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Recommended Music:

Below are 3 music CDs that we recommend for our students. These CDs can be ordered directly through Mandarin Stars. Please contact us at Enrol.christchurch@mandarinstars.co.nz to place your order.

 

A Little Mandarin – Children’s Classics v1.0
By Toni Wang

Description: A gorgeous CD of Chinese music that will brighten up your little one’s day and make the learning of Mandarin so much more fun and lively! It’s well produced and easily related to and created by an inspiring mother who wanted to make music that would encourage the learning of Mandarin Chinese for her own children. For more information, please visit A Little Mandarin.

Cost: $25.00

 

Bilingual Songs English-Mandarin
By Sara Jordan

Description: Exciting songs in both English and Mandarin. Includes a reproducible lyrics book in English, Mandarin (Simplified) and Pinyin to aid pronunciation. Singers in English and Mandarin are native speakers. Music accompaniment tracks make singing along karaoke-style fun and class performances a snap.

Cost: $30.00

Topics include:

  • the alphabet (English and Pinyin)
  • counting to 10
  • days of the week
  • months of the year
  • weather
  • seasons
  • colors
  • food
  • Chinese zodiac signs
  • parts of the body
  • clothing
  • family members

To see more details about Sara Jordan and to listen to samples, please visit Sara’s website.

 

Teach Me Chinese and MORE Chinese!
By Judy Mahoney

Description: The classic coloring books from the Teach Me and Teach Me More series are now combined into a 48-page edition. This new edition includes the coloring pages from both titles, and a 60-minute audio CD so children can listen, learn and sing along. Teach Me Chinese and More Chinese features six new pages of vocabulary and activities perfect for pre-school to early elementary children. Narrated in Chinese, the story includes 40 songs with lyrics and translations.

Cost: $40.00

 

Recommended Books for Parents:

 

7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child

“Steiner’s passion for languages is obvious on every page and instills inspiration in both parents who’ve always planned to raise their children to be bilingual and in those who never considered bilingualism to be an important possibility. Perhaps, with Steiner’s help, the people of the global village will raise the level of discourse and not only will countries be able to speak to each other, they’ll also be able to understand each other.” – ForeWord Magazine

 

The Bilingual Family – A Handbook for Parents

Review by Fishpond.com.au: First published in 1986, The Bilingual Family has provided thousands of parents with the information and advice they need to make informed decisions about what language policy to adopt with their children. This second edition contains updated references and new entries to the alphabetical reference guide.

 

Growing up with two languages – A Practical Guide

Review by Fishpond.com.au: This best-selling guide is illustrated by glimpses of bilingual life through interviews with fifty families from around the world. The trials and rewards of life with two languages and cultures are discussed in detail, followed by practical advice on how to support the child’s linguistic development.

Features of this second edition include: new and updated Internet resources information on the specific problems facing teenagers, and guidance on how to resolve them new research into language acquisition new and updated first-hand advice and examples throughout.

 

Recommended iApps

– Chinese 4 Kids
– Panda Radicals Chinese Flashcards
– Kid Lingo Pre School Mandarin
– Feed Me!
– Mandarin Study Buddy

Please see the link below for more apps we recommend for children learning Mandarin:

Apps for Learning Mandarin!

 

Recommended Internet Sites:

Asia Education Foundation

Languages Education in Australia

The Bilingual Families Webpage

National Association for Bilingual Education

The Bilingual Family Newsletter

Bamboo Learning – Global specialists in teaching about China and Mandarin Chinese to children

 

Recommended Journals:

Academic journals that parents might wish to review include:

  • Bilingualism: Language and Cognition
  • Language Acquisition: A Journal of developmental Linguistics
  • Papers and Reports on Child Language Development
  • The Bilingual Review/ La Revista Bilingue
  • International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
  • The international Journal of Bilingualism

 

Recommended Articles on Second Language Acquisition & Resources for Learning Mandarin: 

Australians must abandon monolingual mindset and adopt Asian languages (June 2009)

The Australian: Australia’s future depends on Asian languages (June 2009)

Science Daily: “Native Language Governs the way Toddlers interpret speech sounds” (October 2007)

Science Daily: “Multilingualism brings communities closer together’ (Feb 2009)

Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria- Public Forum – “Languages for Australia’s Future” (September 2007)

Group of Eight – Australia’s Leading Universities- Go8 “Languages in Crisis” Discussion Paper (June 2007)

Monash University- “Raising Children Bilingually”

 

Recommended Softwares for Learning Mandarin

Mandarama- A practice playground for children to learn Chinese

BBC’s Real Chinese

 

Recommended Videos

Elmo- Sesame Street in Mandarin!