Archive for September 2014

Speaking to My Daughter in Chinese as a Non-native

I’m American of European descent.  My wife is Turkish.  I speak only Chinese to my 2-year-old daughter.  And, oh yeah, my Chinese isn’t great.  Sounds strange?  It certainly feels that way sometimes.   Trying to speak Chinese to my daughter at all times has not been any easy choice, especially as I’m often not confident... Read more »

Autumn Fest at Heller Nature Center

Today we went to the super fun Autumn Fest at the Heller Nature Center in Highland Park as a family activity.  The center is free for all and a fabulous place for kids to play in the woods.  We’ve been there three times now and it’s always a great outing.  Today was their Autumn Fest... Read more »

Learning Chinese with Qiao Hu

 One of the absolute best ways to help your toddler learn Chinese is movies and TV shows, especially if you’re not a native speaker yourself.  Yes, that’s right, I let my toddler watch TV.  Please keep your shock to yourself.  The only catch is, I only let Jasmine watch foreign language shows and we almost... Read more »

Working Dad - Stay at-home Wannabe

Waking up is hard to do.  Being a working dad is even harder.  It’s actually not the getting up, but the leaving the house that is the hardest.  If you are a working parent, you know what I mean.  As my daughter has grown older and more aware of her surroundings, she is also much... Read more »

Teaching Our Toddler Chinese Characters Before the Alphabet

Back to school, back to Chinese.  Gotta prepare my daughter for the future where China has taken all the jobs :).  Probably not true, but China has certainly become an economic powerhouse with a huge market of consumers and has become impossible for most businesses to ignore.   An ability to speak and write Chinese... Read more »

The International Traveling Toddler

Jasmine has become quite the international traveler.  She just got back from her 6th trip to a foreign country – in this case Turkey, where my wife’s family lives.  My wife and daughter were there for a month and a half and I got off of work to join for the last 2 weeks.  Jasmine... Read more »