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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Music Fun: Let’s Sing Turkey in the Straw (in Chinese)

For the month of November we are singing “Turkey in the Straw” in Chinese.  It is a cute song and the tune is familiar so it is fun to follow along and sing together in the class or at home.  Watch the video, listen to the music, and have movements for the song when you sing together.  Miss Panda has  prepared the lyrics in traditional characters, simplified characters, and pinyin with English translation for you to follow

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Thanksgiving Matching Game: Let’s Learn More Words in Chinese!

  Click on the Matching Game image above to download the Holiday Fun Sheet! Thanksgiving is coming and we are going to have fun learning more Chinese words and phrases about this day.  Here is a Thanksgiving Matching Game.  Cut.  Match.  Paste. Complete the sentences with the words/phrases on the fun sheet Wǒ xǐ huan ___________________.  我喜歡。。。 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] = I like ___________________   Wǒ fēi cháng xǐ huan ____________. 我非常喜歡。。。 [Audio

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Happy Thanksgiving: Words and Phrases to Know in Chinese

Thanksgiving is almost here! The holiday season is a great time to introduce fun and exciting new words, phrases, and sentences to children in your target language.  My kids and I put together a fun word list every week. We talk about the meaning of each word.  We make sentences and we make up a story using as many new words/phrases as possible.  Then we cook and bake to make our tummies happy while we are learning. 

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Meet Adam Beck, Author of Maximize Your Child’s Bilingual Ability

  Bilingual family profile: Majority language: Japanese. Minority (target) language: English. Method used for Adam’s family: OPOL (One Parent One Language) since birth of the children. Location of this bilingual family: Japan. Adam is raising his children in English and Japaneses in Japan.  Adam only speaks English to his kids.  His wife is Japanese and she only speaks Japanese to the children.  The children go to the local Japanese school.  The language used by the siblings when

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World Culture: Halloween, Day of the Dead, the Hungry Ghost Festival and the Ghost Month

Halloween (United States): October 31 萬聖節 Pumpkins!  Pumpkins!  They are in the supermarket, in the farmers’ market, and in front of the door steps of the neighbors.  With all the young kids trying out their customs in the stores and all the Halloween decoration filled in the neighborhood we know it is time to buy bags of candies for the excitement of Halloween!  Halloween started as the festival of Samhain and it was part of the ancient

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