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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...

The Story of Our Children’s Art

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.

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...

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...

Earth Day in Chinese: 45 Essential Terms

Earth Day in Chinese: 45 Essential Terms

For teachers and parents in bilingual Chinese-English schools, this is a list of 45 terms for Earth Day in Chinese so you can discuss the challenges we face, and plan clear actions to protect our planet!

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...

Cosplay Meaning For A Family

Cosplay Meaning For A Family

Coming from Singapore, I didn’t really care about Halloween. But it’s become one of our family’s favorite days of the year—when we bond not just as a family, but as part of a story universe!

Happy Dongzhi Festival

Happy Dongzhi Festival

Happy Dongzhi Festival! 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 Dongzhi Festival or 冬至 Dōngzhì,...

Learn Chinese for Kids Part 3: The Importance of INTEREST

Learn Chinese for Kids Part 3: The Importance of 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 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...

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...

De-Stress Doodle Date 20211002

De-Stress Doodle Date 20211002

We held a special Doodle Date to help kids and parents undergoing the exams and home-based learning vent their frustrations in cartoon form!

FREE WEBINAR: Better Communication for Parents and Kids

FREE WEBINAR: Better Communication for Parents and Kids

In partnership with BigV SG, we’re holding a FREE WEBINAR on 9 Oct 2021! Yen Yen will be sharing tips on Better Communication for Parents and Kids, together with developmental psychologist Prof. Hong Zhaoxiang from Taipei. There’ll also be a puppet performance and workshop for the kids, run by the award-winning Paper Monkey Theatre!

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 Afghanistan because I feel completely helpless. But I can’t help it.

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’

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?”

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?”

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?”

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?

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

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

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...

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