Saturday, March 19, 2011

The first month of learning Chinese

Learning a language at home by yourself is not easy. It takes a lot of experience to establish a learning routine that it tailored to your abilities and then a lot motivation to stick to your learning routine. I guess it is easier to learn with a bunch of people and meet regularly to practice and practice. I have not established such processes and I begin to see that I need them.

Xin Mao - Year of the Rabbit

My boy got a very useful schedule at school that outlines the teaching and learning activities for each week of his Chinese Language learning. The schedule identifies the text type and linguistic resources, the Chinese charqcters introduced and the way how the his progress is assessed.

Part of his journey is intercultural understanding. the children lean about China, how to respectfully address a person and how to communicate well. They also celebrate the festivals as they happen, such as Chinese New Year. They got presents, special food and money. This resulted in high motivation. What a change in comparison to the old way ot learning languages. How far our education system has come! I feel grateful to experience this journey as part of a public school in Western Australia!

My own learning journey has followed his learning. I now can say the numbers until 10, although he can count to hundred and also write the numbers. I can ask for a person's name and respond telling my name and asking how that other person is. Not a bad start, but a long way to go! At times we practice together and I am happy that I can help him with the homework when he is stuck.

Today when he was playing playstation he sung me a Chinese song, replicated the sounds and the melody beautifully. And I did not even ask him to do so, he just started sining out of his own soul while still being focused on playing his game. I felt honoured to witness that and it motivated me to learn a Chinese song. He said the song was about a jasmine flower.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Favourite Video for March 2011

Chinese Language Learning Resources


1. 24/7 TUTOR is a learning system and mobile language lab that allows you to study, practice and review a foreign language, anytime and anywhere. several languages available including Chinese.

2.Learn Chinese online for free at Free Chinese online courses for you to learn how to read and write Chinese.

3. Learning Chinese - Websites for learning Chinese

4. Learn Chinese - Free online mandarin audio courses
Free online mandarin audio courses. Learn Mandarin Chinese quickly and easily! 40 online lessons with audio, including reading, speaking, writing, ...

5. BBC offers listening, speaking and writing exercises

6. Chinese - SurvivalPhrases, by, delivered as podcast through iTunes

7. Other podcasts with Chinese lessons - through iTunes
(This link will only work if your iTunes program is installed on your computer and already open.)

8. Learn Chinese with Yanyang - videos and other free resources

9.Chinese Language Learning Links - this wikispace has lots of further links for learners of Chinese

10. Language Links 2006 - another wikispace that has a plethora of links for the students of Chinese

11.Learn Chinese Everyday is a website for people who are interested in learning Chinese.
You can find a lot of categories for learning Chinese, eg. Conversation, Grammar, Vocabulary, Exercise, Daily Word.
12. Links from -

*Chinese: Rutgers Multimedia Chinese Teaching System
*Chinese: Conversational Mandarin Chinese Online
*Chinese: Learn Chinese
*Chinese: Chinese Tools - Learn Chinese
*Chinese: Online College of Chinese Language
*Chinese: ZapChinese
*Chinese: Chinese (Mandarin) - Wikibooks
*Chinese: Linese
*Chinese: Mandarin Chinese with Serge Melnyk
*Chinese: I Love Chinese
*Chinese: ClearChinese: Learn Chinese
*Chinese: Chinese Phrases for Travelers
*Chinese: Learn Mandarin
*Chinese: World Learner Chinese