How to learn Mandarin in Singapore

Whether you newly relocated to Singapore or you have been living there all your life, it is important that you learn how to speak Mandarin. Doing this will not only open you up to new opportunities but will also help you socialize and connect with more people. Presently, 1 of every 5 persons in the world can speak Mandarin. So, if you are able to learn to speak it, you will be able to express your thoughts, ideas, and concerns with relative ease.

As you probably know Mandarin is a tough language to learn. Every year thousands of people try to master the language. If you want to be among those who succeed, you must be dedicated, focused and consistent. Signing up for a mandarin class will help you expedite your mastery of the language.

 

The following article by Benjamin Gibbs is a how to guide to learning Mandarin in Singapore.

How To Learn Mandarin In Singapore

For some, it really is worth it. It is possible to speak English and get around Singapore just fine, so many think that learning Mandarin in Singapore is pointless. Read more here.

You likely now know some effective ways to learn Chinese in Singapore. To keep things interesting, you have to be flexible in your approach. Don’t just sign up for just an online Mandarin class, doing something more by joining the local Chinese community club in your area. Or better still choose any of the many governments approved learning centers in Singapore.

 

This article by Wikipedia lists some important things you need to know about the Singaporean Mandarin language.

Singaporean Mandarin

Singaporean Mandarin (simplified Chinese: 新加坡华语; traditional Chinese: 新加坡華語; pinyin: Xīnjiāpō Huáyǔ) is a variety of Mandarin Chinese widely spoken in Singapore. It is one of the four official languages of Singapore along with English, Malay, and Tamil. Read more here.

The history and features of Singaporean Mandarin are explained in the article. You now understand a little bit more about the development of Mandarin in Singapore and the difference between Standard Mandarin and Singaporean Mandarin. But do you know any reputable Mandarin centers that can help your child become fluent in Chinese?

 

The following article by straitstimes unveils one of such centers.

EtonHouse offers Mandarin-only classes

In the pre-school it is opening on the grounds of Hwa Chong Institution in July, children in pre-nursery and nursery classes will be taught entirely in Mandarin, from 18 months till age four, when they enter the first year of kindergarten. Read more here.

Now that you have all this information about Mandaring language centers, you have a clearer picture to make this decision. So, if your home or office is close to it you should consider visiting these centers in person to learn about their teaching style, curriculum, values, and objectives. Doing this, will help you determine if it is a good fit for your kid.

 

Final note

The importance of learning a second language cannot be overemphasized. Not only will it open you to new job opportunities, but will also help you interact confidently with more people and share your ideas with ease. There are also benefits for your child when he/she learns a new language. It broadens his/her perspectives and also provides different opportunities for them.

Of course, you have the complete freedom to learn whatever language you want, but choosing Mandarin is a smart move. The reason for this is that it is spoken by more than a billion people in the world. In fact, 1 in every 5 persons can speak Mandarin.

Learning Chinese is difficult, but possible. With the right tools and classes, anyone can become fluent in it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy ways to help your kid learn how to speak Chinese in Singapore

Easy ways to help your kid learn how to speak Chinese in Singapore

As a loving parent, you undoubtedly want the best for your kids. That is why you are enrolling them into a good school and addressing their physical and emotional needs. But there is yet another thing you could do to help your child develop faster – and that is teaching your kid a second language. 

For example, in Singapore, learning Chinese for kids is mandatory from primary school onwards but most children are exposed to this second language from as young as less than one year old. If you are able to teach your kids how to speak a second language earlier, they are likely going to perform better academically and socially.

That been said, you need to keep it in mind that teaching your kids how to speak Chinese isn’t going to be rosy. You are definitely going to be met with some challenges.

 The following article by Delle Chan shed light on six easy ways to help your child learn Chinese.

 6 EASY WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN CHINESE

If you and your child had to put up a five-minute skit in Mandarin, would you both be able to? That’s what 22 parent-child teams did at the annual Parent-Child Talent Competition 2015 on June 6, organised as part of the Speak Mandarin Campaign. Read more here

You likely now know some easy ways to help your little one learn Chinese. Remember to keep things fun and interesting as you teach them. If possible use apps, toys, and other tools to keep them interested and hungry to learn. Despite your best efforts, there is still a chance that your kids won’t embrace the language. Well, if that is the case, you must do all you can to remain positive, consistent and encourage them.

The following article by schoolbag discusses how parents can support and encourage their kids learning how to speak Chinese.

 How Parents Can Support Their Children In The Learning of Chinese Language in Primary Schools

In primary school, your child will be taught the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. In addition, there will be an emphasis on spoken and written interaction skills. A differentiated approach has been adopted in primary schools. Read more here.

You surely now know some ways to support your kid as he learns how to speak Chinese. A sure way to make the language become part of them is to use it at home. This means talking to them in Chinese, reading Chinese story books and explaining phrases and words they are unfamiliar with them. If teaching a kid between 5 to 9 years old how to speak Chinese is hard, then it is likely going to be twice as hard to teach a toddler. To succeed, you may have to be creative in your approach.

 The following article by mindchamps shed light on 3 creative ways to teach your kid mandarin.

3 Creative Ways to Teach Your Toddler Mandarin in Singapore

In Singapore, where it is possible to get by with speaking only in English, it can be quite the struggle motivating children to excel in Mandarin. Read more here.

You are likely now abreast with some three creative ways to teach your toddler how to speak Chinese in Singapore.  As you likely know, kids have a mind that is somewhat similar to a sponge. It is ever ready to absorb new information. So, if you surround your kids with friends who speak Mandarin Chinese, narrate your actions in Mandarin and use a play-based approach, your child is going to learn quicker.

 Final note

 The benefits of teaching your kid how to speak Chinese are endless. But most parents aren’t successfully able to do this. The reason for this may be linked to their approach.

 As a parent, it is not easy to keep trying a teaching method or approach that isn’t yielding any tangible results. To turn things around, you may have to learn from parents that were able to do this successfully.

Remember that you don’t have to wait till your kid grows up before you can start teaching your kid about the language. You can start teaching them how to speak Chinese while they are still little. Doing this will help them get a firm grasp of the language.

 

 

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