Bilingual Bubs: 5 Best Language Classes For Kids In Hong Kong
As the world becomes an increasingly small place, forward-thinking parents choose to equip the next generation of global citizens with the gift of communication. Here are five of the best places in Hong Kong for children to flex those linguistic muscles:
Mandarin: Mulberry House
Whilst Mulberry House’s innovative enquiry-based curriculum takes a conscious step away from traditional Mandarin learning methods, their focus on creating a full-immersion environment ensures that students are exposed to the rigorous standards required to achieve absolute fluency.
The centre offers classes that begin with sensory play sessions in infancy continuing all the way through to age 12, where students can get support through homework clubs, available at their Central or Wong Chuk Hang campuses. Mulberry House’s curriculum also incorporates real-world situations into their Mandarin learning programmes, such as museum visits or shopping trips, allowing for the practical reinforcement of little linguists’ budding language skills.
Find out more at mulberryhouseasia.com
Spanish: De La Mano
With around 500 million speakers worldwide, Spanish is one of the world’s truly global languages, and one that is surprisingly easy to master—with the right tuition, of course.
De La Mano—meaning “hand-in-hand” in Spanish—offers classes for students aged from three up to adult, as well as regular playgroups for under-fives. With programmes designed to be as engaging as they are educational, younger kids learn through music, games and stories, while older siblings focus on Spanish grammar, building reading confidence and fluent spoken expression.
Classes take place at Monkey Tree English learning centres throughout Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, meaning there is sure to be a suitable location for your niños.
Find out more at delamanospanish.com
French: Alliance Françiase
Widely regarded as the foremost organisation for the promotion of the French language worldwide, Alliance Françiase has been teaching the world the difference between their grave and acute accents since 1883.
The Hong Kong chapter offers comprehensive French language programmes for learners of all ages, with group classes, workshops and private tuition available for children from tiny to teen. New for 2019 is Les Toddlers class for 18-24-month-old tots. This accompanied class offers little learners the opportunity to immerse themselves in French through creative activities such as art and music, before graduating into Petits Pas preschool classes.
Native French speakers aren’t forgotten either; Francokids workshops help les enfants franophones improve grammar and writing skills in fun group sessions.
Find out more at afhongkong.org
Germany’s answer to Alliance Française, the Goethe-Institut works to highlight contemporary German culture and improve language skills across the world.
Their introduction to German starts at the age of five, with Bunny Hans Hase taking children on a fun learning journey that lays the foundations for basic proficiency. Children aged from eight to 11 will gradually move up to Deutschprofis, a modular course that builds on prior learning and enhances vocabulary.
Teens are equally well catered for, with the option to underpin their learning with a variety of Goethe-Zertifikat exams, including the prestigious TestDaF required for admission to German universities.
Find out more at goethe.de
Japanese: HK Kidz
Whether your child is a native Japanese speaker who needs to improve their proficiency, a total beginner or is just interested in learning about Japanese culture, HK Kidz has a class to suit their needs.
Offering Japanese classes tailored to kids from beginner to advanced levels, the school focuses on the four key pillars of language learning—listening, speaking, reading and writing—to build confidence and improve language retention.
Unlike other centres, HK Kidz allocates children into mixed age groups that range from seven to twelve years, so your child is always learning at an appropriate level. Native speakers have their own group, and there are also Japanese-medium arts, cookery, drama and science workshops available to sprinkle in a healthy dose of fun.
Find more at hkkidz.com.hk