LEARNING CHINESE: Why Is It Such A Struggle?

 

Why are so many kids frustrated and stressed over learning Chinese?

You know it’s true. Despite years of classes, campaigns and encouragement, fewer and fewer households in Singapore are speaking Mandarin.[1]

Many kids don’t even read Chinese books outside their school textbooks—and they read those only because they have to in order to pass exams. We’ve even heard this from parents who are Chinese teachers themselves! 😢

This is even when we all accept and know that Chinese is important not just for school, but also for a connection to cultural roots, and for future work opportunities.

We already send them to the best schools and/or best tutors we can afford. But somehow learning Chinese continues to be a struggle! 😩

We’ve heard so many kids say they are “just bad in Chinese”, or even that they “hate Chinese”.

So what are parents—who are exhausted from work and have a million other things to take care of—supposed to do?

Must we become tiger parents to get our kids to learn Chinese?

We want our kids to be successful AND we also want them to be happy and creative.

But what kind of meaningful, quality time are we spending with our kids if most of it involves supervising their homework, taking them for tuition or nagging them to study for tests? 🤦‍♀️

Forced memorizing, logical pleas, nagging, bribery, threats…
We know you’ve tried everything!

Maybe these tactics might work in the very short term—like to get them to pass some test—but they don’t help to sustain interest.

In fact, these might make your kids hate the language even more!

But how do we get our kids interested in the language?

Well, ask yourself: Why are so many kids (and ok, more than a few middle-aged aunties) these days unenthusiastic about Chinese, while suddenly acquiring an interest in Korean?

Photo by Aurelio de Sandoval, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Because they associate Korean with pleasure, but Chinese with stress.

So why don’t we associate Chinese with pleasure?

Could it be because too many Chinese classes involve rote memorization of archaic idioms, or boring texts that are invariably accompanied by trite, over-moralistic lessons? 🤷‍♀️ Maybe.

There could be many other complex reasons, but we keep meeting parents who express their frustration at the lack of creativity in their children’s Chinese language curriculum.

 

What we need is to get kids actually interested in learning Chinese in their early years, before exams take over their lives.

You need a Chinese language program for kids that:

 

✅  Kids themselves want to attend

✅  Engages kids’ creativity

✅  Provides tools they can use to practice every day at their own time

✅  Provides fun ideas and conversation topics for family activities

✅  Is flexible enough so you can catch up easily even when last minute events happen

✅  Actually gets kids interested in reading Chinese!

We have a delightful solution!

A revolutionary bilingual learning system that’s built on the common-sense idea that
LEARNING IS BETTER WHEN YOU’RE LAUGHING!  Highly recommended for kids from ages 5-11.

Isn’t that worth trying? A learning approach that creates a POSITIVE relationship with Chinese,
and also gets kids to be CREATIVE!

The Dim Sum Warriors Club builds BOTH language ability AND creative skills in a way kids will actually enjoy!

Based on cutting-edge research in pedagogy and literacy development, we have developed a sophisticated curriculum that gets kids to:

 Associate language learning with enjoyment!

 Work through multimodal ways—reading, drawing, conversation!

 Build creativity while learning!

Who Is This For?

Highly recommended for kids between K-5th grade/Primary 5 who are learning Chinese as a second or foreign language. Whole families have also found themselves enjoying our sessions as well!

Our method combines:

#1: LIVE INTERACTION

Laugh and Learn in Our Livestream Bilingual Comic JAM!

Our Bilingual Comic Jams are 45-minute draw-along and language-learning sessions, where kids will be immersed naturally in a bilingual (English+Chinese) creative environment.

The livestreaming sessions are hosted by award-winning filmmakers and the creators of the Dim Sum Warriors—education professor Dr. WOO Yen Yen and cartoonist of New York Times bestselling books Colin GOH.

The sessions are adapted from the creative workshops Colin has been leading at the invitation of many top international schools.

Sessions begin with a story-reading—in both languages!—from our popular bilingual children’s storybook series, the Little Dim Sum Warriors 小小点心侠.

This is followed by a Chinese vocabulary-building lesson reinforced by drawing along with Colin—to encourage lasting and tangible connections with the words and phrases.

Kids always look forward to the final few minutes where Colin takes suggestions for crazy characters to draw!

By drawing and writing the phrases, kids are actively reinforcing their vocabulary acquisition—but in a stress-free and enjoyable way! Plus they get to learn how to draw!

All the vocabulary gathered in the sessions are then organised into quizzes and activities on our website, so that kids can revise and play with what they’ve learned.

It’s always a lot of fun, and we’ve even been told that entire families join in too!

#2: The DIM SUM WARRIORS Mobile Comic Reader App

An innovative app that supports kids’ language-learning in multiple ways!

With our feature-packed Dim Sum Warriors bilingual comic reader app, your kids can:

 Read hilarious and educational comic stories—in both English and Chinese!

 Listen to actors read the stories—in both English and Chinese!

 Practice reading aloud to build confidence with our voice recording function!

Get immediate feedback on your fluency and pronunciation with our reading evaluation function!

 Play fun vocabulary games to test your recall of key words and sight words!

Rest assured that there are absolutely no external ads or social media links. We value your child’s privacy and safety! 

#3 Online Quizzes, Activities & Resources

On the Dim Sum Warriors website, Club Members get exclusive access to a huge trove of regularly updated online resources to reinforce what they have learned: printable activity sheets, online quizzes, live recordings, learning tips, paper puppets, lesson plans and more!

#4: PRINTED BOOKS

Because screens just aren’t as nice at bedtime!

Our beautiful hardcover bilingual Little Dim Sum Warriors comic-style storybooks are specially designed to encourage reading aloud, using different emotions. They’re also very funny! 

Good news! We have a FANTASTIC DEAL
for you to experience the Dim Sum Warriors Club!

The usual price of our combined curriculum is valued at S$530 for 6 months

But now you can get it at a HUGE 67% discount for ONLY S$175!

This works out to only about S$29 a month! 

And here’s what you’ll get:

1. 6 months’ access to the Dim Sum Warriors Bilingual Comic Jam sessions
(3 sessions a month on Saturdays at 11am UTC+8)

2. 3 Little Dim Sum Warriors bilingual hardcover storybooks shipped to your address!
 (The 3 books alone are retailing for S$37.50 in bookstores!)
FREE shipping to selected territories if deal is purchased before Nov 30th, 2020

3. 6 months’ access to the Dim Sum Warriors Bilingual Comic Reader App
including our hilarious stories, reading evaluation function, vocabulary-building games and updated content!

4. 6 months’ access to the Members-Only Learning Hub
on our website and all its learning resources and activities!

WE ARE ALSO GIVING AWAY THIS FABULOUS BONUS! 

 

The FIRST 50 people to purchase this special deal will receive 1 exclusive small-group LIVE WEBINAR COACHING SESSION on education, parenting and related issues with our Ivy League-trained education expert, Dr. Woo Yen Yen!

  • Take this rare opportunity to learn about the latest trends in education, language learning and global parenting. (Each session is limited to only 10 participants per session, so HURRY!)

    PLUS!
    You will get
    FREE SHIPPING on your first set of books to select territories if you purchase this deal before December 6, 2020!

    PLUS!
    You will get
    10% DISCOUNT on all books in our web store during these 6 months!

 

This offer will expire on 30 November 2020, and may never be repeated!

Get this offer NOW before it disappears forever!

Look at what parents, educators, experts and kids
are saying about Dim Sum Warriors!

“我七岁的女儿不停的重读《小小点心侠》的故事书。她觉得内容很滑稽,每次阅读时都哈哈大笑!”

“My 7-year-old daughter keeps re-reading the Little Dim Sum Warriors books. She thinks they’re really funny, and she laughs every time she reads them.”

YEO YANN YANN 杨雁雁

Winner of the Golden Horse Award for Best Actress 金马奖“最佳女主角奖”得主

“The students and staff at our school absolutely adore the Little Dim Sum Warriors books. They tick so many boxes for books that are in high demand by students and staff. They are funny, they are bilingual, and they are comic style picture books. Fantastic illustrations, brilliant text and a must have for all libraries!”

SARAH MOUNSEY

Director of Libraries, Dulwich College (Singapore)

“Both my kids have been fans of the Dim Sum Warriors books for some time! This past Saturday, we spent a fun and creative morning at the online Jam drawing different emotions and learning the words for them. The kids were especially crazy over the final minutes when they could request whatever they wanted drawn. A very creative and meaningful way to spend the morning with the kids. I got to draw too!”

LIN HUIYI

Artist and mother of 2 kids ages 5 and 7

“The light-hearted performance by the Little Dim Sum Warriors had the audience entertained and educated at the same time.”

PRIME MINISTER LEE HSIEN LOONG

at the 40th Anniversary of the Speak Mandarin Campaign

The Dim Sum Warriors App gives plenty of freedom for practice: It’s easy to toggle from one language to another, limitless possibilities to listen and re-listen to the stories / words, possibility to look into a keyword more closely, a chance to record and listen to your own reading, with good feedback from the solution about the pronunciation. The Dim Sum Warriors Curriculum has:

1. Extensive, detailed and yet easy to access materials for educators to ensure successful learning experiences for the students.

2. Visually appealing and easy to use digital application to support and diversify the learning process.

3. Learning through stories that happens naturally and supports a bi-lingual approach

EDUCATION ALLIANCE FINLAND

“The boys are having a blast with the app. I’ve not seen my P2 (aged 8) read Chinese words so fast than at the sheep game!”  
SU LINN

Educator and Mother of Four

“The app is user-friendly, inviting, and is rich with humor. Using multiple modalities, it serves as a pedagogical tool that provides readers of all ages the skillset they need to develop bilingual proficiency as well as biliteracy. It has a unique feature that promotes translanguaging and cultivates appreciation for visual arts.”

DR. EFLEDA TOLENTINO

New York-based Early Childhood Education Expert and Professor

“Easy to use, suitable for kids my child’s age. Images are child-friendly, language is age-appropriate.”

JOYCE

Educational Psychologist & Mum of Sean, aged 5

“Both of us really have a very good bonding time together when we began with reading the Dim Sum Warrior books as bed time stories, playing the app together, occupying her with the ‘live’ drawalong session & then doing the quiz together… We have so many topics in common!

VALARIE

Mother of Gabby, aged 6

“Deliciously funny and clever!”

IVAN HENG

Cultural Medallion Winner and Founding Artistic Director, W!LD RICE

“It has great stories that you can toggle between languages to help kids learn them, and has activities to reinforce the words you see in the stories.”

SOPHIE

Teacher and Mum of Kita, aged 5

“It’s great because it can read to you and it can change the language and you can even record yourself reading the book.”  
AHYEON CHOI

Age 6

“We live in Colorado and I’ve always made sure that my son stays in touch with the Chinese language that I grew up with. There aren’t a lot of casual and creative options for Chinese learning and so it was really fun for us to take part in the Dim Sum Warriors comic Jams! We can draw together and speak Chinese and English together in a stress-free experience. He is learning quite a bit, and he doesn’t even know it. “

LOIS AMARAL

Mother of 7 yr-old, Colorado, USA

DIM SUM WARRIORS is
Independently Certified for High Pedagogical Quality

 

Don’t just take our word for it! The Dim Sum Warriors Learning System has been independently certified for high pedagogical quality by Education Alliance Finland, the world’s leading education technology impact verification service. This means our system has passed rigorous academic, science and evidence-based assessments by professional international educators.

 

Give your kids an effective, joyful and stress-free language-learning experience!

The Dim Sum Warriors Club:

• Embraces all cultures, languages and accents

• Wants kids to learn and create fearlessly

• Values thinking, creating and playing

• Provides a kid-safe, ad-free environment with high-quality screen time for ages 5-11

Sign Up for the Dim Sum Warriors Holiday Deal!

The usual price of our combined curriculum is valued at S$530 for 6 months

But now you can get it at a HUGE 67% discount for ONLY S$175!

This works out to only about S$29 a month! 

And here’s what you’ll get:

1. 6 months’ access to the Dim Sum Warriors Bilingual Comic Jam sessions
(3 sessions a month on Saturdays at 11am UTC+8)

2. 3 Little Dim Sum Warriors bilingual hardcover storybooks shipped to your address!
 (The 3 books alone are retailing for S$37.50 in bookstores!)
FREE shipping to selected territories if deal is purchased before Nov 30th, 2020

3. 6 months’ access to the Dim Sum Warriors Bilingual Comic Reader App
including our hilarious stories, reading evaluation function, vocabulary-building games and updated content!

4. 6 months’ access to the Members-Only Learning Hub
on our website and all its learning resources and activities!

WE ARE ALSO GIVING AWAY THIS FABULOUS BONUS! 

 

The FIRST 50 people to purchase this special deal will receive 1 exclusive small-group LIVE WEBINAR COACHING SESSION on education, parenting and related issues with our Ivy League-trained education expert, Dr. Woo Yen Yen!

  • Take this rare opportunity to learn about the latest trends in education, language learning and global parenting. (Each session is limited to only 10 participants per session, so HURRY!)

    PLUS!
    You will get
    FREE SHIPPING on your first set of books to select territories if you purchase this deal before December 6, 2020!

    PLUS!
    You will get
    10% DISCOUNT on all books in our web store during these 6 months!

The Dim Sum Warriors Club has been designed specifically for the busy and educated parent, who knows that:

  • When it comes to learning, there is no silver bullet, one-size-fits-all miracle instant cure.
  • Learning requires not just commitment and effort, but also a multi-pronged approach.
  • Learning is a journey, and best embarked upon with knowledgeable people who genuinely care for you and your kids.

We sincerely believe that if you join the Dim Sum Warriors Club and your kids use its multiple resources conscientiously and consistently, in 6 months’ time they will not just improve their Chinese vocabulary, but also begin to enjoy using it to create.

This offer will expire on 30 November 2020, and may never be repeated!

Get this offer NOW before it disappears forever!