- File Size: 2078 KB
- Print Length: 229 pages
- Publisher: Mandarin Mama, Inc.; 1 edition (May 28, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 28, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07262KZHC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,602 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
So You Want Your Kid to Learn Chinese Kindle Edition
|Length: 229 pages|
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My personal experience is that her action plan works. I discovered this author's blog two years ago, and her book pulls together her mandarin-learning blog posts in an easy-to-follow format. Because of the author's advice and guidance, I went from idly thinking about my child maybe learning Chinese to a six-year old who, after two years, can recognize approximately 600 characters; can read early readers; speaks well and comprehends well for her age (comparable to a 4 yo native speaker). We do not attend an immersion program or a weekend Chinese school, and we only have a tutor for 1.5 hours a week. And I'm not even close to fluent. So frankly I think it's pretty amazing that, thanks to the author's guidance, I managed to teach my child myself and create the optimal learning environment (Chinese media, tutor, Chinese book collection) to get my daughter to her current level of Chinese.
Why I recommend her book (versus her blog):
-- Her blog covers a variety of topics. This book pulls together all her mandarin-language learning posts in an easy-to-follow format.
-- She provides an action plan at the end that can be modified based upon your goals and the time/money/energy you have available.
-- She discusses the nitty-gritty details of what derails Chinese learning, identifying the ways you fall off the Chinese bandwagon, how to avoid these pitfalls and how to get back into the Chinese learning groove.
-- She gets that you are a busy parent and have competing priorities and obligations. She speaks to those conflicts and is honest about her struggles and advantages. It's a book that's supportive our your learning journey.
-- She's funny and relatable. It's fun to read, and reads quickly.
Also, the references to the racism inherent as part of the experience of Asian Americans in the United States-- and therefore deeply interwoven with the way and means of learning and speaking Chinese-- those references were brief but they were important to me. I'm a white parent to multi-racial kids, my spouse is Taiwanese American. There are things I navigate in my relationships with my kids and my spouse that no other book about Mandarin language acquisition has addressed. And those dynamics are important. I need help and honest truth from folks of color. So another thanks.
I can't wait for more from this author! It was so good. In the meantime, I'll be busy doing all the stuff she helped me identify as worth doing.