Learning Chinese (Part 1)

One of my plans for this year is to teach my son how to speak and write in Chinese, from scratch!

Eight months have passed and I’ve actually did nothing about it. I feel so bad. So, I went to Popular book store to get some Chinese workbooks for Little Edison.

I can speak Chinese well, but I can’t write them. I studied in Malay – English medium school when I was young. I took some extra classes on Chinese Language, but I can only read minimal Chinese words. I have to rely on han yu ping ying to read them now.

I started my first attempt to teach Little Edison to write in Chinese last week. I can’t believe it – the first obstacle came as soon as I flipped to the first page! The VERY first page where we need to write our names, to be exact. I can’t even write my son’s name in Chinese (don’t laugh, okay!).

That was my first problem. I learnt to write his name from the Husband.

We proceed to the second page. He learnt to write the basic strokes of Chinese characters – “Heng”, “Shu”, “Dian”, “Gou” etc. It was a good practice and he enjoyed it too.

I should start buying more Chinese educational products now. My colleague recommended to me Shine Kids Book Store. It’s an online shop with a wide variety of Chinese books. I’ve yet to order anything from them but I plan to do so when I have time.

Do you have any good recommendation for Chinese educational products? I love to hear some ideas from you.


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Edison can read chinese words now ? i started using the basic chinese 500 (from popular, recommended by KSP mummy).. it’s effective in teaching my girl to read. each book has 20 new words, we learn one new word per day, now we are into the forth book. u can try too. as for writing, i wont enforce it now, most important is recognise the words and then we shall learn the basic strokes. she can write her surname (ONG, super simple) and some simple ones like “kou”, “fei”,”tian”.. mostly from what she sees.

hi emily i am also from ipoh …a total banana…i also sometimes forgot how to write my hubby surname whihc is also my son’s surname even though its the very common “lee”…i totally understand how it feels to be so helpless but yet you wanan do the best to teach chinese how old is ur boy? i did buy one of the basic chinese 500 (the hanyu pinyin version is ji chu han yu) from popular just last week..he didnt show much interest in it..but he loves the odonata publishing basic set which i bought half a yr ago..its from… Read more »


Mei again. Btw I’m from ipoh and do not know chinese 2. Do you teach Edison chinese using HanYu Pin Yin or Odonata method? Which will be more interesting and effective? Btw I also bought the 500 basic chinese from popular. My dd don’t seem to have any interest in chinese. Any advice?