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I always believe that learning a new language inevitably involves the learning of a new culture. Language is the verbal expression used to maintain, convey and influence culture and cultural ties. Without learning the culture, language learning becomes senseless, inaccurate and incomplete, since all learners get are a bundle of empty or meaningless symbols.

Culture is represented via multi-faceted channels such as food, clothing, dances and etc. In order to “push” my daughter DD to learn Chinese in a non-forcing way, I signed her up to the Chinese dancing class. To me, the beauty of the Chinese dancing class is that the teacher teaches in Chinese!

Firstly, it creates a natural Chinese language environment for DD. Secondly, to be able to understand and communicate with the teacher, DD has to understand and speak Chinese! Plus, as a form of cultural expression and social interaction, dancing upholds the traditions of the past, reinforces social cohesion and helps preserve Chinese cultural identity (see My secret plans to help her learn Chinese language).

DD loves making friends and she loves dancing.  So that makes two of us. During this year’s Chinese new year celebration, she attended the performance in our local Chinese community.

My daughter’s 2013 Chinese New Year Performance
My daughter’s 2103 Chinese New Year Performance

Although she only did a very small role during the whole performance, she enjoyed it and so did we. Plus, she was the youngest performer. We are very proud of her!

My daughter’s 2013 Chinese New Year Performance
My daughter’s 2013 Chinese New Year Performance

And DD will continue to attend Chinese dancing class this year.

My daughter’s 2013 Chinese New Year Performance
My daughter’s 2013 Chinese New Year Performance

The following video is one of her performance with other children. Her little twin sisters love watching their big sister dancing on TV. Maybe they feel familiar with the music since they have been listening to it every week during DD’s practice for the last 5 months.

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