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Cantonese Learning Game App Now Available

Finding a good Mandarin Chinese game app can be difficult, but finding a fun Cantonese learning app can be even more challenging. While Mandarin is our specialty, we made a free Cantonese learning app based on our Dim Sum game app because we’re based in America, where there has historically been a large number of Cantonese speaking Chinese communities in cities like San Francisco and New York.

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Chinese School: A List of Chinese Immersion Schools Across the Country

Chinese School Homework

If you’re looking for a Chinese school for your student to attend, you may want to check out an invaluable list of Chinese immersion schools we discovered recently. In fact, your search for a Chinese school may be over when you see the this list of Chinese immersion schools, published online by the Mandarin Immersion Parents Council on May 21, 2013, but last updated August 7, 2012.

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Chinese for Kids: 10 Easy Ways to Learn Chinese

Chinese song for kids: Xiao bai tu

When it comes to Chinese for kids, parents are always looking for resources. Learning Chinese can be challenging for kids, and finding good, quality learning materials can be even more of a challenge. With that in mind, we’re always trying to make learning Chinese for kids as simple and accessible as possible. To help you in your quest to learn Chinese, here are ten quick ideas you can use to regularly improve your student’s Chinese:

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Chinese Characters: Simplified or Traditional?

For people who don’t have a background in Chinese, the distinction between simplified and traditional forms of Chinese characters may be unclear. In fact, many people don’t realize that Chinese characters have these two forms of standard writing. So for those contemplating studying Chinese or just starting out, which version is best to learn?

Simplified vs. traditional Chinese characters

It’s important to first note that this can be a very sensitive cultural and political issue for many people, so it may be best to avoid debates around simplified and traditional Chinese. In this post and on this site, we aim to completely avoid taking any side and simply want to provide information to our readers. In fact, our game app Chinese Fridge features both simplified and traditional Chinese characters because both are used by millions of people and have their own desirable aspects.

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Chinese Immersion School Expansion Backed by Education Commissioner in Massachusetts

Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley, Massachusetts, has gained the recommendation of the state education commissioner to be allowed to open a full high school.

Elementary and secondary education commissioner Mitchell Chester recommended the school to expand its curriculum to include grades all the way up to the 12th grade, according to The Daily Hampshire Gazette.

The school currently offers  kindergarten through ninth grade.

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Happy Chinese New Year 2013

Red Envelopes for Chinese New Year

It’s that wonderful time of year again — Chinese New Year 2013 is coming February 10!

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the centuries-old tradition celebrating the new year in the Chinese lunar calendar. It begins with the first day of the first month in this calendar, and continues until the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the holiday. With so many days involved, it’s easy to see why this is the longest holiday in Chinese culture.

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New York High School to Offer Chinese Classes for the First Time Ever

A public high school in New York will offer Chinese classes for its students for the first time ever, starting this year.

Kids at Fairport High School will be able to take beginning Chinese class in September, according to the Fairport-East Rochester Post.

Students will learn grammar, pronunciation and writing for Mandarin Chinese in the elective class offered through the Chinese School of Rochester. Nearby Brighton High School will host the 16 consecutive weekly lessons on Saturdays.

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Chinese School in New Jersey Celebrates 50 Years

For five decades, Mid-Jersey Chinese School has helped teach Chinese culture and language to children across central New Jersey, turning 50 years old this Chinese New Year.

The school has invited members of the local community to join in a large celebration showcasing the school’s contributions, according to East Brunswick Patch.

We at Chinese Fridge were very impressed to learn that the school offers three varieties of language classes for K-12 students — classes for heritage speakers who speak Chinese at home, kids who don’t speak Chinese at home and those who want to learn Cantonese.

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Misleading Dell Infographic Claims Chinese Schools Beat US in Tech Integration

An infographic making rounds across the web is making dramatic claims that China is doing a better job of adopting technology in classrooms than the United States — but there’s one little problem: the data is virtually invalid.

There is clear sample bias in the Dell survey and infographic which sampled “[525] respondents in China [that] came from predominantly major cities and are mostly urban respondents,” C. Custer of techinasia.com points out.

This suggests a very select group that wouldn’t account for rural areas where many of the poorer population lives. Also, the economic disparity in China is immense — so much so that a small portion of the population is vastly rich while the large majority of citizens have very modest incomes. Surely sampling a mere 525 people in the most advanced cities of a country with more than a billion people is not a solid survey. In fact, it’s ludicrous to believe it is. It would be like sampling 140 people in New York and San Francisco for a technology adoption study representing the entire United States.

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