I have a girl who is 12 and a boy who is 8 years old. They are learning Mandarin now. Do you have some good ways to bright kids to learn this language? Thank you.
5-8 years old is during the second language acquisition critical period. And according to the language acquisition critical period hypothesis, they will be relatively fast, successful, and qualitatively similar to first language acquisition. Don`t miss this period.
You can hire a Chinese nanny to accompany them. Many conversations will be acquired during daily communication and you can save lots of time to take care of them. The disadvantage is you can not make sure how is the nanny`s Mandarin level.
A professional teacher is what I highly recommend. You can choose learning at local language school or online Chinese school.
Local language school may bring more friends and classmates to the kids. They can immerse in the good learning environment. The group learning will also simulate them competing with others.
Online learning is the trend of education. It`s very convenient, flexible and cheap. Most of the online Chinese schools offer one-on-one tutoring. The students can get personalized learning plan based on their individual strengths and weaknesses. And of course they have much more opportunities to learn and practice. These schools often use Skype and other communication tools to teach.
Local school is rare and the teaching quality is a problem. Some teachers can`t even speak very fluent Chinese. They lack native Chinese teachers. And if you want to take one-on-one class, it`s always a little bit expensive. It also costs your time driving them there.
There are lots of online Chinese schools. It`s hard to choose the good one. If the teacher is not that good, kids will distract their attentions from other things easily. The internet connection is also a problem you should consider.
There are various Chinese learning APPs and websites for children. You can recommend them to your kids. Of course it`s too hard to learn from the websites for kids themselves. As parents, you can catch some useful information and make flashcards for them. You can also download lots of kids learning APPs for them. Most of them are games. Children can learning Chinese through playing games. It`s fun for them. There are also lots of textbooks for kids.
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But of course it`s hard to learn without a guide.
Chinese children`s songs and cartoons are also good choices, such as KungFuPanda, Mulan and so on. Kids can learn some Chinese culture at the same time. Of course, try to find the version with Chinese dubbing and subtitling.
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My kids are usually very engaged in gamification apps, which deliver content through the power of play.
Here there is an example of a game (android app) that let you learn mandarin colors.
The more you play to boost your highscore, the more you learn chinese colors. Have fun!