Getting More Chinese In Your Child’s Life

An important part of Mandarin fluency is parents making an effort to include Chinese outside of school. Some ideas for getting more Chinese in your child’s life:

  • Keeping Chinese books in your home. See our Bookstores page for places to buy Chinese and bilingual books.
  • Chinese comic books, called mànhuàshū. See our Bookstores page.
  • Seek out Chinese speakers in our community. See our events page for upcoming events.
  • Attend Chinese cultural events. See our events page for upcoming cultural events.
  • Go to Asian supermarkets such as 99 Ranch in Anaheim, Irvine Culver, or Irvine Walnut.
  • Hire a Mandarin-speaking babysitter or nanny.
  • Listen to Chinese children’s songs on CD. See our Bookstores page for vendors.
  • Seek out Chinese radio and television stations.
  • Watch Chinese movies. See our Bookstores page for DVDs.
  • Online stories, songs, and games.
  • Play Chinese apps on tablets and phones.
  • Watch online Chinese videos.
  • Plan playdates with other MIP families!

Ideas taken from A Parent’s Guide to Mandarin Immersion by Elizabeth Weise.


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