59 minutes | Jul 14, 2014

018: Meet Amanda | “Miss Panda Chinese”!

  Amanda Hsiung Blodgett is the founder of Miss Panda Chinese, Miss Panda Chinese helps children everywhere learn Mandarin Chinese in a fun and engaging way by presenting kids songs and stories in Chinese that are easy to learn and fun to listen to. Amanda is a Mandarin Chinese instructor and the mother of two young bilingual children. She is a native Mandarin Chinese speaker and a trained Mandarin Chinese instructor. Amanda has an extensive teaching experience with kids around the world specifically in Taiwan, Morocco, Canada and the United States.  We discuss how her career in language started, raising her kids bilingual, growing up in Taiwan and living in Turkmenistan, and the importance of leaning another language for her. In this episode of Bilingual Kids Rock Podcast: 00:36 Introduction to Bilingual Parents Connect 2:13 Introduction to Amanda, founder of Miss Panda Chinese 4:30 Amanda’s journey to her language career 6:41 Learning English in Taiwan as a child 8:36 Growing up in Taiwan and the languages/dialects in the country 11:10 Amanda’s reasons why she raise her kids bilingual 12:45 Does her husband speak Chinese? 13:30 Living in Turkmenistan 14:45 Switching languages in the family 17:27 Minority language has a stronger lead in her fmaily 19:00 How learning another language changed when her kids started going to school 21:20 Adding another language in the school’s curriculum 27:17 Teaching kids how to speak Chinese 30:00 Learning also about the culture and adding it in the curriculum 34:00 Importance of learning another language to a parent 36:21 Is Chinese the hardest language to learn and what is Amanda’s thoughts on it? 44:10 Having fun when learning another language 45:05 How important is traveling for Amanda 49:43 Best way to teach children is to lead an example 51:08 “It’s so contagious, it’s like happiness” – having fun when teaching another language 56:51 Where to find Amanda – Ms. Panda and for people who are interested in learning Chinese 57:46 Closing remarks Items mentioned in this episode: Should parents push children to learn minority language? How to foster children’s pride in their minority language and culture? Code switching vs. Borrowing in bilingual children   Was this information useful? Don’t you wish you would have found it sooner? Well to help other parents find Bilingual Kids Rock and spread our positive message – please subscribe & consider leaving a review and rating on iTunes. You see – your reviews and subscription information is how iTunes determines what’s good, what’s bad, and what they should share with new listeners. We REALLY appreciate your help – we can’t grow without your support. To leave a review, login to iTunes, go to the BilingualKidsRock Podcast, and click the Ratings and Reviews tab. Then rate us – five stars being good – and let us know what you enjoyed about the show. We’ll even highlight your reviews in future podcasts! Again – thank you for helping us grow and reach more bilingual families JUST LIKE YOURS
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