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Welcome to watch our first episode of Chinese for Children! Today’s topic is on how to count number from 1 to 5 in Chinese.

I guarantee you and your family will remember the Chinese pronunciations of numbers from 1 to 5 after watching this video, since there are lots of repetitions of the words.

Plus, it features a lovely Chinese children’s song and an amusing Chinese nursery rhythm to help you relate the words with the context.

This home-made video was produced by Dickson family. I was the producer, host and the editor, DD was the co-host, daddy was the photographer and baby A was the guest appearance (Unfortunately, baby B was snoozing at the time of shooting, so she missed such a good opportunity of to be viewed on the Internet).

Chinese for Children: How to count 1-5 in Chinese?
Chinese for Children: How to count 1-5 in Chinese?
Chinese for Children: How to count 1-5 in Chinese?
Chinese for Children: How to count 1-5 in Chinese?
Chinese for Children: How to count 1-5 in Chinese?

To prepare for the shooting, DD practiced singing the Chinese nursery rhythm with me. With a motivation to see herself on the TV(we watched the footage on TV at home), DD was eager to learn. Since she had a pretty good foundation of Chinese language, she could sing it independently after several practices.

The same with the Chinese children’s song, it was fairly easy for her to get all the words right while following the tune.

This confirms with my thinking about the benefits of songs and nursery rhythms to language learning: songs and nursery rhythms are playful and are easy to remember. They also help your baby build phonological awareness and sensitivity—the ability to hear the breakdown of sounds within words and to diagnose rhythms and patterns of languages. As she grows, learning the rhymes himself will help him expand vocabulary, learn number skills and get confidence to express himself through speech (see How to help babies acquire languages? (Method 2)).

I hope you enjoy our first family production! You are more than welcome to drop down any kind of comments, suggestions or ideas.

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  1. 1
    Tallulah@BilingualBabes // September 19th, 2012 at 6:56 am

    This is a great video, and your daughter speaks such wonderful Chinese! Is she fluent? I’m also curious, is this Mandarin Chinese?

  2. 2
    Lina // September 19th, 2012 at 11:24 am

    @Tssulah: Yes, it is Mandarin Chinese. DD could not speak Chinese fluently yet, but she had no problem in understanding Chinese. She was much better in Chinese when my parents came to visit. So I just need to find/create more Chinese environment for her to motivate her.

  3. 3
    Leanna @ Alldonemonkey // September 27th, 2012 at 12:34 am

    What a great video! And your kids are adorable! I totally agree with your observation that nursery rhymes and songs are great ways to teach language. They keep the learning fun, plus they help kids really pay attention to the sounds in the language as well as the meaning.

  4. 4
    Lina // September 28th, 2012 at 10:26 am

    @Leanna: Thanks for stoppign by! Yes, when I teach Chinese in a local preschool, the kids pay close attention to me when I sing/play songs to them, even the youngest ones. It also works with my children, no matter pre-schooler or babies. 🙂


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