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About Hanifa K. Cook

Cross Cultural Communicator And Coach

My Story

A certified trainer, coach and mentor and a passionate educator who loves speaking and coaching about relationships and communications. She can help you with building healthy relationships, teaching Mandarin as a foreign language speaker and support your and your kids’ personal development. She has been interviewed and featured in the media and I am also a best-selling author on Amazon. Welcome!

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I started writing Childhoodspeech® in 2008. In those days, I was exploring how children learn and experience life through writing. I named this blog Childhoodspeech® on the basis of my talent of speaking three languages at an early age. I am the  youngest of three children. Our late father was Javanese who migrated from Malaysia and our late mother was a Singaporean whose roots were from Palembang, Indonesia. Thus that makes us  Javanese-Palembang. In spite of both parents speaking only Malay at home, I and my siblings managed to acquire 5 languages: Malay, Mandarin, Bahasa Indonesia, English, and another dialect called Hokkien. I realized that children learn very quickly when their parents show them support and are willing to be involved with their development.

My daughter was about 3 when I started teaching Mandarin. She was a bright child and even though Mandarin is not our native tongue, we were conversing in Mandarin quite comfortably regularly.

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Amazon Best Sellers And Favourites

5 Steps To Help Your Child Speak Chinese

Born for This! The Journey to Success in Life, Love and Business


In 2015, she joined the Singapaore Chinese Chamber Commerce And Industry (SCCCI) Mandarin Toastmasters Club. She became the first non-native Chinese in the history of Toastmasters International and the club to be elected as President.

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The learned goes on a journey to discover oneself and completes the journey. The learned finishes the journey, never the race.

–  Hanifa K. Cook