I do not speak Chinese. But the reason I started new language lessons with Eaton was that any foreign language increases the number of synapses in the brain. Brain development was mine main reason to start other languages other than English and Polish.
Also, I read great post on BrillKids, one of early learning mom, who introduced multiple languages to her baby. I believe that was 7. When her baby was 2 years old he was talking in all of them swiching languages pretty easly.
I spend some time thinking about that after reading that post. Should I continue adding languages or not? After some research on Internet I decided to try it.
I wanted to pick the language different than Roman alphabet. I was thinking about Japanese as I love a lot about the language and their tradition. But when I tried to find any early learning materials Chinese was the language that was coming out most often. I found so many sites with Chinese teaching materials. People on early learning forums where talking about that language. So I decided to teach him Chinese.
I didn't expect anything from Eaton regarding Chinese. I planned to play some videos and music on the background during some days in the week. That's all.
The fist video series I shown to Eaton was: Little Pim
Eaton loved these videos a lot because of the cute panda in it. Very well done DVD, a little bit slow but it's a good start.
After watching 3 DVD's with panda Eaton wanted more of Chinese. I did another search on internet and I found out this set of 6 educational DVD's. Great product! I saw very positive results after the baby watched that. These are short lessons in the form of flashcards. Music and songs are also included in each lesson.
We also have other products from the website I mentioned: Sing To Learn Chinese which Eaton loves to watch and listen songs and Animal Encyclopedic Bundle-Mandarin which I didn't show to Eaton yet.
Other great products I want to recommend are Chinese with Mei Mei (you can see some youtube videos here)
and Follow Jade! (youtube here)
I was showing Eaton all these DVD's one by one. At this point he watches Mei Mei and Jade DVD's. I highly recommend them as parents can learn together with a baby.
These two woman are Chinese teachers and they just did great job to create product that my kid loves so much!!
There is one more product I would like to mention but not recommend. This is Journeys to the East. Amazon reviewers gave this DVD many stars. I bought this DVD as I thought that i'ts in Chinese language with English subtitles. But when I received that, I realized I misunderstood the description. This DVD is in English. They teach few Chinese words by repeting them all over. It's very boring movie for babies who were exposed to early education. It's a great introductory movie as a second language for kids who are not early learners. Eaton watched that movie twice and never asked for it again.
So what is the result of watching all of these DVDs you ask?
Eaton started to speak Chinese. I would love to know what he is saying but he knows I don't speak that language. He says something in Chinese and then he tells me: example: "it's a noodle in Chinese". And then he smiles :-)
I decided to look for a Chinese teacher for Eaton. Month later I had a 18 years old girl visiting our house. We already had 2 lessons with her and I can't be happier. Although, she doesn't know too much about early learning, she knows how to prepare books with a picture and big fonts. She already created one for Eaton and put that book into action.
Here is the result:
I found few Chinese sites with printable flashcards and I will be implementing them with Yan. Here is one of them
Other sources to use to teach oral and written Chinese are:
* movies in Chinese (not educational)
* Chinese Apps for Ipad
* youtube videos
* to have a friend (ex.Chinese) that the baby can meet once a week or often
* send the baby to school where they speak particular language. My friend wanted to teach her boy Hawaiian language and she sent him to the school where they speak exclusively Hawaiian.
To summarize my post I found quite few methods to teach Chinese. But if you know about any other method please share in comments.
I really like to have Yan with us as I can direct lessons, provide materials Yan can use. I know what is done and I see quick results. Plus, it's a great company for Eaton!!!!