It is a well known and accepted fact that China is currently on the right trajectory in becoming the next global super power. Parents with foresight and who like to plan ahead may already have taken steps to align their young children by starting their Mandarin journey.
Truth be told, Mandarin is not an easy language to master. Here at Mandarin Minds we have our fair share of children who enjoy learning as well as children who find it a struggle.
How then can you as a parent, do your part of pique your child's interest
Here are three ways:
1) Use pictures
Flashcards and the like are great for learning any language but Mandarin is a little different as does have origins that depict pictures.
Chineasy for example, is an excellent system of drawings and characters.
More here: www.chineasy.com
2) Daily words, consistently, a little at a time
We have a system here at Mandarin Minds where children log in for a short 10-15 mins daily and get that extra exposure to Mandarin. You could do the same at home too. During the course of a meal, while at groceries or in the car, a simple phrase a day could do wonders...especially for parents with zero Mandarin background, reinforcing the tones of the phrase is imperative to setting up your child for success
3) Utilize technology
Cartoons, TV shows, radio - anything with a Mandarin sound will increase your child's awareness to picking up certain words. Over time, this adds up and it does make a difference!
A Chinese saying
Jī shǎo chéng duō
Accumulation of little becomes many
English saying, 'many drops make an ocean'
E.g. 'Son, please learn to save your coins and stop spending them on lollies...you'll be surprised it will be a case of 积少成多'