How Parents Can Make Learning Chinese Fun for Their Child
Children are natural learners, but that does not mean they are always willing to learn.
Every parent who has ever tried to teach their children anything new, especially a new language, know the struggle. But, because of how important it is to start children on the path of picking up multiple languages while they are still young – it is still well worth the effort.
Of course, even if learning a new language like Mandarin is not always an easy task, there are plenty of ways to make it more fun.
Below, you will find tips on how parents, such as yourself, can make learning the Chinese language that much more exciting for your child!
1. Label your child’s things in Chinese
And we mean everything – from his or her backpack, table, chair, stationery, to their favourite toys.
Doing this makes it easier for your child to associate Chinese characters with everyday objects, especially since these are the things that they interact with most often.
2. Expose your child to the Chinese culture
Doing something as simple as celebrating traditional Chinese holidays, as well as attending festivals and events can help immerse and encourage your child’s love for the Chinese culture – and thus the language.
These celebrations are also a great idea to bond more as a family!
3. Let your child tell stories in Chinese
Give your child opportunities to express themselves using the Chinese language and apply their tuition learning whenever possible.
Remember, practice makes perfect.
They are probably going to make a lot of mistakes, but that’s okay. The important thing is the effort, support and constructive feedback from you. This way, they are more likely to keep a positive mind-set throughout their learning journey, and associate learning the Chinese language with something pleasurable.
4. Set aside time for practicing Chinese
Whether it’s on the daily commute to school, at the dinner table, or just before bed – spending a couple of extra minutes everyday conversing in the Chinese language can be valuable in the development of your child’s speaking ability.