Sing and Learn Chinese with Audio Cassette
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Sing 'n Learn Chinese
Sing 'n Learn Chinese helps your children learn Mandarin Chinese language through favorite songs sung in China and Taiwan for children of all ages. With 22 traditional and contemporary melodies, they will enjoy learning about greetings, family, animals, numbers, colors and more. Lyrics are written in both traditional and simplified characters and romanized pinyin, with English translation and activity guides included. Fun illustrations promote understanding and enhance learning. Comes with 32 page paperback book and audio cassette or CD.
* Ni Hao/How are You?
* Ten Little Friends
* This is the Way...
* When We are Together (The More We Get Together)
* If You are Happy
* Mi Feng Gong Zuo/Working Bees
* London Big Bridge
* Sing a Song and Dance (Hokey Pokey)
* Head, Shoulders, Knees & Feet
* Er Duo Liang Ge/Two Ears
* Little Sister had a Little Lamb
* Zhao Peng You/Where is My Friend?
* Hua Yuan Li De Yang Wa Wa/Doll in the Garden
* What Color?
* Old Mr. Wong had a Farm Field
* Five Little Ducks
* Liang Zhi Lao Hu/Two Tigers
* Qing Wa Ge/Frog Song
* There is Thunder
* Rain, Rain, Go Away
* Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
* Zai Jian/Good-Bye
109070 ISBN-13: 9781888194067
About Sing 'n Learn
Sing 'n Learn uses familiar melodies to teach basic vocabulary and pronunciation. Each 32-page songbook contains illustrations featuring Penny and Tommy Panda and a digitally recorded cassette or CD with more than 20 vocals, and a book also includes English translations, suggested activities and instructional guides.
The inspiration of Master Communications President Selina Yoon, the Sing 'n Learn series gives children a head start in learning another language, which in turn stimulates greater mental development. "Children love to sing. It's one of the easiest ways for them to learn the words for fundamentals like greetings, colors, numbers and animals," Ms. Yoon explained.
The Sing 'n Learn series is the first of its kind to be released in the United States. Many children's recordings are sung by children, making it difficult to hear syllables. To promote communication, Master Communications used clear adult voices on the digitally recorded tapes and CDs, slowing the tempo slightly to allow for clear enunciation. To further enhance the learning process, Ms. Yoon chose collaborators who knew each language, music and children well. Together, they compiled songs that are popular around the world - like the "Hokey Pokey" and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" - and songs native to each country. When possible, they used lyrics sung by children in China, Korea, Japan, or Vietnam, like Old MacDonald, which is sung as "Uncle had a Farm Field" in Korean and "Old Mr. Wong had a Farm Field" in Chinese.
The song books and cassettes were produced, almost in their entirety, in Cincinnati, something that Ms. Yoon found surprising. "I thought I'd have to go to a larger city like New York or San Francisco to find people experienced in children's music and foreign translations," she said. Trio Jan Jeng, Ms. Yoon's co-author on Sing 'n Learn Chinese, teaches at the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music and chairs CCM's Kindermusic program. In addition to helping with development, she sang on the Chinese tape. Bo-Kyung Kim, an instructor at Northern Kentucky University, helped Yoon with the Korean translations. An experienced translator and author with a degree in Korean language and literature, Ms. Kim also has been published in Korea. Esther Hyun, a University of Cincinnati student pursuing a master's degree in voice, sang on the Korean version. Rob Currens, senior composer and engineer at Cincinnati's Madison Park Productions, teaches technology in media at Raymond Walters College. He arranged and performed the music for both cassettes. Although most of the music was familiar, a few native songs he'd never heard before and some called for revisions.