Curriculum to Learn Mandarin Chinese

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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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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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 Multiple Foreign Languages in a Homeschool Setting

Being able to converse in multiple languages is something that is important to our homeschool so we spend a bit of time working toward that goal.  For several years now we have been slowly learning 3-4 languages.  Right now we are working on Arabic, Mandarin, and ancient Greek.  French was…

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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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