From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 6?Introduces Chinese greetings, numbers, family, animals,
colors, etc. using familiar melodies. 22 songs are accompanied by lyrics
written in simplified Chinese characters, traditional characters, and
romanized pinyin. Includes English translations.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Family/Culture, June 1997
Some experts predict that Chinese will be one of the four major world
languages in the 21st Century. Enter two outstanding language instruction
titles for young children: Sing 'n Learn Chinese and Sing 'n Learn Korean.
These are the only accurate, educational, fun, and authentic book/cassette
language instruction programs for Chinese and Korean available for children
today that capitalizes on the use of singing as a language instruction
enhancement activity. (Children's Bookwatch, The Midwest Book Review, Sept
1997) This is perfect for group or independent learning, for children and
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Master Communications; 2nd Bk&CD edition (January
- Language: English
- ISBN: 1888194170
- Product Dimensions: 11.0 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces.
- Average Customer Review:
based on 6 reviews.
|3 of 4 people found the following review
Great for kids, July 2, 2004
My 4 year old son just loves the songs. He will listen to it three or
four times a day. He has learned all the words in book. All the Chinese
say he has very good pronunciation. A friend of mine recommended this book
to me. She says they have worn out the tape once and are now on to the CD.
The singer sings and also says clearly the words to the songs.
|15 of 18 people found the following review
Skull-splitting headache guaranteed!!, June 16, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
If you enjoy a thumping, skull splitting migraine headache, then Sing N
Learn is for you.
As a longtime language instructor, I agree with the attempt and effort
that this series makes, but it is the execution that ultimately weakens
Sing N Learn Chinese.
To be sure, there are much, much better ways to learn Chinese. In fact,
I would recommend this title only as a last resort and after you've
thoroughly exhausted traditional ways to learn Chinese.
The songs contained herein are renditions of popular Chinese folk
songs. WARNING: Most of the words sung throughout are inaudible. While the
accompanying workbook aids in comprehension, it isn't enough to get you
through the annoying vocals of the entire Sing N Learn series.
Indeed, most of the songs contain blood-curdling vocals accompanied by
low fidelity musical arrangements making listening to the songs almost
unbearable. (My students asked me to turn it off after one song). Overall,
the musical and vocal quality is definitely poor and grating at best. I
will bet an entire year's paycheck that my dog can howl better than the
vocals on this tape. Do yourself a favor: try something, anything else
other than this series to learn a foreign language. "*"
|13 of 14 people found the following review
My 2 year old loves it - what else matters?, August 30, 2003
My two year old wants to hear this CD again and again. He sings the
songs to me and corrects me if I make a mistake!
This CD is entirely in Mandarin. At the end of the songs, the music
from the entire CD is played over again without the voice, so you can sing
it yourselves. Included is a book that has English translations,
traditional and simplified Chinese characters, pinyin spellings with tone
markers, and a glossary. (The glossary has the most important words, but
not every single word that is used).
Be aware that this CD does not "teach" Chinese by itself. If the child
doesn't already speak Chinese, the material needs to be presented by a
parent or teacher. The songs (there are 22 of them) have been selected so
that most of them can be "acted out" in some way, allowing the parent or
teacher to illustrate the meaning of the song while singing it. For
example, one favorite song of ours asks "Where is mommy?" and then answers
"Here she is!", and you can play along with a Peek-a-boo type game.
Likewise, there are two songs naming bodyparts similar to "Head,
Shoulders, Knees, and Toes." In the book there is an Activity Guide with
ideas for each song. I am very much in favor of this "total immersion"
style of learning, especially for young children.
As a beginner myself, the task of learning the songs has taken quite a
bit of effort. (To be honest, I am making my way through them at a rate of
one every month or two). The songs are sung very quickly on the CD, and
the English translations in the book tend to be correct English rather
than literal translations. I have had to do some research to make sure I
understand the meanings of each word individually. But, since I want to
learn Chinese myself, this is not a bad thing. I am very grateful that
this is a CD instead of an audio cassette, making it easy to repeat a song
over and over while learning it. I could complain about the fast pace of
the songs, but I think that it probably adds to the preschooler appeal.
One caveat is that the tone of a word is not usually clear from hearing
it sung. By that I mean, I can learn a word from the song and sing along
with it, but when I try to speak the word later I find that I don't know
which of the four tones to use. The tones are indicated in the book, but
as a memory aid the songs do not help reinforce the tones. I think that
that is an inherent limitation of music as a tool for learning Chinese and
not a criticism of this product in particular. It is probably best to use
a combination of approaches anyway and not expect one product to do
(I could also complain that every time I want to remember the word for
"mouth" in Chinese I have to sing to myself "'I have two ears, I have two
eyes, I have one nose, and I have one . . . . ' Oh yeah, that's it!". But
hey, at least I can come up with it eventually!)
From an adult aesthetic point of view, most of the songs don't appeal
to me very much. The electronic keyboard accompaniment sounds kind of like
a hyper-active circus to me. I find it quite annoying when I realize that
I have left the CD on and it is playing the part with just the background
music and no words. Most of the songs seem to have familiar (ie, boring)
western melodies - there are at least three to the tune of "Are you
sleeping." But a few, like the "Frog Song", sound more like Chinese folk
songs and appeal to me more.
But given the limited number of products out there, I say this one is
helpful and motivating, so what else could I ask for?
|12 of 13 people found the following review
The jury's still out, November 12, 2000
Reviewer: A reader
I bought this tape expecting that there would be children singing these
songs (I don't know what prompted me to think that); instead it's an adult
woman with a rather high voice. My 3 year old son has only listened to the
tape once because I found the music and singing a little grating the first
time we heard it. Also, I think that the songs are sung a little too fast
for beginners, even though I am a Chinese speaker and can understand
what's being said. I may just need to play it hundreds of times, as I do
most of my son's music tapes, for him to learn the words.
|3 of 3 people found the following review
sing n learn chinese, June 22, 2000
WAYNE JONES (WINDSOR,,
ONTARIO CANADA Canada)
these song are great, my daughters not only learn the chinese language
but also the english version of these songs. This item is used at our play
group and the children love this tape. the tape is music and words are
clear each word can be understood it is a must.
|12 of 12 people found the following review
My kindergarten students really enjoy singing in Chinese., October
I use this book with my kindergarten students. It gives the Chinese
words for several popular children's songs including London Bridge is
Falling Down, Mary Had a Little Lamb, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. The
kids learn the song in both English and Chinese, making it easy to
understand the Chinese. It also has some "classic" Chinese children's
songs, including Liang Zhi Laohu and Mi Feng Gong Zuo. The tape is clear
and easy to understand, so that even teachers who don't speak Chinese can
learn the songs. I recommend it highly for children from preschool through