An Introduction to Chinese Characters – Part Two

Introduction to Chinese characters from the pictogram group (Part 2). You will see the transformation of 10 characters in this short and fun video. Enjoy!

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Sing to Learn Chinese: Sing A Fun Chinese Song Mandarin Chinese – Zhong guo hua 中國話-中国话

Sing along and dance! Mandarin Chinese – Zhong guo hua 中國話 by S.H.E.  This video has lyrics support in pinyin and Chinese characters.  This is a song that older children will enjoy with its tongue twister lyrics part and culture content.  It is a chat generator with many cultural topics that you can touch on such as, language learning, tones in Chinese, tongue twister comparison in different languages. Lyrics courtesy of tammiest@AsianFanatics 扁擔寬 板凳長 Bian dan kuan

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Video: The Ugly Little Duckling – Chǒu xiǎo yā – 醜小鴨

Chinese Play Time with Miss Panda introduces songs and activities to children and parents. Today we are singing a classic Chinese song for children – The Ugly Little Duckling. This little duck has a small body but it has a big loud voice. Follow Miss Panda and have fun with this cute song. Let’s sing it together! Activity:(1) Xiao = small, little. We make ourselves small like a ball to show “small”.(2) Da = big, large. We

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Explore & More introduces Cultures to Children

Curious about other cultures? Can you locate China on the globe? Explore & More takes children to see the similarities and differences in different part of the world. Learn about music, language and more. Have fun exploring! Enter Explore & More

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Childroad

Here is a very nice learning website for children who already speak and understand Mandarin Chinese. You can listen to Chinese stories on www.childroad.com Go to the homepage, click on the FREE sample and choose the books you like to read and listen to. There are over 10 books available in the free sample selection. The Mandarin Chinese pronunciation is accurate and the recording has good audio quality. Stories are written in simplified Chinese characters with pin

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Teaching Chinese to Children!

I love teaching Chinese to young children – they are so enthusiastic!

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Reading Time: Look What Came from China

Can every one say your name correctly in your class? I remember when I came to the States my friends had a hard time to pronounce my name. When I first moved to Morocco one of my friends called me on the phone to invite me to a party. I told her twice that she got the wrong number since I could not recognize the name of the person she would like to talk to. I had

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Reading Time: Red is a Dragon

How many siblings do you have? What is going on with “The Seven Sisters”? Dragon is from China and the color red is the lucky color for Chinese. Let’s take a look at “Red is a Dragon” and see what we can find! Who is the fastest one in “The Great Race”? The Rat or the pig? Here is the reading list for November. Enjoy! (1) The Seven Sisters by Kathy Tucker (2) Red is a Dragon

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Reading Time: Dim Sum for Every One

My children enjoy the following books. A lot of facts about China and Chinese culture in the Ms. Frizzle’s book. An interesting introduction to Chinese characters in “The Pet Dragon”. After reading “Dim Sum for Every one” a family field trip to a Dim Sum restaurant is a great choice. Here is the list for October. Have fun reading! (1) Ms. Frizzle’s Adventure Imperial China by Joanna Cole & Bruce Degen (2) The Pet Dragon by Christopher

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Chinese Culture Books for Kids Series: Reading Time Thanking the Moon – celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival

Moon Festival is also known as Mid Autumn Festival. Moon Festival is the theme for September. Here is the reading list. Don’t forget to try some moon cake! (1) Thanking the Moon – celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival by Grace Lin (2) Thank you, Meiling by Linda Talley (3) Mei Ling in China City by Icy Smith   Do you have any favorite culture books you would like to share? Leave a reply and let me know.

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