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Your guide to Chinese Visual Dictionaries

Dictionaries are important for language learning. Visual dictionaries are especially important for young language learners. Visual dictionaries normally have both pictures and words next to each other. The vivid pictures make Chinese learning much more fun because learners can make the connection. In the case that a child is lacking a certain vocabulary, visual dictionaries help provide understanding and link. For this reason, visual dictionaries are also used for ESL program. There are some good visual dictionaries for Chinese learning. Here I would like to share with you three  I use: DK Mandarin Chinese – English Bilingual Visual Dictionary DK Publishing...

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Colors (颜色)

The world is colorful. Colors are so important that we see them, touch them, play with them all the time. In language learning, colors is an important topic too. Once the children learn the colors, they can further make the connection of the objects of the colors. The basic colors in Chinese are as below: Red – 红 hóng Blue – 蓝 lán Yellow – 黄 huáng Green – 绿 lǜ White - 白 bái Black – 黑 hēi Orange - 橙 chéng If you want to learn or teach colors in Chinese and expand colors to fruits/vegetables, check out My Books of Colorful Fruits and Vegetables in the...

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Chinese Summer Theme Word Wall Words

It is the last school day here! Summer vacation officially starts today! The kids are busy at end-of-year parties. Soon people will go on vacation — the sun, the beach and lots of fun! Here is the list of Chinese Summer Theme Word Wall Words for you just in case you want to spice up your kids’ summer in...

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Learn Chinese Pronunciation by Heart

If you ask a Chinese learner, “what is the most difficult part when you learn Chinese? ” Most likely, you will hear “Chinese characters” and “Chinese Pronunciation” as the answers. To learn Chinese characters, it takes time, patience and a lot of exercises. To get the pronunciation right, it also takes time and a lot of exercises. The bad news is that it is a mission impossible for some people to get some sounds right in Chinese; the good news is that children get native or near-native pronunciation much more easily. Why is Chinese Pronunciation Hard? All languages are...

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Chinese Story: Baby Owl Who is Afraid of Darkness

There was a baby owl who, unlike other owls, is afraid of darkness. This worried his parents because it is owls’ duty to watch out the forest at night. So they took the baby owl to the witch asking for advice. The advice is that the baby owl has to get a courage grass by itself. So the baby owl set off with his father to search for the courage grass. What happened next? Listen to this Chinese story and find it...

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Sing Children’s Songs, Learn Chinese

It is well known that music helps children’s learning. A soft background music can help enhance the concentration of the students. It creates a calm and relaxing learning environment which benefits both teaching and teaching. Music and Rhythm Benefit Memorization “Although not clearly understood, music is known to help students when studying and can help to trigger memory recall.” (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/10188533/Singing-can-help-when-learning-a-foreign-language.html ) A song can provide an emotional link between the music and the listener. Singing along gives a language learner different ways to express their feelings. With the aid of music, the rhythm of the lyrics helps children memorize with...

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Record Chinese Speaking – An Effective Way to Practice Chinese

To improve the level of spoken language requires environment and constant practice. Relying on lessons taught in the classroom is not enough. One effective tip, especially for children, is to record the child’s speaking. It might sound strange when you listen to your own voice at first (well, we all have experienced this awkward feeling), but it is indeed a very good way to improve. When one listens to his/her voice, it is easy to notice the 4 tones or pronunciations which do not sound right. Once noticed, one can then work on them. Over time, tones and pronunciations...

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Chinese Tongue Twisters for Children

You know the famous tongue twister “She sells seashells on the seashore”, right? Try to read it several times, how do you feel? A very good way of learning a language is via tongue twisters. Tongue twisters can really train the tongues to twist to make the right sound. Tongue twisters are called 绕口令 (ràokǒulìng) in Chinese. Chinese tongue twisters are a bit harder than English ones: to pronounce the right tongue twisters, a person does not only need to make the pronunciation right, he has to make the tones right! Let’s try some Chinese tongue twisters for children: 1....

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Create Chinese Learning Project with Adobe Voice

Little projects make language learning fun. Chinese learning can be so much fun with the aid of technology. Here I would like to show you how to use Adobe Voice, an app available for iPads and iPhones, to create some easy projects for Chinese learning. Adobe Voice is a wonderful storytelling app which enables children, even at young age, to create videos from a wide array of topics. When we say videos, they are more like animated slideshows rather than traditional presentations. Adobe Voice has many pre-made layouts, beautifully designed themes, great icons and background music for users to...

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36 Chinese Pictogram Characters

Chinese pictogram characters are an essential part of Chinese characters. Over time, Chinese characters are developed based on several strategies. Some Chinese characters, including commonly used ones, were originally pictograms. They symbolize objects or express meanings iconically. Pictogram Chinese characters are easy to recognize as the objects represented in the symbols can be seen as soon as the meaning is revealed. Some Chinese characters, including commonly used ones, were originally pictograms. Click To Tweet Here is a good video made by Shanghai Animation Film which shows the evolvement of 36 commonly used Chinese pictogram characters: 马、夫、花、羊、虎、象、 鹿、豕、鸟、龟、门、犬、 子、女、日、山、水、月、 木、林、森、刀、舟、田、...

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