Young Parents team
Your child is only in kindergarten, but he already proclaims that he hates Mandarin. How do you change his mind? We asked Huang Yin, head of centre, Chengzhu Mandarin Centre. Here’s what she says:
“It’s never too late to reverse that. Make learning Mandarin fun, fun, fun! First, he needs to see you embracing the language because you’re his primary teacher at home. He needs to hear you communicating in Mandarin or reading Chinese materials.
“If your child loves reading English storybooks, look for classics that have been translated into Mandarin. They’ll be easier for him to understand. Nowadays, there are also many educational Mandarin programmes on television, so let him watch them. Many popular English animation movies or series now come in dual-language options, so switch them to Mandarin.
“Plan fun activities like cooking or crafts at home with him, or play with him while speaking in Mandarin. If you’re thinking of signing him up for an enrichment programme, choose those that make learning the language fun and do not overemphasise reading and writing. At this stage, focus on speech first.