My twins are doing great in their language development, especially in acquiring Chinese. Here is the list of resources they use to acquire Chinese.
I am wondering, why not just purchasing a region-free DVD player? It is much harder to find a region-free DVD disc from a foreign country than to find a region-free DVD player in the US.
Recently, DD (close to 5) and her twin sisters (18 months) are all fascinated by a series of Chinese-language DVD shows anchored by live hosts and a lovely cartoon character Smart Tiger (“Qiaohu”) in costume.
The complete series, originally from Japan (created by Japan’s largest educational group Benesse Corporation), was adapted for Mandarin speakers in Taiwan and has now been introduced to Mainland China. The whole series includes textbooks and reading books for children, instruction books for parents, DVD shows and toys.
Dora, Dora, the explorer,
The brave little girl I admire;
I wish you can, I wish you might,
Help my daughter speak Chinese right.
For over 50 years, children around the world have been blessed with the magic and spirit of Disney. With its’ first motion picture animated film, Snow White, Disney became an instant success, creating joyous characters and plots that children will remember forever.
I have been trying to collect classic Disney animations for DD. Fortunately, I found a number of bilingual (Chinese/English) or trilingual (Mandarin/Cantonese/English) Disney DVDs with concealed subtitles in Chinese and English. All the menu options are in English and Chinese, making it really handy to use.
The image data was recovered digitally, making the video quality of the DVD amazingly fine (thinking about a lot of these cartoons were made more than 50 years ago). Thus the DVD itself is a classic collection.
Here is the list of bilingual (Chinese/English) or trilingual (Mandarin/Cantonese/English) DVDs I collected so far:
Snow Kid and Three Monks are the most famous masterpieces that represent the highest level of Chinese animation in technique innovation and aesthetic expression.
Little Tadpoles Look for Their Mummy and Monkey King Wreaks Havoc in Heaven represent the highest level of Chinese animation in technique innovation and aesthetic expression. They are also typical representatives of Chinese culture and art.
Do you know when Mickey Mouse was first introduced into China?
It was on October 26, 1986, Sunday. Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, squeaking and squawking in Mandarin Chinese, made their debut of 104 half-hour episodes on China Central Television (CCTV), Chinaâ€™s state-owned TV station with exclusive nationwide broadcasting at that time. Since then, this animated character has become America’s most popular cultural ambassador to China.