Why do kids feel like they are “bad in Chinese”?

It’s actually completely understandable. 

Many kids in places like Singapore and Malaysia feel they are “bad in Chinese” for various reasons:

Mandarin is NOT the main language spoken at home—in more and more ethnically Chinese families, English has become the dominant home language.

Chinese newspapers, books and magazines are NOT the dominant reading materials at home. In fact, most young people consume way more western music, TV and movies than Chinese media.

Kids tend to associate the first Chinese books they encounter with SCHOOL, rather than the intimate experience of being read to by parents before bed.

In many schools, it is also cooler to be “good in English” than to be “good in Chinese”.

Add to that the stress of having to take Chinese exams and score well in them, and no wonder kids form negative associations with the language!

This is a fixed mindset that has to change!

Fixed mindsets such as “I am bad in Chinese” will lead to kids feeling helpless, and that there’s nothing they can do to improve their level of Chinese. It stops kids from wanting to pick up a Chinese book or to converse in Chinese. And when their friends all share this complex… we have a growing problem.

The fact is, as we all know, being able to read and speak Chinese is a huge advantage in today’s economy, and will be for the foreseeable future.

But beyond that, we want our kids to be globally competent and to be able to take up any challenge that comes their way. They need to realise that they can learn ANYTHING and break down any barrier.

Abilities are not FIXED, they can be IMPROVED upon.

We can break down the fixed mindset through PLAY and CREATING!

The good news is that we can prevent kids from settling into the identity and mindset of being “bad in Chinese”.

We can do this by getting them to PLAY with the language and how others are PLAYING, IMAGINING and CREATING using the language.

 

We have a SHORT WINDOW to create these positive associations before the culture of studying just for exams turns them off.

The DIM SUM WARRIORS to the Rescue!

At Dim Sum Warriors, we have a toolkit to help families lower the fear of languages through COMICS and CREATING.

Based on cutting-edge research into literacy and pedagogy, our team of professional educators and award-winning artists have designed a multiplatform learning system that combines:

Hilarious bilingual comics

Fun bilingual apps with reading evaluation tech

Regular interactive livestreaming events where kids create and draw while learning and conversing in both English and Chinese!

Join our DIM SUM WARRIORS DOODLE DATE!

 Sample the Dim Sum Warriors method by joining our Bilingual Doodle Dates. These are FREE 20-minute draw-along and language-learning sessions held on our private Facebook Group, where kids will be immersed naturally in a bilingual (English+Chinese) creative environment.

The sessions are hosted by Ivy League-trained education professor and award-winning filmmaker Dr. WOO Yen Yen and  award-winning screenwriter and cartoonist of New York Times bestselling books Colin GOH together with guest Chinese teachers.

The sessions consist of 20-minute bilingual sessions where our artist draws what the audience suggests—and everyone can draw along and learn accompanying words and phrases in both English and Chinese.

PICK UP DRAWING SKILLS AND NEW VOCABULARY—AT THE SAME TIME.

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

All your kids need are paper and pencils (or markers or colour pencils—whatever they like)!

And you and your kids can attend these Doodle Dates completely FREE!

It’s really easy! Sign up with your email now to reserve a spot for our upcoming sessions! We will send you the Facebook Group link and the session dates.

Our FREE Doodle Dates are held two Saturdays a month from 10.30-10.50 am (UTC+8)

 

In case you don’t see the form, send us an email at hello@dimsumwarriors.com and we will sign you up right away.

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.

 

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

  Sign Me Up for the FREE Bilingual Doodle Dates!

Sign up with your email now to reserve a spot for our upcoming sessions! We will send you the Facebook Group link and the session dates.

Our FREE Bilingual Doodle Dates are held on two Saturdays a month from 10.30-10.50 am (UTC+8)

 

In case you don’t see the form, send us an email at hello@dimsumwarriors.com and we will sign you up right away.

The Doodle Dates are just a little sample of what goes on in our premium DIM SUM WARRIORS CLUB, which combines: 

✅ Critically-acclaimed bilingual storybooks

✅ A mobile app with bilingual stories, vocabulary-building games, read-along functions and innovative tech that provides feedback on fluency and pronunciation

✅ Online jam sessions that add bilingual storytelling, actual drawing tips and even more vocabulary-building than what’s in the Doodle Date

Resources and activities such as online quizzes, printable worksheets and games, paper puppets, learning tips and more

✅ Guided lesson plans to maximise learning—great even for parents with zero Chinese

Our unique multiplatform approach gets kids to:

?  Associate language learning with enjoyment!

?  Work through multimodal ways—reading, drawing, conversation!

?  Create while learning!

Highly recommended for kids between K-5th grade who are learning Chinese as a second or foreign language.

 

Join our Doodle Date for a small taste of our full DIM SUM WARRIORS CLUB experience!