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Growing Activities and Vocabulary

My son’s teacher mentioned that he spends most of recess digging in the dirt and pretending to grow things. It’s July and the weather is FINALLY warming up where we live. We have been working on growing activities and vocabulary in Chinese. What a great opportunity to make learning fun by incorporating a child’s interests. Read More

Google Translate

Many of us have had comical experiences with Google Translate. For example a children’s book title 紅屁股小偷事件, Google translates to “Red Ass Thief Event”. According to Google Trends, the word “ass” is twice as popular as “butt”. That could factor into the software’s selection of words it uses for translations. One can only guess their Read More

Done with Sagebooks 1.1

My first Sagebooks blog post was exactly 1 month ago! I am happy to share that we are FINALLY done with Sagebooks 1.1. This is the first book of 25 books and we have a long way to go. 臭雞蛋’s Progress My 2 year old daughter is our little bookworm. Her brain has an amazing Read More

How to transfer files to C-pen

Ok, so ya finally splurged and bought the darn thing. Now how the heck do you use it??? The C-Pen English user guide is missing half of the instructions so I had a hard time figuring out how to transfer files to C-pen. Luckily I got some help from another C-pen user so I am Read More

How To Protect Your Flashcards

Flashcards are expensive! For a while I kept the few cards that were were learning in an envelope. But inevitably one would get creased, colored on, or lost. Boo! I wanted something my kids could use for car trips, but imagine if they dropped a stack of flashcards in the car?! My suggestion for protecting Read More

iHuman Chinese Literacy App

My favorite app for kids learning Chinese characters is the iHuman Chinese Literacy App for ages 4+. I supervise my son’s screen time and I actually enjoy using this app with him. iHuman Chinese is a highly polished, extremely well designed app that teaches 1200 Chinese characters through game based lessons. The illustrations and animations Read More

Favorite Books June 2019

Top Shelf The Itch Book This book was illustrated by grandpa Joe. The Itch Book is no longer in print but you can find a used copy on Amazon. Middle Shelf The Ultimate Book of Vehicles This is an interactive book for serious vehicle lovers. It has been a favorite of my son’s for 3 Read More

Mollie Used Books

Mollie Used Books NTU store has the largest selection of used books for children. The staff can check their inventory for any books and are very helpful. Keep in mind the books are pre-owned, so what they carry is based on what people have sold to them. I bought several books for 40 NT ($1.27 Read More

Fruity Pie Soundtrack

Unlike typical ear-piercing Chinese children’s songs, the Fruity Pie Soundtrack features modern melodies and lyrics. Fruity Pie (水果冰淇淋) is an award winning education show for preschool age children produced in Taiwan. My son use to watch the show and I’d catch myself humming the tunes as I cleaned. We borrowed the CD from the library Read More

Xiamen High School Choir

Since Mother’s Day, my daughter has been singing and listening to 我的好媽媽. I even hear her singing it from her bed at night. In the car we listen to the same 儿歌 CD on repeat. Repeat. Repeat… I needed to find some new tunes, and quickly before lose my mind. I spent half the day Read More