“It’s up to you how far you go,
If you don’t try you’ll never know”
– The Sword in the Stone
Today was my daughter’s last day of preschool, and we walked by this quote near the playground.
老大 (Lǎodà / Oldest child) and I read the quote and discussed what it meant to us.
“比如 (Bǐrú) / For example…”
I couldn’t think of a better analogy than our Chinese learning journey.
Language and identity journey
Almost 4 years ago, I decided that I would to try to learn Chinese with 老大. However, we have been learning regularly for only 3 years.
Navigating the awkward transition from comfortable to unfamiliar languages
This might seem like common sense, but any journey starts with taking the first step.
Like a toddler learning to walk, the first steps will feel clumsy, awkward, and unnatural.
Not long ago, I wondered when we would speak full sentences in Chinese.
Gradually, momentum will build. Each stride will become more smooth and confident.
Take the next step. One step at a time.
You won’t know how far you will get until you try.
About our language journey
- A Letter to My Parents: Why I’m Teaching Your Grandchildren Chinese
- Raising Multilingual Children as a Non-Fluent Parent: 7 Lessons Learned in 2017
- One Person, One Language: Our Family’s Trilingual Schedule 2017-2018
- How I Taught My Child 1000+ Chinese Characters as a Non-Fluent Speaker
- Raising Trilingual Children as a Non-Fluent Parent: 8 Lessons Learned
- Videos of My Daughter’s Chinese Reading Progress From Age 3-5 Years
- Overcoming Asian Guilt on Lunar New Year
About our faith journey
- Faith, Hope, and Love in a Foreign Heritage Language
- Redefining Mother’s Day with My Parents’ Language
Faith-inspired books for children
- Berenstain Bears Faith-Based Books in Chinese 贝贝熊生命之光系列丛书(全8册)
- Max Lucado Books for Kids in Chinese
- Top 6 resources for doing family devotions in Chinese 家庭靈修資源 (Spot of Sunshine)
Chinese Christian music for children
- Stream of Praise Music Ministries DVDs and CDs
- Stream of Praise Chinese Music Board Books
- 5 Simple Chinese Christian Songs for Kids & Free Printable Lyrics 五首簡單兒童聖歌和歌詞 (Spot of Sunshine)
- Top Chinese Children’s Worship Albums: Mandarin & Cantonese (Spot of Sunshine)
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