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Mandarin for toddlers in Paris

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PastMidnightAgain Fri 19-Jun-15 09:43:56

Hi all,

I'm looking for a Mandarin programme or club for two 4-year-olds in Paris -- any recommendations, wise MNers? In an ideal situation, I'd like to have the children in a Wednesday afternoon club, after school gets out; something in Belleville would be really convenient (though I have a feeling my options might all end up being on the other side of town). So far the only thing I've found (via Google) is the Chinese Institute, which only has private lessons for this age.

I'd be grateful for any leads, as well as any comments on the Chinese Institute. Thank you!

ReallyTired Fri 19-Jun-15 09:47:22

Why do you want your four year old to learn mandarin? Do you speak mandarin?

PastMidnightAgain Fri 19-Jun-15 09:59:19

ReallyTired Not sure how it's relevant, but yes, I do speak Mandarin, though not incredibly well. I have Chinese-speaking family halfway across the world, and would like the children to be able to keep up the language and keep the door open to that part of their culture.

Bonsoir Fri 19-Jun-15 10:34:28

I have never heard of toddler Mandarin classes in Paris. The Institut Confucius used to give Mandarin classes to children in primary school on Wednesdays but I'm unsure that it still does.

addictedtosugar Fri 19-Jun-15 10:49:54

I don't know Paris, but do you have a reasonably local Chinese Supermarket or China Town? Any way of asking around there for anything that people do?

ReallyTired Fri 19-Jun-15 12:01:43

Maybe you need to find some chinese friends who also speak Mandarin rather than classes. It might be worth looking to see if there are any facebook groups that are for chinese parents. The reason I asked is that a child with a mandarin speaking mother has different needs to a child who has no connection with china. A child who is being brought up as bilingual would be way more advanced than a child who can't even say "hello" in the target language.

PastMidnightAgain Fri 19-Jun-15 14:18:20

Thanks for the thoughts.

Bonsoir I'll look into the Institut Confucius, thank you!

addictedtosugar We'll be moving near one of the city's Chinatowns, so I'll plan to ask around for sure. I was just hoping to do a little pre-arrival research -- we don't get to Paris till summer.

ReallyTired Thanks, yes, that's a good idea. I hadn't considered FB groups. I agree -- I think a playgroup sort of setting would be much better for me and the kids than a class, particularly at this age.

BriocheDoree Fri 19-Jun-15 14:58:08

Are you a member of Message? Several Chinese members there and there have certainly been threads in the past about Chinese playgroups. www.messageparis.org

PastMidnightAgain Fri 19-Jun-15 19:57:38

BriocheDoree I hadn't heard of Message, but it sounds interesting. I'll check it out -- thank you!

AggressiveBunting Sat 20-Jun-15 08:09:51

Another option might be to see if there are any native mandarin speaking students at the universities who want to do some tutoring.

Bonsoir Sun 21-Jun-15 20:41:57

If you google "baby speaking" you will find an agency who can supply mandarin speaking nannies and tutors.

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