How many times do you hear your kid telling you “Chinese is so boring” or “Chinese is so hard”?
The funny thing is, although you can’t say it,
a little voice in your head actually agrees with them too. 😂
Let’s change that thought.
Hi everyone, I’m Eileen (also affectionately known as zhu lao shi to my ex-students 😉). I’ve been with MOE as a school teacher for more than a decade. Throughout my time as a school teacher, I’ve had the experience of teaching primary school kids from different backgrounds. Foundation students, standard students, stretched students, as long as you can name them, I’ve taught them.
As a Chinese teacher, one of the things that I love doing (but I know some teachers will roll eyes at this…) is to actually ask the kids about their opinion of Chinese during our first lesson. It takes awhile but you know that you’re one step to becoming a better teacher when you hear your kids share things like “Chinese is not my most favourite subject 😨 (意思浅浅~)” or “I hate Chinese 😨😨.”
To be honest, my heart bled a little whenever I hear that, but what’s life without a little challenge, right? These comments made me more curious to probe further and over time, I understood them a bit more.
🚨 Here are some reasons why they dislike learning Chinese 🚨
😨 “…the characters have so many bi3 hua4, it’s so hard to write!”
😨 “I write one thousand times also cannot remember!”
😨 “..I can’t really recognise the words..”
😨 “…why do we need to write so many words just to answer the comprehension questions?”
Is your child’s reason one of them?
Well, all of these reasons are valid. In fact, I’ve had some of the same thoughts about Chinese when I was in primary school too. Hearing them speak openly about their challenges while learning Chinese made me more determined to be the teacher who would make the learning experience easier for them.
⭐️ Improve your kid’s Chinese skills ⭐️
As their teacher, all I want for my class kids is to be happy.
For them to be happy, I needed to make Chinese fun and easy.
That pushed me to find new interesting ways to teach the language.
Preparing for different classes, tweaking my learning materials to suit different kids’ abilities, it took a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but it’s all worth it when I see my class kids’ enthusiasm during Chinese class. Thanks to them, I became an even better Chinese teacher.
Over the years, I’ve been asked to share my teaching methods and resources with fellow teachers from other schools, parents in Singapore, (and even Malaysia and Hongkong!) and have gotten many positive feedback. Now, as part of my “1 million people mission”, I’m sharing them with you too!
🌈 Your one-stop fun and easy Chinese learning resource 🌈
This website is where I’ll be uploading all my Chinese learning resources online to help more primary school kids learn Chinese in a more enjoyable and painless way. Forget about drilling, forget about memorizing and forget about Chinese tuition!
No matter which Chinese level you are at, I hope that this site can become your go-to resource to learn Chinese!
Here are the main areas that I cover. Pick what you want and learn at your own pace.
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