We had so much fun learning more Mandarin Chinese these past few weeks and I can definitely see how my children will continue to learn it because we found an awesome curriculum. The awesome curriculum I am talking about is Middlebury Interactive Languages and we are more than excited to be reviewing it.
How to Learn Mandarin Chinese for Children
We reviewed their Elementary Chinese 1 course, but they also have other languages like Spanish, French and German. In this post, you will learn how this course works, how we used it and what we honestly think of with, both with pros and cons. Not only does it keep them engaged, but they are actually learning, reviewing and retaining the information.
Middlebury Interactive Languages courses are so complete. Our Elementary Chinese 1 course is so easy to follow. Not only is it an online program, but it coms with many very helpful printables to use in each lesson. You can pick and choose which you want to print and which ones you want to open as a PDF file to refer to, but not necessarily print. We love to print them all and keep them in a binder.
What a Story Sounds Like
It’s all in the details
Every lesson has a list of vocabulary words that the children will be learning. There is a printable for that (as you can see below). There is a different story tied in with each lesson and there is also a printable of both the story synopsis and full story in English as well as the story in English with the Chinese translation side by side. Also, at the end of every lesson, there is an optional printable worksheet where the children do an activity related to the lesson.
Learn Early & Easily
I also love how they tie into every lesson a video and a follow-up activity relating to Chinese culture. For example, if the lesson is on numbers, they have a culture video discussing what some numbers mean in Chinese culture (which numbers are liked, disliked, which have special meanings, etc).
What an online activity looks like
In closing, this is how to learn Mandarin Chinese the fun and easy way. I would like for you to take a look at a short video of one of the activities in the program. Children can record themselves and the listen to themselves to see if they sound like their tutor. This was fantastic! We do everything in the lessons!
All of the lessons are fun, engaging, interactive, thorough and of excellent quality. Most importantly, I can tell that my children are learning and that is invaluable to me. I highly recommend Middlebury Interactive Languages (Elementary Chinese 1). We look forward to using this regularly as we are right now.
What did you think of the videos? I would highly recommend that you give this course a try. I have taught Mandarin Chinese to children before (both one-on-one and in a classroom setting) and I can tell you that I really do love this program and I am so glad that my children are using it.