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“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
A few days ago, I registered to run for a seat on my local school board. This is a big deal because 1) it is time consuming and will require my attending long meetings during the work week, 2) our … Continue reading
Like most cultures, major holidays are about special foods and dishes. So many delicious treats are savored during the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival. Here are some of my kids’ favorites: Noodles 面条 mìan tíao (‘mian’ is ‘me’ with … 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