Tag: Chinese learning

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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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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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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Role Play for Children to Learn Chinese

Children learn language in a quite different way from which adults learn. They repeat what they hear and they apply what they learn in new, similar situations. If they get it right, they know it by observing and getting feedback from others. If they get it wrong, they adjust it till they know it is correct. Have you seen children playing the vegetable and  fruit stand game? One child plays to be the person working in the shop, another child plays to be the customer, sometimes you can see a child playing the cashier too. They act to ask for the fresh vegetables and fruits, their price; the clerk introduces products and tries to convince the customer to buy them; and of course, the customer has to pay in the end. Once it is over, they will change roles and act it out from the start again. This is a perfect example of a ROLE PLAY. Children are very good at creating scenario and act out different roles. When acting out different roles, children use different tones or ways of communication to make the scenario realistic. Sometimes they run into argument of how the play should be like and usually they come up with a solution which satisfy everyone involved. In role plays,  children practice their social skills as well as language skills. It is also a fun exercise...

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