Author: chinese4kids

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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Autumn Theme Word Wall Words in Chinese

The falling leaves, abundance in food, richness in colors and the beautiful but a bit chilly weather all tell us that Autumn has arrived. It is a really interesting theme for children to learn. What are the things we often see in Autumn, leaves, apples, pumpkin, corns, oranges, spiders, turkey, etc…How about learning all of them in Chinese?   You can download this word wall below: Or, you can purchase the pack with word walls for all the four seasons:...

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Should children learn how to write Chinese characters

As Chinese has become one of the most popular foreign languages in the world, more and more people are learning Chinese. Most of the learners, however, all face a common issue: Remembering Chinese characters is not easy; writing the characters is a even harder chore. Let’s go through some of the common questions and determine the importance of character writing in Chinese learning. Is there “Chinese Alphabet”? Have you heard of “Chinese alphabet”? I was surprised when I first heard of it. Does Chinese really have alphabet? The answer is NO. Unlike the phonetic languages like English, Chinese is...

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My First book of Chinese Words review

In addition to Tuttle Chinese For Kids Flash Cards Kit, I received “My First Book of Chinese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book” from Tuttle Publishing. I was first impressed by the quality of printing and the illustration which is in a traditional way. When I skimmed through the book, I did not see many Chinese characters and I was wondering that it does not seem to a book to Chinese words. However, when I read more closely, I realized that it is actually a very unique book which lists the common Chinese words based on their pronunciation organized in...

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China Aerial Photography by National Geographic Channel

“China, a vast land, with one of the most diverse cultures on earth, now revealed like never before… This epic journey from the air will discover how ancient traditions, engineering, agriculture, and natural wonders, shaped this great nation and continue to forge modern-day China after centuries of seclusion, China is now revealed…” This powerful prologue opened this fantastic video with beautiful photos which reveal different aspects of China from tradition, culture to its modern...

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