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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
The Chinese New Year started recently and the celebration goes on for about a week. As with many holidays, children receive gifts. Typically, the gift given is a red envelope filled with coins/money. These envelopes are called “hóng bāo” 红包 or … 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
Today I figured out how to insert tone marks over pinyin pronunciations. So, I am going back and adding tone marks to the pin yin words on my past posts (please be patient with me as it may take a … Continue reading