Archive for December 2014

Children's Chinese Learning Christmas Wish List

Good Chinese learning products for kids are hard to find.  There simply isn’t that much out there and what is out there may not be of the best quality.  Due to the paucity of available products, those that do exist are often quite pricey.   Children’s books usually start at $15 plus $5 shipping, which... Read more »

Multicultural Families - Creating Traditions

Being part of a multicultural family is interesting, especially around the holidays.  My wife is Turkish and celebrates the standard Islamic holidays, like the Eids.  I’m American, but have spent so much time abroad that I have become quite distanced from holiday traditions here and they often no longer carry the same meaning for me.... Read more »

Mixing Languages - Bilingual Children are So Smart!

Multilingual children have a lot of advantages over their monolingual peers – they tend to be more creative, perform better academically, can communicate with additional cultures, and have lower risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s.  One of the ways I see this intelligence boost all the time with my daughter is when she mixes her languages.... Read more »

Monolingual Parents Supporting Children's Language Learning

One of the strangest concerns I get from parents interested in language learning is the “But if I don’t speak the language, how do I support my child at home?” question. The desire to support your child at home is fantastic, but language learning is no different from art, violin, tennis, or advanced math lessons... Read more »