Learning the Chinese Language

Learning Chinese language was never a chore for me. Maybe its the environment and hence it just came to us naturally. In fact I love the Chinese language more than the English language when I was in school and I chose to study higher Chinese all the way to A level.

I still remembered I scored a B3 for the higher Chinese in O level and was sorely disappointed. Although I have an A1 in Chinese, the HOD in JC was reluctant to allow me to continue my A level higher Chinese in view of my B3 grade but I appealed and I had to resit for my O level Higher Chinese while taking Higher Chinese A level in JC. This time round, I scored an A1 and I was allowed to continue with my Higher Chinese A level in JC.

Never have I thought that my own kid will dislike this subject. Amanda refuses to speak in Mandarin and declares that she hates it. Although her written work is still passable, her spoken Mandarin is OMG lol.Another thing that I have issue with is the way she writes her Chinese words. The strokes are wrong… There was no emphasis for writing the correct strokes in schools nowadays unlike our time. To me, getting the strokes right is important.

There is no short cut to learning a language I guess. You have to read, listen, write and speak more. Its pretty challenging given the amount I time I have with them at night (divided by 3). Right now, I am cracking my brain to get her interested in the language. She was resistant to reading Chinese stories previously and last night I managed to get her interested enough to listen to me reading a Chinese story to her! I prayed that this continues and after going through some Chinese words with her on daily basis and her attending a class on Friday (simply for her to get in touch with the language more), I find that she is able to read slightly better now and less resistant to it.

I also stumbled across this website which I think is pretty cool.


You can type in words that you like your kids to learn and you will get a writing worksheet with guide on the correct stroke sequence.

This is how the worksheet looks like.


If you have any idea on learning Chinese, share with me.




One thought on “Learning the Chinese Language

  1. Your post really struck a chord with me! I have been thinking of writing a post on it too. Yes, I never expected that my child would have problems learning Chinese. After all, Hubby and I graduated from Chinese secondary schools!

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