Chinese Studies for kids and teens.
Our school has been approved as the Overseas Compatriot School from the Department of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan. The advantage of our text books is that they include both Traditional and Simplified Chinese characters as well as both zhu yin and pinyin phonetics system to help our young learners to master the language. I've always wished my children could learn both systems and these books turn my dream into reality!
Our first term is starting on Saturday 14th Sept. from 1-3pm for 14 weeks with mid term break on 2nd Nov and the last class is on 21st Dec. The fee for this term is 140 euro, 10% discount apply for siblings. The certificate will be awarded at the end of the year base on the scores that are made of the following criteria: attendance, classroom performance, home work and exam at the end of each term. The first week will cover introduction, assessment and after the break, we will be doing the dough figurine workshop and a little celebration for the mid autumn festival. As the numbers enrolled was small this year, quite a few expressed the interests in culinary art for the immersion class so we will run more culinary workshop but will include other interests too from time to time. See you next Saturday!
We are moving our classes to Saturday from 13:00-15:00 at NWETSS. It is acknowledged that culture element plays an important part in motivation and I am a firm believer in immersion language learning. Therefore, I would like to introduce an innovative way of Saturday Chinese school. Students will learn with their peers based on their level for the 1st half of the lesson. After a short break, there will be a number of immersive activities and the student can chose which they would like to join for the 2nd half and immerse in Chinese while doing something engaging. For example, my son will be taking the CEFR level B for the first half and he will go to the culinary art for his second half. Students can try different immersive activities from time to time.
To sign up here: https://lnkd.in/gbWwXqg
Highlights of 2019 Chinese Summer Camp, with many thanks to our volunteers: Jia Ru Li and Roisin Furlong Special Thanks to the volunteering teacher Chuck Chang with support from 海華文教基金會 (Overseas Compatriot Culture and Education Foundation Taiwan) and 僑務委員會 OCAC. 都柏林中文學校夏令營花絮, 感謝志工：Jia Ru Li and Roisin Furlong的幫忙。特別感謝：海華文教基金會/僑務委員會的志工張祐齊老師的協助。
Congratulations To Shane Lin and Oscar He for your accomplishment for scoring highest in your groups at TOCFL/CCCC tests. You will be awarded with Amazon vouchers which we are grateful for the sponsorship from the Ministry of Education. Well done to all who passed the test.
Taiwan’s first Pride was held in the capital Taipei in 2003 and it was the biggest in Asia last year with the estimated turnout of 137,000 in the annual rally’s 16 years of history. However, it wasn’t smooth sailing for the LGBTQ community in Taiwan since the movement started in the early 90s. On 17th May this year, same-sex marriage is legalised in Taiwan and it became the first country in Asia to recognise marriage equality. #FirstInAsia #LoveWon
Summer Mandarin Chinese Immersion Camp is now enrolling! 12th to 16th Aug, 2019 from 10:00-15:00. 中文夏令營開放報名，8月12-16日。
Each year, we design a brand new theme based Summer Mandarin Immersion Camp to entertain the students and the theme for 2019 is learning all about the 16 indigenous tribes in Taiwan. We would be keeping the old tradition too as pupils love them - activities such X factor, calligraphy, Chinese painting, Chinese culinary art, arts & crafts, outdoor games and soundmapping project. Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 0879911614 if you have any questions. Cost: €150 per week including fruits, snacks, water and lunch (10% sibling discount). https://forms.gle/2bGi3LVWhtCKJdoy8
Raising multilingual children has always been a mission to
me, I have gone too deep to give up.
After my second child was born, I gave up my job to give the
gift of language to my children, posh Mandarin Chinese that is spoken in Taiwan.😊Despite challenges, with the great support of
my “quiet” partner, my children are not only talking to me still, but we can
discuss news in Mandarin.
Although bilingualism may come easily when children are
young, as soon as they start to attend the mainstream schools, English, the
lingua franca dominates their heritage languages.It is imperative however, to maintain the
reflex of using mother tongue with your children regardless what language they
respond back.At least, the listening
skill is contained and there is a slight chance of passing the mother tongue to
the third generation.My children and I
have this mutual reflex that we must force our brains to speak English to each
other when we had to, and it didn’t feel natural.
Everyone is aware of the benefits of multilingualism.The young generation’s second or third
languages in European countries are far better than their peers herein Ireland
where they spent the same amount of time studying a language. It is not only
the lack of motivation, but also lack of environment.There are significantly more learning
prospects in English than other languages in the media.Parents need to create the opportunities.
A few tips for parents based on my own experience.I meet up with friends who speak Mandarin to
their children regularly.I read stories
to them in Mandarin up to they were ten.I encourage them to read and study the same.I listen to Chinese songs with them.I volunteer in their school to promote
Chinese culture and language annually.I
spent time watching silly cartoons or movies in Mandarin with my teens.I take every car journey as an opportunity to
discuss current affairs.I do not care
if I embarrass them in front of their peers.I text them in Chinese words and pinyin too sometimes.I take them home to Taiwan as much as I can
afford.I felt that I have invested in
too deep that there is no turning back.
To finish I have a few words from my husband on his
“It is fantastic that my children converse with ease and
fluency in Mandarin with their mother.It is the only language they speak with her.Even now with them in their teens, there is
no resistance to conversing in Mandarin, its just a completely natural thing
for them to do having always done so.For the most part it does mean I don’t know what they are talking about,
but that can be a good thing sometimes as well”.
We can not believe that today was our last class of the academic year of 2018-19. Children have grown so much and we are delighted with their progress. To celebrate the last class of the term as well as the upcoming festival, we learned about the story and customs of the Dragon Boat Festival, tried to make & cook ZongZi and lastly made a Zong goodie bag. We appreciate the support from parents through out the year and wish you all a great summer. Remember, we are running a summer camp in the middle of Aug and places are still available. (Photo credit to Anna Yu)
Summer Mandarin Chinese Immersion Camp is now enrolling! 12th to 16th Aug, 2019 from 10:00-15:00 at NWETSS on Putland Road, Bray.
Each year, we design a brand new theme based Summer Mandarin Immersion Camp to entertain the students and the theme for 2019 is learning all about the 16 indigenous tribes in Taiwan. We would be keeping the old tradition too as pupils love them - activities such X factor, calligraphy, Chinese painting, Chinese culinary art, arts & crafts, outdoor games and soundmapping project. Cost: €150 per week including fruits, snacks, water, lunch and all materials (10% sibling discount). Click on the picture to sign up.
都柏林中文學校(Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese)將於2019年六月八日(星期六)舉辦兒童華語文能力測驗(Children's Chinese Competency Certification)及華語文能力測驗(The Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language- TOCFL)
- 成長級Seedling (Intermediate)
- 茁壯級Blossoming (Advanced)
Band A (CEFR A1 / A2)
本測驗有正體字(Traditional Character)及簡體字(Simplified Character)兩種試卷。及格者將核發及格証書。
測驗時間及地點(Date and venue):
Sat 8th June 2019 from 1100-1300 at Greystones Educate Together National School, Blacklion, Greystones, Wicklow.
若有興趣參加上述華語文能力測驗者，即日起至 四月二十日止，請向本校報名。Please contact us if you are interest in taking part.
報名费Test Fee:童華語文能力測驗20歐元/20 Euro；華語文能力測驗25歐元/25 Euro
更多有關本測驗訊息，請參考網站。 For further information about TOCFL, please visit the official website: www.sc-top.org.tw
The Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese will host the Children's Chinese Competency Certification and the Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) on Sat June 8th, 2019.
Children's Chinese Competence Certification (CCCC)
- Seedling (Intermediate)
- Blossoming (Advanced)
Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language
-Band A (CEFR A1 / A2)
This test has two kinds of exam papers: Traditional Character and Simplified Character. The certificate will be awarded for anyone who passed the exam.
Date and venue:
Sat 8th June 2019 from 1100-1300 at Greystones Educate Together National School, Blacklion, Greystones, Wicklow.
If you are interested in participating in the above exam, please register before 20th April. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Email to the school: email@example.com
Tel: 087 9911614
Registration online: https://forms.gle/T2dMyuPpk53yLb7N6
Application Fee: 20 Euro for CCCC and 25 Euro for TOCFL
Payment by: paypal.me/EvanFurlongDSMC
For further information about the CCCC/TOCFL, please visit the official website: www.sc-top.org.tw
If you haven't got enough hints from the shops all over Ireland.....here is another one....It's mother's day on Sunday! Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese has always been very creative for every special occasion and we are up-cycling the candle glasses! We use the resin clay to "Repackaging" the glass and turn it into a beautiful pot or jar. 母親節快樂 / 媽媽節快樂 Mǔqīn jié kuàilè/ māmā jié kuàilè
I am very excited to tell you that Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese is proud to present our popular idol NeZha (The Third Prince) at the St Patrick's parades on the Ray D'Arcy show tonight and in the St Patrick's Festival in Bray tomorrow.
The Third Prince is an important symbol of Taiwan's "cultural diversity." in the past 400 years. He was originally a deity in Indian Buddhism and later became an important idol within Daoism; He's popular due to many reasons, his literary personality of rebellion & freedom and his cute appearance and energetic dance that are influenced by Japanese comic culture and American Street dance.
The Third Prince participates in the St Patrick's Parade in the hope to promote the sharing of the rich cultural traditions of the two islands, Taiwan and Ireland.
We would like to express our gratitude towards the 5 hard working Third Princes who trained tirelessly for these performances: Rian O'Loughlin, Matt Wu, Jason Liao, Ken Peng and Derry Yeh.
This project is sponsored by Taiwan overseas community affair council, Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese and the Taipei Representative Office in Ireland.
It is so nice to have something to celebrate about as we always sparks new ideas from each one of the different festivals. Sunday is the annual national holiday in Ireland, St. Patrick's Day, the whole world is honoring this festival by turning green! We have no choice but to follow the tradition. :-)
We have made some leprechaun (綠色精靈 Lǜsè jīnglíng) with dough and the origami lucky clover, lead by our classroom assistant.
January has always been students' favorite month of the year as they get to take on the traditional arts and crafts each week! Our #ChineseNewYear curriculum in 2019 was as below:
Chinese New Year song (12 zodiac)
Story telling & game
CNY collage project 1
Chinese painting – pig 2019 and 招財進寶 (bring in the fortune and treasure)
Chinese New Year song (恭喜Gongxi)
CNY collage project 2
Paper cutting – 立體春 3D spring + 鞭炮 (peanut form) +春錢 spring (save) money
Chinese New Year song
CNY collage project 3
小豬捏面人 dough figurine (pig of course)
CNY collage project 4
小豬紅包/小豬摺紙 Piggy origami and piggy red pocket
Party & feast
Practice chopsticks and fortune cookies challenge
Radish year cake (蘿蔔糕) and fortune cake (發糕）workshop
CNY Prezi presentation and feast
Table quiz and the winning team get 大紅包（big fat red envelops)
Tis the season, we have started making homemade Christmas cards before the last posting date to Asia is due. We are combining the eastern crafts such as origami, Chinese calligraphy, paper cutting and dough figurines with the western holiday. You shall be so lucky to receive one of these.
Learn some silly phrases that are associated with 鬼 gui (ghost) this Halloween.
死鬼 (dead ghost, often refer to husband as "honey" )
小鬼 (little ghost, often refer to children )
鬼話 (ghost speech, often refer to gibberish)
膽小鬼 (gallbladder small ghost, coward)
鬼佬 (ghost fellow, refer to pale looking foreigner)
吸血鬼 (sucking blood ghost, blood sucking vampire)
鬼臉 (ghost face, refer to funny faces)
鬼牌 (ghost card, joker in the poker cards)
見鬼 (saw ghost, nonsense, bullshit)