Sunday, January 15, 2012

Rhythms and Tones

Rhythms and Tones- This is a wonderful book to expose kids who are learning Chinese as a second language.  It includes a CD with 24 songs that reinforce learning things such as:
  • How to say hello/goodbye,
  • Using tones,
  • Asking basic questions,
  • Titles of family members,
  • Actions,
  • Body parts,
  • Numbers and measure words,
  • Animals,
  • Common phrases,
  • Food,
  • Radicals and how they look in characters,
  • Weather,
  • Asking for and saying the time,
  • Days of the week,
  • Seasons,
  • Colors, and
  • Chinese holidays.
At the back of the book, the piano music for each song is provided as well as a dictionary of the characters covered in the book.  This book uses mainland pinyin and simplified Chinese characters.  I should also point out that is available at the Iowa City Public Library; The title is Rhythms and Tones and the call number is j495.1834.

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