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Ja­pan Foun­da­tion Kuala Lumpur

18th floor, North­point Block B, Mid Val­ley City, 1 Medan Syed Pu­tra, KL (03 2284 6228/010 241 2305/ 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/my­man­darin­ 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.ap­ple­lan­guage­cen­ The Ap­ple Lan­guage Cen­tre strives to Daily, 10am-6pm. Adults, RM14; Stu­dents (with ID), RM7; Chil­dren (6 years and be­low), free.

Na­tional Mu­seum

Jalan Da­mansara, KL (03 2282 6255/ www.muz­i­um­ne­

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