Habbi Habbi Bilingual Flashcards & Puzzles: Parent Review
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by lahlahbanana
7M ago
Habbi Habbi produce beautiful multilingual products for littles, which are accessible for non-native speakers and great for learning many languages.   This review is about their flashcards and puzzles in Simplified Chinese Mandarin (though they have them available in other languages like Spanish, Korean, and French).   Exactly three years ago, I wrote about the Habbi Habbi Reading Wand and Books Sets (gosh times flies when you’re having fun learning Chinese!). Since then, our home collection of Habbi Habbi products has grown from one shelf to two, with the addition of many new titles ..read more
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Book Review: Silly Wolf Chinese Comic Series《笨狼的故事》
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by lahlahbanana
7M ago
Silly Wolf series comes in two forms – firstly a cute story book  ( 注音版 / bridging book, with Hanyu pinyin), and secondly a comic book series (漫画 / comic book, with no Hanyu pinyin).   Both are by popular Chinese author, Tang Su Lan 汤素兰.  This review is specifically about the Silly Wolf Comic series. Series name:  Silly Wolf Chinese Comic Series 笨狼的故事 Author:  Tang Su Lan汤素兰 Number of books in set:  12 Number of lines per page:  5 – 14 Number of pages per book:  156 Total length of each book:   ~ 12,000 characters Characters required by c ..read more
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Tips for PSLE Chinese Oral Exams
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by lahlahbanana
7M ago
Acing the PSLE Chinese Oral exams isn’t just a matter of language fluency. This post lists out a few practical tips to prepare wholesomely for your child’s Chinese oral assessments, without trying to sell you a tuition class to solve the problem! How you ever noticed that if you google ‘Tips for PSLE Chinese oral exam’, most of the top posts come from tuition centres selling you their services…..? Here are my authentic home tips – and no, nothing in this post is sponsored or affiliated! 1) Be Loud, Clear, and Opinionated To do well in the assessment, your child needs to pronounce words clearly ..read more
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Book Review: Sherlock Holmes 大侦探福尔摩斯
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by lahlahbanana
7M ago
This is a review of a fun book set of Sherlock Holmes 大侦探福尔摩斯. The series was introduced to me by an amazing bilingual Montessori homeschooling mum of three in Malaysia.  She has wonderful resources, so when she said she had an extra copy of one book that she could mail me, I already knew it was going to be a gem.  She was right. Key Info Series name: 大侦探福尔摩斯. Sherlock Holmes Author:  厉河 Li he Number of books in set:  63 (so far) Number of lines per page:  14 (with picture on opposite page) Number of pages per book:  124 Total length of each book:   ..read more
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Dou Dou Books: Review of new Chinese levelled readers
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by lahlahbanana
7M ago
What are Dou Dou Chinese Readers? Dou Dou Books are “first readers” for young children who are just starting to read in Simplified Chinese.  There were meticulously written by an American early childhood education expert, Miss Stella Beaver. Throughout two decades of teaching and researching across top immersion and Montessori schools, she has developed her own books to make learning Chinese fun for a novice reader. The motivation behind the books was to “reinvent learning” and create an HSK standardised early Chinese reader (meaning they use some of the most common basic words that a lea ..read more
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Parent Review: BrookieKids Chinese Activity Packs
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by lahlahbanana
7M ago
What is BrookieKids? BrookieKids is a brand new Chinese learning product (app + physical game pack) focused on encouraging kids ages between 2 to 6 to speak Chinese through games.   The intention is to give parents simple tools to bring Chinese alive in the home and everyday life.  It consists of different themed activity packs which unlock a series of voice-interactive stories, to combine with free play. They’re being officially launched today (28 June). My kiddos were lucky enough for a behind-the-scenes early try-out of one activity pack, thanks to the passionate team behind ..read more
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Book Review: Squid for Brains Chapter Books
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by lahlahbanana
7M ago
This review looks at the Squid for Brains Readers (also called Mandarin Chapter Books) published by none other than Squid for Brains.  These are different from the Squid for Brains Picture Books which I’ve reviewed earlier, however the Readers are just as zany and unique. One thing I try really hard to do with this blog is to share content about resources which have been helpful to our family and for which very little information exists; this Squid For Brains series is certainly one of those gems. Key Information on Squid for Brains Chapter Books Series name: Squid for Brains ..read more
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Book Review:  Sometimes it rains pigs on sunny days
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by lahlahbanana
7M ago
This review looks at a quirky illustrated fiction series written in the 1980s named Sometimes it Rains Pigs On Sunny Days 晴天有时下猪. The series centres around a school boy who discover he has the ability to make true whatever he imagines, so he starts writing “tomorrow’s” journal entries.  The series was originally written in Japanese, and translated fully into Chinese.  Some books, but not all, have been translated into English too (under the name “Tokyo Pig”, or “Fair then Partly Piggy”).  This is a bridging book at a perfect level for upper primary reading. If you’re struggling ..read more
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Book Review: 朱尔多日记 Zhu Er’s Diary
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by lahlahbanana
7M ago
This review is of a bridging book set 朱尔多日记 (Zhū ěr’s Diary), which is ideal for middle-to-upper primary school readers. My daughter borrowed it recently from the library.  Until that point, I really thought we’d heard of most of the better known early chapter booksets from mainland China, especially those written in diary format, but apparently not.  朱尔多日记 has been a welcomed discovery.    Key Information on 朱尔多日记 series Series name: 朱尔多日记 (Zhu Er’s Diary)  Author:  黄宇 (Huang Yu) Number of books in set:  6 (at least?) Number of lines per page:   ..read more
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Book Review:  Squid for Brains Picture Books
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by lahlahbanana
7M ago
Squid for Brains Simplified Chinese books are a set of books that I chanced upon randomly, after discovering one lone picture book in book-sharing free library.  My interest was piqued by that one book, yet after googling I could find little about the series, aside from the fact that more similar books existed.  Despite the Squid for Brains facebook page having less likes than even I do, I went against gut feel and ordered a few more books from their website at a whim.  I’m glad I did, and here’s what we discovered. Note – Squid for Brains have books written in both Simplif ..read more
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