Edinburgh South Lingotot Centre

Edinburgh South Lingotot Centre

Hello! 你好! Bonjour! ¡Hola! Guten Tag!

My name is Leike (Lake), mum to Ciara-Ann, and I run Lingotot in South Edinburgh and most of Midlothian area. I'm passionate about languages and I believe that, when it comes to learning a second or third or fourth language (the list can go on…), the younger the better!

I graduated from China’s top University, Tsinghua University, in 2005 and got a job at the Shanghai HQ of what was then one of the top Global Fortune 500 companies. But I decided to change my career after a wonderful experience at a college workshop. It was after this experience that I soon started my amazingly rewarding journey in teaching by became a college teacher in Beijing. I mainly taught Chinese Traditional patterns and Character design, for which I won several awards. During school holidays, I also taught Mandarin, stage art and dance in several international kids theater camps in Beijing, where I witnessed how children can amazingly absorb new languages, particularly when engaged with a wide range of interactive activities including singing, dancing, drama, crafts and games etc.

In 2010, I moved to UK for further education and started teaching Mandarin in afterschool clubs in England, and then privately in Scotland. When we finally moved to my dream city Edinburgh and my bilingual daughter turned 3, I was ready to take the next step. That was when I joined Lingotot. Our classes are fun, interactive and carefully designed to introduce children to a new language through games, songs, stories, crafts and many other activities.

At Lingotot Edinburgh South we teach languages for kids 0-11.  We run community classes as well as bringing languages to children in nurseries and primary schools.  If you'd like Lingotot to lead language sessions at your local community centre, church hall, school or nursery, please do get in touch. Or If you have any questions, please email me at edinburghsouth@lingotot.com.

I look forward to welcoming you to one of my classes soon!

Leike x


  • From parents

Fanatic and Bubbly Teacher, Family Learn Together!

We enjoy Leike’s Mandarin class as a family and love the fact that we can all learn together! Leike has been a fantastic teacher and she’s so bubbly and lovely too. Great learning and bonding journey for both Parent and Child with lovely interactive activities and we highly recommend!

Melodi Lau

Fun, Interactive and Welcoming

Our daughter really enjoys Leike's classes. It can sometimes be difficult to find a way of getting our daughter to speak Chinese at home when all her friends are using English, so going to Leike's class has been great as she now has songs and actions she really likes to sing and that's thanks to the energy and enthusiasm that Leike brings to her classes. The classes are full of craft activities for the kids and are a good opportunity to meet like minded parents as well. I'd highly recommend.

Gavin Mowat

"45 minutes was gone in a flash!"

We loved the Lingotot Mandarin taster in Portobello on Monday. Leike made this fun for kids and parents alike with songs and games - 45 minutes was gone in a flash. So many benefits of early exposure to a second language... More detail on the Lingotot pages for Edinburgh north and south and on the benefits of language learning at Bilingualism Matters.

Elspeth H***h‎

"Wonderful range of songs and interactive play..."

I highly recommend the Lingotot Mandarin classes. Leike Hu is a fantastic teacher very enthusiastic about immersing small children in the language in a fun and engaging manner. She uses a wonderful range of songs and interactive play to keep the little ones involved, focused and happy.

Gordon Littlejohn

Contact Edinburgh South

Tel: 0845 680 8148
Email: edinburghsouth@lingotot.com
Twitter @LingototES

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