5 Easy Steps to Start a Bilingual Playgroup

5 Easy Steps to Start a Bilingual Playgroup

Many bilingual parents notice that their children, who are perfectly comfortable speaking in one of the parents’ native languages at home, suddenly starts to resist speaking it when they enter formal schooling where the primary language used is English.  This is completely normal because children naturally want to make friends at school and doing so require … Read more

How Long Does It Take To Learn Chinese?

How Long Does It Take To Learn Chinese?

It depends… but the following formula serves as a good rule of thumb. Time to Learn Chinese = Level of Proficiency x Age of Learner Let’s break the question down.  Unlike the English language, Chinese isn’t alphabet-based.  A Chinese character contains an indication of both meaning and pronunciation.  There are more than 100,000 Chinese characters but practically speaking, literacy … Read more

Learning Chinese Slows Down Brain Aging

Learning Chinese Slows Down Brain Aging

Stay Young By Working Out Your Brain Latest research shows that learning a new language strengthens your brain and the more you do it, just like physical exercise, the more you build up your “brain muscles.”  In 2014, researchers at Penn State University studied 39 native English speakers’ brains over a six-week period where half of them … Read more

5 Reasons Why Every Kid (Under 10) Should Learn Chinese

5 Reasons Why Every Kid Should Learn Chinese

Chinese is a difficult language to speak AND to read so why should we insist that our kids learn the language? 1. Chinese is the native language for 20% of the world’s population.   Learning the language creates an immediate connection between your kid at 1/5 of the world’s population.  That’s amazing!  Even if you have no … Read more