Sesame Street has developed a series of educational program teaching basic Mandarin to children. It is called Fun Fun Elmo, with animation and locally recorded content from China. Each episode includes songs and introduces a Chinese tone, some words, and stroke order for writing characters.
The first episode introduces the character of “一“ and phrases such as “你好” and “再见“。
Learning Chinese language brings interest in the country of China, this is especially true with the new generation of technology natives. Look, I received an email from a child who started to learn recently. He was very excited “You got to watch this!” Now I am sharing the video with you, believing another child will be inspired to learn more about China…
Having a dog is like having a family member. This is a lovely animated <a href=”http://children.moc.gov.tw/garden/animation.php?id=201205A01″>book</a> about a little girl and the stray dog she adopted. Hope you enjoy.
<img src=”http://chinese4kids.net/wp-content/uploads/sf.png” alt=”" title=”sf” width=”404″ height=”336″ class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-2241″ />Chinese spring festival is going to be Feb. 10 this year. The year of Snake. Here is a great introductory video about Chinese spring festival:
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There are lots of great tools available for teacher to use in language teaching. I believe a lot of teacher are very interested in knowing what tools teachers have used and found useful. Here I would like to invite you, no matter if you are a parent or a teacher, just share with us tools which help learning Chinese. iPad apps are great, websites are super, or any handy tools you like.
I would start with introducing a great website, WallWisher. It basically lets people create a wall and invite other people to post information on that wall. For teachers, there are many ways of using it, for example, teachers can post a question and ask all her students to answer on the wall.
Have a try on the wall below. Look forward to reading your ideas…
Three monks is a famous story in China. On the high mountain there is a temple. There is a long distance from the temple to the river which is located at the foot of the mountain. One monk used to live there. He had to walk a long way to fetch water, but he did it everyday. One day, another monk appeared in the temple. Now who’s to fetch water became a regular argument between them. Luckily they found a solution : they carried water together. Then the 3rd monk became a member of the temple, which brought complexity, because they all thought the others should go and get water. They suffered from thirst, but nobody still did not want to move until … a mouse ate the candle, and the flame started to burn down their temple. They worked together and transported water from the river and finally saved their temple.
This is an award-winning Chinese classical cartoon. Simple drawings and simple characters. A real enjoyment！
yí gè hé shàng tiāo shuǐ hē
One monk fetches water to drink;
liǎng gè hé shàng tái shuǐ hē
Two monks carry water to drink;
sān gè hé shàng méi shuǐ hē
Three monks have no water to drink.