Learn Chinese Mandarin with your family with our FREE “Making Friends” printable. Get the printable and listen to the native speaker audio to learn these six phrases in Chinese Mandarin that you can use to make friends!
For the tones in Mandarin, every single tone is marked in our program and is accompanied by native speaker audio. Here’s our approach to helping you train your ear to hear and speak these tones just like a native speaker!
Yay! This week it’s all about cooking together! Do you have junior chef in your home who will be helping with Thanksgiving prep this week? Darian and Nolan love to help me make messes. 😜 Use today’s phrase, “Do you want to help me cook?” as you start your Thanksgiving week festivities!
Getting ready to go can be an event in and of itself! You feel me, Mom?! If I rush Nolan with getting ready, he will just race out of the house without shoes on. Getting completely ready and out the door can be too much for his brain to process. He just doesn’t think about it! One time we went on a trip a couple hours from home, and when we arrived and got out of the car, we realized he had no shoes with him. We had to go to the store to buy him shoes! Ha! Do your kids do something similar? Tell me I am not alone!
I would never use this phrase because I LOVE broccoli. However, I have these things called boys. Hahaha! Although they might be happy to use the phrase, “I hate broccoli,” they know they have no choice in the matter, so they eat it up.
One thing I’ve learned to do is that if they don’t like something, I’ll ask questions like, “Is it salty or sweet?” or “Is it slimy or sticky?” so it feels more like an experiment… and they give it a try! What’s the hardest veggie to get your kids to eat? You can totally pop it in this sentence by using Challenge 2 in the first box!
I like this general phrase, “The plant is growing really fast,” because your kids can use this phrase without having to immediately learn every single type of plant in your garden. As the natural progression of speaking your foreign language continues, you can replace, “plant” with the newest word you’ve introduced: carrots, pumpkins, sunflowers, zucchini–and all the other things you grow at home!
Here’s a super simple phrase for even the most resistant foreign language learner in your family. “Jump!” is just one word, but a full phrase! Switch from saying this phrase in English and I stress encourage your kids in a foreign language to jump off the diving board or into the lake. I have no doubt that your child will understand this simple phrase after a few hours of using this single word every time your kid jumps into the water! I bet you they won’t even realize they are learning it!
Whether you homeschool or go to traditional school, the dining table seems to be the hub of our kids’ school life. Homework, eating meals, and playing games all happens at the table, so this phrase, “Go to the table,” can easily be used many times a day!