Family Language Alive - Children Learning Chinese

Situation #2.8: China is going to be the next economic giant in the world and I really want my child to learn Chinese so that she can have the best opportunities in the future…

October 18, 2015

Why Are Our Kids Learning Chinese and How to Fit Everything Else In?

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Most parents want their children to have the best exposure to everything in life. After all, we desire the best for them. But there is only that much daylight hours. How can we be effective in what we do?

Before we dive into the actual journey of our child learning Chinese, or even if we are already in the midst of it, we cannot lose sight and forget why we were there in the first place. Perhaps there has never been even a thought of having a reason for starting it. After all, learning Chinese has long been regarded as important by the world. So it just happens to be on the list of many family’s mission.

Having a family vision, therefore, is necessary. Learning Chinese should not be a standalone mission that has no connection with the rest of our value and goal in life. Otherwise, it becomes meaningless and detached, as can be with the acquisition of many academic subjects. We can easily lose sight of our aim. Moreover, the process becomes destination-based rather than process-based. We and our children can easily get burned out and we may never reach our goal, if there was any in the first place.

 

Alice

Action:
• Make a chart of goals undertaken and to be taken in your family and the child’s life and the time and effort in each.
• How does Chinese learning stand in priority when placed with other family vision and goals?
• Discuss and re-prioritize with your family members, not just on your own. We need support from them, including the child.

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September 15, 2013

Grandparents’ Mumble Jumble

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Is there a deep down reason why they complain about our children not knowing enough Chinese? Even when they themselves know some English, it seems that they still feel quite special when their grand kids respond in accented Chinese, or when they receive cards written in jagged Chinese characters. Perhaps deep down, they yearn for that respect they feel they deserve as the ethnic ancestors to their descendents, as the ones who are important enough to pass down what once belong to them to the next generations to come.

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