How and why is Chinese different? Teaching and learning implications

- Are you wanting to introduce Chinese in your school,  but don't know much about the language?

- Are you a Chinese teacher who finds explaining Chinese to others difficult?

- Are you just interested to learn why Chinese is different from English?

-  Should I be teaching Mandarin or another Chinese ‘variety’/dialect?

Download the article attached to the bottom of this page that demystifies what makes Mandarin different  NOT difficult. The article covers:

·         Comparisons with other languages

·         Chinese characters

·         Tones and Pronunciation

·         Grammar and Vocabulary

·         Intercultural Understanding and Cross-curricular Studies

This useful article by the Asia Society also highlights many other different aspects of Chinese language.  These include the uniqueness of Chinese and its ‘unifying qualities’, the ‘varieties’ of Chinese spoken/written in China and their respective accents.   It also argues why it is important that children learn more than Chinese language itself but about the languages of China, from contemporary young Beijing ‘speak’ to Cantonese classical language of ancient texts.  Rather than learning about China, students can learn about the multiplicity of China reflecting the diversity of its people, language and culture.

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