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    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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    Bilingualism Workshop April 2018

    Bilingualism Workshop – raising a bilingual child A 1 hour 45 minute workshop for parents with babies/children between 0-3 years on Sunday 22nd April 2018 at King's Cross 10:15am-12:00pm (venue TBC). What we will cover: · Bilingualism benefits: improved cognitive ability and other psychosocial benefits for children growing into adulthood · Dispelling bilingualism myths: children won’t get confused between languages, what language code switching is and what we can do · Scientific research: current clinical and scientific evidence of the effects of bilingualism · Parent child interaction: skills and strategies to adopt with a child to foster bilingualism into adulthood When? Sunday 22nd April 2018 between 10:15am-12:00pm at King's Cross (venue TBC). My qualifications and experience I'm a qualified bilingual Speech and Language Therapist with a specialist interest and passion in bilingualism. I have two children – a 6 year old boy and a 10 month old baby girl. I brought up my 6 year old son to speak Cantonese, Mandarin and English, and speaks each language fluently. I have worked with children for over 12 years (0-18), and adults with acquired brain injury, mental health and learning disabilities for the last five years. I’m an absolute language lover having studied French, German, Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin, BSL and Makaton and have a fascination about languages and the brain. Contact: If you are interested then please contact me at pll.tsai@gmail.com to book a place, stating Bilingualism Workshop. Couples: £60 Individuals: £50 Limited spaces available. Concessions available. Children are welcome at the venue but there are limited places with an experienced child helper who will help entertain the children in the same room. Pui-Lai Specialist Speech and Language Therapist MSc UCL, BA (Hons) Warwick, HCPC, CertMRCSLT
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    Bilingualism Workshop January 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 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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    PlayCantonese Nursery Rhymes

    All of the English Nursery rhymes translated into Chinese. List was found by Jason Lee kindly on the Cantonese Parents group: http://www.en8848.com.cn/children/songs/a-z/
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    Vocabulary

    I'm going to add to this vocab list so I can refer to it in future! I kindly asked some people on FB what some arts and crafts material 手工材料 was: googly eyes: 活動眼睛 pipe cleaners: 毛毛棒 / 毛絨條 pom pom balls: 毛毛球/ 毛絨球
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    Chinese food recipes

    Thanks guys for sharing links and recipes! Very useful once I get my life back and not busy making baby food and trying to catch up on some sleep! Does anyone have a tried and tested vegetarian steamed bao recipe to share? (trying to get everyone in the house to eat more veggies...husband included!!)
  7. This is getting sorted out, fingers crossed before CNY hopefully! Everyone is so patient :)
  8. Hi guys, unfortunately there's a glitch with the video library and Andrew has told me that he will be attempting to fix it over the festive holidays when he hopefully has a little time to spare. Thanks for your patience - will update again soon.
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    Bilingualism Workshop January 2018

    Bilingualism Workshop – raising a bilingual child A 90 minute workshop for parents with babies 0-24 months on Sunday 28th January 2018 at Kings Cross 10:30am-12:00pm (venue TBC). What we will cover: · Bilingualism benefits: improved cognitive ability and other psychosocial benefits for children growing into adulthood · Dispelling bilingualism myths: children won’t get confused between languages, how language code switching develops · Scientific research: current clinical and scientific evidence of the effects of bilingualism · Parent child interaction: skills and strategies to adopt with a child to foster bilingualism into adulthood When? Sunday 28th January 2018 between 10:30am-12:00pm at King's Cross (venue TBC). My qualifications and experience I'm a qualified bilingual Speech and Language Therapist with a specialist interest and passion in bilingualism. I have two children – a 6 year old boy and a 7 month old girl. I brought up my 6 year old son to speak Cantonese, Mandarin and English, and speaks each language fluently. I have worked with children for over 12 years (0-18), and adults with acquired brain injury, mental health and learning disabilities for the last five years. I’m an absolute language lover having studied French, German, Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin, BSL and Makaton and have a fascination about languages and the brain. Contact: If you are interested then please contact me at pll.tsai@gmail.com to book a place, stating Bilingualism Workshop. Limited spaces available. Concessions available. Pui-Lai Specialist Speech and Language Therapist MSc UCL, BA (Hons) Warwick, HCPC, CertMRCSLT
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    baby signing time in chinese / cantonese

    Hi, yes definitely. Happy to teach some basics. Feel free to contact me :)
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    baby signing time in chinese / cantonese

    I plan to run a baby sing and sign class soon in London if anyone is interested. I am a SLT (BSL level 2 and also Makaton trained) so excited to run these sessions in Cantonese (done it before many years ago but in English :) will post more details later!
  12. I love the videos you uploaded. Your Awesome!
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    Cantonese/Mandarin audio books

    Hi Jessie, I do recommend the books from Greenfield too (Magic Box and I Can Read series). I love how they come with both Cantonese and Mandarin on a disc which is very handy to play in the background (and do the washing up/cooking etc!) instead of having the TV on at times or needing me to be present to read to them all the time. There is a good sense of humour from the writers too! If you want to check out some of the books before making a commitment and buy them, you can look at (and print should you wish) a few of the books from the resources folder. This can be found under the category "Children Learning Materials" and then "Cantonese resources -Google Drive." Some very kind angels have added a lot to this drive! I have also come across Better Chinese but I think it is just in Mandarin though.
  14. It's okay if he doesn't speak to you in Cantonese for now. Basically in language acquisition there is receptive (understanding) language which is developed before expressive (using) language. As long as you are consistent and continue to speak to him in Cantonese, you will be very surprised at what he understands and eventually, at what he will be able to say when he grows in confidence with the language. If you are able to, try and find more environments for him to be more exposed in the language and to use it, and ways to develop his Chinese vocabulary e.g. speaking to extended family, local Chinese playgroups. As long as you are motivated with the language, you will at least pass on your enthusiasm in language learning and that itself is an achievement :)
  15. Hi William, you are completely right that it can be a wonderful learning process not just for the children but for adults too in picking up a new language. I think it is exciting but most of all, fun!! As a parent and a Speech and Language Therapist, it is very difficult to give specific advice, but Andrew has spelled out a few of the important tips such as one parent, one language. It is totally about being consistent, being confident and giving everything you have! To try and immerse yourself as much as you possibly can in the language such as manipulating the environment so that she can hear more of the language, whether it is talking to extended family in the Vietnamese/Cantonese, meeting families in the nearby area, listening to music/watching a few cartoons together etc. It is also about managing your own expectations and being realistic too, for example, I know that with my first degree is in English and Philosophy there is no way I can discuss Shakespeare with my son! However, I am hoping that he can just be as fluent as I am in Cantonese and hold a simple everyday conversation. In order for him to be better in Chinese, I have been revising the language in my spare time and hope that at the very least, I can enthuse him with a life long interest in learning languages as it is a fantastic skill to have, discover culture, meet new people etc :) Do remind each other to speak the language consistently to your daughter and explore the language together :) Apologies for a short reply (late on a Sunday) but as Andrew has started this thread, I hope to write a post with lots of helpful tips and to continue to answer any more questions anyone may have.
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