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Watch Mandarin Shows for Kids Online

Watch Mandarin Shows for Kids Online

I like using videos to supplement foreign language learning.  While they aren’t comparable to interaction with a native speaker, they do provide a pseudo-immersion environment when an entire show is presented in the target language.  I found familiar children’s shows to be ideal for this – even for older kids. …

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Curriculum to Learn Mandarin Chinese

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We have tried many different resources in our journey to learn Mandarin.  Our newest find seems to be the best yet.   Basic Spoken Chinese and Basic Written Chinese by Cornelius Kubler separates spoken and written Mandarin.  One of the major difficulties we have had in learning Mandarin is the slower …

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6 Reasons Why We Are Learning Multiple Languages

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We have been on this foreign language journey for many years now.  I started exposure to Mandarin early on and when my oldest was in Kindergarten, we started to formally learn Mandarin.  Wanting to give my children the advantage of early exposure while their sound systems were still pliable, I …

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Thoughts on Foreign Language With a Visual-Spatial Learner

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My son recently said something to me that had me thinking. We have been studying several foreign languages in our homeschool for 4-5 years now. The other day my visual-spatial learner made a comment that he knows Greek best. He has devoted time and effort into studying Arabic, Mandarin, and …

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Scheduling Multiple Foreign Languages

Over the years I’ve changed our schedule many times and we have tried different ways to approach learning multiple languages.  Because our progress in languages was quite slow for the first part of this school year, I changed things up about a month ago and have been very pleased with …

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Foreign Language Lessons in Kindergarten

We start foreign language formally in Kindergarten.  By formally, I mean that we do formal lessons, but they don’t have to look like pencil and paper tasks at a desk.  My daughter is studying three foreign languages this year – Koine Greek, Mandarin, and Arabic.  Some days she may do …

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Teaching a Foreign Language When You Don’t Speak it.

I am not an expert in foreign language instruction.  I only speak English fluently and have taken upon myself the task of helping my children learn multiple foreign languages.  In graduate school for Speech-Language Pathology I was blessed to be able to “specialize” and work with a professor to help …

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Mandarin Chinese: Play-Based Foreign Language for Little Ones

My young daughter loves to play and imagine.  She enjoys learning Chinese too.  One day earlier this week, we went to her bedroom to use the CD player for her Chinese lesson with My First Chinese Words.  I also brought along a sheet that the tutor gave me.  It listed …

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