Category Archives: Suggested Resources

Recommended materials for Chinese language learning.

Suggested Book – “Cat and Rat” by Ed Young

My kids love to hear about the twelve animals associated with the Chinese Zodiac. They will inquire about which animal they are, I am, and all their relatives and friends. By the way, I am a monkey. Most recently, my … Continue reading

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Say Chinese “Happy New Year!” wishes in Mandarin and Grace Lin Craft

“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

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Elections at home and in China – “Please vote for me!” by Weijun Chen

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

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Suggested book – “Bringing in the New Year” by Grace Lin

As the Chinese New Year approaches (February 3, 2011), I will be reading a favorite children’s book by Grace Lin titled Bringing in the New Year. The story is about how a family celebrates the week long Chinese holiday, also … Continue reading

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Suggested Book – “Moonbeams, Dumplings, and Dragon Boats: Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes” by Nina Simonds, et. al.

What to do? What to do? One of my favorite resources for craft ideas and activities related to Chinese culture learning is this post’s suggested book, Moonbeams, Dumplings, and Dragon Boats: Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes. This book has traditional … Continue reading

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