Let your Kids to learn Chinese at their Own Pace

As my oldest child is getting close to the age for officially attending school, lots of my friends and parents that I meet at the local park frequently ask me about what I am going to do about her schooling. When I tell them that I'm going to homeschool her until we move back to the U.S., they are shocked at and surprised by my decision. Again, homeschooling in Hong Kong is not a common method of education. Of course, they give me all the reasons that I should send my kids to school and tell me how much my kids need it, and how much easier it is to be a mother when kids go to school.   As a newbie homeschooling mom with no homeschool experience before, living in an unfamiliar homeschooling country is very hard. No one understands...

Chinese: The Relationship Between Spoken and Written Form

In this post, I would like to address some of the most common questions that people ask me about why I make different language versions of my printables, what the difference between traditional and simplified Chinese is, and which versions can be used with Cantonese and Mandarin. Ultimately, everyone wants to know what they should study when learning Chinese. I am not a Chinese language expert, but I do know the basics, so I hope I can help you gain a basic understanding of the relationship between the different forms of Chinese and how they work. In the end, I hope you can figure out which one is the best for you and your family to learn right now.   (more…)

Fun Cantonese 101: Food

For those who have no clue what this series is about, please read the pilot post here: Fun Cantonese 101.  This will help you understand, give some background, and tell the purpose of the Fun Cantonese 101 series. Writing this series over the past few weeks has been fun. This week we the focus turns to food. Cuisines are a huge part of every culture and in many cases influences language. Let's take look at 5 Cantonese phrases, which are food-based, and how they are used and what the mean. (more…)

Fun Cantonese 101: A Look Inside Hong Kong Families

For those who have no clue what this series is about, please read the pilot post here: Fun Cantonese 101.  This will help you understand, give some background, and tell the purpose of the Fun Cantonese 101 series. It is exciting posting the FIRST 5 fun Cantonese phrases including pronunciation, explanation, and examples. Here we go. (more…)