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Supplies for Chinese New Year and Culture Celebration

There are many occasions we celebrate Chinese culture and traditions. Chinese new year, also called Spring Festival, is a great chance. International Day is another great event. China study is for sure the 3rd opportunity to embrace Chinese culture and traditions to our children’s lives. However, it is not always easy to find the Chinese elements for decoration, for celebration, for activities and for further reading. Having been asked many times, I finally put pieces of information together and compiled a list of supplies. They are categorized into Decoration, Activities and Celebration. I also linked the Top 7 Books...

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4 Strategies for Successful Chinese Learning

It is hard to believe 2015 is nearly over. When you look back, don’t you feel that this is a year full of action, achievement and good time? When I sit down to think of the resolutions for the next year, I ask myself what I have done right this year and what has been working well. I would like to share with you the 4 strategies which I hope will bring you and your child a successful Chinese learning experience in 2016. Strategy #1 : Set SMART Goals You want your child to learn Mandarin Chinese, but what...

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The 7 Popular Eucational Supplies for Chinese Teaching and Learning

Every few months we’d like to report back to the Chinese4kids community the popular educational supplies which we have found useful in teaching and learning. Today we are going to take a look at the top educational supplies which can help set up an effective learning environment for children. 1. Wall Pocket Chart Wall pocket chart is quite useful for daily display of Chinese characters or phrases. The characters and phrases are easy to be replaced. It is a fantastic classroom tool, good for school and for home. 2. Low Odor Dry Erase Markers These markers are great to...

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Winter Theme Word Wall Words in Chinese

Recently I have posted a short survey, “What is the most struggle for your child to learn Chinese?“. From all the responses I have received, Hanzi, Chinese writing and Chinese reading are the major areas which require more guidance and support. Chinese characters are indeed the bottleneck for Chinese learning. Consistent work has to be done in order to see learning results. One tip is to make Chinese characters visible everywhere: in the house, in the car, in the classroom…Posting them on the walls is a great idea to enhance familiarity. Once familiarity is established, recognition and memorization will...

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Where Do You Need Help for Your Kids’ Chinese Learning?

Chinese is not an easy language to learn. Compared to English, Chinese learning materials and support are also limited. It is often to see frustrated parents and teachers for trying to keep their kids stay interested and motivated and therefore achieve their learning goals. What is your biggest challenge? Where do you need the most help? Tell me about it!...

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When is the right time to introduce Mandarin Chinese

Children have the most potential learning languages. They remember everything they are told to and they repeat what they hear, even without fully understand what it means. Some experts say children who start learning a language before the age of 5 are more likely to have native or near-native pronunciation of that  language. Others say this age can extend up to preadolescence. Based on this theory, some people believe the earlier a child is introduced to a new language, the better it is. Some other parents, on the other hand,  wonder if it is going to bring confusion if...

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A Brief Introduction to Beijing Opera

Bejing Opera (京剧 Jīngjù) is one of the most beautiful forms of art in China. It combines singing, acting, acrobatics and face painting. It is quite different from western operas because it requires the performers to master the following key skills: singing, recitation, acting and acrobatics. Performers’ acrobatic skills are mostly displayed in the form of martial arts. Roles The roles in Peking opera are differentiated into fixed character types. There are 4 major roles: 生sheng (male role), 旦dan (female role), 净jing (painted faces), and 丑chou (male clowns). In detail, The sheng 生 is the main male role in Peking...

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Chinese Animation: Three Monks

“三个和尚”(Three Monks) is a classic story in Chinese. Long time ago, there was a temple on top of a mountain. There is a river at the foot of the mountain. At first, one monk moved to live in the temple. He had to fetch water every day from the river. Later, another monk moved in the temple, they decided to carry water together from the river. It went well till the arrival of the third monk… They fought about who should go to fetch water as nobody wanted to be the one, which resulted in no water in the...

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