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eLearning Mandarin Chinese

eLearning Mandarin Chinese

If you’re anything like our family, we have started to question the future of our language “immersion” education. For those of you newcomers, my husband and I do not speak Chinese and our son has been home learning since March 2020. Since we have done this school from home thing now for 6 months, and let’s be honest, there are no signs of a normal/proven education model in our immediate future, we are starting to wonder if it’s time to make a change. With both test scores and the morale of our kids dropping all around us, the lack of...

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Super BOOMi - Mandarin YouTube Sensation

Super BOOMi - Mandarin YouTube Sensation

What’s the best way to learn a language? Immerse yourself in it, right! Easier said than done here in the United States. Finding new ways to expose my son to Mandarin or any language outside of English proves challenging, especially while distance learning. Thank goodness for the internet, but with so much content and not speaking much of any other language, it's important for me to find sources of learning that are wholesome. No offense to Peppa Pig, but the way they talk back to their parents is unacceptable, you won't find that playing on any screen in my house. ...

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Get Yourself A Good Dictionary!

Get Yourself A Good Dictionary!

“So, your kids are learning Chinese? Are you learning it too? How do you help them with their homework?” These remarks may sound very familiar to you. In most language immersion cases, no the parents aren’t also learning Chinese. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I am picking up bits and pieces and can say things like, hi- nǐ hǎo and red- hóng, but if I am honest, I am definitely not learning the language. Addressing the harder question, how do I help him with his homework? Well I don’t, I mean not really! I can help him read the...

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Back to School 2020 ... ?

Well, here we are. Welcome back! I think I speak for most parents when I say I am a bit nervous to see what the 2020-2021 school year has in store for us. Whether your child is full time distance learning this fall, going back to school full-time with precautions or a hybrid model of the two, none of these options look like education as we knew it six months ago. Deep breaths, you’re not alone! I am confident that no matter your decision, it was not an easy one and it is probably filled with the need to rearrange...

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Dragon Boat Festival! 端午节

Dragon Boat Festival! 端午节

The 2020 Dragon Boat Festival or the Duanwu Festival is over 2,000 years old, originating in China and celebrated over the three-day weekend. In today’s celebrations, the main event is. . . you guessed it, the racing of long wooden boats, decorated and shaped like a dragon. These boats typically hold 30 people or more, paddling in sequence to the beat of their onboard drum, against other similar teams of dragon boats. There are some really fun videos on YouTube of today’s events held all over the world. Though customs vary widely by region, typical festivities include: costumes, music, decorations, different traditional...

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A Parent's Guide to Mandarin Immersion

A Parent's Guide to Mandarin Immersion

A Parent's Guide to Mandarin Immersion, is written by Elizabeth Weise and has been a wonderful resource for our family. When it comes to language immersion parenting, arming yourself with as much relevant information as possible will help you. Weise provides useful tips on ways to get involved, ways to understand and support what your child is learning, as well as best practices in parenting a language immersion student. Weise does a great job breaking into categories useful and easy to access information depending on your level of curiosity. She speaks to what goes into the decision of choosing immersion,...

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Qixi Festival - Chinese Valentine's Day

Qixi Festival - Chinese Valentine's Day

In honor of Valentine's day tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to talk about the Qixi or Qiqiao Festival, sometimes also called the Double Seventh Festival. The Qixi Festival, often referred to as Chinese Valentine's Day, falls on Tuesday August 25th this year. Like the Chinese or Lunar New Year, the date varies in accordance with the Lunar Calendar, celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th Lunar Moon. The festival commemorates the romantic ancient story of the cowherd and weaver girl meeting annually to express their love. The Festival first began over 2000 years ago during the Han Dynasty. The Legend:  "An...

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What is Pinyin?

What is Pinyin?

If your kiddos are in immersion you may have heard the term Pinyin, pronounced "ping-ing". What is it and where did it come from? It almost feels like yet another language on top of the Chinese character my child is learning. It kind of is! The letters/words you often see above or below a Chinese character are called the Pinyin.  The summer before my son started Mandarin Immersion Kindergarten, I wanted to get him some Chinese books, coloring books or simple number, letter or animal books. I got frustrated when I couldn't figure out what to buy because I didn't understand...

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Chinese New Year 2020 - Year of the Rat

Chinese New Year 2020 - Year of the Rat

Part of learning a second language, is learning the culture, the importance of holidays and celebrated events. One of the most important and exciting events on the Chinese calendar is quickly approaching.  Chinese New Year 2020, the year of the Rat begins on Saturday January 25th, 2020(Gregorian calendar date). Chinese New Year will last for 15 days, ending with the Lantern Festival on February 8th, 2020. If your child is currently in an immersion program, Chinese New Year is something they are definitely learning about in class. This festive time of year focuses on starting clean & fresh, appreciating ones...

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Is Immersion Right for us?

Is Immersion Right for us?

Only you can truly answer that! It's that time of year when, if you haven't already, you need to start considering schools for your child's Kindergarten next fall. If you are new to the concept of language immersion, you have an intimidating decision in your near future. I know, my husband and I did! Maybe you’ve chosen a school or program and maybe you’re still looking, just know the decision will be yours. No one will be able to tell you what situation is right for your child and family, nor should they try to. The decision to enroll in a...

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