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#1 of 5 Old 03-04-2012, 08:53 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm thinking about teaching Chinese to kids in my area as a way to get me started with home schooling before my child gets old enough for school.

 

Does anyone have any experience teaching a foreign language?  Do people include foreign languages in their home schooling? Any issues I should worry about offering to teach kids after school? 

 

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You are Chinese?

 

My kids have had a Mexican mother's helper when they were small, 2 years of Rosetta Stone LA Spanish and have been going to a Columbian woman's half-day class once a week for this academic year.  I did not choose Mandarin because it is a much bigger time investment mainly because of what it takes to read it at all.

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It would be easy if you could create opportunities for them to interact with people speaking different languages.

 

My husband and I speak to my daughter in different languages (indian) and we have a helper at home who speaks a third indian language. Though shes not fully speaking but shes comfortably using words from all of them to communicate.

 

 

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I am an American, but spent several years in China. I enjoy writing the Chinese characters - its so fun! 

 

 

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Though shes not fully speaking but shes comfortably using words from all of them to communicate.

 

 

I think this is important, perhaps I just need to find some games or things to do and introduce words they can mix in with English instead of worrying about a curriculum and teaching everything properly. As long as they want to hang out together they'll start picking up pronunciation and words. 

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We are including Spanish and working with a tutor over Skype (she lives in Guatemala). I would love for my kids to learn Mandarin next but we'll have to find a tutor (over Skype or in person). I'm becoming increasingly convinced that a tutor is the only way to go (when it's feasible of course!).


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