Bilingual children are often mistakenly diagnosed with early learning disabilities because the standardised tests for academic competence that we currently have were created based on data derived from monolingual children. In this TedTalk by Emilia Saenz Rios, she argues that the benefits of bilingualism are undeniable and that we need to persevere and be more patient. While the pace of language development may seem slower in bilingual children at first when compared to their
Did you know that Ping Pong originated from 1880s Victorian England? It was invented by the upper classes as an indoor alternative to tennis when it was too cold to play outside. Players would set up nets across their dining tables and sometimes even use stacks of books as nets, cigar box lids as bats and golf balls or rounded champagne corks for balls. As you can imagine, it caught on very quickly being a lot more accessible for people to play at home as they didn’t need a b
Numbers are surprisingly easy to learn in Chinese because they are simply logical. Once you have learnt how to count from 1 to 10 in Chinese, you can count all the way up to 99. Whereas if you were to learn to count in English, you would have to learn unique words for numbers beyond ten, such as “eleven” “twelve” and “twenty,” to name a few.
To illustrate, when you have mastered numbers 1 to 10 in Chinese, moving on to double digit numbers would simply be putting two digits
Our children have started playing football matches in the local school league and as you can imagine it's now Eat, Sleep, Football, Repeat during game season. After match conversations have been liberally peppered with football terminology in Mandarin and English. Following some research we would like to share some of the common, general vocabulary that you can use when having a conversation about football in Mandarin. Firstly, let's start with the basics: Football: 足球 (zú qi