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Simply Her (Singapore) - - SimplyHer - BRIGID LOH di­rec­tor and founder of The Art of Learn­ing Chi­nese

As a mother of an eight-year-old girl, Brigid knows how im­por­tant it is to help chil­dren pick up Man­darin eas­ily, es­pe­cially in Sin­ga­pore. That is why she founded The Art of Learn­ing Chi­nese (TALC) in April this year,

an en­rich­ment cen­tre that teaches Man­darin through

aca­demic and cre­ative play. “Most kids dread Chi­nese lessons and don’t use the lan­guage after pass­ing their exams. Break­ing down learn­ing bar­ri­ers helps them get com­fort­able with

it and de­velop a gen­uine in­ter­est in

it,” says Brigid. She shares her tips

on how you can en­gage your child in

learn­ing Chi­nese. COOK UP A STORM “Chil­dren love help­ing their moth­ers to cook, so use this as a learn­ing mo­ment. Take them shop­ping for in­gre­di­ents, and as you browse the aisles, ask them if they know the names for what you’re hold­ing up and ex­plain what you’re cook­ing tonight – all in Man­darin.”

GROOVE TO POP TUNES

“Lis­ten to some Man­darin songs on your own first to find out if you’ll be com­fort­able ex­pos­ing younger chil­dren to them. Then play them for your kids; you can even run through the mean­ings of the lyrics with them. For older kids, tune in to a Man­darin ra­dio sta­tion oc­ca­sion­ally, at home or in the car.”

WATCH MOVIES AND CARTOONS IN MAN­DARIN “Con­sider get­ting your child’s favourite movies or cartoons in Man­darin. They’ll be prac­tis­ing their lis­ten­ing skills by pay­ing at­ten­tion to the di­a­logue and can pick up words and the nu­ances of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.”

MAKE IT EN­JOY­ABLE

“Kids tend to be less shy out­side the class­room, so or­gan­ise play dates or ex­cur­sions with your kids and their friends. Make speak­ing Man­darin fun by turn­ing it into a game – for ex­am­ple, tell them they can speak to one another only in Man­darin for the next 15 min­utes. This helps them to de­velop two-way com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.”

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