Me and my husband moved to Singapore last year, we both are English. I have a 4 year old kid, he has Mandarin as language subject in school. Now I know Mandarin is one of the most spoken languages in Singapore, but is it necessary for him to learn Mandarin? I mean is it really worth it?

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Most preschool children do pick up whatever language is spoken in school as their brains are like sponges. Academically speaking, I would think about the family's long term plans. If your stay in Singapore is transient, then Mandarin can be learned incidentally and without any academic pressure; if the family's plans are to stay for the long term, then consideration should be given to the elementary school that you plan to enrol your child into. International schools in Singapore do offer Mandarin but they also offer other languages too. Similarly, our local primary schools do allow non-Singaporean children to take other languages besides Mandarin/ Malay/ Tamil as their additional language.

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Well it depend on individual. My students are English and they are learning chinese in Singapore and Hong Kong. even they moved back to their country , they still learn chinese in Country like Australia, England and New zealand via skype or even hire chinese tutor to their house. International school do provide chinese. And I believe it also depends on individual whether they need it or don't. As now more and more English are learning how to speak in chinese and definitely no harm learning as it might be useful if he or she grow up and get send to a chinese country where they don't understand English well

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It is always good for kids to learn more new languages. For young kids they learn very fast in the environment. In Singapore, learning chinese in School is based on immersion and I am sure your kid will pick up very fast. In addition, your kid will be able to communicate to people in Singapore in Mandarin since most of the residents here are Chinese Speaking.

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If anything, China's economy is on the rise and children who know more languages tend to be more empathetic. Moreover, since you already know that Mandarin is commonly spoken over here, it would definitely help your son if he knows how to speak it. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/sifter/children-who-speak-multiple-languages-may-be-more-empathetic

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I am facing the same dilemma. I put my son for Spanish as Mandarin in school academically gets tougher and tougher. I feel academic Mandarin may be too much for him. I mean comparatively to academic Spanish. Do correct me if I am wrong.

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Well! To make your child learn a new language or not is your choice, but learning a new language is always worth. Learning a new thing, language will always help in his life. http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/chinese/guide/facts.shtml

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it is good. kids can absorb more things faster. knowing more languags definitely does more good than harm. it can be useful and handy for him when be grows up and start to work.

It is always good for kinds to learn more new languages. For young kids they learn very fast in the environment