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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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