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Mandarin Chinese: Twelve Zodiac Animals: A Sing, Rhyme, and Play Ongoing Class

This ongoing class sparks a lifelong love of learning MANDARIN through singing, rhyming, and writing simple Chinese characters. With 5 learners max, everyone gets their turn to speak. This class focuses on ANIMALS OF THE CHINESE ZODIAC.
Teacher Christina (she/they)
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Completed by 8 learners
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year olds
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Charged weekly
Meets 1x per week
Runs week after week
25 minutes per class
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Learners will learn simple words and concepts and form a positive association with the sights and sounds of Mandarin Chinese, especially the animals of the Chinese Zodiac. This class sets a foundation and desire for future learning.
My native language is English—I became professionally fluent in Mandarin Chinese through more than nine years of intense study that gave me a deep appreciation for the Chinese language and culture. I will pass this appreciation on to your learner in my class! During my year of teaching English and German in Taipei, I simultaneously studied Mandarin with a private tutor, which activated my interest in the language. I chose Mandarin as my language focus while earning a Master's Degree in International Relations and have completed multiple total immersion courses in China. Two of these courses included a language pledge to speak only Mandarin Chinese for four weeks and six weeks straight! My professional work in China has taken me to many Mandarin-speaking places, including Harbin, Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Kunming, and Taipei. Most importantly, from nearly twenty years of total time and experience working with China, I gained a lifelong love of Mandarin Chinese and I can't wait to share it with your child!

Ms. Christina began her career as an English teacher in Taiwan. 
Later, she worked for seven years in the children's department of a public library with a focus on Early Literacy and multilingual programming.
Ms. Christina has a Bachelor of Arts degree in INTERNATIONAL POLITICS and GERMAN.
She has a Master of Arts degree in INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS with a language focus on MANDARIN CHINESE. 
Learners will have one simple worksheet to complete / color after each class, taking approximately 5 minutes.
 2 files available upon enrollment
A one-page handout with the Chinese character of the day will be provided before each class. The learner can print the page or bring a blank piece of paper to write on.
25 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Note Regarding YouTube: 
I never use YouTube during class — all music in class is played live by me on the ukulele or xylophone. The YouTube channel,, is available for your use before and/or after class, in the event you would like to preview and/or review course content. You do not need an account to watch the videos.


Teacher Christina (she/they)
Lives in the United States
Early literacy and language teacher — with a ukulele!
157 total reviews
196 completed classes

About Me

"Play is one of the most important ways in which young children gain essential knowledge and skills." ~UNICEF, 2018

Hi, I'm Teacher Christina! (she/they) I teach early literacy and language classes drawing from my many years working in the... 
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