Use our bilingual Chinese Stories for Kids to build real Chinese fluency, learning Chinese (or English) in context.
While it may be counterintuitive, especially if you don’t speak Chinese, one of the fastest ways to help your kids (and yourself) build fluency is to read aloud in Chinese. Yes, you heard it right, in Chinese! (With some help, of course.)
Combine reading aloud with another powerful technique storytelling and you have a most magical formula to fuel language aquisition.
Storytelling is a strategy that consists in presenting a story in a somewhat theatrical way. It can be as easy as just changing your voice according to the characters, or as fun and multi-sensory as acting out the story.
Ana Lomba personally likes experimenting and doing many different things when presenting stories.
So you have two fantastic strategies to get you started right-away on the road to fluent Chinese.
And now you can get the entire collection of classic bilingual Chinese-English storybooks specifically designed for young children learning Chinese through reading aloud and storytelling techniques.
What Does the Chinese Stories for Kids – eStorybook Subscription Contain?
The subscription provides access to the following titles:
- The Little Red Hen
Take a Video Tour of One of Our Stories
Take a short video tour of one of Ana Lomba’s Stories for Kids: The Little Red Hen (Spanish & English).
Sorry, we don’t yet have a Chinese & English YouTube version of The Little Red Hen.
Key Features of Ana Lomba’s Classic Bilingual Stories:
- Voice-over by native actresses for captivating effect and to help you model animated speech.
- Easy toggle functionality between Chinese and English so you can quickly check the meaning if you get lost—you could also alternate reading in the two languages if you so please.
- “Pause” button so you can stop and replay shorter chunks of the text.
- Divided in scenes so that you can concentrate on one section at a time and for easier reenactment.
- Vibrant comic style illustrations, providing strong non-verbal cues to reinforce comprehension and make the experience very enjoyable.
- Tons of everyday language and dialogues at a kid’s level for easy transfer to daily parent-child interaction.
So after subscribing, what should you focus on?
- Make use of personal interactions. Your kids will learn more Chinese by talking and playing with you. [Note: older children and adults can use the stories independently, but I still recommend to have a learning buddy]
- Animate your storytelling sessions. Make pretend voices, act out some parts, wear wigs and other props… make the sessions as animated and lively as possible!
- Use your Chinese! Make the point of using the Chinese that sticks with you (more each time) in your daily conversations with your child. Also, do not worry about speaking with perfect grammar and pronunciation. Actual usage is more important at this point.
For even greater results with your “Chinese Stories for Kids” lessons:
- Play the stories frequently. This is both to train your ear to the flow of real Chinese in action and also to register Chinese grammar, intonation, cultural flair, etc., in your brain (a lot of this process will take place unconsciously!).
- Set personal learning goals. For example, “This week we will learn at least five new expressions.” Challenge yourself as you become more strategic in your learning. It’s a good idea to keep a language-learning journal and look back at all the progress that you have made—don’t forget to pat yourself on the back.
With my portfolio of Chinese stories for kids storybooks, your children will be well on their way to learning fluent Chinese.