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The Story of Our Children’s Art

“How do we keep our kids inspired and motivated to draw?” This video follows the story of our daughter’s art-making over 10 years from Age 1 to 11 and provides a delightful example of the documentation of children’s art.

Our 1st Ever Multilingual Doodle Date!

Our 1st Ever Multilingual Doodle Date!

Wow! First time-ever in the world—a MULTILINGUAL DOODLE DATE! Specially for Singapore’s National Day! Bring some cheer to this tough year by drawing funny cartoons and learning new words in Mandarin, English and now, Malay and Tamil too!

Learn Chinese For Kids Part 1: “I Tore Up My Chinese Book”

Dr. Woo Yen Yen, an English honors grad and former professor in New York went from being *that* student who ripped up her Chinese textbook to writing Chinese comics and a giant musical that toured 25 cities in China. She shares her journey and tips for getting her American-born daughter with zero Chinese to thrive in an all-Chinese-instruction Taiwanese public school.
This is Part 1 of a lecture she gave in Mandarin as part of the 2020 Mother Tongues Language Symposium organized by Singapore’s Ministry of Education.

How I Got My Kid to Learn Chinese Part 2: “What Can We Learn From Being Last in Class?”

Dr. Woo Yen Yen, an English honors grad and former professor in New York went from being *that* student who ripped up her Chinese textbook to writing Chinese comics and a giant musical that toured 25 cities in China. She shares her journey and tips for getting her American-born daughter with zero Chinese to thrive in a Taiwanese public school where the instruction is completely in Chinese. This is Part 2 of a lecture she gave in Mandarin as part of the 2020 Mother Tongues Language Symposium organized by Singapore’s Ministry of Education.

How I Got My Kid to Learn Chinese Part 3: “How Do We Begin With Interest?”

Dr. Woo Yen Yen, an English honors grad and former professor in New York went from being *that* student who ripped up her Chinese textbook to writing Chinese comics and a giant musical that toured 25 cities in China. She shares her journey and tips for getting her American-born daughter with zero Chinese to thrive in a Taiwanese public school where the instruction is completely in Chinese.

This is Part 3 of a lecture she gave in Mandarin as part of the 2020 Mother Tongue Language Symposium organized by Singapore’s Ministry of Education.

How I Got My Kid to Learn Chinese Part 4: “How Do We Become At Home In Our Languages?”

Dr. Woo Yen Yen, an English honors grad and former professor in New York went from being *that* student who ripped up her Chinese textbook to writing Chinese comics and a giant musical that toured 25 cities in China. She shares her journey and tips for getting her American-born daughter with zero Chinese to thrive in a Taiwanese public school where the instruction is completely in Chinese.

This is Part 4 of a lecture she gave in Mandarin as part of the 2020 Mother Tongue Language Symposium organized by Singapore’s Ministry of Education.

How to Improve Kids’ Chinese?

How to Improve Kids' Chinese? by Woo Yen Yen It was a joy and delight chatting online with creative folks from different disciplines at the “Speak Mandarin, Spark Creativity” Symposium organized by...

CROSSING INVISIBLE LANGUAGE LINES

by Woo Yen Yen Why is it important to cross invisible language barriers? Why is it important to learn a “minority” language or a dialect? My daughter YB (short for 'Yakuza Baby', the nickname we...

Bilingualism is Good for the Brain

We have known this for a while now—bilingualism is great for the brain! The more we think across two or more languages, the more exercise our brains get! This CNN article says that bilingualism...

Great Movies to Help Kids Learn Chinese

Great Movies to Help Kids Learn Chinese

Summer school holidays are just around the corner... so here's a helpful list of Chinese movies your kids might like—provided by Jia Yu 姐姐, a Masters student in Taiwan who sometimes helps out during...

Merry Eggs-mas…uh, Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all our friends and fans! It's always tickled us that in Chinese 圣诞 (shèngdàn: Christmas) sounds almost like 生蛋 (shēng dàn: laying eggs)—which tells you about the kind of...

Happy Winter Solstice 冬至快乐

Happy Winter Solstice! 冬至快乐!冬至快樂! It's the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, and people in China or of ethnic Chinese heritage everywhere are celebrating 冬至 Dōngzhì, which literally means...

Dim Sum Warriors New Year eCards!

Dim Sum Warriors New Year eCards!

Happy New Year to all our friends and fans! Wish your family and friends—in fact, anybody!—a very happy new year with these adorable eCards! Available in English, simplified Chinese and traditional...

Honouring Food Workers on World Food Day 2020

16 OCTOBER IS WORLD FOOD DAY, which is run by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. We’d like to honour food workers everywhere for their hard work and service, especially during this pandemic.

5 Useful Chinese Phrases for Mother’s Day

5 Useful Mother's Day Phrases in Chinese Hey, kids, don’t just wish Mom “Happy Mother’s Day (母亲节快乐 | 母親節快樂 Mǔqīn jié kuàilè)”—try these 5 Chinese phrases and put an extra smile on her face! 1. Mom,...

CHOICE

Here's a tweaked version of an article that Yen Yen and Colin worked on, which eventually got published in Teachers College Record, one of the top research journals on education. It may be the very...