How to say chinpmunk, cow, crab and crocodile in Chinese?

Now you know How to say camel, cat, caterpillar and chicken in Chinese?. How about other animals start with c? Here they come: chinpmunk, cow, crab and crocodile.

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Chinese animation – masterpiece of Chinese culture and art, part 4

The following titles are some of the most famous masterpieces that represent the highest level of Chinese animation in technique innovation and aesthetic expression. They are also typical representatives of Chinese culture and art.

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OPOL series: OPOL and child bilingualism

The “one-parent-one language” (OPOL) approach is regarded as the most common family language system in use to attempt to raise bilingual or multilingual children. With the OPOL approach, each parent or caregiver consistently speaks only one language to the child.

It is often believed that consistency or strict OPOL is the key to the succuess of perfect bilingualism.

However, how consistently or strictly we should follow OPOL rule?

Do we have to pretend not to understand if the child asks us something in the non-target language? Can we switch language in front of children when talking outside of the four walls? Can we allow a certain degree of language-switching, code-mixing, or flexibility? Do extra “language supplements,” such as playgroups, visits from family, or a trip to the country, help children achieve perfect bilingualism if OPOL is not religously followed?

As a parent who is greatly interested in brining up baby bilingual, I particularly want to find out answers to these questions, and discover a realistic way to adapt OPOL to suit my family.

I am beginning a new series on the topics of OPOL. Today, I am reviewing some research done on OPOL system and child bilingualism.

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Chinese animation – masterpiece of Chinese culture and art, part 3

The following titles are some of the most famous masterpieces that represent the highest level of Chinese animation in technique innovation and aesthetic expression. They are also typical representatives of Chinese culture and art.

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How to say camel, cat, caterpillar and chicken in Chinese?

Now you know how to say animals starting with the letter b (see How to say bee, bird, bull and butterfly in Chinese?), which animals start with c? Here they come, camel, cat, caterpillar and chicken.

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Chinese animation – masterpiece of Chinese culture and art, part 1

For many Chinese who were born after 1970s, watching Chinese animation, mostly produced by Shanghai Animation Film Studio, was a remarkably beautiful and memorable part of their childhood.

With their refined brush strokes and fountain of colors and creativity, Chinese animated films are well-known worldwide for its unique artistic style, so called the “Chinese School”. They not only include cartoons, but also puppet films, paper-cut films, and many other categories.

The stories often come from children’s stories, fairy tales and Chinese folk tales. Then the stories were projected into films with a fantastic, humorous, and vivid appeal by a special artistic approach.

For these reasons and more, Chinese animated films have earned more than 200 national & international film festival awards. It is one of the Chinese film genres winning the most international prizes.

The following titles are some of the most famous masterpieces that represent the highest level of Chinese animation in technique innovation and aesthetic expression.

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More opportunities to study in China under the 100,000 Strong Initiative

In my opinion, all children, whose native tongue is not Chinese, should learn Chinese as second language. Learning Chinese will give the younger generation a sharp-edge advantage in every aspect of their future life, strategically, culturally, and practically (see Why children should learn Chinese?)

Now, more and more college students are encouraged to study in China, thanks to U.S. President Barack Obama’s “100,000 Strong Initiative” which aims to increase the number of U.S. college students studying in China to 100,000 by 2014.

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How to say bee, bird, bull and butterfly in Chinese?

Now you know how to say animals starting with the letter b (see How to say bat, bear, beaver and beetle in Chinese?), which vegetables and fruits start with c? Here they come, bee, bird, bull and butterfly in Chinese.

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Multiple-ways to learn Chinese ancient poems

I began to read Chinese ancient poems to DD when I was five months pregnant with DD (see Fetal education in 5th month). After her birth, I often read to her simple but popular Chinese ancient poems, a most highly regarded literary genre in Chinese classical literature.

Unlike “western culture, which was influenced by Shakespeare, Milton, and the Romantic poets, had a pronounced tendency to think of poems as ornate, elaborate creations made by a few men of genius” (Dr. Wheeler, 2011), Chinese culture had a tendency to think of poem-writing as a favorite pastime for all educated men or women to express the emotions of themselves.

Therefore, Chinese poets and artists concentrate heavily on history of humanity, the beauties of nature and landscape, love, friendship, courtship and marriage, and even everyday trials.

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E-reading pen: an interactive tool to learn Chinese

After talking with that local mom of a two-year-old, I decided to add more Chinese/bilingual books with CD/VCD/DVD into the bookstore (see Chinese/Bilingual books with CD/VCD/DVD will be added), so that children and parents can listen to the story narrated in clear Chinese via CDs, or watch the videos, which is often accompanied with animated cartoons, via TV or computer.

One day, when I searched online for Chinese/bilingual books with CD/VCD/DVD, I run into a video showing a Chinese little boy using a specially designed electronic pointer pen to touch pages in a colorful children’s picture book.

When the electronic pointer pen touches the pages, either images or texts, the coresponding Chinese words, phrases, paragraphs, or dialogues are read loudly by the pen in clearn mandarin. Sometimes, a song with lovely music comes out of the pen when the pen touches an image.

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