Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Houston Kids Learning Chinese

Kindergartners tune in to Chinese
Grant allows Kolter Elementary students to learn a language that is spoken by 1 billion

In what would otherwise appear to be standard kindergarten fare, more than 20 youngsters sat cross-legged on a colorful rug singing a familiar children's tune about the parts of the body.

The catch: These Kolter Elementary School students were reciting the words in near-perfect Mandarin Chinese.

As the song ended, teacher Liling Yu said: "Children, you're wonderful. Tell your neighbors to say 'hen hao,' " Chinese for "very good."


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