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Spring finally arrived yesterday. Here in New Hampshire, we were welcomed with a bunch of wet snow and slick rain…typical New England weather. The good news is that it is maple sugaring time here. My daughter’s school taps maple trees … Continue reading
My oldest daughter just turned eight years old. The number eight (八 “bā”, ‘ba’ is ‘bah’ with a sustained tone) is a lucky number in Chinese culture. To celebrate, we planned a Chinese-themed birthday party. We had Chinese inspired colors … Continue reading
“Happy New Year!” Let’s welcome the year of the rabbit and learn to share good wishes in Mandarin Chinese. Just say… 恭喜发财! Gōngxǐ fācái! (‘Gong’ is g+awng with a dropping then rising tone; ‘xi’ is “she” with a long ‘e’ and … Continue reading
“Winter, spring, summer, and fall”– I repeat this with my preschooler a lot to get her to learn the four seasons. I’ve also started teaching both my children the seasons in Mandarin Chinese. Click here for pronunciation of the four … Continue reading
What better way to learn Mandarin, than to have your child’s first and last words of the day be in Mandarin Chinese! Say “Good Morning” and “Good Night” as they do in China. Click here to hear pronunciation of “Good … Continue reading