Common challenges Singaporean parents may face when teaching their kids Mandarin

As a loving and caring parent, you are ready to do whatever it takes to give your little bundle of joy a head start in life. One of the best ways you can do this is to teach your kid a second language. If you live in Singapore and your child already knows how to speak English, then you should consider teaching him how to speak Mandarin.

Keep in mind that your child’s journey to fluency in a second language is not going to be all sunshine and rainbows. You kid is inevitably going to face some challenges, regardless of how fast he learns. From frustration to lack of interest in the language, you must be ready to help him when the time comes. And to most, help comes in the form of joining a Mandarin class at a language school.


The following article by Etonhouse explains more on some of the challenges Singaporean parents are likely going to face when teaching their kids how to speak Mandarin Chinese.

Coping With Learning Mandarin: 5 Challenges Singapore Parents Face

I thought that my days of learning Mandarin were far behind me, but then I became a mum and I found myself thrust back into a world of Chinese characters and hanyu pinyin,” shared Mdm Tan, mum of a Primary 2 daughter, candidly. Read more here.

Now that you have a clearer understanding on the challenges you may face in teaching a second language, you must remember to maintain a positive attitude and never give up no matter how tough it get. One thing you can do to help overcome these challenges is to sign up your kid for Mandarin classes.


This article by Ng Keng Gene unveils some special Mandarin classes in Singapore.

Tailoring Mandarin classes to pupils’ needs

Sometimes, they are required to walk around class and ask each other questions about their families or their hobbies to get to know each other better and practise their speech,” she told The New Paper in Mandarin. Read more here.

You likely now know a thing or two about some special Mandarin classes that can address the needs of your kid. Another step you can take to ensure that your kid becomes fluent in Chinese is to enroll him in an enrichment center focused on the Mandarin language.  There, special tools and fun games will be used to teach your kid how to speak Mandarin.


Here Openschoolbag specifies 6 enrichment centers that can teach your child how to speak Mandarin fluently in Singapore.

6 Enrichment Centres for Singapore Kids focused on Chinese Language

We remember that besides enrichment classes for English Language which we previously introduced under 6 Enrichment Centres for Singapore Kids focused on English Language, there are also enrichment classes specially meant for the Chinese Language.  Read more here.

You likely now know some of the best Chinese enrichment classes in Singapore like Chengzhu Mandarin Centre, Kidstartnow, Apple Pie, Berries, Tien Hsia Language School, and Skylace Language School among others. Before enrolling your kid into any of them, it is important that you first learn as much as you can about them.


Final note

Teaching your child a complicated language like Mandarin is by no means going to be a walk in the park. You are going to meet with some challenges. To scale through them, you have to be flexible in your approach, patient and positive. Also it is advisable to consider enrolling your child into a Mandarin language class. Most Mandarin enrichment classes are dedicated to making language learning as fun as possible.

So, do your research to find a good one or alternatively, choose among the best or high rated Mandarin language schools for children in Singapore.