Although visitors to foreign lands often communicate at a basic level by pantomiming, Americans inevitably give away their tourist status by gesturing with an accent. Pole-vault over language barriers without resorting to charades with today's Groupon: for $20, you get three introductory Mandarin Chinese classes for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade at Hand in Hand Chinese School in Maplewood (a $40 value). Material fees are waived for Groupon customers. Choose from four schedules:
- Saturday afternoons, April 16–30, from 2 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
- Sunday mornings, April 17–May 1, 10 a.m.–10:50 a.m.
- Tuesday mornings, April 12–26, 10 a.m.–10:50 a.m.
- Tuesday evenings, April 12–26, 5 p.m.–5:50 p.m.
Native Mandarin speakers at Hand in Hand Chinese School teach kids practical language lessons and basic vocabulary alongside cultural lessons about Chinese society. The school maintains a low teacher-to-student ratio, and instructors strive to keep kids engaged by teaching them songs and saying every other word backwards. In the course of three lessons, developing brain-sponges absorb greeting phrases, the names of common animals, and transportation vocabulary. Teachers enliven classes with art activities such as panda-making and culture lessons to teach kids that the Chinese Zodiac is more than a ranking of the worst invasive species. Parents are welcome to sit in and learn along with their children.
Maplewood - Oakdale
1727 Beam Ave.
Maplewood, Minnesota 55109Get Directions