Six Steps for Teaching Chinese to Young Learners

Six Steps for Teaching Chinese to Young Learners

Being bilingual or multilingual has so many benefits.  Research shows how easily young children can learn a different language when they are exposed to it, especially when they are immersed in it. We are in an era of raising young global citizens.  Learning a language is learning a culture and it expands a child’s world.  Speak Mandarin Chinese to your child if you are a native Chinese speaker.  Learn Chinese with your child together and speak your […]

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Chinese Lantern Festival Riddles

Chinese Lantern Festival Riddles

  Are you ready to carry a lantern soon?  How about hosting a riddle game with the kids on the Lantern Festival?  Traditionally the lantern owners write their riddles on the lanterns.  Now you see the riddles written on the papers and are attached to the lanterns at the festival locations.  I had a Lantern Festival Party with the kids and their friends.  I placed the riddles in red envelopes and I clipped them on a golden […]

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Chinese Lantern Festival – Yuán xiāo jié – 元宵節 Lanterns and Tradition

Chinese Lantern Festival  - Yuán xiāo jié - 元宵節 Lanterns and Tradition

Year of the Horse lantern – Image: Courtesy of MOTC This year Yuán xiāo jié – 元宵節 – Lantern Festival is on February 14th. It  is the fifteenth day of the lunar new year and it is time to carry the lanterns and celebrate the last day of the Lunar New Year festivities. The Lantern Festival marks the end of the fifteen days of Chinese New Year celebration. Families eat sweet or salty sticky rice balls known […]

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Winter Olympics Matching Game Printables

Winter Olympics Matching Game Printables

Winter Olympics just started and we are excited to learn about the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia!  This is a great time to introduce theme vocabulary about Olympics and winter sports.   I designed two sets of matching games, one for the younger children and one for the older ones.  You can print them on card stock and cut them into cards.  You can play with them when you are watching the game or when you are […]

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Happy New Year of the Horse! The 12 Chinese Animal Birth Signs Printable

Happy New Year of the Horse!  The 12 Chinese Animal Birth Signs Printable

Click on the image above to download the printable. Are you a Dragon? Are you a Snake? Are you a Horse?  Chinese children ask their friends these questions for fun.  They also use the Animal Birth Signs to figure out how old their friends are.  With the arrival of the Year of the Horse today, we are going to take a look at the fun twelve Chinese Animal Birth Signs . There are twelve animals and it […]

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Flash Mobs Share Traditional Lunar New Year Songs

Flash Mobs Share Traditional Lunar New Year Songs

As we await the arrival of the Year of the Horse on January 31st I would like to share some of the traditional Chinese songs performed by several flash mobs.  In the video below we go on a tour to experience the Lunar New Year culture in Taipei, Taiwan. You will see Dí Huà Street, the well-known Lunar New Year Boulevard, where you can purchase almost everything you need for the Chinese New Year. You will also […]

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Chinese Paper Cutting Craft (printable) – “Spring” – 春 (chūn)

Chinese Paper Cutting Craft (printable) - "Spring" - 春 (chūn)

Paper cutting is a fun project for children.  Younger kids will need some adult assistance.  Here is a simple paper cutting craft I do with children for the Chinese New Year.  It is a 3D cutout of the Chinese character for “spring.”  This is a craft that you can use to decorate the house or the classroom. Paper Cutting Project:  Chinese character = chūn = spring. What you need: 1. Colored printing papers: Red is always […]

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12 Chinese New Year and Culture Books

12 Chinese New Year and Culture Books

Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar and in Chinese it is called the Lunar New Year 農曆年 or Spring Festival 春節.  This year Chinese New Year begins on January 31st and we are celebrating the year of the horse!  I am planning a Chinese New Year cultural presentation for children in my neighborhood library.  Since the library has asked me for a list of my favorite books about Chinese New Year and culture I […]

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Miss Panda Chinese – Chinese New Year Craft and Coloring Pages

Miss Panda Chinese - Chinese New Year Craft and Coloring Pages

“The pine tree and crane herald longevity” Sōng hè yán nián – 松鶴延年 We are republishing this post for the Year of the Horse.  The first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year is on January 31 in 2014!  We are going to say good-bye to the Year of the Snake and welcome the arrival of the Year of the Horse!   Our guest artist for the Chinese New Year coloring pages is Rebecca Yi-Lun Lee 李佾倫, […]

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8 Tips for a Bilingual Year! Wishing You a Happy New Year Filled with Bilingual Fun!!

8 Tips for a Bilingual Year! Wishing You a Happy New Year Filled with Bilingual Fun!!

  Happy New Year!  Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year filled with bilingual fun!   As we enter the New Year here are 8 tips to better structure our language learning in the New Year. 1. Daily Breakfast Booster: Listen to the songs, music, or radio channel in your target language.  You can use language albums, YouTube channels, or radio apps to set up a morning routine.  My favorite is the TuneIn app. 2. Daily […]

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