Why Red and Gold on Chinese New Year?

Red and Gold are the most commonly associated colors for Chinese New Year and carry with them deep cultural and historical significance. Red Why do we see so much red during Chinese New Year? Because it is considered as the luckiest, prosperous and joyful colour of them all in Chinese culture! On Chinese New Year,… read more

The Story of the Zodiac Animals (and why there’s no Year of the Cat)

Once upon a time, long ago, in China, the Jade Emperor decided that there should be a way to measure time on earth. To do so, he told the animals that there should be a swimming race. “Hmmmmmmm,” he stroked his beard lost in deep thought, “it would please me to see all the animals participate… read more

Miaomiao’s Signature Use of Phonetic Spelling to Facilitate Easier Chinese Language Learning

Our staff at Miaomiao is a mix of English and Chinese speakers, and a tip we learned from one of our advisors completely changed the way our English speakers were able to connect with the Chinese vocabulary we teach in Miaomiao. During a discussion about pronunciation, he suggested we try writing the word phonetically. A… read more

Celebrations & Traditions: Red Eggs

Did you know that red eggs symbolize good wishes for a new start in Chinese culture?  Often served to guests as part of a baby’s first birthday and first month celebrations, red eggs can be given at other important birthdays and weddings too.  Red is a Chinese symbol for good fortune, so red eggs have… read more

What Colors Mean in Chinese Culture

Colors are everywhere. They’re our brain’s way of sorting out the light reflected off every object and surface. We associate different colors with different meanings and ideas, and use colors to stir emotional reaction. Chinese culture and tradition use colors that have become an integral part of much of ancient and modern Chinese life. The… read more

The Benefits of Learning Chinese for Children

We’ve done a lot of reading on the subjects of early language learning, and the issues around Chinese language acquisition for young children.  Studies have shown that learning Chinese develops unique cognitive skills and enhances musical ability in children because of its tonal sounds, and that language-learning in general can help your child’s ability to… read more

Introverted Children and Playtime

Does your child like to play with toys alone? Is he gentle, quiet, or prefers to watch kids play from the side? It sounds like your beautiful girl or boy has an introverted temperament, just like the one third to nearly half of the population in the U.S.. Thank the nervous system Introverts draw their… read more