World Culture: Roasted Turkey Meets Beijing Roasted Duck!

World Culture: Roasted Turkey Meets Beijing Roasted Duck!

What is the one Chinese dish that is close to roasted Turkey that we have for Thanksgiving in the U.S.? Have you tried Peking Roasted Duck?  Have you heard about three ways of eating Peking roasted duck?  The first one is crispy duck wrap, the second one is duck stir fry and the third one is duck soup.  All three dishes are from one Peking roasted duck.  Does it sound similar to how we eat Thanksgiving turkey?  […]

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Music Fun: Let’s Sing Turkey in the Straw (in Chinese)

Music Fun: Let's Sing Turkey in the Straw (in Chinese)

For the month of November we are singing “Turkey in the Straw” in Chinese.  It is a cute song and the tune is familiar so it is fun to follow along and sing together in the class or at home.  Watch the video, listen to the music, and have movements for the song when you sing together.  Miss Panda has  prepared the lyrics in traditional characters, simplified characters, and pinyin with English translation for you to follow […]

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Thanksgiving Matching Game: Let’s Learn More Words in Chinese!

Thanksgiving Matching Game: Let's Learn More Words in Chinese!

  Click on the Matching Game image above to download the Holiday Fun Sheet! Thanksgiving is coming and we are going to have fun learning more Chinese words and phrases about this day.  Here is a Thanksgiving Matching Game.  Cut.  Match.  Paste. Complete the sentences with the words/phrases on the fun sheet Wǒ xǐ huan ___________________.  我喜歡。。。 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] = I like ___________________   Wǒ fēi cháng xǐ huan ____________. 我非常喜歡。。。 [Audio […]

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Happy Thanksgiving: Words and Phrases to Know in Chinese

Happy Thanksgiving: Words and Phrases to Know in Chinese

Thanksgiving is almost here! The holiday season is a great time to introduce fun and exciting new words, phrases, and sentences to children in your target language.  My kids and I put together a fun word list every week. We talk about the meaning of each word.  We make sentences and we make up a story using as many new words/phrases as possible.  Then we cook and bake to make our tummies happy while we are learning.  […]

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Meet Adam Beck, Author of Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability

Meet Adam Beck, Author of Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability

  Bilingual family profile: Majority language: Japanese. Minority (target) language: English. Method used for Adam’s family: OPOL (One Parent One Language) since birth of the children. Location of this bilingual family: Japan. Adam is raising his children in English and Japaneses in Japan.  Adam only speaks English to his kids.  His wife is Japanese and she only speaks Japanese to the children.  The children go to the local Japanese school.  The language used by the siblings when […]

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World Culture: Halloween, Day of the Dead, the Hungry Ghost Festival and the Ghost Month

World Culture: Halloween, Day of the Dead, the Hungry Ghost Festival and the Ghost Month

Halloween (United States): October 31 萬聖節 Pumpkins!  Pumpkins!  They are in the supermarket, in the farmers’ market, and in front of the door steps of the neighbors.  With all the young kids trying out their customs in the stores and all the Halloween decoration filled in the neighborhood we know it is time to buy bags of candies for the excitement of Halloween!  Halloween started as the festival of Samhain and it was part of the ancient […]

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Who is Not Afraid of Goblins on Halloween?

Who is Not Afraid of Goblins on Halloween?

萬聖節快樂 (traditional characters 繁體字)| 万圣节快乐 (simplified characters 简体字) =Wàn shèng jié kuài lè (pinyin 拼音) Watch the video and see who is not afraid of all the goblins in all sizes and shapes.  Happy Halloween! Happy #Halloween to all of the unshakeable teachers out there! pic.twitter.com/siR9wnOUeK — edutopia (@edutopia) October 31, 2016 You can’t scare me. = 你不會嚇到我! | 你不会吓到我!- Nǐ bù huì xià dào wǒ. I am a teacher. =  我是一個老師。| 我是一个老师。 – Wǒ shì yī […]

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A Bilingual Family Journey Interview with Mingjung Chen and Joweina Hsiao

A Bilingual Family Journey Interview with Mingjung Chen and Joweina Hsiao

A Bilingual Family Journey interview with Angela Mingjung Chen, World Language Chinese Instructor and linguist along with her daughter, Joweina Hsiao.  You will hear their story from both the mother’s  and the daughter’s perspectives.  How does Angela keep her heritage language (Chinese) and culture alive at home?  Angela shares her insight on bringing up her bilingual/multilingual children as a native Chinese speaker.  Joweina, a sophomore in college gives her take on her multilingual journey growing up. You […]

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Playful Learning Theme – Happy Halloween & BINGO Game

Playful Learning Theme - Happy Halloween & BINGO Game

Miss Panda created and designed 70-page “Chinese Halloween” Flash Cards, Games, and Reading learning unit (downloadable PDF) for school, classroom and home use.  Chinese characters (both traditional and simplified versions), pinyin, and English translation are included in this unit.  As you progress with your child(ren) the Chinese characters only version is also available. You can follow the link and preview the Halloween unit on TpT or read more about this theme learning unit here.  You can click […]

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Exploring Homemade Chinese Dishes with Chef Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook

Exploring Homemade Chinese Dishes with Chef Katie Chin's Everyday Chinese Cookbook

Disclosure: I received a copy of this cookbook to review.  All opinions are my own. “Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook: 101 Delicious Recipes from My Mother’s Kitchen” has a delicious collection of recipes that you can prepare at home for the whole family.  Many of the dishes can be made with the help of children.  Before exploring all the recipes, you will learn about Chinese ingredients, basic cooking tips, essential tools and utensils then the must-know sauces […]

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