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Sing ‘n’ Learn Chinese (Book & CD)


This book and cassette introduces Mandarin Chinese to children the fun and natural way using many familiar melodies as well as native children’s songs from China.

Children will enjoy learning basic vocabulary and pronunciation through popular themes such as greetings, numbers, family, animals, weather, colors and more.

The song book contains illustrations featuring Penny and Tommy Panda while the digitally recorded cassette has 22 vocals in Chinese on one side and music only on the other.

The book also includes English translations, pronunciation guide, suggested activities and instructional guides. The 23-minute digitally recorded tapes have a slightly slow tempo to allow for clear enunciation. It is also the only title with the lyrics in both traditional and simplified characters and romanized pinyin pronunciation system. No prior knowledge of Chinese is necessary!

Cultural notes

Song List: 

  • How are You? (Ni Hao)
  • Ten Little Friends
  • This is the Way…
  • When We are Together (The More We Get Together)
  • If You are Happy
  • Working Bees (Mi Feng Gong Zuo)
  • London Big Bridge
  • Sing a Song and Dance (Hokey Pokey)
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees & Feet
  • Two Ears (Er Duo Liang Ge)
  • Little Sister had a Little Lamb
  • Where is My Friend? (Zhao Peng You)
  • Doll in the Garden (Hua Yuan Li De Yang Wa Wa)
  • What Color?
  • Old Mr. Wong had a Farm Field
  • Five Little Ducks
  • Two Tigers (Liang Zhi Lao Hu)
  • Frog Song (Qing Wa Ge)
  • There is Thunder
  • Rain, Rain, Go Away
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • Good-Bye (Zai Jian)

Suggested activities

Books/ Story time:

Art & Craft:

  • Print simple Chinese characters for children to draw. Laminate characters and include them with play dough, for children to mould the shapes of the characters. Use a sand or salt tray alongside the characters, for children to practice drawing shapes in to the sand

Language and Counting: 

  • Explore well known rhymes, songs and musical games such as ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ and ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ by first practicing the songs and movements in English, before introducing the Mandarin lyrics.

Dramatic Play: 

  • Introduce Chinese items in to your home corner, including traditional clothing, chopsticks, bamboo steamers, place settings and Chinese foods

Food and Cooking: 

  • Introduce Chinese foods in to your menu, including offering chopsticks as an option to children for meals

Community Engagement

  • Invite a Chinese parent or family member to visit the centre and share their culture and language with the children. Encourage them to read and sing along to the songs with the children.

Music and Movement

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The research for this resource was made possible through a grant from the Central Coast Council.