When I chanced upon SING to LEARN Chinese DVD during the World / Singapore Book Fair this year, I thought learning Mandarin through songs might work for my boy. It has always been a concern to us as he does not like Mandarin and refuses to speak Mandarin.
It came as a surprise to me as my son, who usually not fond of Mandarin, actually find the DVD entertaining and he is able to sit through the whole DVD session.
The Sing to Learn DVD follows the flashcard concept (which is one of the method use in child brain development training), only that it is presented in songs. Together with the songs, lyrics of the songs will appear at times. I like it most when the wordings and the pictures are separated so that children do not get distracted. Best of all, certain words to be learned are being emphasized individually before the song begins. The lyrics of the songs are also big and easy for the children to see.
Another distinct feature of this DVD is the chinese characters are presented in different colours to help the children break down the “difficult” chinese words.
The 23 songs selected in the 40 minutes SING to LEARN DVD are children songs being taught in schools which are well known to the kids and catchy. Having familiar music helps to attract the children’s attention.
I personally like the chinese DVD as a parent. Most importantly, it is my son who gave it 2 thumbs up as it is difficult to get a child who dislikes Mandarin to sit through a chinese video program.
Definitely a good buy for me as I will do all it takes to introduce Chinese to my boy. What’s more learning Mandarin using songs is a relaxing way of learning.
Have a little video clip of the SING to LEARN Chinese DVD.
For more information, where to buy and more sample videos, do visit WINK to LEARN.
Article by Elaine Lau.