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The 12 Days of Christmas in Chinese!

The 12 Days of Christmas in Chinese!

We translated the traditional song "The 12 Days of Christmas" into Chinese, so you can finally know how to say "partridge in a pear tree" in 中文!  You're welcome!THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN CHINESE!  On the 12th Day of...

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How Your Child Can Learn Chinese Creatively

How Your Child Can Learn Chinese Creatively

We know how your child Can learn Chinese creatively, because of our unique approach and experience.Complaining About CreativityThe lack of creativity and imagination is a subject we keep hearing people complain about....

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Being Bilingual is a Super Power!

Being Bilingual is a Super Power!

Bilingualism is a super-power! Neuroscientific studies show that bilingual kids can parse and handle more complex situations because they're used to interpreting multiple linguistic and social cues. Here's a useful...

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Singapore Mandarin Quiz! 新式华语小测验

Singapore Mandarin Quiz! 新式华语小测验

To celebrate Singapore's National Day, we've come up with a quiz on Singapore's distinct strain of Mandarin Chinese, which we call 新加坡华语 (Xīnjiāpō Huáyǔ). It's pretty similar to mainland China's 普通话(Pǔtōnghuà) and...

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5 Ways NOT to Kill Creativity in Your Kids

5 Ways NOT to Kill Creativity in Your Kids

Ministries of Education all over the world are racing to equip children with competencies that are needed for the 21st century: critical thinking, communicating, collaborating, and inventive or creative thinking. ...

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6 Great Chinese Idioms for Mother’s Day

6 Great Chinese Idioms for Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day! In Chinese, that's 母亲节快乐 (mǔqīn jié kuàilè)! For this special day, we’ve made a list of 成语 (chéngyǔ) Chinese Idioms for Mother’s Day along with interesting short clips that you and your kids might...

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Earth Day in Chinese: 45 Essential Terms

Earth Day in Chinese: 45 Essential Terms

April 22nd, 2022 - Earth Day in Chinese is 地球日. Protecting the earth has, until this point, always been something that many of us are all a bit too casual about—we try to do something when we remember and don’t feel...

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5 Best Chinese Animation Movies for Kids

5 Best Chinese Animation Movies for Kids

Chinese animation movies are great for helping kids who are learning Chinese get immersed in the language while having fun! We chose these five movies because many kids in the Chinese-speaking world have watched these...

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Cosplay Meaning For A Family

Cosplay Meaning For A Family

Cosplay: Meaning For Our Immigrant Family Coming from Singapore, I didn't really care about Halloween – to me it was just a highly commercialized holiday involving too much candy that was celebrated mainly by...

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Happy Dongzhi Festival 冬至快乐

Happy Dongzhi Festival 冬至快乐

Happy Dongzhi Festival!冬至快乐! We've updated this post to bring you more interesting (and useful!) stuff about Dongzhi 冬至—the Chinese Winter Solstice Festival.  During the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere,...

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How to Raise Kids With Empathy

How to Raise Kids With Empathy

As I was stressing in front of my computer over an app update that went wrong the other day, my 12-year-old quietly brought me a cup of tea with some honey and flower petals. I didn’t notice it at first, but when I...

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Holiday Doodle Dates 2021

Holiday Doodle Dates 2021

Learning to say Merry Christmas in Chinese? How about "Asparagus Elf" or "Reindeer Hotdog"? And other silly English to Chinese translations of food and Christmas combos! You don't just learn to say Merry Christmas in...

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De-Stress Doodle Date 20211002

De-Stress Doodle Date 20211002

How do you say "Hamburger reading" or other silly combinations of food and relaxing activities?Check out our video of yet another crazy Dim Sum Warriors Bilingual Doodle Date—where our artist Colin draws the wacky...

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Mid-Autumn Mooncake Madness!

Mid-Autumn Mooncake Madness!

It's the Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋节 | 中秋節 (zhōngqiū jié), one of the most beloved Chinese celebrations—where we eat mooncakes (now available in a bewildering variety of flavours), sip tea, recite poetry and admire the...

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5 Lessons I Learned From Being Last in Class

5 Lessons I Learned From Being Last in Class

I was getting increasingly nervous – they were talking about which camera to use to produce a newer or older effect; the different steps of post-production; conversion from different frame rates; what lights to use,...

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Thinking About Afghanistan

Thinking About Afghanistan

I went to Afghanistan twice in 2004, not long after the US invasion, on a UNICEF-backed consulting project to help rebuild the Afghan education system. I’ve been trying my best not to think of what’s happening now in...

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Our 1st Ever Multilingual Doodle Date!

Our 1st Ever Multilingual Doodle Date!

It's a first for us—and maybe even the world—a MULTILINGUAL DOODLE DATE! We're doing this specially for Singapore’s National Day—to bring some cheer to this very, very tough year. What's a Doodle Date? It's our...

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The Story of Our Children’s Art

The Story of Our Children’s Art

Children's Art: How to keep them motivated? After I write the piece on “Why is Drawing Important for Children’s Development”, several parents contacted me to ask about their children's art: “How do we keep our children...

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How to Improve Kids’ Chinese?

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 Singapore’s Speak...

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CROSSING INVISIBLE LANGUAGE LINES

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 gave her because she...

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Bilingualism is Good for the Brain

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 delays the onset of...

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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 our Doodle...

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Learning Chinese Language: Vocabulary About EARTH DAY

Learning Chinese Language: Vocabulary About EARTH DAY

Learning Chinese Language: Vocabulary About Earth Day! Yesterday was Earth Day or 世界地球日 Shìjiè dìqiú rì, and last night, our daughter’s Chinese teacher in her former Taiwanese public elementary school, Teacher Lee 李老师,...

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DOODLE DATE 2021027: Food and Adjectives

DOODLE DATE 2021027: Food and Adjectives

How do you say "Funny Fish?" or "Confused Bak Kut Teh?" or... other silly combinations of food and adjectives? Check out our video of yet another crazy Dim Sum Warriors Bilingual Doodle Date—where our artist Colin...

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DOODLE DATE 20210306: Food and Sports

DOODLE DATE 20210306: Food and Sports

How do you say "Hamburger playing basketball" or "Ramen skiing"? Or other silly combinations of food and sports? Check out our video of yet another crazy Dim Sum Warriors Bilingual Doodle Date—where our artist Colin...

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Merry Eggs-mas…uh, Christmas!

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 goofballs we are! Hope all...

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Honouring Food Workers on World Food Day 2020

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. This year’s theme is one after our own hearts—FOOD HEROES! We’d like to express our deep gratitude to food...

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5 Useful Chinese Phrases for Mother’s Day

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, today, let me take...

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Learn English with the Dim Sum Warriors App

Learn English with the Dim Sum Warriors App

疫口同聲,英文學起來! 新冠肺炎種種限制讓您很鬱卒嗎?防疫期間讓我們:疫口同聲,英文學起來! 除了保持社交距離、落實個人衛生防護外,這陣子因為疫情升溫,大家都必須乖乖待在家裡,避免所有不必要的外出行程。對於因疫情而不得不面對各種限制的台灣粉絲和朋友,我們有一份非常特別的禮物要給你們: 請放一百顆心❤-我們的APP是由教育學者和屢獲殊榮的藝術家共同設計,並通過世界頂級教育技術及影響力驗證機構之一的芬蘭教育聯盟  Education...

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