Term 4 2017 Newsletter

Ni hao Parents! Welcome to term 4 of 2017! Yikes! I can’t believe how time has yet again flown by… it feels like only yesterday when we were sending out our term 1 newsletter! It’s been a busy few months at Mandarin Stars … we’ve had new franchisee and wonderful Mandarin lao shi – Rachael
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Learning a Second Language: 5 Amazing Proven Benefits

Experiencing the world with only one language at your disposal is like only using the default applications on a computer when you have an entire app store at your fingertips. And there are numerous benefits waiting to be discovered when you decide to learn a new language. Let’s first talk about technique Immersion-based learning is the most
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Mandarin Stars Newsletter Term 2, 2016

你好 Nǐ hǎo! What a great term 2 we have had so far. I hope everyone is staying nice and warm and keeping out of the ‘lěng’ as best as possible! This term we have been busy teaching our immersion based Mandarin Stars program through a range of topics including ‘In the Snow’ with our
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Mandarin Stars Baulkham Hills Open Day

Mandarin Stars is coming to Baulkham Hills! We would like to invite you to our Open Day on Saturday 18th April 2015 at Crestwood Community Centre (close to Crestwood High School)! Address: Corner Crestwood Drive and Chapel Lane, Baulkham Hills 2153 Time: 10.30am-12.30pm Click here for more details! To register, please email the following details
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Mandarin Stars Newsletter Term 1, 2015

你好 Nǐ hǎo! Welcome back to a fun-filled year of learning at Mandarin Stars! Hope everyone has enjoyed the summer holidays – I know I have! My boys in front of the Eiffel Tower! It was absolutely freezing – wǒ men hěn lěng! We’ve prepared some exciting new topics for Term 1. In the Bubs
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October 2014 – Does Learning Chinese Make You Smarter?

Whilst surfing the net I came upon this article titled ‘Scientists Claim Learning Chinese Makes You Smarter’. Naturally, I was a bit excited; I’ve always considered myself rather lucky to have studied Mandarin throughout childhood. Usually, this is when my mother would jump in and say, ‘Aha! I told you there’d be the day where
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Bilingualism makes you smarter!

Bilingualism is good for you. It makes brains stronger. It is brain exercise – cognitive neuroscientist, Ellen Bialystok Nowadays, bilinguals or multilinguals constitute the majority of the global population, marginalising monolinguals as The Associated Press reports that up to 66% of the world’s children are raised bilingual. Cross-cultural communication and globalisation aside, the trend is
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September 2014 – “The power of the bilingual brain”

In a 2013 edition of Time Magazine an article entitled ‘The power of the bilingual brain’ piqued my interest. Spanning 6 pages in length the article emphatically stresses the many benefits reaped from one’s bilingual education. For instance, research indicates that the brains of multilingual people are different in comparison to their monolingual counterparts –
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Mid-Autumn Festival (a.k.a. Moon Festival)

The Mid-Autumn Festival (pronounced Zhōngqiū Jié) was traditionally for farmers celebrating their summer harvest on the day when the moon was deemed to be at its fullest and brightest. Nowadays, it has become the second-biggest holiday – after the Chinese New Year and celebrated widely amongst Chinese everywhere. This year, it falls on the Monday
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NEW Mandarin Classes in the Hills District!