City council provides platform to learn Mandarin online

Faiezah, or better known as Cikgu Zazah, conducting free online Mandarin classes organised by the Iskandar Puteri City Council Penyayang Foundation.

IF LEARNING a new language is on your list of new year resolutions, the Iskandar Puteri City Council Penyayang Foundation is giving the public a chance to learn Mandarin for free on its social media channels.

The foundation’s chairman Mohammad Khairi A. Malik said the online Mandarin lessons, accessible via its Facebook page and YouTube channel, were organised due to strong demand.

“We understand that language classes can be costly.

“With the pandemic disrupting people’s movements, we wanted to provide the public with a platform to learn the basics of Mandarin from the comfort of their homes, ” he said when interviewed.

The two-hour classes taught by Mandarin teacher Faiezah Ahmad Fauzi, better known as Cikgu Zazah, were first conducted from Aug 16 to Oct 11 last year.

Khairi said about 10 students were selected to attend the sessions physically and the lessons were broadcast live on Facebook.

“The lessons include basic pronunciation and intonation as well as learning everyday phrases, numbers, ways to ask questions and pinyin.

“Those interested can search for the videos under Belajar Mandarin Iskandar Puteri on YouTube or our foundation’s Facebook page.

“We hope to organise free lessons for other languages in the future, ” he said.

Besides this programme, he said the foundation had been organising other online classes on cooking, sewing, handicraft, exercising as well as information sharing.

In other developments, he said the foundation’s community bazaar, held every fortnight at different zones within Iskandar Puteri, was halted temporarily in view of the recent spike in Covid-19 cases.

“At the bazaar, the public, especially those from the lower-income and B40 groups, can purchase essential items such as sugar, soy sauce, milk and onions at a subsidised price.

“We held the bazaar at six zones so far in Lima Kedai, Perling, Taman Nusantara and the next location was supposed to be Taman Mutiara Rini but we have put this on hold until the situation improves, ” he said.

Visit for updates on the foundation’s programmes.

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