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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

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The Bilingual Brain: Dispelling the Myths

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

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Benefits of Bilingualism

As thirty states have passed English-only laws,  American sentiment toward bilingual education isn’t always positive. But it’s interesting to note that, according to UCLA scholar Jared Diamond, “multilingualism—the ability to understand and speak several languages—is exceptional in the United States … Continue reading

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Starting Young: Transmitting Mandarin to a 10-month old

Cheng-Ling Chen wants to teach Mandarin Chinese to her ten-month old, William. But since she and her husband don’t speak it to each other, her biggest challenge is when to speak to her son. “It’s almost like I have to … Continue reading

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