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After my parents left early this year, DD was noticeably making little progress in her Chinese language. One reason was her exposure time to Chinese was dramatically reduced, since I was hands full dealing with two babies (literally). The other reason was that my interaction with DD via Chinese was also cut down.

I was upset to witness DD becoming more and more receptive in her second language. And I dreamed her to reach the perfect bilingualism, equally competent in English and Chinese both actively (through speaking, writing, or signing) and passively (through listening, reading, or perceiving) (see Perfect bilingualism vs. recipient bilingualism).

Definitely, I didn’t want to give up. So I was looking for every opportunity to create a Chinese language environment around DD or to motivate her to continue learning/speaking Chinese. And I wanted to achieve the goal in a non-forcing way with a little bit secret push.

In August, I launched a series of Chinese language seminars in the local library (see  Chinese language seminars in local public library). I taught children and parents vocabularies and phrases on family members, body parts, and basic social expressions. I also talked a little on the background knowledge of Chinese language and culture.

I got DD involved into the seminars as the co-host. She was eager to practice those Chinese words, songs and rhythms in order to do well in the public. I enjoyed the seminars since I was happy to do something for local community.

In September, I produced a home-made video teaching children and parents to count numbers from one to five in Chinese (see Chinese for Children: How to count 1-5 in Chinese?). Again, DD was the co-host. And yes, she was highly motivated to practice the words, songs and nursing rhythms for the shooting. I made the whole thing a family project so that everybody was having fun (including baby A).

Now in October, I found another secret plan that could help motivate DD learn Chinese language—Chinese dancing class.

DD loves to be part of a group and she loves dancing. So Chinese dancing class will be perfect for her to make friends and do exercises.

 Chinese dancing class helps my daughter learn Chinese
Chinese dancing class helps my daughter learn Chinese

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.

Even better, the girls will get opportunities to perform on Chinese New Year Celebration of 2013 at our local Chinese community and our biggest local museum!

Here you go! The perfect secret plan to help her learn Chinese language!

Chinese dancing class helps my daughter learn Chinese
Chinese dancing class helps my daughter learn Chinese

I was happy. I was excited. But I still wanted to make sure DD was happy to go to class and wanted to learn without feeling being forced. So we took her to try the class.

Of course, she loved it as she walked in. And with no hesitation, I signed her in. I also made it a family event by taking the twins and daddy there. We all sat in the back, watching DD dancing and listening to the Chinese children’s songs as the background music.

Now it is your turn. Dear readers, what is your secret plan to help your child(ren) learn a second langugauge?

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    Leanna @ Alldonemonkey // November 5th, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I love it! What a great idea! You have found such creative ways to get your daughter motivated to learn Chinese, which is so important as kids get older. And dancing class has the added bonus of creating social and cultural connections which will benefit her enormously. Glad to have found your post on the Bilingualism Carnival!

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