarin.com
Mandarin Speaking Playgroups In Hong Kong With Mandarin Programmes
Mulberry House – Pre-school primary school Mandarin foundation as well as Mandarin homework club
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 offers 1:1 online Mandarin immersion classes.
Age: 8 months to 12 years
Eton House – Bilingual Mandarin preschool, primary, secondary and high school classes
Eton House has a unique bilingual programme that starts at the age of 1 and progresses from playgroup to pre-nursery, to nursery and kindergarten. The bilingual playgroup for tots aged 1 to 2 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!
Age: 18 months to 18 years
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. 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.
Age: From 8 months
Kids Land – Mandarin pre-school education in Hong Kong
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.
Age: 18 months to 5 years
Highgate House – Mandarin Preschool in Hong Kong
Highgate House has a range of Waldorf-inspired 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.
Age: From 3 months
Other Mandarin Playgroups In Hong Kong
Woodland Pre-School – www.woodlandschools.com
Sunshine House – www.sunshinehouse.com.hk
Oak Tree Montessori – www.eceoaktree.com
Tutor Time – www.tutortime.com.hk
Mandarin Tutors In Hong Kong And Mandarin Childcare Services
ITS Tutorial School Hong Kong – IB Mandarin, IGCSE Mandarin, A-Level Mandarin tutors and more
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. One 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. All online classes maintain the same level of teacher-student interaction.
Age: Primary to High School
Hong Kong Mandarin School – GCSE Chinese tutors, A-levels Chinese tutors and more
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. 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.
Age: Pre-school and up
New Concept Mandarin – Focusing on IB Chinese tutors and IGCSE Chinese exam preparation
If you’re looking for flexibility for your teen, then New Concept Mandarin is a great option. Each course is customisable to your child’s schedule, needs and requirements. Focusing on IB Chinese tuition 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 Chinese 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.
Age: Primary 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. To get further individualised support, book a private class. There’s also online tutoring for small groups and private lectures. If your teen is aiming for those high scores, NTK has proven time and time again that it helps students achieve the best results.
Age: 8 years and up
NTK Academic Group (main campus), 3/F, 5/F and 7/F, Lee Garden Five, 18 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2577 7844
Mandarin Teacher – Mandarin tutors, Mandarin nanny,
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).
Age: 2 and up for Mandarin tutors
DreamCare – Mandarin Nanny in Hong Kong qualified in either early childhood education
Want your child to speak and learn Mandarin but aren’t sure how to start? How about 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 is fully qualified in either early childhood education or holds a professional teaching qualification and follows a play-based approach to learning.
Other Mandarin Tutors and Mandarin speaking childcare services
Sun Kids – www.sun-kids.hk
Lingo Bus – www.lingobus.com
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in September 2012, updated in August 2019 by Alex Purcell Garcia and Jessica Wai, updated in April 2020 by Lydia Ching, and most recently in June 2022 by Alex Purcell Garcia.