Why learn Mandarin?

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 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!