Guys, congratulations! I am about to expose you to something pretty fantastic hahah. Okay, so, I don’t know if you’re like me- but I’ve tried multiple times to expose my son and daughter to other cultures, languages, etc. I want them to know more than I did (and do!) I also believe they should start learning a foreign language sooner rather than later.
Personally, I started studying Japanese in the 7th grade. For many years it came to me so easily. I loved it! As the years went on it became harder and harder to learn Japanese. It was also hard because I didn’t know anyone else studying the language! My parents weren’t very interested… and the only people I had to speak with were fellow students. Sometimes I wish I’d been exposed to foreign language learning materials at an early age. I believe it would have helped a lot with learning more complex language concepts.
This week, when I was speaking with my friend Ferren of Artcre.am, I was thrilled to find out that she was working on a new project. Ferren excels at anything she puts her mind to. Seriously, her talent is amazing to me. Her new project is an early learning, Chinese language board book for kids! I wasn’t sure what to expect when she told me about it… but when I watched her Kickstarter video I was so in love!
Really guys, TingTing is the cutest character. Through her, you get to learn Mandarin Chinese. It is designed for young children and can be read to them by anyone- regardless of your proficiency (or lack thereof) of the language! Win!
And I know, I know…Ferren is my friend… my best friend actually.. so you may think I’m just writing about this for that reason- but… no. I really love this idea. I think the book is beautiful and the idea is amazing. I’ve known Ferren for 13 years now, and her love of Chinese is immense. She studied Chinese in college and went on to study further in China. She wants to see little ones get those foreign language experiences also– at an even earlier age!
So, below is her Kickstarter page. Turns out, great ideas take a little bit of money. I hope you will consider contributing. I know this project will be a success! (I also can’t wait for my copy!)