KL & Surrounds
Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur
18th floor, Northpoint Block B, Mid Valley City, 1 Medan Syed Putra, KL (03 2284 6228/010 241 2305/www.jfkl.org.my). Besides running classes for students of various proficiency levels, KL’s official Japanese language centre organises film screenings, art festivals and more. Frequented by Japanese expatriates and fans of Japanese culture, the Japan Foundation feels more like a home away from home to some. The onsite library is a plus for students who wish to immerse themselves in the language. (Both centres) Mon-Fri, 10am-9pm, SatSun, 9am-6pm.
My Mandarin Lab
The Club, 1 Club Drive, Bandar Utama, PJ (018 370 2436/mymandarinlab.com.my). Staffed by highly-experienced teachers from mainland China, the centre runs its own trademark kids programme called MagicHan. Signing up for the MagicHan programme entitles students to specially formatted exercise books, flash cards, special animations and pictorial placards. The visual format of MagicHan’s learning material serves as a shortcut for students to speedily recall Chinese characters. After mastering the MagicHan syllabus, kids will move on to the Young Teenagers group, the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi/ Chinese Standard Exam) or the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) levels. My Mandarin Lab’s safe environment makes it a suitable haven for work and play. Low basins and toilets were built keeping little ones in mind, the library is cosy and colourful, and there is a playground on the premises. Mon-Tue & Thu-Sun, 10am-1pm; 4-9.30pm. MagicHan, four-six years old; Young Teenagers, seven years and above. Contact centre for fees and schedules.
Apple Language Centre
Various locations in Johor (07 556 8511/ www.applelanguagecentre.com.my). The Apple Language Centre strives to Daily, 10am-6pm. Adults, RM14; Students (with ID), RM7; Children (6 years and below), free.
Jalan Damansara, KL (03 2282 6255/ www.muziumnegara.gov.my).