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A parent journey: From “English only” to creating Mandarin Chinese language products for families

Ryan went on to become fluent in Mandarin and create products for his family to continue their love of Mandarin Chinese learning. For example, he and his team created MandarinMagnetsTM“There were magnetic words in other languages but not one in Mandarin Chinese with simplified characters so we designed our own working with college level language professors and experts.” Today, MandarinMagnetsTM is used at homes and in classrooms. Although they are available on Amazon, a partnership with gray tortuga has allowed them to be offered at a discount to families.

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gray tortuga partnership with Global Language Project

Based in New York City, GLP’s mission is to provide best-in-class language learning opportunities for under served students. GLP’s goal is to ensure that young learners have access to enhanced cognitive skills and a global mindset -- all necessary skills to thrive in the 21st century. GLP accomplishes this difficult task by providing targeted professional development, curricula, and materials to teachers, as well as providing language learning experiences to young language learners. GLP has developed elementary language education curriculum in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Arabic.  

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(4) a global mindset

Researchers have proven that bilinguals better see others’ point of view and are more tolerant of differences among people. This leads to an adult that is better able to collaborate with others and avoid ingrained cognitive biases about other types people.

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(3) academic success

Today, we continue our four-part series on bilingual benefits, summarizing the four overarching benefits of learning another language. It’s time to discuss academic success which is both the most commonly cited benefit of learning another language and also the most controversial. The claim that learning another language makes you smarter is certainly eye catching and often the title of popular articles such as the Sunday Review Article in the NYTimes, ‘Why Bilinguals Are Smarter’.  

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(2) social and emotional development

If you are a parent like me, you probably have heard this specific term or components of social and emotional well-being from your child’s pediatrician, childcare providers, and school teachers, possibly your friends and family. Healthy social and emotional development is the process of forming strong relationships, experiencing and regulating emotions, and exploring and learning about the self in the world. Well-known psychiatrist Erik Erikson defined social and emotional development in eight stages starting at infancy, and Erikson reinforces the importance of trusting adult and positive peer relationships as well as life skills in autonomy, self-control, and competence. So you may be wondering why a second or third language? 

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