5 Stages of Children’s Chinese Acquisition as a Second Language

“ Language acquisition is the process by which humans acquire the capacity to perceive and comprehend language (in other words, gain the ability to be aware of a language and to understand it), as well as to produce and use words and sentences to communicate.” (Wikipedia). Acquiring a second language is a whole different process. […]

Use These Chinese Study Planners to Help Learning

Hooray, 2020 has come and we just started a new decade. At the beginning of a new year, we all make new plans. For my readers, improving your Chinese or helping your kids to get better at Chinese is for sure one of your plans. Am I right about that? In this article, I will […]

Gift with Chinese Elements 2019

It is again the time of the year: we want to wrap up the year by looking back, recognizing our achievements, adventures, people we’ve met and especially the people who have given us a hand, brought joy to our lives and those we appreciate and love. Maybe you are thinking of giving some gifts, gifts […]

Back to School Mandarin Chinese Studies Supply List

It is now the most exciting time for everybody – the school is starting, teachers, parents and kids are all getting ready for the new school year! Most of the time, a child receives a supply list from school and knows what to shop. Sometimes we need a little bit help especially for a subject […]

10 Motivational Quotes in Chinese

Another new school year is starting, what an exciting time of the year! To set this year a big success, let’s have a look at 10 selected motivational quotes in Chinese that can be used in signature or written on the front page of a notebook. #1 相信你自己! xiāngxìn nǐ zìjǐ! Believe in yourself. #2 […]

Successful Theme Based Chinese Learning Starts from Topic Focused Chinese Vocabulary

Research supports the idea that “learning is an integrated process, a process focused on constructing meaning, and a process largely dependent on the ability to communicate. “(Sandra Rollins Hurley, Ph.D., and Sally Blake, Ph.D.). When we identify the facts and ideas that connect with each other across subjects, we construct meaning. When we learn to […]

End of Year Chinese Learning Reflection Questions and Task Cards

At the end of the school year, it is a good time to set aside some time to conduct some end-of-year activities. Just to name some activities: summarising the key things the kids have learned during the year; recalling and recognise the important person, special moments and interesting subjects during the year, etc. One activity […]

4 Types of Flashcards We Can Use for Chinese Vocabulary Learning

Flash cards are a simple and common tool for studying foreign languages. It is well used for Chinese learning, especially for learning Chinese vocabulary – Chinese characters, words, and Chinese expressions. There are many ways, and here I am going to talk about 4 types of flash cards we can usein Chinese vocabulary learning. Text-Only […]

Proactive and Reactive Approaches of Learning Mandarin Chinese

There are two approaches we can use when learning Chinese as a foreign language: proactive and reactive. Proactive approach means creating or controlling a situation rather than just responding to it after it has happened. On the other hand, reactive approach means acting in response to a situation rather than creating or controlling it. Let’s […]

Which language to learn: Chinese or Mandarin? Aren’t they the same?

For many people who want to learn Chinese, it is confusing when they learn that what they are about to learn is “Mandarin”. Chinese vs Mandarin – What is Mandarin? Is it a different language other than Chinese? Or, are Chinese and Mandarin the same language? Indeed, these are very meaningful questions. Chinese vs Mandarin […]

Use Role Plays to Motivate Children to Learn Chinese

Have you seen children playing? They often take on several roles to act out situations they’ve seen or experienced, such as class, shopping, riding a bus, etc. Role plays are great for kids to practise their language skills as well as social skills. In this article let’s talk about the importance of role play in […]

How not to discourage children from reading Chinese books

First of all, we should keep in mind: all children love books by nature. Children love to read Chinese books if we pay attention. The reading journey usually starts early when parents read books to their kids. Gradually children learn to read together with their parents, to read with friends, to finally read independently. The […]

Use Spaced Repetition System in Chinese Learning

A common issue a lot of Chinese language learners face is how to retain the vocabulary and all the rules. It seems to be so difficult to remember all those characters or learning points even if it might have seemed to be easy at the beginning. Unfortunately it is an unavoidable issue for all the new things […]

Use Chunking to Increase Chinese Vocabulary Efficiently and Effectively

Like all the other languages, Chinese language can be broken down to units. The smallest uint in Chinese is characters. Characters form Chinese words or phrases. Combinations of Chinese words and/or phrases make sentences. From there we can compose paragraphs and articles. So the logical solution to learn Chinese is to learn Chinese characters, the […]

Learn Chinese in Springtime – What to Learn and How to Learn_updated

After a long, dull, cold and wet winter, it starts to feel great to see grass turning green, flowers blossoming, sprouts appearing on the braches. It is great to hear birds chirping and to see baby animals near ponds and in farms. In this beautiful season,  what Chinese can a child learn and how to […]

Chinese Tongue Twisters for Children

You know the famous English tongue twister “She sells seashells on the seashore”, right? Try to read it several times, how do you feel? TONGUE TWISTER HELPS IN LANGUAGE LEARNING A very good way of learning a language is via tongue twisters. Tongue twisters can really train the tongues to twist to make the right […]