Monday, 17 June 2019

都柏林彩虹遊行Dublin Pride Parade 2019

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

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Chinese Summer Camp 12th to 16th Aug. 2019

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 info@dsmc.biz 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


Friday, 31 May 2019

Gift of Language

I wrote this for the Mother Tongues Ireland in May 2019.

https://mothertongues.ie/2019/05/29/the-gift-of-language/


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 perspective.
“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”.
Evan Furlong

中文四子棋 zhōng wén sì zǐ qí Chinese Connect 4 #Connect4 #四子棋 #桌遊

四子琪可以這樣玩,學單字。也有其他玩法例如造句。如果是玩個人比賽,就印出來。如果是團體比賽,就用Powerpoint 投影。說對單字或造句就可以拿那個格子,連成四格就贏了,像Connect4的桌遊。我在2014年發明的,到現在還是很受學生的歡迎。

We are very proud to have invented this game - #Connect4 with words back in 2014 and it is still very popular amount students. Who doesn't like a bit of board game during the class?





Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese 都柏林中文小學: 中文四子棋 zhōng wén sì zǐ qí Chinese Connect 4: I am very proud to invent this game and children wants to play it over and over again!! You have to know every word to win!

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Zongzi goodie bag 粽子福袋

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)







Sunday, 5 May 2019

Summer Mandarin Chinese Immersion Camp is now enrolling!

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. 


Tuesday, 2 April 2019

TOCFL the Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language





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)

測驗級別Test levels:
兒童華語文能力測驗
- 成長級Seedling (Intermediate)
- 茁壯級Blossoming (Advanced)
華語文能力測驗
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.

本校電郵(Email ): info@dsmc.biz
本校電話(Tel): 087 9911614
報名: https://forms.gle/T2dMyuPpk53yLb7N6

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
繳費請由:paypal.me/EvanFurlongDSMC
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.

Test levels:
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: info@dsmc.biz
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

Friday, 29 March 2019

母親節快樂 / 媽媽節快樂 Mǔqīn jié kuàilè/ māmā jié kuàilè

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

Saturday, 16 March 2019

台灣電音三太子在愛爾蘭的表演 Taiwan's Third Prince Performance in Ireland for the St Patrick's day celebration 2019

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.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Saint Patrick's Day crafts 聖派翠克節 Shèng pài cuì kè jié

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.






Sunday, 10 February 2019

#ChineseNewYear collage project






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:
Week 1
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)

Week 2
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

Week 3
Chinese New Year song
CNY collage project 3
小豬捏面人 dough figurine (pig of course)


Week 4
CNY collage project 4
小豬紅包/小豬摺紙 Piggy origami and piggy red pocket
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kK45QmgdTw
https://v.qq.com/x/page/a0823aft7ac.html

Week 5
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)

說吉祥話你拿紅包Lucky greetings and receive red envelops

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Christmas Arts & Crafts 2018

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.









Sunday, 28 October 2018

What phrases with 鬼 gui (ghost) in Chinese are silly, funny and rude? 😜

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)

Here're some bingo templates.











Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Kids, you can carve a pumpkin in just a few seconds!

Thanks to the #QuiverVision app, we spent the last few minutes in class for this clever and quick pumpkin carving activity, kids also get to practice saying Halloween "Wan Sheng Jie" in Chinese.
http://www.quivervision.com/


Monday, 10 September 2018

Living Mandarin App is now available for Book 1-3

We have been using these wonderful text books #LivingMandarin published by skymandarin.org. The great news is that the learning app is available for book 1-3 now and free to download for the next few days! Don't miss out!
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.michaelkuo.LivingMandarinBookOneDemo