Frequently Asked Questions...
Who's behind TeachingPanda.com and why was it founded?
We are a group of mothers and fathers, as well as Chinese teachers, and we hope to create the best resource material for English-speaking children to learn Chinese Mandarin. Our sons and daughters are born and raised in an English-speaking environment and we found very few children's books, which offered side-by-side Chinese and English translations as well as Pinyin pronunciations.
Why children's books?
As we all know, the best way to learn a language is to speak more, listen more, write more and read more. While many children learn Mandarin Chinese in a classroom environment, there are very few Chinese-English bilingual text for them to read in their spare time. Think back to how you learnt English or how you taught English to your children. You read a lot, right? We are here to provide easy to read stories and to make the language learning process more interesting and rewarding.
Who can read the Teaching Panda Series?
Everybody! We include both English and Chinese translations so parents and children can read along together. We also have Pinyin pronunciation side-by-side, so even if you do not know Chinese, you can read to your kids in Pinyin pronunciation for bedtime stories.
Where can we buy your books?
Our Ebooks are available on the Kindle store. We will be offering our Ebooks on the Apple store as well as hard copies on our website shortly.
What is Pinyin and why do you include it?
Pinyin is the English pronunciation for Mandarin Chinese. There are four tones altogether and they are added to the Pinyin vowel:
- The first tone (Flat or High Level Tone) is represented by a macron (ˉ).
- The second tone (Rising or High-Rising Tone) is denoted by an acute accent (ˊ).
- The third tone (Falling-Rising or Low Tone) is marked by a caron (ˇ).
- The fourth tone (Falling or High-Falling Tone) is represented by a grave accent (ˋ).
There is also a neutral tone, which is represented by a normal vowel without any accent mark.
These tone marks normally are only used in Mandarin textbooks or in foreign learning texts, but they are essential for correct pronunciation of Mandarin syllables, as exemplified by the following classic example of five characters whose pronunciations differ only in their tones:
The words are "mother", "hemp", "horse", "scold" and a question particle, respectively.
Are there more titles to come?
Yes! Our goal is to create an extensive library so English-speaking children learning Chinese can have a wide variety of language books to read. If there are any titles you would like to see on the Teaching Panda series, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm a writer, how can we publish under the Teaching Panda series?
Please submit your inquiries to email@example.com. We will evaluate on a case by case basis. Authors that publish through us will have rights to use our branding on their merchandises and be part of the Teaching Panda network.
I am interested in working for Teaching Panda. Where do I submit my resume?
Please send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking for creative artists, bilingual writers and intelligent developers to join our team.
Do you publish in other languages?
Currently, we only publish Chinese-English bilingual books. Sorry!