Category Archives: Resources

Best Online Retailers for Chinese Language and Cultural Products

With the holidays quickly approaching, you’re probably thinking about great gift ideas, including ones that might create a little foreign language fun for the young people in your lives. The following is our list of favorite online retailers of materials … Continue reading

Posted in Parents, Resources | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kids Learn Chinese Culture – Discover “Journey to the Terracotta City” with Let’s Go Guang!

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

Posted in Education, Let's Go Guang!, Resources, Travel | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

When’s the Best Time to Expose Kids to a Second Language?

For those parents who have been debating over what is the right age to introduce their children to a second language, the answer seems to be:  Start them from 0-6 months old. Children raised in bilingual homes don’t suffer from … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Language, Parents, Resources | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Education, Language, Resources | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

PBS Parents: “Make it Fun!” says aha!Chinese Co-Founder Karen Wu Audi

PBS Parents interviewed aha!Chinese Co-Founder Karen Wu Audi for their recent piece “Ways to Introduce Your Kids to Foreign Languages.” by Grace Hwang Lynch (@hapamamagrace) Check out the full article for some useful tips but here’s an excerpt below: “Here’s … Continue reading

Posted in Language, Resources | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ten Chinese Phrases that will Impress Your Teacher

Get ready for school by having your kids learn these phrases in Chinese. Their teachers are bound to be awestruck and will reward your kids with a “好棒!” (hǎo bàng) or “Awesome!” 1. Hello! 您好 Nín hǎo 2. Good morning … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Language, Parents, Resources | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

5 Ways for Kids (and Adults) to Learn and Practice Chinese without Cracking Open a Book

Learning a foreign language can be as fun (and effective) out of the classroom, as in the classroom. With summer in full swing, we explored some alternatives to traditional textbook learning. 1) Join a playgroup. Foreign language targeted playgroups have … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Language, Parents, Resources, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Four Must-See Places in Beijing with Kids

Planning a family vacation to China can be a daunting task, so we’ve made it easier for you. Check out this short list of must-see places in Beijing, the modern capital of China. For an authentic and memorable experience, we’ve … Continue reading

Posted in Parents, Resources, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

5 Fun China Facts for Kids

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

Posted in Language, Parents, Resources | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

aha!Chinese exhibits products at the 2011 National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC)

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

Posted in Education, Events, Let's Go Guang!, Resources | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment