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Old 06-17-2012, 07:14 PM
 
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2) play the same music over and over again in the car. Once again, the repetition is excellent for the child. If the teacher plays music in the class, obtain the same songs for personal use.
One of the best things I've found for my kids, is a few videos I bought in Venezuela (but then found them in youtube).
I downloaded them from youtube using Mozilla extension called "Easy youtube video downloader" (the bad thing is that it download the videos in .FLV format)
We always play that DVD in our minivan when we travel. My kids that are 6 and 8 know all the songs really good, but don't know much of what they are saying.


Here's one of the songs


Sammy El Heladero - YouTube
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Old 06-17-2012, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Mo City, TX
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Learning Mandarin is not so you can get a job in China. It's quite the opposite. If you want to get business from China as an American company, and you happen to know Mandarin even if they know English, you will get the competitive edge all other things being equal. Again, if I see Mandarin on someone's resume who grew up in an English speaking household, I will rank that person much hire than someone similar with Spanish fluency.

Just to open another can of worms, I'd rather learn to play golf than soccer, even though soccer is the most played sport in the world and I happen to be one hell of a soccer player.
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Old 06-17-2012, 07:29 PM
 
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Unlike a language, you can play golf by yourself.
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:57 PM
 
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That's not the point. The point is that golf will help you as an asset more than soccer will when it comes to what we've been talking about on this thread. Soccer you can play by yourself, too. It's called Xbox.
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:08 PM
 
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Default Somewhat Related

New Asian immigrants to US now surpass Hispanics
http://www.chron.com/news/article/Ne...cs-3642797.php
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:46 PM
 
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New Asian immigrants to US now surpass Hispanics
New Asian immigrants to US now surpass Hispanics - Houston Chronicle
Unlike hispanics, Asians speak 100s of languages.


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Asians Top of the Immigration Class - WSJ.com

The bulk of Asians in the U.S. trace their roots to six countries: China, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam.
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:54 PM
 
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Unlike hispanics, Asians speak 100s of languages.
Hundreds of languages? I'd say that was a stretch but I don't follow your point anyhow.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:19 AM
 
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Hundreds of languages? I'd say that was a stretch but I don't follow your point anyhow.
The thread is about learning a foreign language,
there might be a huge number of Asians coming to the US, but all of them don't speak the same language.
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:10 PM
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I think it is a good idea to have them learn both Mandarin and Spanish. Kids pick up languages pretty easily anyway. Since they enjoy writing characters like you said, i think you should have them concentrate on Mandarin. When they get older past high school/college, this will give them another option to work abroad in Asia should they decide to do so. Asia is an emerging market for business opportunities in years to come. If you prefer that they only learn one language, i would go with Mandarin since it is more difficult, but at their ages, it would be a breeze for them. They can always learn Spanish when they get a bit older.
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Old 08-21-2012, 06:19 PM
 
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Lisa, Are you still going to send your kids? I enrolled mine into first grade and they still have some spots left. On the website it showed the school had a few field trips over the summer. That was cool.
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