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  4. Calvin W

    Hello Markham!

    :D It's not that unusual... I drop by once in a while as well.. Jan 4.. March 28... to Jan 4th again... coincidence... actually, I didn't see the post... earlier... maybe I should watch it.. or you can simply PM me as well.. like you said, life is busy! work as well... ugh. I'm planning to head over to HK this year... but we'll see... depends on cost of travel really.. flight is expensive... if I can get something near 600 pp then it'll be "acceptable" :D I was also planning to put them into some part time school, I'm sure there must be something there, but we'll see..
  5. Hi! Just wondering whether this video library is still active? I sent a PM about a month ago but haven't received a response. Can any other moderators provide access? Many thanks!
  6. Hi! I would like access to the library please, for the Cantonese dubs of Star Wars. :-)
  7. Hi Guys A while ago we had a drop box which we could all access and contribute. The link provided no longer works. Anyone have any ideas on where to download new shows? Thanks Oneiricer
  8. Anyone know of any sites that stream Cantonese dubbed Anime? Thanks -J
  9. Justin Ho

    A Bug's Life in Cantonese?

    Did you find what you were looking for already?
  10. TTY

    Introduce yourself! 介紹自己!

    Hi Florence, Thanks for the tips and link. I've come across Sagebooks in passing but not sure if I'm the person that should teach my kids ... Do you recommend them? In any case, let me PM you, in a bit, with # etc ...
  11. Flo Toronto

    Introduce yourself! 介紹自己!

    Hi Tina, Thanks for your quick reply and compliments. Nice to meet you too :-) I work very hard on my son's Chinese because it's very important for me to pass along the mother tongue and myself and my parents. Nowadays, as China is getting stronger and stronger, many Hong Kong parents here are trying to get their kids to learn Cantonese for family/ heritage and Mandarin for future opportunities. The other reason is that I am myself a linguist by bachelor's degree :-) So I was aware of the importance of metalinguistic awareness earlier on. I believe that thanks for my communication of this to my boy, he knows how languages work better than the kids without. For example, he understands what classifier is about (e.g. a piece of, a loaf of) because in Chinese there are many classifiers and we have to add one before saying almost every noun. For now, I'm still reading story books to him in colloquial Cantonese because I want to make the reading enjoyable. On Sagebooks, I am reading literary Chinese because these are supposed to train him literacy. I've no choice but to use the OPOL strategy because my husband is an Anglo-Canadian. But I totally understand your struggle between OPOL and ML@H. There are many factors to consider. For example, it's, in general,good the best when both parents speak naturally in each of their 1st language. But if there's only one speaking Chinese, children will have less exposure. But with good strategies, the less exposure quantity-wise can be made up by good exposure quality-wise, like what I'm doing. My son will soon be finishing K1 level of Chinese class in Cantonese & traditional characters at Mon Sheong (Friday night session in North York) and we'll be enrolling him on K2 for the coming September. So far he really likes it! I'm fluent but not native in Mandarin, so for now I'm using SageBooks to teach train him basic literacy and Mandarin at the same time. He's enjoying this too because I try to relate the texts to his day-to-day life as much as possible. And even in here there is a metalinguistic awareness thing: I told him why in MonSheong he's learning Chinese in Cantonese and why over Sagebooks at home he's learning Chinese in Mandarin. If you'd like to meet some more like-minded moms, I recommend you to join this group who keep trying to organize Chinese speaking meet-ups. Mandarin/Cantonese kiddo meetups (downtown) https://www.facebook.com/groups/194958077766306/ As you are living in Midtown, I think we could also meet up for playdates on our own too? Or we could also exchange tel# for more discussion by phone conversation or Whatsapp, which is less time-consuming than writing here :-)
  12. TTY

    Introduce yourself! 介紹自己!

    Hi Florence, So nice to receive your message! We are not too far from you, in midtown. Kudos to you for providing such an enriched language environment for your son. How did you decide on teaching both Mandarin and Cantonese when teaching him Chinese? Does it help with the metalinguistic awareness (fyi: its the first time I've heard of this term, so thank you for sharing that with me)? Do you read to him in Cantonese? If so, do you convert the text to spoken Cantonese or try to use literary Cantonese? I struggle with this as well, as I am not sure what is best or appropriate for my son's age. We were also not sure if having a single language at home in the early years was better or to have the one parent, one language approach. We hope to give him daily exposure to cantonese/chinese text, somehow, but again, still trying to find out what is best and what works. Right now, cartoons is the only thing that we are sure will get his attention. We are likely registering him for Saturday classes at MonSheong, but we know just having the one day of classes is not enough. Are you going to teach chinese to your son, yourself? Nice to meet you, Tina
  13. Flo Toronto

    Introduce yourself! 介紹自己!

    Hi Tina, I'm so thrilled to see your post because until you joined, there were only two members in the GTA! I'm living in North York since 3 years already. I'm native Cantonese and speak exclusively Cantonese to my boy (absolutely no code-mix or code-switch) while his Anglo-Canadian daddy speaks English to him. That means I not only communicate with him in Cantonese on a day-day-basis but also teach him Chinese (both Cantonese and Mandarin) in Cantonese and give him metalinguistic awareness (advising him the WHY and HOW of his bilingual/ multilingual childhood) Over these years, by a lot of research and trials, I've finally got my son's Chinese learning better structured. But soon as he goes to school, the acquisition of Chinese will be like an uphill battle. Let's see how he gets on later :-) Cheers, Florence
  14. TTY

    Introduce yourself! 介紹自己!

    Hi, Hello to everyone from Toronto, Canada! We are overseas Cantonese Chinese with two kids, 3 and 1. I am essentially literate (tho learned everything overseas, so it's not solid) and essentially fluent (tho I do find it difficult crossing between canto and english smoothly). Their father is a typical overseas cantonese with limited language skills, but trying. We want our kids to feel a strong connection to cantonese chinese and enjoy all it has to offer. We are struggling to decide how best to structure the home language environment. We are trying to have a cantonese immersive home, but since English will soon dominate their life at school, we not sure how long we can keep it up or if there are any tips/successes anyone has? Thanks for putting this site together! Tina
  15. Flo Toronto

    Hello Markham!

    Hey Calvin, I'm sorry that I hadn't been in touch for a while. No, you are not the only one here because I am still here but have just been too busy. Having this said, I also wonder why there are only 2 of us here :-( BTW, I've visited Hong Kong again for 2 weeks and just got back on Sunday. My son had a good time and also a good Cantonese immersion :-)
  16. buttercup

    Chinese food recipes

    When I want my hubby to eat more veggies I make a hot pot. Boil water, put chicken stock, then put the ingreidents in (choi/lettuce, meat/meat balls. Anything you want). It's quick and easy :) Try this website for vegetarian steamed bao: http://thewoksoflife.com/2017/01/steamed-vegetable-buns/ I made it once and it turned out tasty.
  17. Calvin W

    Learning Mandarin

    Traditional = Hong Kong (Cantonese) & Taiwan (Mandarin) Simplified = Mainland China (Mandarin) My take is - go to a class; you need to immerse yourself and make sure you talk to people in the language.
  18. My son has been asked to watch A Bug's Life. It would be nice if he could watch it in Cantonese. Does anyone have a free link to A Bug's Life by any chance?
  19. Jay Lau

    Dinolingo

    It's a bunch of (sort-of random) cartoons stitched together with Cantonese audio. It's like flashcards in video form. What I do like is they do say the classifier (measure word) which is rare (like yat jek gau, 1 dog). I don't know if it's worth the money but it's worth to ask your library to stock it and also to ask if anyone is willing let you loan you their copy. Again, I didn't buy it, I was able to check it out from my local library (I'm in the US).
  20. Amelia Oblongsky

    Learning Mandarin

    Hi guys, I am thinking about learning to read and write. Could someone explain to me how a beginner like me should learn? The best ways and what is this traditional simplified, why are there two types. It's very confusing
  21. Amelia Oblongsky

    Dinolingo

    What did you think of it? is it worth the money and do you think us adults would benefit from it?
  22. Jay Lau

    Dinolingo

    I was able to check out DinoLingo (Cantonese version) at my library. You can try before you buy!
  23. Jay Lau

    Introduce yourself! 介紹自己!

    Hi, Our family is in the United States and my kids are almost 6 and 3. I am teaching them Cantonese and my husband is teaching them Spanish.
  24. Friend shared this really cute list of nursery rhymes on Youtube in Mandarin: children were really engaged because of the cute animations
  25. I gave this a try (Netflix Canada) and while the search works, our audio is limited to English/French/Italian/Spanish. Netflix replied and said while Cantonese is available, it is region specific, most likely for Netflix HK and not available here.
  26. Pui-Lai

    Bilingualism Workshop April 2018

    Testimonials from the last session (January 2018): "Your seminar was so useful and surpassed our expectation! We love the evidence-based approach and all the tips you've given us, both as a professional and a parent in similar situation. In fact, we have many friends who are multilingual couples and I would recommend you to all of them." Dr Lucita Yuen and Dr Bobby Nicholas Languages Spoken: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, French “It was great to have the opportunity to explore this topic from a very family focused personal perspective. I found it highly motivating to meet others who acknowledge minority language acquisition is not just going to happen, who seem to understand how important it is and how challenging it can be. Learning other families' stories was fascinating. Pui Lai's delivery was pitched just right: the authority of someone with the facts and theory but the practicality and realism of someone there in the frontline living it! She created an atmosphere that was encouraging and authentic. Overall, the workshop helped reignite my enthusiasm and help my husband and I regroup and revisit our family's strategy with renewed fervour. I couldn't help but think this was the start of something and I'm hoping for more similar workshops looking at next steps after the goal setting stage with more shared ideas and experiences.” Dr Helen Yang and Dr Dean Yang Languages: English, Mandarin "Your seminar was very insightful into bilingual and its different methods. We enjoyed the evidence-based approach and breakout sessions which helped us understand the methods we could apply in learning. I would recommend the seminar to anyone who wants to gain an understanding of becoming bilingual." "We found your workshop very helpful and it was enlightening to see that there were other families that had similar concerns in raising bilingual children. Shame we couldn't have stayed longer to chat to other people. I thought the workshop was very informative. I personally would have loved to listen to more." George Sillibourne and Yen Tsang Languages: Cantonese and English "The workshop was great. It is good for us as parents to be prepared what are the common matters that would happen to a bilingual child. And also useful to know some of the approaches in introducing different languages to the child." Pinliong Liew and Pooi Yee Yong Languages: Malay, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hakka, English "We attended a bilingual workshop hosted by Pui Lai to see whether what we were doing was the correct method to go about teaching our children additional languages. The workshop was interactive and informative, plus as we came with our children, Pui Lai had help on hand to keep them entertained whilst the adults concentrated on the work shop. The workshop reassured us in what we knew and also gave us an in depth look into "bilingualism" as a whole." Pui Fong Leung and Peter Ting Fung Leung Languages: Hakka, Cantonese and English
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