Ana Lomba’s Chinese for Kids: The Red Hen (Bilingual Chinese-English Story)
By Ana Lomba Early Languages LLC
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Are you trying to get your child started in Chinese? Can’t find the right materials? As a leading educator I can tell you that storytelling is a fantastic strategy to advance quickly in Chinese. Why? Because in the process of learning to do lively readings or act out stories you are intensifying the development of oral and literacy skills. Combining language skills makes a huge difference—and boy, is it fun!
Chinese may be a more complex language to learn than, say, Spanish or French. However, there is no reason why you should limit yourself to learning colors, numbers, and isolated words. A better way to proceed is to immerse yourself in real, fluent Chinese from day one and develop strategies to rise to the challenge.
I have designed this collection of classic stories specifically for parents and children learning Chinese together. For many reasons, parents are ideal learning partners for young children. I invite you to try my approach FREE with this version of The Red Hen for the iPad.
So after downloading, what should you focus on?
- Personal interaction. Children learn languages best through personal interaction. This is why it is important that you, the parent, join in the adventure. [Note: older children and adults can use the stories independently, but I still recommend to have a learning buddy]
- Animate your story reading/telling sessions. Make pretend voices, act out some parts, wear wigs… make the sessions as animated and lively as possible!
- Use your Chinese! Make the point of using the Chinese that sticks with you (more each time) in your daily conversations with your child. Also, do NOT worry about speaking with perfect grammar and pronunciation. Actual usage is more important at this point.
For even greater results with your Chinese ‘lessons’:
- Play the story frequently. This is both to train your ear to the flow of real Chinese in action and also to imprint large volumes of Chinese grammar, intonation, cultural flair, etc., in your brain (a lot of this process will take place unconsciously!)
- Set personal learning goals. For example, “This week we will learn at least five new expressions.” Challenge yourself as you become more strategic in your learning. Make flashcards, keep a language-learning journal, and think of other ways to help you as you go—don’t forget to pat yourself on the back every now and then!
Key Features of Ana Lomba’s Classic Bilingual Stories:
- Includes Pinyin to facilitate reading (Pinyin is an official system of writing Mandarin Chinese following the Roman alphabet used by English and other European languages).
- Easy toggle functionality between Chinese and English so you can quickly check the meaning if you get lost—you could also alternate reading in the two languages if you so please.
- “Pause” button so you can stop and replay shorter chunks of the text.
- Divided in scenes so that you can concentrate on one section at a time and for easier reenactment.
About Ana Lomba:
- Parents’ Choice Award Winner and innovator with eight books and CDs published with McGraw-Hill.
- Owner of Ana Lomba Early Languages LLC (www.analomba.com), a company offering language learning resources, consulting, training, and curriculum licensing for language schools.
- Twenty-year career as a language educator, having taught parent-tot, preschool, elementary, middle school, and university Spanish courses (including five years at Princeton University).
- A grad from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (B.A.), Binghamton University (M.A.), and Princeton University (M.A). Currently at NYU (Advanced Certificate).
- Leadership in prestigious national and regional language organizations including at ACTFL, FLENJ, and NNELL.
- Advocacy in Washington D.C. for world language education in elementary schools.
- Please visit www.analomba.com to learn more about her.
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- Category: Education
- Released: 25 August 2010
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 146 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Ana Lomba Early Languages LLC
- © 2010 Ana Lomba Early Languages LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.