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Recent media reports citing scientific research on the cognitive benefits of bilingualism show a movement toward embracing a more multilingual society. Contrary to widespread belief during much of the 20th century, being bilingual positively affects the ability to plan, solve … Continue reading
In the soon-to-be released Volume II in our Chinese for Children learning series, Journey to the Terracotta City, join Ling and Kai as they travel through time to ancient China with Guang, the Chinese dragon! They’ll visit Xi’an, in northern … Continue reading
Are bilingual children smarter? 7 reasons to teach your child a second language: from the cognitive to cultural benefits
1. Bilingual babies develop specific cognitive functions for speech development. According to researchers from the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, bilingual infants “can discriminate phonetic units from both languages with increasing age. Our results suggest that … Continue reading
Whether you’re planning a trip to China with your family, or teaching a classroom full of kids, here are some interesting facts about China’s population, geography, culture, language, and religion. See if your kids can come up with more fun … Continue reading
aha!Chinese was one of 30 exhibitors at the 2011 National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) put on by the Asia Society, College Board and Mandarin Institute on April 14–16 in San Francisco! “Dedicated to encouraging dialogue in the field of Chinese language … Continue reading
In a recent NPR Morning Edition article and podcast titled “Being Bilingual May Boost Your Brainpower,” Gretchen Cuda-Kroen reported that “approximately one-fifth of Americans speak a non-English language at home, and globally, as many as two-thirds of children are brought … Continue reading
San Francisco’s Chinese American International School was recently profiled in a Wall Street Journal article entitled “Growing Diversity Fuels Chinese School: Non-Asian Parents Seek Mandarin Skills for Their Children.” The private school, which teaches in both Mandarin and English from … Continue reading
Aha!Chinese just earned bragging rights! Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, gave our Mandarin language DVD for kids, “Let’s Go Guang! Volume I: Meet Guang, the Chinese Dragon,” a glowing review. Booklist called the DVD, along with … Continue reading
If you’re lucky enough to attend MOCA’s Qing Ming Festival on April 3, you can watch a show by renowned shadow puppeteers, Cui Yongping and Wang Shuqin from China. Cui, originally a collector of antique books, began collecting puppets and … Continue reading