Youdao Chinese-English Translator/Dictionary Pen 2.0

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Here’s a first glance overview of the Youdao Chinese-English Translator/Dictionary Pen 2.0 

As heritage Chinese speakers, we are primarily using this Chinese-English translator/dictionary pen for its most basic function of reading Traditional Chinese text aloud and that is already a game changer us. It helps a decently-fluent but functionally illiterate Chinese-American mom like me do the near impossible of teaching my kids a little more Chinese than I thought would be possible. Actually now any English-speaking parent can let this pen do all the reading aloud and translating that Siri, Alexa, and Google never could get quite right. The Google Translate app with scanning function has long been my go to when trying to read Chinese characters that I’m not familiar with, but the process is not as efficient and quick as I would like. Imagine fumbling around with it while trying to read to a squirmy toddler. Tell me I’m not the only one!

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感恩節快樂 (gǎn’ēn jié kuàilè) Happy Thanksgiving!

Free Chinese “craftivity” printable alert! My kids and I had a lot of fun crafting our Thanksgiving Wreath and learning to recognize a few new Chinese characters. (I’ll take any progress on this front—even if it’s slow!) So much hands on learning can be done with crafting, but busy schedules leave us less time to enjoy it. These days I gravitate towards low prep, little clean up crafts and process art learning activities that can engage all of my kids in some way. My printables aim to provide a fundamental base for the language learning component and and inspirational springboard for the art component–so you can make these as elaborate or as simple as you’d like (or have time for). I find it difficult to find free Traditional Chinese learning resources, so I’m on a mission to create more to share. I’ll also post the Spanish and English versions soon, where you will see that we simply used our Thanksgiving icons page as a coloring sheet and that was GeGe’s Spanish Thanksgiving activity of the day.

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Garden-Themed Chinese Ten Frame Printable + Activities

Now that we are back stateside for the time being, the kids have enjoyed surprising me with the treasures they find outdoors. Little scavengers they are—I love it. They are usually pleasant surprises like leaves and flowers, with the occasional item that causes me to say, “umm that’s nice, but let’s put that back outside”. 

Today’s surprise was especially nice though—they found that the tomato vine in the back yard has yielded a lot of fruit! What?!!?? When was the last time we even watered back there? 

The little tomatoes were so cute that I was inspired to create a garden themed Chinese number recognition and counting activity for the 3 and 5 year olds.

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Mulan & Mooncakes Activity

Mulan & Mooncakes Activity

(*Before you scroll down any further, know that there’s a bit of a Disney Mulan 2020 spoiler alert below!*) There is a folk tale about the overthrow of Mongol rule where mooncakes were used by the Ming revolutionaries. Cool, right? Mulan’s legend takes place in another dynasty. But isn’t it more fun to do a meaningful mashup of our two true loves of the season: mooncakes AND Mulan?

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Top 7 Mandarin Audio Educational/Reality Netflix Series for Tweens (Netflix Rated TV-G/Y/PG)

These.shows.are.great! They are all so well produced and were thrilled to have found that they have Mandarin audio. We may or may not have already binged all of them.

#1 You vs. Wild (This one is INTERACTIVE! SO COOL.)

#2 Emily’s Wonder Lab (Highly engaging, your kids will be asking to do all the fun experiments.)

#3 The Who Was (Bizarrely addictive to watch.)

#4 Brain Child (Very interesting, but could do without some of the pre-teen social references. May want to pre-screen a couple of episodes, like Dreams and Motivation due to intensity level.)

#5 Izzy’s Koala World (Adorable.koalas.everywhere!!!! Need I say more?)

#6 J-Style Trip (Technically TV-14, but it’s pretty harmless)

#7 Flavorful Origins (Honestly a little bit boring, but the production value is top notch. Makes me want to eat the food so badly.)

The first goodbye

The first goodbye

You were our first. For this we will always remember you with fondness and appreciation. I’ll admit that I took you for granted over the recent years. Life got busier and you were pretty low maintenance. You were important to us, yet I know I didn’t say enough words of gratitude about you. You had quirks and started getting sloppy with your presentation.

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DFW LNY 2019 Festivals

DFW LNY 2019 Festivals
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Red envelopes, longevity foods, lanterns, firecrackers, festivals, boisterous parades, and lion dances! This year the Lunar New Year lands on Tuesday, February 5th (although, different countries in Asia may celebrate the days a little differently). It’s basically a celebration of lights, sound, the color red, and food! Several prominent venues in DFW are celebrating the Lunar New Year with festivals honoring the holiday.

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