Miss Panda Publishes New Mandarin Chinese Learning Series for Young Children
Honolulu – Nov. 29, 2011 – With globalization making the world a much smaller place the ability to speak a foreign language has shifted from a useful to an essential skill. Given this new reality why not give children a head start with learning a foreign language at an early age? Mandarin Chinese is the most commonly spoken language worldwide. Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett, known as Miss Panda to her fans, is the author and creator of a new Mandarin Chinese learning series, a big hit with young children.
“Learning Mandarin Chinese is easy and fun,” said Hsiung-Blodgett, founder and creator of the Miss Panda Chinese learning program. “I want young children to learn the language and use it in real life situations. They build up their confidence using what they have learned and come back for more. This is a fun-filled Mandarin Chinese learning journey.”
Hsiung-Blodgett is uniquely positioned to create a Mandarin Chinese learning series for youngsters. In addition to being a native speaker, she’s certified to teach Chinese as a second language. She was also the lead instructor and host of the top-rated English language program on Taiwan’s National Education Radio station and received a perfect score on the U.S. Department of State’s Mandarin Chinese language test at the prestigious Foreign Service Institute for American diplomats.
Her first CD of the series, “Let’s Learn Mandarin Chinese with Miss Panda!”, utilizes songs, games, rap, rhyme and movement to present over 100 of the most commonly used expressions in Mandarin Chinese. The CD, designed for children ages 3 to 8, features 12 lessons for youngsters who have little or no exposure to a foreign language.
The CD presents a mix of Mandarin Chinese for young children, coupled with the corresponding English words, to build comprehension, fluency and confidence in listeners’ growing skills. The 54-minute CD can be used at home or in the car to amuse children while they learn.
Youngsters will learn words and phrases that include salutations, polite forms of address, numbers and animals. Learning sessions with names that include “Stinky Skunk!” and “Kung Fu Rap” will tickle children’s funny bone while engaging their curiosity and desire to learn.
“Let’s Learn Mandarin Chinese with Miss Panda!” is currently available as a physical CD that can be ordered from Hsiung-Blodgett’s official website or Amazon.com. A download of the album is also available at the iTunes store.
Fans can follow Miss Panda Chinese on Facebook and Twitter.
About The Author
While at the University of Texas at Austin, Hsiung-Blodgett studied second language acquisition, augmenting her extensive teaching experience with theory. Bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese, her language skills provided her opportunities to work for top American companies overseas and to provide interpreting services to Hollywood celebrities during their tours to Asia. After postings in Morocco, Turkmenistan, and Canada, she now lives in Honolulu with her multilingual husband and children.
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