Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Mandarin for Preschoolers

At least they're being productive while they're waiting to get into kindergarten:

Pre-school Mandarin classes take root in Manhattan
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kalista Godsman arrives to her Mandarin classes in a vehicle that's foreign to many other language students: a stroller.

The 13-month-old and her 3-1/2-year-old sister Helena, who also takes French, are enrolled in Xiao Bao Chinese, one of a handful of emerging Manhattan Chinese language programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

"I think that it will lead to all kinds of things for them," said their mother, Rachel Moore. "Whether they are interested in the culture or the art of China, or whether they want to use it to make friends, travel, business."

As China's economy booms and the world becomes more interconnected, U.S. parents are beginning to demand lessons that go beyond romance languages. Chinese language classes for preschoolers are still rare. But they are emerging across the country from Oregon to Michigan to Washington, D.C.


Blogger Lisa & Oliver said...

That's certainly interesting. My husband and I both took Mandarin lessons before we adopted (partly just to pass the time but also thought it would be useful/intereting) but not sure if I would sign up my 13 month old?!??

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