How was everyone’s big Thanksgiving break? I hope you’re all well rested and ready for Christmas.
感恩节快乐 (Gǎn’ēn jié kuàilè | Happy Thanksgiving)! 感恩节 / Thanksgiving is such a special holiday to me because I love having the chance to reflect on all the people in my life who I’m thankful for. Three of those people are 温老师，许老师 and 萧老师. They are 3 dynamic teachers who I had the pleasure of hanging out with this past weekend at ACTFL. They had an unending source of fun activities like these Thanksgiving cards that they made in their Chinese language classrooms.
We’re getting packed and ready to meet Mickey and lots of Chinese teachers at the 2013 American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Conference in Orlando, Florida next week from November 22nd to 24th. Weather.com says that it was 80 degrees out there today, so we’re ready to enjoy the warmer weather over there.
We are excited to hear how everyone’s school year is going and see how we might be able to help. Schedule a meeting with our sales managers David Currie and Peiju Chen at usa (at) betterchinese (dot) com, or stop by Booth 317 to learn more about our products and register for a FREE GIFT.
你好 (Nǐ hǎo), teachers and administrators! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. I am Helen Yung, the VP of Academics at Better Chinese and I am in charge of teacher training. In my role, I have had the opportunity to provide teacher training programs to various school districts around the country and am excited to announce the launch of our Teacher Training Program.
Our training program focuses on three main areas of instructional training:
How was everyone’s Halloween? Still gorging yourself on candy?
货真价实 (huò zhēn jià shí) means “genuine goods at a fair price.” It is widely used to refer to anything that is reliable and high quality; in other words, objects and goods that are worth the money. When you visit the flea markets or street markets in China, you will always hear the Chinese peddlers saying their stuff is 货真价实 or you can say Better Chinese’s curriculum is 货真价实!
Have you ever been to a Chinese restaurant for “Yum Cha” or “Dim Sum”? Just thinking of it makes me dribble. Chinese “Dim Sum” goodies are always exquisitely handmade by “Shi Fu” or who we call chef in Chinese, and served in those little bamboo steamers. The delicious Ma La Gao is the most common Dim Sum you can find in any Yum Cha restaurant.
Every effort you make today, and again tomorrow, will move you and your children a little farther along your bilingual journey. The small steps you take today will gradually add up over time—over days, weeks, months, and years—and largely determine the distance you travel. There are many things you can do, right now, to help nurture your children’s language development, whatever your target language. One of our favorites is looking at old family photos and talking about them together. As we do so, I prompt the kids to describe what they see and share their memories.
Teaching your child a foreign language can be difficult, particularly a language you do not speak yourself. It is necessary to be creative when exploring ways to help kids learn a new foreign language. Equally, it is important to let kids feel accomplished. It’s a fact that the more we achieve, the more confident we become, and the faster we can learn. This certainly applies to learning Mandarin Chinese.
After the busy back-to-school season, did everyone make great progress on their studies? Don’t forget to get some rest too.
尊老爱幼 means “respect the elders, cherish the young”. It is typically used as a compliment to describe a good-natured individual. We can say that we expect a model student to be honest, 尊老爱幼 and enthusiastic.