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Get 40% Off Storyworld

As a special promotion for Chinese New Year, Storyworld is offering a 40% discount on any yearly subscription package. Code MM40CNY is valid from 1/30/2019 until 2/05/2019. Once the promotion ends, please enjoy 20% off with code MM20YR. About Storyworld Storyworld is an interactive learning-through-stories language tool for children two years old and up. Their Read More

Free Chinese New York Times

Get free access to New York Times through almost any Public library. Create and account through your library card and receive unlimited access to NYTimes.com including the recipes! That’s a savings of $75 for the year. The free Chinese New York Times online edition in Simplified Chinese is also included. I was able to sign up Read More

Chinese New Year Dragon Activity

Another rainy day here so we are spending the morning on this Chinese New Year dragon activity inspired by an image from It’s always Autumn. It’s likely you’ll already have all the supplies needed for this activity. I used some empty cracker/biscuit boxes. Autumn uses cereal boxes so I adjusted the size accordingly. We are Read More

Chinese Food Cart

Seems like social media is all abuzz about Chinese New Year and the excitement is contagious. This year, I’m giddy to say we will be in Taiwan for the holiday festivities. While everyone is preparing with decorations and cooking, I am teaching my kids the characters for our favorite foods by creating a Chinese food Read More

The Moon Represents My Heart

What can I say? I love this song! Who doesn’t love Teresa Teng’s “月亮代表我的心” (The Moon Represents My Heart). The song starts up and my chest tightens. It conjures memories of my childhood, those quilted Chinese jackets my grandma made me wear, Taiwan in the early 80’s, mopeds zipping down dusty roads… It makes me Read More

Learn Chinese Watercolors

Here’s a fun and easy Learn Chinese Watercolors art activity. Watercolor painting is fun for kids and adults. Many people find painting relaxing. Plus you can finally make use of that white crayon! Set up for this activity is quick. Using the white crayon, write a Chinese Character on the paper. Start painting and the Read More

Storyworld

The Storyworld learn Chinese app is exactly what I’ve been searching for. While preparing vacation without the kids, I started looking for Chinese reading apps they could use without me. There are many apps and podcasts for audio stories but not many options for reading. I tested several reading apps. Some wouldn’t even open for me Read More

Decipher Chinese

Decipher Chinese allows you to learn Chinese by reading news articles specifically written by teachers. I find this learn Chinese app easy to use. The interface is straightforward and intuitive. It’s a no frills app but loaded with just the right features for beginners. The articles are short and mostly about Chinese culture with some world Read More

Chinese New Year: What People Want to Know

Ever wonder what people want to know about Chinese New Year? I’ve been on this Google Trends kick. I find the data fascinating. For example, I learned that Singapore is the country most interested in Chinese New Year. This is based on data from the last 5 years on how many people worldwide searched the Read More

Chinese New Year Song for kids

Here’s my Spotify playlist of Chinese New Year music! Just kidding. Frankly, I’m not big on holiday music and even avoid malls after Thanksgiving. How can anyone shop with “Jingle Bells” playing on repeat? It did cross my mind that perhaps the kids should listen to some Chinese New Year music. After a quick search Read More