Chinese New Year Must-Know Lucky Phrases

Happy Spring Festival! Happy Chinese New Year! Happy New Year of the Rooster! The most important thing during the Lunar New Year is to keep a positive spirit and to say the traditional Chinese lucky phrases when greeting family and friends. Here are the TOP three lucky phrases you will hear during Chinese New Year.  Now you can try them out yourself and see the magic reaction you get!  Watch the video and say the phrases with

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Chinese Lunar New Year Guide – Tradition, Taboos, and Celebration

Chinese New Year lucky word, Fu. photo by ©2017 Miss Panda

“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.   Growing up with Chinese New Year

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day: The Mysterious Stream Book Review by Miss Panda

The Mysterious Stream by FB Smit - Book Review by Miss Panda Chinese

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Multicultural Children’s Book Day: January 27th, 2017 #ReadYourWorld January 27th is Multicultural Children’s Book Day.  The co-creators of Multicultural Children’s Book Day are Mia from PragmaticMom and Valarie from JumpIntoABook.  I (Miss Panda) am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful event once again this year and help to bring brilliant, diverse books to more homes, classrooms, libraries, and schools. Today I am sharing a wonderful multicultural book–“The Mysterious Stream” by

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Chinese New Year: Gift Guide for Chinese Learners

Gift Guide for Chinese Learners

Follow my blog with Bloglovin 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

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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

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

Tones in 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

  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

  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 to All Our Friends Around the World! ~Miss Panda Chinese

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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