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Is your child struggling with Chinese language learning? Is the traditional method of Chinese tuition, classes, and exams not working for him/her?

Many myths revolve around kids learning Chinese. One big misunderstanding is thinking that memorization alone can make them experts in Mandarin. In fact, mastering Mandarin is more than just memorizing words, it’s about understanding and using the language effectively.

It requires frequent practice, a deeper understanding of the Chinese language, and passion for the language that you are learning.

How can you spark your child’s passion for learning Mandarin?

Read more to discover how you can support your child in their Mandarin Chinese language learning journey.

Watch Movies and TV shows in Mandarin

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Watching Chinese films and TV series can be very beneficial for children who are learning Mandarin. Children can mimic conversations in Chinese that they hear in the dialogue of the show.

This mimicking action helps them unconsciously learn Chinese tones and basic pronunciation while also improving their speaking skills.

Another advantage is that it exposes them to everyday conversational phrases in the Chinese language, which can enhance their listening comprehension.

Children can also pick out words that sound informal so that they can learn how to speak Chinese in everyday conversations with their friends. Daily communication with their peers can further ingrain the language into their everyday life.

Even if you’re not ready to commit to watching Chinese movies, you can always turn on the Mandarin subtitle option on your child’s regular TV programme!

Subtitles can help them in Chinese learning and make them utilize their bilingual skills to connect words between the two languages.

Start Watching and Reading News in Mandarin

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Current affairs are very important for the younger generation, so you can try introducing your child to Chinese news media as part of their Chinese language learning.

Through reading formal Chinese news websites, your child can be more exposed to Chinese characters, meanings of Chinese words, and Chinese culture, which is essential for their Chinese learning journey.

If they do not know a specific character, they can refer to a Chinese dictionary, or ask one of their friends or teachers who are native Chinese speakers.

This practice can also help them think in Mandarin Chinese, expand their knowledge of formal Chinese language sentence structures, and enhance their overall language learning experience.

Chinese Word Guessing Games

 

Much like charades, you can have word guessing game sessions with your child, but in Chinese! An activity like charades, Telephone, Alias, or Taboo can engage children who have a kinesthetic learning style. Techniques like this allow your child to be physically active in learning the Chinese language. Its game-like nature will definitely lengthen their attention span and make them think harder than in a class setting.

This can be especially beneficial for competitive children, as it gives them the opportunity to remember Chinese characters and the feeling of satisfaction from winning a game.

Have Conversations in Mandarin

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This tip might seem basic for how to learn Chinese but is probably the most important one.

Chinese language students can only learn properly by being corrected when speaking Chinese, only then will they be able to master spoken Mandarin.

Try and slowly slip in Mandarin in your everyday conversation with your child if you’re a native speaker. If you’re not, then try to find other children your child can befriend and practice with! An active method like this can help them with their Chinese grammar, and how to speak Chinese properly. As well as providing them with extra motivation to connect with their peers using the same language.

Speaking about their interests in Mandarin can also definitely make it more fun for your child to learn Chinese!

If your child is interested in a certain movie or TV series, you can try asking them questions about it in Mandarin Chinese. They will be sure to at least try to respond in the same language!

Encourage Your Child To Have A Mandarin Chinese Journal

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Chinese characters can be hard to remember. Many schools force children to simply memorize each Chinese character strokes by number. However, this may not be the most efficient way to learn Chinese.

Practicing writing through a Chinese language learning journal can help them learn Chinese more efficiently. Because it is an ungraded outlet, it is significantly less stressful for your child. Furthermore, writing about their feelings in a journal may help students become more familiar with Chinese writing.

If your child makes a mistake in any of the Chinese characters, they can look back on the journal and correct themselves on their own.

Stressful factors such as strict teachers and exams may affect their motivation to learn Chinese, so by taking that stressful factor out, can help them develop a more fun perspective of Mandarin Chinese.

You can introduce them to something as simple as Word of The Day, and let them make as many Mandarin Chinese sentences as they can with that word in their journal!

Enroll Your Child in SLC for Chinese Language Learning!

 

Does your child need an extra boost in learning Chinese? Take them to SLC! Our Chinese tuition programmes provide students with thorough Chinese language learning approaches that are suitable for all learning styles! Facilities in SLC provide students with a highly optimal environment for conducive language learning.

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