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How to maintain kids' Mandarin skills in Aargau/Zurich?

Hello,

my Finnish-German family recently moved to Switzerland, after spending two years in China. Our two daughters (aged 7 and 5) speak quite fluent Mandarin after these years, whereas we adults hardly picked anything of the local language.

It would be a shame to see the kids' language skills go to waste, so I'm asking for any tips on how to maintain the language. We live near Brugg in Aargau, so not terribly far from Zurich.

Are there any other Mandarin speaking children nearby, for a playdate? Any Mandarin playgroups anyone knows of? Or adult native speakers, who would like to play with the kids or maybe babysit them on occasion? Any other ideas? Getting a Chinese Au Pair feels like a little too heavy (and pricy) a tool for our occasional needs.

Thanks already in advance!
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Re: How to maintain kids' Mandarin skills in Aargau/Zurich?

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Hello,

my Finnish-German family recently moved to Switzerland, after spending two years in China. Our two daughters (aged 7 and 5) speak quite fluent Mandarin after these years, whereas we adults hardly picked anything of the local language.

It would be a shame to see the kids' language skills go to waste, so I'm asking for any tips on how to maintain the language. We live near Brugg in Aargau, so not terribly far from Zurich.

Are there any other Mandarin speaking children nearby, for a playdate? Any Mandarin playgroups anyone knows of? Or adult native speakers, who would like to play with the kids or maybe babysit them on occasion? Any other ideas? Getting a Chinese Au Pair feels like a little too heavy (and pricy) a tool for our occasional needs.

Thanks already in advance!
I have no idea how to help you but what I'd like to do is commend you on trying to keep your kids language going.

I hope you find someone/something to help out.
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Old 17.05.2013, 11:30
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Re: How to maintain kids' Mandarin skills in Aargau/Zurich?

If you don't get much response on here, do a search for 'Mandarin', or even a Member List>mother tongue Advanced Search. You might find someone with similar ideas who doesn't keep a constant eye on the forum and might miss your thread.
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Re: How to maintain kids' Mandarin skills in Aargau/Zurich?

Hello an-gina,

I am very interested. We are a German-Chinese family currently living in Wettingen, we had lived in Finland for 15 years. I speak Mandarin and my two boys speak fluent Finnish.

If you are interested, please contact me.

Have a nice day,
Sophie

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Hello,

my Finnish-German family recently moved to Switzerland, after spending two years in China. Our two daughters (aged 7 and 5) speak quite fluent Mandarin after these years, whereas we adults hardly picked anything of the local language.

It would be a shame to see the kids' language skills go to waste, so I'm asking for any tips on how to maintain the language. We live near Brugg in Aargau, so not terribly far from Zurich.

Are there any other Mandarin speaking children nearby, for a playdate? Any Mandarin playgroups anyone knows of? Or adult native speakers, who would like to play with the kids or maybe babysit them on occasion? Any other ideas? Getting a Chinese Au Pair feels like a little too heavy (and pricy) a tool for our occasional needs.

Thanks already in advance!
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Re: How to maintain kids' Mandarin skills in Aargau/Zurich?

There is a Chinese school in Zurich if you are interested in sending your kids there. It might be a good way to meet other Mandarin speaking children.

Here is the link: http://www.german.tcsz.ch/
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