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Monday, March 10, 2008

Teaching Chinese - but we don't speak Chinese!

The challenge is parents who don't speak Chinese and want to teach their kids Chinese. So how to make it so their kids learn Chinese?

Some suggestions on Learning Chinese:

General Observation - Teaching a foreign language requires a lot of keeping peserverance.

1. Decide Traditional or Simplified Characters (it's important). Simplified vs. Traditional Chinese Characters - Which to Learn

2. There is a TV Series on Nickelodian that is a great way to build interest. New Nick TV Cartoon - Ni Hao Kai Lan

3. To start with for exposure singing activities are nice because they can be family orientated. I like CD and book sets. Chinese Songs - CD/Tape With Book Sets

4. Listing to songs in the car to get used to Chinese is good. Songs in Mandarin Chinese - Compact Disks (CD's)

5. Exposure through video is good for the language. There are some cartoons on Chinese cable that might be good. Call your local cable company for more information. Jade Network is one I have heard of. There are also some Free Learning Mandarin Chinese Language Resources

6. Another alternative is finding a Chinese tutor over the Internet. Teaching Chinese using Skype

7. I like the Practical Chinese 10 Level Learning Chinese System Series for teaching Chinese. The activity/workbook is A+ and is actually like the workbooks found in US schools. Lots of graphics that kids circle to learn concepts. It starts out with Beginner 1 and 2 (for small kids).



Blogger Bryan said...

Ray, thanks so much for such a great post. As a newcomer to your company and blog, I'm looking forward to exploring your older posts. Thanks for going above and beyond in your level of service. Your level of enthusiasm and commitment truly show in the way that you run your company and website. I must say that I'm extremely excited about the Ni Hao, Kai-Lan series. I had no idea it existed. My daughter doesn't really watch much TV yet, but I've already set my DVR to start recording the show and have printed out the coloring book available on the website! Thanks again for all the guidance.

March 10, 2008 at 6:01 PM  

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