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Do you teach Simplified or Traditional Script?

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For low­er ele­men­tary (K-2), we teach Tra­di­tion­al script char­ac­ters and zhuyin (bopo­mo­fo).

  • Tra­di­tion­al char­ac­ters often give chil­dren visu­al clues to the mean­ing of the under­ly­ing words. These help get kids into the habit of learn­ing & rec­og­niz­ing Chi­nese pic­tographs.
  • Zhuyin (bopo­mo­fo) uses sym­bols orig­i­nal­ly derived from Chi­nese char­ac­ters to rep­re­sent pho­net­ic sounds. Because of the use of under­ly­ing Chi­nese char­ac­ters, learn­ing zhuyin is a great way for kids to get ear­ly prac­tice with Chi­nese char­ac­ter stroke pat­terns. Since “pinyin” relies on the Eng­lish alpha­bet, hav­ing chil­dren use “pinyin” for Chi­nese pro­nun­ci­a­tion can cause con­fu­sion as chil­dren are also learn­ing Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion at school dur­ing grades K-2.

Our goal is to have a mix of for­mal class­room instruc­tion com­bined with inter­ac­tive play-based activ­i­ties to help chil­dren improve their ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­tion abil­i­ty and improve their char­ac­ter recog­ni­tion abil­i­ty.

As chil­dren progress into grades 3–5, we will intro­duce Sim­pli­fied char­ac­ters and Pinyin.

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