Using the Chinese Zodiac to teach your kids about Chinese Culture

Chinese astrology was created as a field since the Zhou Dynasty (1046–256 BC). Since then it increasingly led people's lives. And with it, the Chinese animal zodiac, or Shengxiao (生肖 ,sheng1 xiao4), meaning born resembling, was also created. It is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and …

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Creative Approaches to Practicing a Second Language with Your Child

Your child is learning another language, and maybe they speak that language better than you. Whether they’re learning at school or taking online language classes, the task of living up to their teacher can seem tough!   But learning a language isn’t just about having a knowledgeable teacher, it’s about having a good environment and …

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Homeschooling and Chinese language-The impossible task

The popularity of homeschooling has increased tremendously over the years. In the US there are close to 2.5 million children currently being taught from home. It’s no wonder as research into homeschooling has found that homeschooled children achieve high scores on standardized tests, are better self-directed learners with better EQ values, and that in turn …

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Chinese tones – Their importance and creative ways to practice them

When I think back to my first Chinese language class five years ago in China I distinctly wince remembering tone drills. Every day we would spend the first 10 minutes of the class being tested on tones. Our wonderful teacher would read out a word or character and we would have to guess what tone …

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The importance of books in second language acquisition

Reading is an essential part of second language acquisition or 2LA, so it’s a surprise that it’s so often overlooked and that many foreign language curriculums don’t encourage it. Reading, even at a slow pace exposes students to more sentences, grammar, and new vocabulary per minute than the average, short class, TV show, or song. …

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