Learning Chinese & Useful Websites

Little Edison has started his Chinese enrichment class for a month now. The last update I got from his teacher is that he has started making friends and conversing in Chinese. That’s a pretty good sign to me.

This is part of our conversation last month before he started his enrichment class. I find it quite funny.

 Me: Boy, how do you tell Lao Shi if you need to go to the toilet?

 Edison: Lao Shi, wo shang ce suo.

 Me: Not very correct. Try again.

 Edison: Lao Shi, wo yao ce suo.

 Me: Wrong! Try again.

 Edison: Lao Shi shang ce suo! Hahaha!

 Me: *faint* Wrong! I give you a hint. It starts with “Lao Shi, wo yao …”

 Edison: Lao Shi, wo yao shang ce suo!

 Me: Correct!

Teaching Chinese is an uphill task for me. I studied in a public school in Malaysia, and I took Malay Language as my second language. I didn’t have any formal education in Chinese Language, except a few extra lessons here and there during my Primary School days.

So, my Chinese vocabulary is VERY limited. Furthermore, I speak in Cantonese at home with my parents. I only learnt to speak in Mandarin with my course mates when I studied in the university. And of course by now, I can speak Mandarin like any other Singaporeans, and without the Malaysian slang.

I bought many Chinese story books, as well as workbooks for Little Edison, but something is still lacking. So, I’ve been searching for some good Chinese websites to learn the language. These are four websites that I’ve found to be very useful for me.

1. Learn Chinese Everyday.com (http://www.learnchineseeveryday.com/)

LearnChineseEveryday

It’s a very good website to learn writing Chinese words in the correct stroke order. I find that the most difficult part is not the writing itself, but remembering the correct stroke order. So, this website is a very good reference to me.

2. Chinese Learner.com (http://www.chineselearner.com/)

ChineseLearner

It covers reading, writing and speaking in Chinese. I like the HanYuPinYin portion.

3. Hanlexon Chinese (http://www.hanlexon.org/index.htm)

HanlexonChinese

You can find worksheets and flash cards here. You can also create yours and share.

4. Kids Chinese Podcast (http://kidschinesepodcast.com/)

KidsChinesePodcast

Lastly, this is the one that I like best. It focuses on conversational Chinese by topics. The worksheets are very good, and I also like the HanYuPinYin portion.

If you’re also looking for Chinese educational materials online, please try the above and let me know if they are useful.

Comments

  1. MieVee @ MummysHomeschool.com says

    I feel you. Learning a language is rather challenging for an adult. Even tougher when we need to learn it and teach our children. I’m the opposite of you, based in Malaysia now but both hubby and I don’t know Bahasa Malaysia. I’m trying to learn but very tough with no one to converse to regularly. With determination, I’m sure we can overcome all odds! :)

    • Emily says

      Hi MieVee,
      Determination is the word, yes! Let’s work hard together, and I’m sure we can overcome it. :) Wishing you and your family a Happy & Prosperous Lunar New Year, Gong XI Fa Cai!

  2. says

    Those are really interesting websites. It can be quite difficult teaching Chinese to kids and I’m finding it a challenge with my #2. Thanks for the introduction to the websites.

    • says

      Hi Dom,
      You’re welcome. I need to reference to these websites a lot, to make sure that I teach the correct pronunciation and write in the correct stroke order. It’s really not easy. I’m likely to get a personal tutor for him next year when he goes to P1.

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