外文标题：Teaching them young: Tots learn to say ‘ni hao’ to Mandarin
Hong se, huang se, lu se... (red, yellow, green)," two-and-a-half-year old Sriana rattles off the colours of the rainbow in Mandarin when her mother points to a picture at their Powai residence in Mumbai. Another Mumbai toddler, three-year-old Rishaan, can sing Zhuni shengri kuai le (Happy birthday to you) in Mandarin with ease. Kolkata boy Ved, 6, insists that his parents call him 'Da Ji'—a Chinese name he fancies.
Around the time they are learning to prattle in their mother tongue, quite a few urban tots are being enrolled in Mandarin classes. "These lessons are a gift to my daughter for her future," says Sriana's mother Chetna Kumar. The international business lawyer hired a tutor to teach Sriana the "language of the world's fastest growing economy" when she was just 19 months old.
When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wooed China with a 30-minute interview in Mandarin last week, Kumar felt vindicated. Apart from spending Rs 700 per session on the tutor, she has also filled their home with books and puzzles with Chinese characters. She even wishes she had Chinese children in the neighbourhood for Sriana to play with.
In Mumbai, around 200 kids under 16—90 of them between 3 and 6 years old—are attending after-school Mandarin classes conducted by 'Yeh China' institute at eight schools. Founded by Usha Sahoo in 2010, Yeh China offers a special 'Fun and Learn Chinese for Preschoolers' programme that introduces tots to Mandarin through singing, stories and craft.
在孟买的8所学校，大约200名年龄介于3至6岁的孩子参加“Yeh China”学会组织的课外汉语课程。“Yeh China”由Usha Sahoo于2010年创立，为学龄前儿童提供趣味学习中文的课程，通过歌唱、讲故事等方式教孩子学习中文。
Sunaina Bansal (Unknown)
Spanish ,German ,French , there are so many languages one should learn and make yourself more employable MoreOver German and French are pass .... dead languages. Everyone in Europe and USA to learn English. Yes learning Spanish is better. But it is Chinese that Indians must crack todeal with China.
Xiaoxue Cheng (Chongqing, China)
19 months? sounds a little bit crazy? I even did not speak mandarin when I was 19 months!
Gopinath P (Chennai)
Learning a new language is always good.... but at 19 months?????? what the hell.... isnt that the age where the kids should be learning their mother tongue. First learn your mother tongue well and then other languages.
Pia Bose (==)
Learning any foreign language is indeed commendable. How about learning Japanese too, hoping that the future superpowers will be Asian countries.
Mukund Roy (Noida)
We are trying "Make in India" and these people are planning "Go to China".
sravan kumar ()
China is gonna rule the 21st century (jus like US did in 20th).. good step as in future Mandarin may replace english.. ( may be??))
Tamjin Chakma (Gurgaon)
So we are soon going to conquer them is it. Why not learn Tibetian
Earlier we started our tradition of intellectual slavery with Persian language, then it was English and now its Chinese. We do everything to promote others culture, thinking, education system, language etc with out even giving a thought to normalize our education system. I hope, India comes out of its intellectual slavery in my life time though the chances are pretty bleak.
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John Connor (Kolkata)
Ni Hao !
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Rebel (New Delhi)
now time to exploit Chinese in chinese