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Tiny Chinese Homeschool Vol. 2 Book Launch!

It is finally here! I think I learned a lot from making the first book, so this second instructional installment is even better! More creative and colorful worksheets, more cut-outs, addition of short stories to review all the vocabulary–you’ll just have to see it for yourself.

If you need a sneak peak, the book launch is a perfect way to see the book, to ask questions, and to win a free copy. Here is how you can join:

Tiny Chinese Homeschool Vol. 2 Book Launch

I have 3 free copies I want to giveaway and it’s really easy to enter if you have Facebook. All you need to do is share our book giveaway post and write one Chinese-learning goal you have. If I can see that you shared and commented, I will add your name to the drawing! Here is the link to the giveaway post:

Thank you!

I realize there was a lot of people that helped me with this book. I had my friend from Taiwan and her perfectly fluent kids do most of the audio. My cousin, who has a hidden talent for character voices, did the recordings for the short stories. My niece expressed continual excitement for the next volume. And complete strangers would offer encouragement and share their interest in future publications. Every bit of it was essential for me. Lately I’d like to share a huge accomplishment. Just a few days before the book launch, the book has achieved the #1 new release badge in Chinese Children’s Literature category on Amazon.

That’s something that I’ve only achieved on a couple of my other releases, and that happened after the launch, so this is a big deal to me. So thank you for your support and for teaching your children Chinese. I hope you feel it’s already worth it!



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Tiny Chinese Homeschool Book Launch Countdown

See you at the book launch!


Vol. 2 is Just Around the Corner!

With the start of a new school year, I promised a new volume of Tiny Chinese Homeschool. And now the release is just a few weeks away! You’ve helped me with feedback on the cover and now I am happy to review a sneak peak of the final product:

This volume focuses on speaking Chinese in the community: at school, with your neighbors, while taking a walk, at the grocery store, and more! It uses the same methodology as Vol. 1: each chapter teaches 7-12 vocabulary words and 1-2 target phrases. But this volume is different because now there are more worksheets and games to reinforce learning in a fun way. Here is an example of some of the games:

Like the last volume, after every 3 chapters is a review chapter. Each review chapter contains a short test, and now introducing short stories! This is exciting because the short story uses words almost exclusively learned in the previous 3 chapters so it is simple to read. At the end of each story is a reading comprehension test. In short, it is a fun treat to reward the learner and showcase their improvement. Here is an example of one of the short stories:

Character practice is also included. This volume chooses two characters from the whole chapter to learn. Now, stroke order is taught. Here is an example of a character writing practice:

These are just a few key differences that you will notice in this volume. Like the previous volume, dialogues and corresponding audio are provided so you can hear the language in context. Each chapter glossary provides grammar tips and cultural insights. This is a great resource for those who want to learn Chinese but need small steps to do so.

Keep your eyes peeled because it is just around the corner. See you at the book release!


Book Launch Complete

This has been a busy week! We opened the launch on the weekend, inviting people on Facebook to share about the book and why they wanted to learn Chinese. The responses were varied and excellent:

We started strong with Chinese and French but eventually just narrowed it down to French because I honestly couldn’t keep up resource wise. I’m wanting to re-start with my kids, my oldest keeps asking and this would be a great way!

-Alex S.

My kids homeschool and would love to learn Chinese!! I teach Chinese children English.

-Laura A.

I’d love to get a copy of this book. I wanna teach my baby Chinese so she could communicate with my family in China!

-Lucy M.

I want to freshen up and learn it again to be able to converse with my old friends in China!

-Kenneth B.

I would like to learn Chinese because it is such a mystery to me!

-Debbie C.

From the names of the participants, I was able to do a live drawing and book preview. Here is the video:

I wish I could have done more giveaways. It was a great experience to hear the excitement over the book. My husband keeps urging me to start on Vol. 2, because even if Vol. 1 doesn’t sell right away, it would be good to keep the series going in case it picks up quickly. I have to admit, I’ve had a mixture of elation and depression throughout this launch. There is so much potential of what this book could be, but it’s been a slow, slow start.

That’s it for now. Who knows what the future holds?