Me and my husband are not Chinese, but we decided to teach our daughter Mandarin since when she was 9 months old. Why?
Because it is a very difficult language (for an European), but with and amazing history and culture behind; we know that it is much easier for her to learn it now with no effort, through fun and play, and because it is a precious "plus" she will have in her curriculum when she will be an adult.
Now she is 5, it is time for her to learn how to write and read also Mandarin, she enjoys it, and we receive compliments from native speakers for her skills.
It is a commitment also for us as parents, but we think it is worth it, it opens her mind and contributes to prepare her get ready for the future challenges.
Francesca Tovoli (Parent of Emma 5yr old)
"I have been impressed with the personalised approach to learning my son receives at WenLin school. The lessons are carefully tailored to his abilities. He loves the supporting materials provided which he finds really engaging. I get great feedback from the school on his progress and his Chinese has come on in leaps and bounds. We are so happy he is investing his time in learning this useful language."
Sue (parent, 7yr + class)
"The character grids help me learn very quickly.... Going to Chinese on Saturdays is so much fun, it is one of the best things about the weekend. It has helped my study of Chinese at school by giving me greater knowledge of stroke order and pronunciation."
Stan (student, 7yr + class)
"Our daughter is 3 years old and has started attending WenLin Chinese School in October 2016. The lessons are taught in a very enthusiastic way, with great focus and attention paid to the child. The lessons are very interactive, which keeps all the children engaged for the 45 minutes, which is no mean feat for an age range of 18 months to 3 years old. The practical element of the class is a great idea, and Rosa brings in plenty of objects for the children to physically handle that relate to the pictures for the topic of that week. Rosa has a very friendly and engaging persona, which makes the children feel comfortable very quickly and this can be seen in their confidence as they engage and listen to her for the lesson. Rosa communicates the specific word through a method of repetition, utilising the practical and interactive element very effectively, and this is demonstrated by the children in the class as they identify the picture or object from the Chinese word. In addition to this there is song, dance and a story in every lesson, and our daughter always has a smile on her face in the class, which is a true testament to Rosa's teaching."
Pening & Richard (parents, 1-3yr class)
"Rosa works incredibly hard to put together thoughtful and engaging sessions for the children. She has a kind and gentle manner and makes sure each child gets individual attention. Our daughter Lia seems to thoroughly enjoy the classes and is growing in confidence with each session. We're really happy that something like this exists so close to home. Thank you Rosa :-) "
Yin & Dung (parents, 1yr - 3yr class)
“This is a great Chinese class! My son is a complete beginner and Rosa's patience and enthusiasm for teaching Chinese has been fantastic. The lessons are always fun with singing, dancing and props to really engage the children. Rosa gives each child lots of focus and each week, we play games to 'bed in' the new vocab they have learnt that day - which is very effective. I would highly recommend ”
Clare McDowall (parent, 3yr - 5yr class)
"My son joined Wenlin Chinese School after his 8 weeks' stayed in China. He was able to have simple communication but not able to write. Wenlin nicely assessed his level on his trial lesson and pointed him to the group with similar level kids. I feel this does give him confident to speak in the class. Teacher and TA are very nice and truly love children. My son seems very happy and has no problem to go to school in the weekend. I like the idea of this school which works in a small group in that way teacher can more focus on where the kids need to improve. After attended one term, my son is able to write more than 50 words and most important he slowly pick up the logic on the writing order! I will encourage you have a conversation with the Headmaster. She truly has the passion on teaching Chinese for young kids and a lot of good ideas on how to coaching children."
Nancy Gao (parent, 7yr + class)
"我们家两个孩子从文麟学校一开办就报名学习中文班，算算也有近一年的时间了。 在文麟学校短短的一年时间里学校一直都在以最好的状态去教导孩子们， 让孩子们能够对中文产生更多的兴趣。 到目前为止 婷婷和涵杰的中文水平进步的很快， 会识字认字， 在学校也认识了好多好朋友。当然一开始我也是有所退缩， 毕竟这是在英国， 孩子们每天说最多的还是英文，只能说是抱着试试的态度。 孩子目前能有这样的成绩我真的很欣慰。不仅是校长每天都在密切的关注每一个孩子的学习， 就是甘老师也在每次课程之后与家长交心的探讨孩子们的学习状况，每一次都在跟进孩子们的作业。积极的解决孩子们的问题。 很幸运我们家附近有这样好的一所中文学校。祝文麟学校越办越好。"
"Both our children have been studying Chinese at WenLin Chinese School since they’ve opened. In very short time, my children have learnt how to read and write in Chinese and have developed strong interests in learning Chinese. The school always give us their best attention and effort in teaching our children. I am so pleased to see their progress in learning Chinese. Not only the school principal care so closely on each child’s learning, but also Miss. Gan the class teacoher always chat to us after each class about how our children have learnt in the class and how they did for their homework. They always find best way to help my children to learn. We are very lucky that we live so close to such a good Chinese school. Wish WenLin Chinese will do better and better."
Amy Bilan (parent, 5yr - 7yr class, and 7yr + class)
"I want to thank Rosa for her kindness to Georgina. Please know that you have become a big influence in her life and she often cites you as a wonderful teacher and mentor."
Anne Delhon (parent of GCSE student)
"We were going to China for my children’s Kung Fu training. Rosa kindly offered to help my boys with their Chinese. Wenlin Chinese school was a very good experience for my children. It has made them very interested in languages, and they still talk about how much they liked Rosa and their teachers. I’d highly recommend them to all families."
Jayne Guven (parent, 7yr + class)
WenLin Education Ltd. 3 Hillier Road, London SW11 6AX, UK
School venue: Chestnut Grove Academy, 45 Chestnut Groveo, Balham , London
+ 44 (0) 7883 025706