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Chinese New Year: Gift Guide for Chinese Learners

Chinese New Year: Gift Guide for Chinese Learners

  Are you wondering what gift would be educational and entertaining for kids who are learning Chinese language and culture?  Give the joy of Chinese learning to a child during the 15 days of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, relax and pick your favorite gift. Books Books never go out of style. Chinese books Here are two books in Chinese – one that is great for beginner readers and […]

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The 12 Chinese Animal Birth Signs with Printable

The 12 Chinese Animal Birth Signs with Printable

Read Learning Unit Description here.   Are you a Monkey? Are you a Chicken/Rooster? Are you a dog?  Are you a pig?  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 Rooster less than 10 days, we are going to take a look at the fun twelve Chinese Animal Birth Signs . There are […]

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Chinese New Year Craft – Make a “Fú 福” Lucky Word Sign

Chinese New Year Craft - Make a "Fú 福" Lucky Word Sign

Your Chinese animal birth sign is chicken/rooster if the birth years are in 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933, 1921. It will be a 12-year increment so the ages will  be 0, 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84, 96, 108.  Chinese people might ask about your birth sign and figure out how old you are.  It is a math game!  Try it out.       Chinese people put red banners with lucky words, […]

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Learning Tones in Mandarin Chinese

Learning Tones in Mandarin Chinese

Many parents with no Chinese language background ask me about how to pronounce Chinese words correctly with different tones when learning Mandarin Chinese with the kids together.  There are three steps to follow when you are working on the tones. First, relax and smile!  (Trust me, relax is the key for adults when speak a foreign language.  Smile works like magic and it makes you relaxed.) Second, sing a Chinese children’s song with  your child together!  (Singing […]

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Chinese New Year: Laba Festival

Chinese New Year: Laba Festival

  Happy Laba Festival 臘八節!  Do you know Laba Festival is the day that Kicks off the Preparation for the arrival of the Chinese Lunar New Year? Laba falls on January 5 in 2017.  Laba = 臘八.  臘 La – is the 12th month on lunar calendar. 八 Ba – is the number 8.  Laba is celebrated on the 8th day of the twelfth month on the Chinese lunar calendar. Traditionally, on Laba people will have 臘八粥 […]

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8 Bilingual Parenting Tips to Engage Your Bilingual Children in Minority Language Every Day

8 Bilingual Parenting Tips to Engage Your Bilingual Children in Minority Language Every Day

  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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Merry Christmas! Chinese Flash Mob Performances in Taiwan and China – Chinese Christmas Carol and More

Merry Christmas! Chinese Flash Mob Performances in Taiwan and China - Chinese Christmas Carol and More

Happy Holidays! Happy Hanukkah, Festivus, Kwanza, and Winter Solstice!  And… Merry Christmas!  We would like to wish you and your family a fantastic holiday season.  There are three flash mob performances that you will take you from Taipei, Taiwan to Chóng Qìng, China.  Listen to the songs in Chinese and enjoy the fun-filled joy with the performing artists on the other side of the world! Taiwan – Christmas Eve Flash Mob in 板橋|板桥 Bǎn qiáo, New Taipei […]

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Happy Winter Solstice Dong Zhi Winter Festival – 冬至快樂 Dōng Zhì Kuài Lè

Happy Winter Solstice Dong Zhi Winter Festival - 冬至快樂 Dōng Zhì Kuài Lè

  Celebrating Christmas and the holidays with Miss Panda’s Theme-Based Fun Learning Units!   Winter Solstice is called 冬至 [Dong Zhì] in Mandarin Chinese. 冬 [Dong] mean winter. 至 [Zhi] means extreme, or arrival.  冬至 [Dong Zhì] literally means the “extreme of winter”.  Dong Zhi is also known as Winter Festival – 冬節[Dong Jié] for Chinese.  Dong Zhi marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.  It is the coldest […]

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Miss Panda Chinese Play Time: Let’s Sing “We Wish You A Merry Christmas!”

Miss Panda Chinese Play Time: Let's Sing "We Wish You A Merry Christmas!"

Christmas Carols in Mandarin Chinese: We Wish You A Merry Christmas! Chinese Play Time with Miss Panda introduces songs and activities to children and parents. Today we are singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” in Chinese. You know this song very well and now you can sing it in Chinese. Activities: 1. Party Time! Take out the bells and instruments and have fun! 2. Chinese “Merry Christmas” Learning Unit!  Hands-on activity pages with coloring pages, label […]

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Miss Panda Chinese Play Time: Let’s Sing “Jingle Bells!” in Chinese

Miss Panda Chinese Play Time: Let's Sing  "Jingle Bells!" in Chinese

Christmas Carols in Mandarin Chinese: Jingle Bells!  This is the time of the year that you will have so much fun singing and learning!  Let’s have the party begin! “Jingle Bells” is 聖誕鈴鐺 = 圣诞铃铛 read as shèng dàn líng dāng “聖誕鈴聲 叮叮噹”= “圣诞铃声 叮叮当” read as  Shèng dàn líng shēng dīng dīng dāng. It means Christmas (聖誕|圣诞 Shèng dàn) bells (鈴|铃 líng) and the sound of bells (叮叮噹|叮叮当dīng dīng dāng). Jengle Bells is one of the […]

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