Ways to Make Your Child a Brilliant Chinese Speaker

The difficulty of helping children develop their Chinese-speaking abilities is a common problem we hear from parents of families in English-speaking countries such as Singapore. This is frequently true for families where one or both parents are studying Mandarin as a second language, as well as for families where both parents are native Chinese speakers living outside of China.

It may be possible for parents to teach their kids some Chinese grammar through lessons and books, but it can be far more challenging to figure out how to teach youngsters to speak Chinese in everyday situations. Even when parents try to speak Chinese to their children at home, they frequently only get responses in English.

Unfortunately, your child’s speaking skills can fall behind their other Chinese skills in reading, writing, and listening without consistent speaking practice. Try implementing some of the suggested changes into your child’s life to prevent this and ensure that their Chinese language skills grow equally.

Focus on the Importance of Chinese
As a parent in Singapore, you have a significant influence on how your child perceives the world. By spending the time to teach your child the benefits of speaking Chinese, you may not only motivate them to start learning the language right away but also instill in them a passion for it that will last a lifetime.
If you want to encourage your child to speak Chinese, you have to discuss all the advantages when you talk to them about it. For example, you can mention how crucial communication with their Chinese friends or family is for them, introduce your children to Chinese-language media that will spark their imagination and sing along to Chinese songs as you listen to them. You can also make Chinese a special language by telling them a joke or a secret in Chinese if you have something to share with them.
Include a few stories from your own experience when explaining to your child the value you place on Chinese and why they should value it as well. The advantages of learning Chinese will become much more identifiable due to these examples.

Apply Chinese Sound Books
It is obvious to parents that pushing your children to read a large number of Chinese books won’t make them fall in love with the language right away. To capture their attention and keep them returning for more, we’ll need all the assistance we can get in the shape of interactive elements.
You should keep an eye out for Chinese sound books like Pink Fong’s nursery rhyme and music sound book or assisted reading books like the I Can Read San Zi Jing interactive chinese audio book since music is a surefire way to get young children more excited about learning the language. These books can help improve pronunciation, word association, and help familiarise your children with the Chinese language.

Practical Learning
Your children might not automatically choose to speak Chinese especially if you come from a home where English is the primary language. As a parent in Singapore, you can consider many themes that are current and appropriate for your youngster, and explore them together. Encourage your child to use Chinese to express his interests and to reiterate his efforts, no matter how simple. For example, you can encourage them to place their orders in Chinese whenever you go out to eat as this is a great chance for them to practice their confidence.
You can also help your children to communicate in Chinese, and then go online to look up information together, or take him outside to explore his surroundings. The four walls of the classroom or the house are not the only places where Chinese learning can take place. Your child will be better prepared to become fluent in Chinese when he gets older if he can understand and converse in the language. Most importantly, a well-done task merits a reward, which could be their preferred treat or some screen time and this will motivate them to go a step further!

Cultivating a Love for Chinese with Le Xue

In the end, as a parent you can encourage your child to practice speaking Chinese in a variety of methods, but you will need to be persistent. The majority, if not all, of your child’s Chinese language learning comes from you, especially if you are their primary source of exposure to the language. As a result, you are crucial to your child’s education and, as long as you persist, your child will continue to be exposed to Chinese.

We always strive to be the best role models for our children as parents. But if you’re having trouble inspiring a love for Chinese because you’re not very good at the language yourself, these tips will quickly pique your kids’ interest in everything Chinese.

Le Xue Education is a professional Chinese education center in Singapore that specializes in providing Chinese Enrichment Class for children and is the solution if you’re seeking for ways to help your child advance their Chinese proficiency outside of the classroom. Do you wish you or your children could learn Chinese faster in a fun environment and be a brilliant Chinese speaker? Contact us now to know more about our PSLE Chinese tuition class!