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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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 Learning Unit: 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

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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Playful Learning Theme: Merry Christmas and Activity Pages

Miss Panda Chinese - Christmas Learning Unit - Coloring Page

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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Raising a Bilingual Child? Be Strong and Be Joyful on the Bilingual Parenting Journey

Bilingual Parenting Tips by Miss Panda Chinese

We’ve all heard the adage “hindsight is 20/20.”  Looking back on the early days of when we first set out on our family language-learning journey reveals to me how important it is to change things up and to remain flexible with how we approach the process.  It’s sometimes easy to forget during rough patches, but I have learned that having fun with the kids as they learn is more important than concrete measurements like how many phonetic

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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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