Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Introducing Pinyin to Young Children

A quick note to everyone with young children. If your children are not yet old enough to read English very well, we suggest not introducing pinyin yet. Use the pinyin as a guide for yourself, but introduce the characters or only the sounds of the words to your children.

English and pinyin pronunciation varies quite a bit and it is hard for children to keep the distinctions in place when they are just learning to read their first language!

How has your experience gone with teaching children under six Chinese? Other languages? We would love to share your comments and experiences with our other readers!

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