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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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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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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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Playful Learning Theme: Merry Christmas and Activity Pages

Playful Learning Theme: Merry Christmas and Activity Pages

Are you ready for the holiday season?  With all the Christmas decorations and music here and there on the street and at the stores we are also getting ready to learn more seasonal theme-based Chinese.  The holiday season and winter break are a wonderful time to celebrate our achievement this year.  Our joyful learning continues even when we are on vacation!  I have prepared a Chinese Christmas Learning Unit packed with fun activities and ideas for you […]

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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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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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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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