Need help in chinese kindergarten
I would like to ask for help about my baby...
She is going to attend kindergarten 1 this school year, however bilingual classes are full already, so i just enrolled her in a chinese class.. I am confused, primarily because my baby is not speaking any chinese word, nor she is a chinese national. I am a filipino and my husband is a filipino as well, so we dont speak chinese, my baby can only speak english. Is it possible for her to be in chinese class even though she dont speak chinese? Can she easily learn chinese language? Do i need to hire a tutor instead?
I hope someone could help me.. Thanks...
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Posted by cara (126 days ago)
"easily" learn a language? learning a language is *never* easy.
but, yes, there are a lot of non-chinese speaking children now attending local kindergartens. a tutor for kindergarten? not necessary.
both of my kids attended a local kindergarten (my hubby is chinese, though). but their best friends, all non-chinese speakers, also attended the local kindie. now, they are all mostly at a local primary school. and to top it off? the #1 student in P1 was a british girl, studying in the chinese stream (all subjects taught in cantonese).
so, yes, it is perfectly possible. just don't expect your little one to understand everything immediately. it is a long process and the first few months will be the most difficult.
Posted by Shihakale (126 days ago)
Thanks for your reply... I was thinking that maybe my child is very pitiful if she entered the local kindergarten.. Since she do not know even a single chinese sentence...
Posted by cara (124 days ago)
none of the "expat" kids going to a chinese kindergarten know any chinese.
like i said, just don't expect her to understand anything in the beginning. give her time to get used to it.
there is a group on facebook for non-chinese speakers who choose cantonese school for their kids, if you want to talk to others in the same situation.
Posted by Shihakale (123 days ago)
Can i ask the facebook page name? Thanks so much for this reply...
Posted by cara (122 days ago)
the ed here will not allow me to post it... but if you search fb "cantonese school parents" i'm sure you'll be able to find it
Posted by missiu (120 days ago)
If both parents cannot speak Mandarin, hiring a tutor to help is a good idea. In addtion, I recommend the "qiaohu" series video (u can search qiaohu from youtube). The video is very interesting and can attract kid's attention to learn Mandarin.
Posted by missiu (119 days ago)
I have been a Mandarin tutor to babies and kids and would like to share some tips:
1. Talk - Talk as much and as often as you can to them. When s/he is interested in something, such as "ball", "pen", "dog", "apple", speak clearly to them. When they follow what u say, give them clear feedback, e.g. "yes", "good", "well done".
2. Read story books - A lot of books can be borrowed from the public library. Use songs and facial expression when read story books so as to attract them for longer time and more opportunity to learn.
3. Play games - A lot of communication and interactions can be involved through playing games.
4. Watch video clips - I recommend "巧虎" series. Babies/Kids can learn words and expressions e.g. Head, Shoulders, Washing hands, fly, eat, easily after watching the video clips quickly.
Posted by Shihakale (119 days ago)
Thank you very much missui for your reply... Can i ask how much is the tutor fee? For kinder 1 thank you
Posted by missiu (118 days ago)
I just sent a message to you..
Posted by Hugie (118 days ago)
My wife is filipina and i am British. Our son went to a Chinese kindie. He loved it! He didn't mind learning canto. He is now P4 in a Chinese school. Fluent in Canto! Reading and writing are not good, but who cares! All the best!