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  1. Inspired by this blog post, I suddenly realized that Netflix was sittig on a large quantity of streaming Cantonese shows and movies for kids. In Netflix on desktop browser, you can easily filter for every show in Mandarin by going here: https://www.netflix.com/browse/audio/yue Once you've clicked on a show, remember to change the audio settings (in the bottom right) to enable Cantonese audio. Here's what my current view of Mandarin shows looks like on Netflix (in the UK) - this is just a small sample:
  2. Inspired by this blog post, I suddenly realized that Netflix was sittig on a large quantity of streaming Mandarin shows and movies for kids. In Netflix on desktop browser, you can easily filter for every show in Mandarin by going here: https://www.netflix.com/browse/audio/zh Once you've clicked on a show, remember to change the audio settings (in the bottom right) to enable Mandarin audio. Here's what my current view of Mandarin shows looks like on Netflix (in the UK) - this is just a small sample:
  3. I think CCC is closed for the summer, the first time they will be contactable will be in first week of September I believe. I think the next level is called 'Class 2'. Also the Greenwich Chinese Schools and CCC rumours turned out to be false. See Greenwich statement here: http://www.gccsms.org.uk/important-announcement-rumours-stop-at-the-wise/
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    Bang Bang Oriental Food Hall

    This looks like the 'sequel' to Oriental City - a gigantic food hall, dim sum restaurant: http://www.bangbangoriental.com/ Address is NW9 0AS and grand opening is on 11th July 2017.
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    Raising children in West ...

    It's a really hard decision to make. I think the UK is a fantastic place to raise a family and I'm biased as I've lived here all my life. In general, I find the 'Chinese' aspects of education very narrow-minded and competitive (think Tiger Mom). Many Chinese people come out not have as broad a range of skills as say a child coming out of the UK education system. However if you are in HK you may also have the option to go to British/International school route, which has more similarities with UK education system. Prospects for future regarding jobs and careers - it really depends. Many UK or HK educated children will find prospects in their home country, or abroad, there isn't really a limitation - if you reach good grades you can study anywhere. What pangster mentioned regarding prospects - houses, cars, jobs - these are being squeezed anyway by the way the global economy is working. I think most graduates even now are finding it nearly impossible to get on the housing ladder unless they are entering a very high earning career like law or accounting and earning over say £80k annually. I shudder to think what this'll be like in 15-20 years time, whether you are in the UK or in HK. Regarding safety and children walking around on their own to go to 7 Eleven/cornershop - this is probably similar in HK as in UK, these days people are more aware of dangers to children safety. However where I live in North London, I always see kids around 10 years old going out of their houses and going to the park without parental supervision, so it really depends on where you live. In short it's a very hard decision! Let us know how you end up making a decision.
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    British Born Chinese in Hong Kong

    I don't know a great deal about HK but I imagine there are a very large number of British expats who live there, and the communities seem nice and welcoming. Are you sending your kids to a local nursery/school or going private for international nursery/school? Are you planning to come back within 2-3 years?
  7. Hi thanks for commenting - I really recommend that if you speak only Cantonese at home and can't speak Mandarin, you should send your child to a Cantonese class for the home language support. They won't progress as fast as other children if they don't get to practise the language at home too. Age range for the beginner class was around 4-8 years old - Reception to Year 3. All that really matters is whether they are able to speak basic Cantonese and in the first class, write things like 1, 2, 3, person, you, me, etc. I have recently heard a rumour that CCC might be stopping the beginner Cantonese class for 2017/18. This is similar to another rumour where I heard that Greenwich is also closing their beginner Cantonese class. In which case I might suggest trying to tutor to get your child into the next level Cantonese class (where my son will be going) just so that they are able to get in for the rest of the following years. I would suggest speaking to CCC to see what the situation is for next year.
  8. EDIT: This list is now being maintained in this directory: https://babylingualism.com/directory As far as I know there's no big list of Chinese schools in London, so I've taken it upon myself to compile a list with basic information listing things like times, languages, etc. I've done this because many Chinese school websites are very poor - for example, some schools teach 'Chinese' but don't clarify whether this means Mandarin or Cantonese, and many don't mention whether they teach traditional or simplified characters which can be a dealbreaker for most people. If you have any additional information to add, please comment below and I'll update this main post with it. Any information would be useful for example: - Updating any specific information in the list - Writing your impressions of the Chinese school Chinese Chamber of Commerce (CCC) http://www.cccuk.org.uk/ Languages: Mandarin and Cantonese Characters: Traditional characters Ages: Reception - A Level Times: Saturday and Sunday Location: Soho, Leicester Square Link to individual thread Chinese Independent School of Tower Hamlets http://www.cis-london.co.uk/ Languages: Mandarin and Cantonese Characters: Ages: Reception - A Level Times: Location: Tower Hamlets Dartford Chinese School http://dartfordchineseschool.co.uk/ Languages: Mandarin Characters: Simplified Ages: Times: Saturdays 10:00-12:00 Location: Dartford Ealing Chinese School http://www.ecms.org.uk/ Languages: Mandarin Characters: Simplified Ages: Times: Location: Acton Giggling Panda https://www.gigglingpanda.co.uk/ Languages: Mandarin Characters: Simplified Ages: Times: Saturday and Sunday Location: Wren Academy, Finchley Greenwich Chinese Community School and Mandarin School (GCCSMS) http://www.gccsms.org.uk/ Languages: Mandarin and Cantonese Characters: Mandarin - simplified, Cantonese - traditional Ages: to A2 Level Times: Mandarin (Sunday 1:45-4:30) Cantonese (Sundays 10:00-12:45) Location: Greenwich SE10 Hackney Chinese School http://www.hackneychineseschool.org/ Languages: Mandarin and Cantonese Characters: Ages: Times: Saturday 9:30-12:30 Location: Hoxton Haringey Chinese Centre http://www.haringeychinesecentre.org.uk/chinese-school- Languages: Mandarin Characters: Ages: 5-16 Times: Saturday 10:30-12:30 Location: Turnpike Lane Harrow Chinese School http://harrowchineseschool.wixsite.com/harrowchineseschool Languages: Cantonese Characters: Traditional Ages: 5 - GCSE (and A Level if enough students) Times: Saturday and Sunday Location: Harrow Hounslow Chinese School http://www.hounslowchineseschool.org.uk/ Languages: Cantonese (Mandarin for Adults only) Characters: Ages: to A2 Level Times: Saturday 10:30-12:30 Location: Hounslow Hua Hsia Chinese School http://huahsia-chinese.co.uk/ Languages: Mandarin Characters: Ages: Times: Saturday and Sunday Location: Hampstead and Southgate Link Chinese Academy http://www.linkchinese.co.uk/ Languages: Mandarin Characters: Simplified characters Ages: to GCSE Times: Everyday Location: Many locations including Hammersmith, Islington, Kingston, Greenwich, Wandsworth Notes: Summer program Linxian Chinese School http://www.lamyinchinese.org.uk/ Languages: Mandarin and Cantonese Characters: Ages: Times: Saturday 9:00-11:00, Monday and Wednesday 4:00-6:00 Location: Islington and Charing Cross London Mandarin School http://london-mandarin-school.org/ Languages: Mandarin Characters: Simplified Ages: to A Level Times: Location: Hackney London Overseas Chinese School https://www.facebook.com/LondonOverseasChineseSchool/ Languages: Mandarin Characters: Traditional and simplified characters Ages: Times: Location: Colindale London Pei Ying Chinese School http://www.peiying.org/ Languages: Mandarin Characters: Simplified Ages: 5+ Times: Saturday 1:30-3:45 Location: Oakwood Minghui Academy http://minghuiacademy.org/en/home/ Languages: Characters: Ages: Times: Location: Alexandra Park School Ming Tak Chinese School http://mingtak.webs.com/ Languages: Mandarin and Cantonese Characters: Ages: 4-A Level Times: Saturday 10:40-12:50 Location: Sutton Panda Mandarin http://pandamandarin.co.uk/ Languages: Mandarin Characters: Simplified characters Ages: Times: Saturday and Wednesday Location: Archway Real Chinese Academy http://realchineseacademy.co.uk/ Languages: Mandarin Characters: Simplified characters Ages: 4 - A Level Times: Location: Bromley, Kent Q.H. Chinese-English Language & Cultural Exchange Centre in London http://www.qhlanguageexchange.com/chinese-for-young-children Languages: Mandarin Characters: Ages: Times: Saturday 9:00-11:00 Location: Hammersmith QingHua Chinese School http://www.qinghuaschool.org.uk/ Languages: Mandarin and Cantonese Characters: Ages: Times and Locations: Saturday morning 9:30-11:30 Harrow Saturday afternoon 2:15-4:15 Acton Yu Hua Chinese School http://www.yuhuachineseschool.org.uk/ Languages: Characters: Ages: 3 - A2 Level Times: Saturday mornings Locations: http://www.yuhuachineseschool.org.uk/new-enrolment.html Camden Chinese Community Centre Kentish Town Community Centre Crossway Centre (Richmond) Lauriston Primary School, E9 Watford Chinese Community School http://www.watfordchineseschool.co.uk/ Languages: Characters: Ages: Times: Location: Watford WenLin Chinese School http://wenlinchineseschool.org.uk Languages: Mandarin Characters: Ages: Days: Saturday Location: Balham
  9. Hey Andrew nice to see you here :). I think it's aimed at kids who have a basic knowledge of Cantonese and who have good language support at home. Also you'll need to be able to complete the homework/tests every week - see the photos of the homework I posted.
  10. Hi thanks for posting these, I'm currently away and will be back Wednesday, I'll give these a go at downloading. The ISO files are encoded as DVD player videos - are your source videos there too? Anyway will try on Wednesday, I have a 200mbps download speed.
  11. Hey let me know if you can post up any of these :)
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    Cantonese Children's DVDs for sale

    Nice job I didn't think you'd be able to sell them all here as I didn't think we had enough traffic - but good to be proven wrong!
  13. I would definitely say that it's best to supplement any learning written material with practise speaking at home. If you can speak Cantonese/Mandarin (even basics) then you should speak to your child as much as possible in that languge. I only started with Benjamin in Mandarin after 3 years old and now he speaks to me in Mandarin full-time. Location is pretty good to be honest - if you are able to travel to Chinatown/Soho/Leicester Square (it's about 40mins door to door from us) then it's convenient. The other alternatives are often held in schools or out of the way places. In Chinatown you can wait in a nearby cafe, or like me you can get some Chinese grocery shopping done or you could even have dim sum! Mostly I've been impressed with the way that our son Benjamin (4 years old when he started the class) has coped with the language learning. He likes learning the words, speaking them, getting good marks etc. however this is highly dependent on our support - we spend lots of time helping with his homework, giving him mini-tests, speaking to him to reinforce the words. I'd love to recommend CCC for other parents but I think it's highly dependent on the home languge support, and also the learning style for the child as well. I can see that if Benjamin found it too 'hard' or 'boring' it would make it much harder to continue as the teaching doesn't have much flexibility in adapting to different learning styles or to stragglers.
  14. Teaching materials for Beginner's Cantonese (this is typically for intake from Reception/Year 1) The first year we used the first and second edition of this book. It contains a word follows by an image explaining the word, see cat: Homework Two types of exercise books are provided - green and yellow. The green book is for homework. The yellow book is for tests. Homework consists of two pages of repetition of the specific words. Also included is a photocopied sheet for practise which the teacher doesn't mark. Test Every lesson ends with a test. The first week we didn't realise this was happening so we didn't prepare our Benjamin for the test properly so he didn't score very high! Subsequent tests have been better prepared for.
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