Life Made Easy

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Simply Her (Singapore) - - Life Made Easy - JIANG MEIRU founder of Flip For Joy

The 31-year-old ex­teacher de­cided to set up her own online Chi­nese book­store be­cause she felt that

lo­cal book­shops lacked good Chi­nese sto­ry­books. “Pic­ture books are great starters for your child’s read­ing jour­ney. Il­lus­tra­tions play a big part in

stretch­ing your kid’s imag­i­na­tion, es­pe­cially colour­ful, vi­brant ones, which will ap­peal to him more. Get him to un­der­stand the pic­tures rst, then the

sto­ry­line.” Want your child to pick up Man­darin eas­ily? Meiru has

th­ese tips.

1 EN­JOY THE READ­ING PROCESS

“Don’t be in a rush to get your child to recog­nise words, as it dis­rupts the read­ing process – that’s not how chil­dren as­so­ci­ate words and mean­ings, any­way. Once he’s used to the book, point at the words and let him recog­nise each char­ac­ter’s sound and mean­ing, as well as how to write each Chi­nese stroke.”

2 DON’T BE AFRAID TO GET HELP

“If you have prob­lems read­ing to your child, down­load apps which let you in­put the Chi­nese strokes to get the proper pro­nun­ci­a­tion and trans­la­tion. Or buy books writ­ten in hanyu pinyin.”

3 CHOOSE A PLACE AND TIME TO SPEAK MAN­DARIN

“De­cide which par­ent will speak Man­darin to the child and choose the time and place for this – maybe you’ll speak English at home and Chi­nese when you’re out­side. Don’t speak Man­darin only when you re­mem­ber to.”

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