Learning Mandarin Chinese in a Homeschool

Learning different languages is an important part of our approach to homeschooling.  In North America it is typically considered unusual to spend much time learning more than one foreign language, but in other parts of the globe multiple languages are normal and expected.   Mandarin is a language we have…

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Growing up with Chinese – then and now.

My 4 year old enjoys Chinese. My oldest son started learning it before she was born so she has pretty much been around Chinese her entire life. In toddlerhood she would make up her own Chinese words using Chinese intonation patterns and the different tones and pretend to have conversations…

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Learning Mandarin using Better Chinese materials

We started using Better Chinese materials in the middle of last school year.  Previous to that I tried Rosetta Stone Mandarin for 3 years, but it wasn’t working well.  I started exposing my children to Mandarin when they were preschool age.  After waffling back and forth between different programs I…

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