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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Watch Mandarin Shows for Kids Online

We typically watch shows from this list a couple times a week.  While my kids are still in the beginning stages of learning Mandarin, exposure helps.  They don’t understand everything, but as they learn more and more their comprehension will grow.1. http://www.56.com/u85/v_NTMxODg4NTg….MxODg4NTg.html Lion King in Mandarin2. “大头儿子小头爸爸” (Big Head Son –…

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Rosetta Stone Language Program – Making it work for us

Rosetta Stone is a widely acclaimed foreign language program, but my boys don’t like it. They get bored of it quite quickly. We have version 2 and I purchased it for my oldest son when he was in Kindergarten. When I found out that the shipping costs for my new…

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