Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett

First Mandarin Sounds

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Version: Written in Traditional Chinese, Pinyin, and English.

SIMPLE AND FUN: Learn to pronounce Mandarin Chinese accurately from the beginning. The thirty-seven essential Mandarin sounds introduced in this book make up the foundation of all Chinese words. Readers will also find each of these sounds embedded within a common, high-frequency Chinese word. With this helpful guide, you will discover that Chinese pronunciation is simple and fun — for you, and for your child. 

EVERYDAY CHINESE WORDS: This is a book for children who are learning Mandarin Chinese as a second language. First Mandarin Sounds provides parents a simple and fun method to introduce Mandarin Chinese to their children. Preschoolers, kindergarteners, and elementary school children will enjoy the bright and vibrant pictures. The playful look-and-find pages will also lead your child to explore and have fun with Chinese words!

EARLY FOREIGN LANGUAGE ACQUISITION: Give the gift of the Chinese language and unlock the linguistic genius within your young child. According to research, learning a new language is like having a brain workout. This Chinese children's book guides kids to learn accurate Chinese pronunciation with fun words!

WITH CHILDREN AND PARENTS IN MIND: Created by Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett, an experienced Mandarin teacher, and the mother of two bilingual children. “Miss Panda,” as she is also known to her students, has taught Mandarin and English on four continents and for over twenty years. Her “Let's Learn Mandarin Chinese with Miss Panda!” audio lesson album has guided parents to engage kids in Chinese with laughter and fun. This book makes a great gift for children to learn Mandarin Chinese.

COMPLIMENTARY SUPPORT: A video recording of each of the thirty-seven Mandarin sounds and their related words in this book is available for you to access. Parents can read this book with confidence that they will be able to introduce these first Mandarin words and sounds to their children. With these free tools, readers can connect the written words with the spoken language. To access this free video support visit
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86 printed pages
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