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Have Baby Learn Mandarin

A common fear is that the child may become confused with Mandarin and English and mix it up. Not true, children can learn two languages in childhood and learn to organize, speak, understand and read each language separately. There is also the fear that teaching babies a second language will cause confusion and delay a child’s speech. It has been found through research that babies taught two language can start talking late. However, after that, a bi-lingual child will have the same capabilities and pacing of a monolingual child.

Mandarin is touted as the new language of the business global village. Later on, your child may find it handy to not only know two languages, but also to know the language of business and the global economy.

For babies to be taught Mandarin, here are some general guide lines:

• If you know how to speak Mandarin yourself, talk to your baby, whisper sweet Mandarin words even though your child is asleep. Do not edit your words as well. Baby needs to be exposed to the rich and meaningful speech early on.
• If it is your spouse who will communicate with baby in Mandarin, encourage your spouse to talk to baby often. Show support for both your spouse and baby. Communicate with your child in Mandarin on activities that baby likes. Use extra learning tools like toys, flash cards, charts, songs and video
• Make learning Mandarin a fun activity that very young children can look forward to. Sing silly songs, listen to music, dance or do movements to Mandarin songs and videos.
• Read Mandarin stories to your baby. Have fun with the book and watch your baby have fun too when you play around with the voices. Keep it brief and interesting.
• Encourage family and friends to communicate with baby using Mandarin.
• If you are looking for caregivers, find a caregiver for baby who can speak Mandarin. A Mandarin-speaking baby sitter, nanny or au pair can greatly help with exposing baby to the language.
• Have family who are far away but know how to speak and write Mandarin call long distance using Mandarin, write Chinese letters and greetings and take videos while speaking Mandarin.
• Want to use Mandarin videos for baby? Research has proven that babies do not learn from television or videos. However, YOU can use Mandarin videos and talk to your child while you view the videos. Repeat the Mandarin words and phrases flashed. This is most handy for parents who find it uncomfortable to talk to baby in Mandarin. Use the videos as a guide to talk to your child, not as a substitute teacher. It has been found that children respond most to the care giver’s words, not to the video itself. Baby videos also have music that babies find interesting or soothing, so do use videos for baby’s bilingual program judiciously.

There are plenty of other reasons for learning Mandarin, but in the end, language is all about communicating your life, your heart, your family and history. If Mandarin has a significance to your family, whatever direct or indirect reason there is, having your baby learn Mandarin is well worth it.

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