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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A day in the life of Chinese elementary school students

In China, there are six years of elementary school, which starts at age 7 for students in China. In the country’s mega-cities, such as Beijing and Shanghai, where transportation is a large factor, students will be at school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with only a short break for lunch. But in most areas …

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