Category Archives: Learning Chinese

Chinese Language and Culture for Business Class

Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture for Business

The Confucius Institute is collaborating with the Carlson School of Management to offer Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture for Business, a one-day intensive language and culture class designed for business professionals.   Registration is open to the general public.  See the Detailed information and registration form for additional information.

  • Date: October 14, 2011 — Register by October 10!
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., followed by lunch at the Tea House
  • Location: University International Center, UIC 101
  • Course fee: $125 per person – includes instruction, materials, lunch at Tea House

This activity is being coordinated by the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota

2009 Summer Camps

Note: I am starting a list of summer camps.  I will continue to add to the list as I get more information. This list is only a list. I am not recommending any one camp.  You are welcome to post a recommendation.

Hopkins Community Ed Chinese Immersion Camp – Registration Now Open!

2009 Summer Camps – Cultural

Hopkins’ Chinese Immersion Camp
Designed by Hopkins XinXing teachers, this camp is for students who have completed kindergarten or first grade in a Chinese immersion program. Join us for art projects, music, Chinese dance, stories, hands-on science projects, games and more. All in Mandarin Chinese!

Click here for PDF with more information and registration form.

Sec. A: August 3-7 M, T, W, Th, F 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Sec. B: Aug. 10-14 M, T, W, Th, F 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Circus Camp for 6-9 with Chinese Immersion for children 8-12

Confucius Institute  & University of MN’s Kid’s Camp – Chinese Language and Culture Camp
Be a part of the movement to learn Chinese! Campers will start each day with a traditional exercise such as Taiji Quan or basic Kung Fu. Chinese lessons, games and projects such as puppet making, knot tying and paper cutting make this an exciting camp for all. (Not focused on immersion students)

MN Huaxia Chinese School (Eden Prairie)
Camp Flyer (PDF)
Location: Eden Prairie, CMS (Center Middle School – current MN Huaxia Chinese School

Minhau (St. Paul)
Dates:  July 20– 24, 2009

Hamline’s Summer Language Institute (Several Offerings)
The Summer Language Institute provides campers the chance to learn from native or near-native speakers of their chosen language. Through games and sports, skits, arts and crafts, field trips, and service learning projects our campers will improve their language skills in a unique, enriching, and fun environment while becoming locally engaged and globally connected. $950 for full-day two week session.

International School of Minnesota

Yinghau Academy Summer Camp
Explore Chinese culture and language through Yinghua Academy’s “Math, Movement and Music” summer camps. Please contact Rebecca if you have any questions about the camp at (651) 379-4112 or If you would like to register for any of the summer camps or would like more information, please click on this link. –> “Summer Camp 2009 Brochure”   

Breck Culture Camp

Language Sprout Summer Camps

2009 Summer Camps – Sports

Fun Chinese Items

Parents often ask what Chinese items are recommended for around the house. It is not required to purchase any of these items. These are only suggestions that parents have found to be fun. Feel free to search other websites to purchase these items at a better price. Remember, XinXing students are using Simplified characters. All Chinese links and products on this site have been reviewed for quality.

If you have found a product that you recommend please email

Kids’ Chinese Magnet Kit
The Kids’ Chinese Kit features over 140 flippable magnets (magnets are printed on both sides and stick both ways) with simplified Chinese characters and pinyin pronunciations on the white side and English translations on the back. You can learn vocabulary with individual magnets or arrange them into sentences.
Price: $14.95 (This product may also be available at Creative Kidstuff. )

Sing with Better Chinese! Audio CD 1-4
With their catchy and memorable songs, these audio CDs are a wonderful way to learn Chinese! Complimenting the My First Chinese Words series, this set of 4 CDs will have children singing along to favorite and familiar tunes and learning Chinese effortlessly. Parents will enjoy it too. $ 39.95+ shipping

My First Flash Cards
My First Chinese Flash Cards is a one-of-a-kind set of flash cards designed specifically for non-Mandarin speaking families and children of all ages.  These Flash Cards are a great way for teachers/parents to practice vocabulary with students in an interactive way. $ 29.95+shipping

More Chinese Videos

Zhining has kindly added to the Chinese videos available.

The video links are listed in a PDF file. Click on the link below. The PDF file will open allowing you to click on video links and read the summaries Zhining has included. Chinese Videos

Mickey Mouse and others are now working as well – See Videos