“Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
Taiwanese Chinese edition (Mandarin Chinese with Traditional Characters)
Reading a familiar book in a second language is a routine you can have with your child at home, perhaps as a bed time story. Young children enjoy the repetition of the stories they already know and it is a wonderful way to introduce early reading in a second language.
My son loved “Goodnight Moon” so much as a baby that he almost chewed away a quarter of the book during the period when he was teething! Later we discovered he had learned the words to the story so well that we could stop at the end of each sentence and he would finish it. This is a strategy you can use with your little one when you read or listen to familiar books together in your target language.
Reading a familiar book , singing a familiar song, and playing a familiar game in a target language are good ways to make the language learning experience a part of your everyday routine.
Now let’s read “Yuè liàng wǎn ān” - 月亮晚安 and say good night to a beautiful day!
Can you hear these phrases or words in the story?:
Moon -Yuè liàng – 月亮
Good night – Wǎn’ān – 晚安
Cow jumping over the moon – Tiào guò yuè liàng de niú - 跳過月亮的牛
Can you point to the pictures and say these words in Chinese?:
light – Tái dēng – 檯燈
balloon – Qì qiú – 氣球
chairs – Yǐ zi – 椅子
kittens – Xiǎo māo – 小貓
clocks – Shí zhōng – 時鐘
socks – Wà zi – 襪子
mouse – Lǎo shǔ – 老鼠
brush – Shuā zi – 刷子
comb - Shū zi – 梳子
stars – Xīng xīng – 星星