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ABC Learning Games for Kids

There are many ABC Learning Games Preschool for kids inside the main app including:

Reading A to Z: Smart phone applications are kid-friendly and are great fun to use. Learning apps provide children an easy way to start picking out their letters. They learn their letters A to Z with different colors and attractive screen displays.

Letters: Kids receive their instruction in ways they instinctively understand. We know that kids don’t like boring English learning games. That is why these apps provide ABC learning games for kids in such an enticing way that children like watching them again and again, even after they already know their ABCs.

ABC Phonics: ABC phonics are also available in sweet musical tones, which enhance the learning ability of children. Such attractive rhymes make it easy for children to learn the ABCs by heart.

Animal sounds: Poems and rhymes having animal sounds with alphabets are also available in ABC learning games for kids for preschoolers. Youngsters learn easily from these types of games because they become familiar with the animal sounds easily.

Learn to write: These apps are designed so that children learn to write equally well. ABC Learning games for toddlers give your children a head start for school.

Fill colors: Colors are always enticing for the kids. These games let children combine the letters with colors to learn to recognize the alphabet.

Draw patterns: These applications allow children to show off their new by making various designs with their ABCs. Match dots: Matching dots is another technique that mobile Apps promote ABC learning by providing entertainment that will make your children forget they are learning the ABCs.

Sequences: Different sequences and patterns are great for helping kids recognize their ABCs. Preschool ABC games offer many fun sequence games for your child to enjoy.

ABC Puzzle Game: ABC puzzle game provides a challenging way for children to use their ABC skills.

ABC Quiz Game: Test what your child has learned with alphabet learning app with this quiz game.


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4. Learning Mandarin – Chinese Characters

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歡迎 (Huānyíng), this week I have been focusing on Chinese characters. Throughout May 2017 my goal is to learn 5 - 10 Chinese characters per day. There are loads of resources out there to help, but my personal favorite has to be the Chineasy method. I have made significant progress with these products.

3. Learning Mandarin – Chinese Zodiac

中國十二生肖 - Zhōngguó shí'èr shēngxiào

This week I have been learning about Animals so I thought it seemed rather fitting to do a post on the Chinese Zodiac! For years I believed I was a pig 豬 (until my Chinese tutor explained that I needed to use the Chinese Lunar Calander in order to establish my actual sign). Under this calendar, I am actually a dog! Our Zodiac signs focus on the 12 months of a year, whilst the Chinese Zodiac focuses on The 12-year cycle of the traditional Chinese lunar calendar.



你幾歲?(Nǐ jǐ suì?) - How old are you?

我是...歲 (Wǒ shì... Suì) - I am... years old.

你的中國十二生肖是什麼?(Nǐ de zhōngguó shí'èr shēngxiào shì shénme?) - What is your Chinese Zodiac sign?

我的中國十二生肖是...?(Wǒ de zhōngguó shí'èr shēngxiào shì...?) - My Chinese Zodiac Sign is...

The Signs - 生肖 (shēngxiào)

Rat  鼠 - shǔ:  2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960

Ox 牛 - niú: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961

Tiger 虎 - hǔ: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962

Rabbit 兔子 - Tùzǐ: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963

Dragon 龍 - lóng: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964

Snake 蛇 - shé: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965

Horse 馬 / 马 - mǎ: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966

Ram 羊 - yáng: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967

Monkey 猴 - hóu: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968

Rooster 雞 / 鸡 - jī:  2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969

Dog  狗 - gǒu: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970

Pig 豬 / 猪 - zhū: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971

To find out more information on the Chinese Zodiac and double check your sign, click here.

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So what is your Zodiac Sign? Comment below. 


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2. Learning Mandain: Basic Introductions and Manners

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第二周 - 基本介绍和礼仪

There is an old saying "manners get you everywhere" so with that in mind this week I have been brushing up on my "Please", "Thank You", "Sorry" and basic introductions in Mandarin.  My tones are rather rusty and need practice, but I have the Get Fluent in Chinese package to help me with this.

Want to set a good impression when you meet a Chinese person? Easy peasy just introduce yourself in Chinese! However, remember that Mandarin although the most spoken language in the world is not the only Chinese language. There is also Shanghainese and Cantonese, plus some other local languages too.

Mandarin is Chinese is commonly known as 'Pǔtōnghuà' 普通话 meaning Universal Language or Zhōngwén 中文 meaning Chinese Language. 

Check out 'Beginner's Mandarin Chinese' on Udemy. Click image for more information.


The Basics

你好 (Nǐ hǎo) = Hello

再见 (Zàijiàn) = Good bye

谢谢 (Xièxiè) = Thank you

(Qǐng) = Please

对不起(Duìbùqǐ) = I am sorry

Basic Introductions

你好吗?(Nǐ hǎo ma?) = How are you?

我很好 (Wǒ hěn hǎo) = I am fine

我的名字是... (Wǒ de míngzì shì...) = My name is...

我叫...(Wǒ jiào) = I'm called...

For more information on tones check out my week 1 blog.

What's in a Name?

In the video above I am introducing myself with my Chinese name that was given to me by my tutor. It sounds like I am saying Amy, but I am in fact attempting to say 'En Ming'. To get a Chinese name speak to your Chinese tutor if you have one or ask a Chinese friend to name you or just for fun check out the link below...

Name me!

Chinese names all have meanings. When introducing themselves you may notice they give their family name (surname) first.

(Xìng) = Surname

名字 (Míngzì) = Name

To get to grips with the basics  I recommend Udemy. There are free language courses as well as paid.

Want to know your Chinese name? Comment below and I'll ask on your behalf!


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25 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Positivity

© Will van Wingerden

You may have come across the quote "The pen is mightier than the sword" - Edward Bulwer-Lytton. The power of words is the very thing that could lift that sword or inspire peace! Here are 25 of the most powerful quotes that will help inspire positivity and motivation

1 "Positive anything is better than negative nothing." - Elbert Hubbard


2 "When life gives you curdled milk, be patient. You get very good cheese!" - Braum


3 "You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind." - Joyce Meyer


4 "Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." – Lao Tzu


5 "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." ― Albert Einstein


6 "Of all sad words of mouth or pen, the saddest are these: it might have been." — John Greenleaf Whittier


7 "As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves." ―Mahatma Gandhi


8 "Even heaviest door can be opened." - Braum


9 "I fear not the man who has practised 10,000 kicks, but I do fear the man who has practised one kick 10,000 times." Bruce Lee


10 "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." — Jiddu Krisnamurti


11 "To love is to recognise yourself in another." – Eckhart Tolle


12 "And when you gaze long enough into the abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you." — Friedrich Nietzsche


13 "Don’t let schooling interfere with your education"-Mark Twain


14 "A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on." — John F. Kennedy


15 "Every man dies, but not every man truly lives."— William Wallace


16 "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." — Plato


17 "Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." — Albert Einstein


18 "Some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go." ― Oscar Wilde


19 "Have I not destroyed my enemy when I have made him into my friend?" — Abraham Lincoln


20 "Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money." — Indian Proverb


21 "And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." –Kahlil Gibran


22 "Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough." – William Saroyan


23 "When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life." ― John Lennon


24 "You never fail until you give up trying." - Albert Einstein


25 "Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” - Dalai Llama

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Learning Chinese Mandarin in 3 Months

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Ready, Steady, Go - Week 0


On the 1st May 2017, I was lucky enough to be invited to test pilot the Step Up Language Program, #SULP. I have selected Chinese Mandarin as the language I will study for the next 90 days. My goal is to study for 45 minutes, 6 days-per-week.

I have started Mandarin in the past and even managed to have short, very basic conversations with native speakers, but I am feeling terribly rusty. Having done 3 months of Spanish, followed by 28 days of Icelandic I feel like I need to retune myself for Chinese. I really do admire people who can switch quickly between languages.

Having successfully kick-started Icelandic with positive psychological techniques I intend to apply the same principle to Mandarin. This will also help with my independent research into positivity and language learning.

My Chinese name was given to me by my friend and Chinese Teacher Sun Tong. I clearly still have trouble trying to pronounce my own Chinese name!

但唐明 (Tong En Ming ) 

Tong ~ Family name. When introducing themselves Chinese people often start with the family name and then the given names. The surname comes from my original Chinese Teacher as a mark of respect.

En ~ Given names tend to have meanings in Chinese. En means kindness, mercy and charity.

Ming ~ In Chinese this name means bright, light, intelligence and clever.

90 Day Resource Plan

I dare say that my resource plan will be tweaked (a lot) during the next 90 days or so. I will be adding to this list so do check back or if you know of any other Mandarin resources please let me know.


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