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Learning a language requires two things: active knowledge (speaking, writing) and passive knowledge (listening, reading). Both should be practiced on a regular basis in order to see improvement in the learning process. In today’s article, we’ll talk about how to improve your kid’s listening skills by watching cartoons in Mandarin Chinese. (If you are an adult, check our article listing the 6 funniest YouTube channels to practice your Chinese listening skills)
China is experiencing overwhelming growth, especially interest in the language and culture. Starting to speak Mandarin Chinese from a young age helps the children to develop a strong knowledge of the language and make them able to communicate with Chinese native speakers, which will be a huge asset for them in the future when entering the professional world
In the United States, everyone knows the words to a few songs that are taught to children at an early age. Perhaps you learned “Mary Had A Little Lamb” at home with your parents, or maybe you learned “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” during pre-school as part of a classroom activity. The point is, the words to these songs are deeply ingrained in your memory as part of your early education, and strengthened by repetition over time.
Most people who have heard of Garland, Texas will tell you that it is a suburb of Dallas. Some Dallas residents might even refer to Garland as a part of the “Metroplex.” And actual Garland residents might proudly point out to you that their town is the Cowboy Hat Capital of Texas, having been home to the iconic Stetson Hat Company for 150 years and counting.
Up until the last 10-20 years, it was thought that growing up bilingual was a disadvantage. However, recent research shows that bilingual kids outperform monolingual kids in a number of subject areas, including their schooling language. The cognitive benefits of bilingualism start as early as six months old, and continue throughout life, giving bilinguals distinct advantages in school and work. Today, over half of the world’s population is bilingual, and growing number of parents are getting their kids to learn two languages in the hopes that it will boost their academic and career prospects. Bilingualism, while a challenge early on in life, entails lifelong cognitive benefits that far outweigh the costs of teaching children a second language.