Introducing Ana Lomba’s “Chinese for Kids” Classic E-Storybooks. Ana is a Parents’ Choice Award winning author and nationally recognized leading educator teaching kids languages since 1997.
IT MAY BE counter intuitive – especially if you don’t speak Chinese – but one of the fastest ways to help your kids (and yourself) build fluency in Chinese is to read aloud in Chinese. Yes, you heard it right, IN Chinese! (With some help, of course.)
When you read aloud with your children you are setting in motion the four blades of a very powerful “Language Propeller” that will launch your fluency with rocket speed – whoosh!
The Language Propeller is one of the best-kept secrets in language learning, and reading aloud is a great starting point – This is true no matter if you are a native or a beginning level parent or teacher.
But my kids are too young…
EVEN IF your children are still too young to read on their own, they are not too young for YOU to read to them and for them to join in and pretend that they are reading.
When should I start reading aloud to my children in Chinese?
Frankly, from the womb. The earlier, the better.
Reading aloud to your children is one of the best things you can do in early childhood, AND the benefits apply to reading in more than one language as well.
So that’s one fun and easy fluency-building activity that you can do right away: reading aloud with/to your children or students.
Introducing my “Chinese for Kids” Stories to Build Fluency from Day One (For Children Ages 3 and Up)
And now, let me show you a collection of classic stories that I have designed with those of you who want to read aloud to your kids in Chinese in mind.
BUT there is one more thing you can do while reading a good story together –
Combine Read Aloud with Storytelling and you have a most magical formula to fuel the language propeller.
Storytelling is a strategy that consists in presenting a story in a somewhat theatrical way. It can be as easy as just changing your voice according to the characters, or as fun and multi-sensory as acting out the story. I personally like experimenting and doing many different things when presenting stories.
So there you go, two fantastic strategies to get you started right-away on the road to high fluency in Chinese.
And now you can get the entire collection of classic bilingual Chinese-English storybooks specifically designed for young children learning languages through read aloud/storytelling!
The subscription provides access to the following titles:
- The Red Hen
So after subscribing, what should you focus on?
- Personal interaction. Your child will learn more Chinese by talking and playing with you. [Note: older children and adults can use the stories independently, but I still recommend to have a learning buddy]
- Animate your storytelling sessions. Make pretend voices, act out some parts, wear wigs… make the sessions as animated and lively as possible!
- Use your Chinese! Make the point of using the Chinese that sticks with you (more each time) in your daily conversations with your child. Also, do NOT worry about speaking with perfect grammar and pronunciation. Actual usage is more important at this point.
For even greater results with your Chinese for Kids lessons:
- Play the stories frequently. This is both to train your ear to the flow of real Chinese in action and also to register Chinese grammar, intonation, cultural flair, etc., in your brain (a lot of this process will take place unconsciously!).
- Set personal learning goals. For example, “This week we will learn at least five new expressions.” Challenge yourself as you become more strategic in your learning. It’s a good idea to keep a language-learning journal and look back at all the progress that you have made—don’t forget to pat yourself on the back!
Key Features of Ana Lomba’s Classic Bilingual Stories:
- Voice-over by native Chinese and American actresses for captivating effect and to help you model animated speech.
- Easy toggle functionality between Chinese and English so you can quickly check the meaning if you get lost—you could also alternate reading in the two languages if you so please.
- “Pause” button so you can stop and replay shorter chunks of the text.
- Divided in scenes so that you can concentrate on one section at a time and for easier reenactment.
- Vibrant comic style illustrations, providing strong non-verbal cues to reinforce comprehension and make the experience very enjoyable.
- Tons of everyday language and dialogue at a kid’s level for easy transfer to daily parent-child interaction.
With my portfolio of Chinese-for-Kids e-storybooks, your kids will be on their way to learning fluent Chinese for just $7/month! That’s about the cost of one Starbucks capuccino or one movie rental!
All Chinese for Kids stories for just $7/month.
P.S.: Reading Aloud and Storytelling – What fun ways to propel your child’s fluency in Chinese from Day One!
P.S.S.: Each story has over 40 pages of conversational Chinese. Your child – and you – will learn to talk with the characters.
P.S.S.S.: Mmm… A Starbucks coffee or hours and hours of playing and having fun with my child in Chinese? Will this coffee bring us a life of adventures, as learning Chinese will?
Ana Lomba is changing the way people think about and interact with young children learning languages. Her Parents’ Choice award-winning books, lively songs, games, stories, and mobile applications are quickly becoming favorites with teachers and parents who want to nurture young children’ inborn language abilities. Key to the success of Ana’s break-through method is a focus on the family as the ideal environment for early language learning – even her signature curriculum for language programs is built with parents in mind. Ana has taught toddler, preschool, elementary school, and college-level Spanish courses, and held leadership positions with some of the most influential language organizations in the US, including ACTFL, NNELL and FLENJ. After graduating with a law degree from Spain, her native country, Ana pursued graduate studies at Binghamton University, Princeton University, and NYU.