To start off our Chinese New Year celebrations, we’re so happy to be introducing you to A Little Mandarin! A Little Mandarin: Chinese Children’s Classics v 1.0 is full of children’s classic songs, sung in Mandarin, just as the name suggests.
Mandarin isn’t a language that we often hear here, so my children aren’t familiar with the sounds of it. It’s very different from English, Japanese, and Spanish. I believe it’s important to expose children to many different languages as early as possible so that they can learn to differentiate the sounds and be able to pronounce them. This fun album is one way to do this without any effort!
My children love learning about many cultures, and they’ve enjoyed attending the Chinese New Year festivities nearby, and they’re looking forward to going again this year. Each year they learn something a little different there, and we also try something new at home, too.
Last year we made chopstick cases, and this year we’re having fun with the Year of The Sheep crafts, which we’ll be sharing over the next two weeks. Crafts, food, and music are perfect ways to introduce children to cultures.
A little Mandarin is the proud work of Toni Wang, a New York City Mom who was born in Shanghai. I love that she’s been able to help share her native culture with her children in such an amazing way!
This album takes many classic children’s songs and gives them a new musical twist. You’ll find a pleasant mix of ska, dance, pop, rock, and electro styles that brings a freshness to the tunes. As you can tell, my children love it. And it’s not just the children…I’ve been playing the disc and humming along as well! It makes washing the dishes a little more entertaining.
Tristan has enjoyed listening to this Mandarin album so much he specifically requested that Happy Birthday be played for his birthday! We played it for him on both the actual day of his birthday, as well as the day his extended family celebrated with him. You can listen to it here:
And if you think you’ll never learn the words…think again! You can find all the lyrics to the songs in Mandarin characters, an English pronunciation guide, as well as an English translation for each of the songs on the main website. How helpful! Print them out and hang them up around the house for the children to refer to as they listen to the music.
Where can you get your own A Little Mandarin Music?
- If you’re in the UK, A Little Mandarin has just been released via Mommies Tongue. At the moment it’s on sale, and if you also use the current first purchase sales code you can snap this up for just £3.49!
- You can find it on iTunes and Google Play.
- You can have a hard-copy shipped anywhere in the world from the A Little Mandarin shop
- If you’re in the USA, you can purchase this fun album from Amazon, either via digital download or a physical copy by using the affiliate link below.
Here’s a little freebie for you to enjoy. A FREE download of A Little Mandarin’s version of the traditional Chinese Happy New Year song, 新年好 – xīn nián hǎo (lyrics)