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As featured on “FluentU”

12 Awesome Channels to Learn Chinese with YouTube

…Miss Panda has extensive training and experience teaching Mandarin Chinese to children. Although her videos – mostly of children’s songs and stories – are made for a younger audience, they can certainly be used by Chinese learners of any age. The videos often feature a class of young children with Miss Panda leading them in a song, and with subtitles in both English and Mandarin Chinese on screen. She has more resources for young Chinese learners on her Miss Panda Chinese website.

 

As feastured on”Multicultural Kids Music Vid’s

We’ve just started our feature called 7 Days of Learning Mandarin Through Music, hosted by the amazing and talented Amanda “Miss Panda”. Here’s Miss Panda’s first choice to teach the basics.

In this video you can learn to say hello and count from 1 to 10 in Mandarin Chinese! Join Miss Panda and do the movement together and sing as loud as you can! Playing is learning for our young learners! You can find all of Miss Panda’s songs and cd’s at her Amazon page…

As featured on “Bilingual Kids Rock”

Meet Amanda “Miss Panda Chinese”

Amanda Hsiung Blodgett is the founder of Miss Panda Chinese, Miss Panda Chinese helps children everywhere learn Mandarin Chinese in a fun and engaging way by presenting kids songs and stories in Chinese that are easy to learn and fun to listen to. Amanda is a Mandarin Chinese instructor and the mother of two young bilingual children. She is a native Mandarin Chinese speaker and a trained Mandarin Chinese instructor. Amanda has an extensive teaching experience with kids around the world specifically in Taiwan, Morocco, Canada and the United States.

We discuss how her career in language started, raising her kids bilingual, growing up in Taiwan and living in Turkmenistan, and the importance of leaning another language for her…Listen to the interview Podcast on iTunes.

As featured on “Chinese-Tools”

Jump in and Splash! Join the Fun and Learn Chinese with Your Little One

Six Steps for Teaching Chinese to Young Learners

Miss Panda Chinese-6 Steps for Teaching Chinese to Young Learners (2)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 newly learned words, phrases, and sentences to your child if you are a non-native Chinese speaker.  Learning with your child together makes the learning experience fun.  Consistency is the key. Here are 6 steps for you to kick off a fantastic Chinese learning journey with your child…Read the full article.

As featured on “Maroc Mama”

World Meals: Taiwan

Currently we live in the U.S. My hometown Taiwan. We are a bi-cultural family and our meals mix the east and the west adding a touch of our own creativity. When we are in the States our breakfast options are cereals, milk, healthy banana bread, or Chinese pancakes. Lunch is usually delicious leftover. Dinner features a fish or meat entree and a veggie dish with rice or pasta. The pictures here show the meals we had during our visit to Taiwan. Taiwanese cuisine is southern China style cooking with influence from all over mainland China. The breakfast usually starts with something warm like the pan-fried buns, rice rolls, sandwiches, or cool noodles with sesame sauce plus a bow of hot miso tofu soup…Read the full article.

 

As featured on “tiny tapping toes”

Sing, Play and Speak With Your Child in Mandarin Chinese!

 Special Guest Post from Amanda “Miss Panda” Hsiung-Blodgett

“Back in my pre-mommy days I used to teach Chinese children English.  When my own children were born I was determined to teach them my other language – Chinese.  In their early years we sang Chinese nursery songs together and played games while humming and chanting.   I also used English-language children’s songs pre-translated into Chinese.  Then I started to translate more songs and nursery rhymes in Chinese, creating my own versions in order to add the language learning elements I wanted to focus on.  When my daughter entered preschool I brought my Mandarin Chinese program into her classroom, teaching all the four-year-olds together in a group setting.  What were some of the best methods I found to teach young children a foreign language, English or Chinese?  Singing and movement!”.…Read the full article

 

As featured on “Kid World Citizen”

The Mid Autumn Festival, the Moon Fairy and the Moon Cakes

“The origin of the Mid-Autumn Festival  The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival or “Zhōng Qiū Jié” (中秋節) occurs on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month each year (falling in September or October on our familiar solar calendar).  Because this holiday is based on the lunar calendar, where it falls on the solar calendar varies from year to year.  For example, in 2012 the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 30th.  In 2013, however, it will be on September 19th.  As the festival is celebrated at the midpoint of the lunar month (also the middle of autumn), it is called the Mid-Autumn Festival.  The Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as the “Moon Festival” as it is observed during a bright, full moon.”….Read the full article

 

As featured on “Making Multicultural Music”

“Gong Xi! Gong Xi! – The Excitement of Chinese New Year”

“The fragrance of Mom’s special stew and the “Ten Vegetarian Delights” fills the kitchen just before Chinese New Year arrives. That’s the first memory that floods into my mind each time someone asks me about the Chinese New Year celebration. In my opinion it’s the best of all Chinese festivals and has been my favorite since I was a little girl…”

As featured on “Shelly Rivoli’s Travels With Baby”

“Celebrating the Chinese New Year in Taipei, Taiwan”

“Chinese New Year – the Biggest of the Chinese Holidays

In addition to marking the beginning of each lunar (moon) year, Chinese New Year represents the most important holiday of the year in traditional Chinese culture.  You can find it being celebrated in Chinatowns all over the world.  It’s naturally a huge event in my native Taiwan, but even here in my current home of Honolulu, Hawaii, Chinese New Year celebrations are a big event and not to be missed…”

As featured on “Hartlyn Kids”

“Celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with Children”

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of the culture and history of Asian-Pacific Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.  Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month originated as a congressional bill in 1978 and in 1992 it was expanded from a week to a month-long celebration.  This is a good time to learn something new about the diversity of Asian-Pacific cultures or to reflect on your culture with your child if you are descended from these groups…”

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