Anna Usadi: Like many of the students at Hua Hsia, I started in the school’s nursery class when I was three.I have very fond memories of the school at this age amongst which dancing and singing in the school’s festivals are my most vivid.
When I started learning Chinese in my secondary school, I realised how helpful Hua Hsia had been in introducing me to Chinese. Having studied at the school from a young age, I was familiar with the Chinese tones, characters and culture. When I signed up to take my Chinese ASlevel last year, I though back to my time at Hua Hsia. I decided to volunteer in the school whereby I now help students practise their Chinese oral GCSE. I have also started taking classes there again to keep up with my own speaking skills.
Learning Mandarin is very hard. Mandarin students should always take an opportunity to practise using the language.Going to China and speaking with locals, or even just speaking with Chinese friends, can be extremely beneficial. I hope that, with perseverance at the Hua Hsia together with my Chinese A level studies in my secondary school, I will one day gain enough proficiency in Chinese to enable me to work in China.
Ellie Jenkins: I would like to say a big Thank You to Hua Hsia Chinese School for teaching my daughter Persephone YouLin Jenkins from the age of 2 in the Nursery class to taking her GCSE last summer, and achieving her A* in Chinese.
As a non-chinese speaking family, all tribute goes to her and the school, in particular, Katja and all her teachers throughout the 12 years she’s been at the school. Persephone’s had great fun at the school participating in all the many activities arranged by the school and the Friends of Hua Hsia over the years. I’m glad to say Persephone has decided to carry on with her Chinese studies this year.
Thank you and Well Done Hua Hsia !
Jasmine Chua: When I was told about the grade my daughter Monica has gained in her AS Chinese exam, I was elated. Although the teacher Senji has predicted she will get grade A, I was not entirely convinced for the Chinese examination is not easy, especially for children who are brought up in non-Chinese speaking environments. I would like to thank Senji for her patience in teaching Monica and also believing in her.
Monica has been with the school since Nursery until now where she is studying for her Chinese A Level. She has enjoyed the lessons in the past and is still enjoys learning Chinese.
Looking back, I still could remember my little 3 year old girl holding my hand attending the first lesson with Jenny Sing, the nursery teacher. The happy, fun-loving Jenny is dedicated in teaching the children to learn the language through singing, playing and recognising the characters. These form the foundation for children to have an interest in learning the language.
The teachers in Hua Hsia Chinese School are dedicated and committed in teaching the children to learn the beautiful but rather difficult language. The children here learn to read and write Chinese, at the same time been taught about the Chinese culture.
Mei Ling: Bonjour! Je m’appelle Mei Ling. Je suis française, j’ai seize ans. Lorsque j’avais douze ans j’ai commencé à apprendre le mandarin avec l’école chinoise de Hua Hsia.
A ce moment-là, dans ma classe il y avait des élèves de dix, treize et quinze ans. Puisque je suis française, je ne peux pas pratiquer le chinois chez moi, mais les autres élèves de ma classe ont toujours été chinois ou Malaisiens, et pouvaient pratiquer le chinois chez eux. Même si apprendre le chinois est parfois difficile, dans l’avenir c’est un super atout et c’est très pratique. Les leçons de chinois sont amusantes, les profs sont très sympa avec les élèves. L’année dernière j’ai fait mon GCSE de chinois, j’ai eu un super résultat ! Je suis très contente car je l’avais beaucoup travaillé pendant l’année.
Jenny Lam: “My son started attending the GCSE Mandarin class at Hua Hsia in September 2014. I cannot be any more happier with his progress, the teachers are incredibly great at encouraging the children to progress within a tight programme.
I am amazed by how much my son’s confident in the language has
developed in just a few months. Confidence is essential for languages and is
not easy to build up so the credit undoubtedly goes to the dedicated
teachers – thank you!”
“Congratulations to you and your team! Hua Hsia has created a language experience that is fun and creative, learning Chinese with confidence. Thank you. Mrs L “