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Lunar New Year: What the Year of the Dog is all about

Aljazeera – Staff Writer

“The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year, is one of the most celebrated events worldwide. The date of celebration varies every year. The traditions and celebrations go back in time and are transmitted from generation to generation; they welcome health, wealth and good relationships to come in the new year.” (more)

I’m future-proofing my child with Chinese lessons – we should all be doing the same

The Age – Nicole Webb

“Research will tell you, learning any language at any age is beneficial and learning a language as a child should almost be a rite of passage. A study from Pennsylvania State University found learning a foreign language provides a competitive edge in career choices, enhances listening skills and memory and improves the knowledge of one’s own language. Multilingual people, especially children, are skilled at switching between two systems of speech, writing and structure. As an added bonus, according to a Macquarie University senior lecturer in literacy in a multicultural society, Dr Robyn Moloney, is that “After learning a secondary language, subsequent languages are easier to learn – patterns can be recognised a lot faster.” So no matter the language my now six-year-old is learning, be it Italian, French or Spanish, I’m delighted. But, still, we’re keeping up the Mandarin. For her and for me.” (more)

Chinese New Year is Coming

Education World – Gail S. Hennessey

“Kung Hei Fat Choy! Kung Hei Fat Choy! That’s Happy New Year in Chinese. 2018 is the Year of the DOG. The Dog is a symbol of loyalty. People born under this Chinese zodiac sign are said to be good natured, kind, honest and cautious. DOG people make good friends and tend to find jobs helping other people. On the Chinese calendar, called Yan Tan, the new year is 4716. Chinese New Year is not always held on the same day each year. It depends on when the second new moon of the winter solstice occurs. In 2018, Chinese New Year starts on February 16th. It is the beginning of a 15 day celebration.” (more)

Chinese New Year: A Simple Lesson in Debt, Percent, and Loan Interest

Education World – Staff Writer

“A Chinese New Year tradition lends itself to a simple lesson in percent and loan interest. Kung Hey Fat Choi! That’s Happy New Year or, more accurately, May Prosperity Be With You, in Chinese. Each year, Chinese New Year falls somewhere between January 21 and February 19 (click for this year’s date). In China, the start of the new year is a time of celebration. According to tradition, the new year is also a time for clearing away bad luck and paying off old debts.” (more)

What’s The Difference Between Children’s Books In China And The U.S.?

KQED News Mind/Shift – Nurith Aizenman

“What are the hidden messages in the storybooks we read to our kids? That’s a question that may occur to parents as their children dive into the new books that arrived over the holidays. And it’s a question that inspired a team of researchers to set up a study. Specifically, they wondered how the lessons varied from storybooks of one country to another. For a taste of their findings, take a typical book in China: The Cat That Eats Letters.”(more)

These are the languages children should learn to be successful later in life

Good To Know – Krystal Scanlon

“A new study has identified the languages children should learn now in order to set them up for success in adulthood. The results revealed that French, German and Mandarin are the top three languages that will set children up for life so they can take advantage of maximum opportunities as adults. Over 2,000 UK parents with children under 18-years-old were surveyed in the study, which was carried out by the Centre of Economics and Business Research and Opinium in partnership with Heathrow airport.”(more)