Hi, I am looking into Chinese classes for my son who is nearly 5. I speak Cantonese though not fluently at all. I think like most people my son will find it easier to learn Mandarin. Does any one know what the Indo Chinese community school is like in Deptford? They run classes on Saturdays for 4.5 yr olds upwards but they have to attend all day 9.30-3.30pm, which is a long day for a young child. They won't let me view the classes so I have no idea what its like but they tell me it is v popular and they have over 120 kids there. If anyone has any children that attend their classes would you mind letting me know.
Not attended Deptford myself but I went to Hounslow. Not sure how near that is to you. We certainly didn't have lessons from 9:30 to 3:30pm. It was more like 9:30 to 12:30 or something like that. There are other Chinese schools in London mainly Soho and another one called Gung Wo if a I remember correctly.
This is not exactly to the topic, I am looking for a playgroup that offers Mandarin immersion in Southeast London. I speak passable Mandarin, but find it difficult to speak fluently, even to my toddler, and am struggling to read what children's books I have managed to get hold of. Does anyone know of a suitable group?
Don't know if she runs a group lesson, but I highly recommend Hsin Yi Huang at www.letstalkmandarin.com. She is amazing! Kids love her, and they actually LEARN to speak (and read) Chinese. I tried language play groups (French and Chinese), but my experience of language playgroups was not great for my kids. They had a bit of fun, but never learned more than counting to ten or a few basic colours.