As Singapore’s “circuit breaker” takes effect, your child will be home for at least a month. This presents a perfect opportunity for you to nurture your child’s love for Chinese.
How can you do this?
The secret is in creating an environment that nurtures their interest in Chinese language and culture.
In our previous article, we discussed how you could use seasonal events (like Chinese New Year) to get your child interested in Chinese. Today’s tips will focus on creating a home environment that will tickle their interest in the language every day of the year.
Your child’s environments – both at home and in school – are essential in developing their interest in the language. The more speaking and playing in Chinese become normal, everyday activities, the more comfortable your child will be at using the language in everyday speech.
Also, as your child’s social group will generally affects their willingness to learn a language, it’s important to make sure they’re surrounded by friends (and teachers) who speak Chinese on a regular basis.
By making Chinese an “everyday activity” that also includes perks like enjoying their favourite songs and TV shows, as well as interacting with friends, you can raise a child who will be eager to learn Chinese – and love doing so!