Our daughter sings in Mandarin

As bilingual parents (my wife and I speak Filipino and English fluently), it has been our fascination that hopefully one of our children will learn to love languages.

It would have been an amazing feat, thru constant exposure to various languages, that our children would consider another language as music to their ears. Moreso, if they master it.

So just like a normal and excited parent would do, I did an experiment.

I thought that maybe if I show my 2-year-old daughter Lauren a music video of another language which she is not exposed to, maybe she will like it.

And so I let her watch this, “The Moon Represents My Heart”, a classic Mandarin song that happens to be one of my all-time favorite foreign songs.

After watching, I saw in her eyes the fascination. She was mesmerized. She wanted to watch again.

For two consecutive days, on her 15-minute afternoon IPad time, we let her watch the song.

From the usual Sofia the First and Disney videos she watches, this was her new favorite song.

Repeatedly, she just kept on watching it until her Ipad time was over.

I felt there was something with the song that attracted her. There was an attachment.

On the third day, my wife and I noticed something. She was singing parts of the song already. She has memorized it too.

Here is the short clip of our home video when our 2-year-old daughter Lauren surprised us, with matching expression.

Learning a new language as a child is a wonder. As parents, we never forced her to learn it. We just exposed her to a new language with the hopes that she will pick up a connection with it.

We will support her in this journey. We will support her love for a new language.

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10 Replies to “Our daughter sings in Mandarin”

  1. Children have an amazing ability to learn new languages, unfortunately this ability diminishes with age. You daughter abilities are still untapped. Congratulations. Sorry I don’t have a similar story, English only. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Tony, Thank you for visiting. Children are indeed amazing and they surprise you how they acquire certain languages without too much effort like us adults. I hope it continues for my daughter as she gets to appreciate more languages. Thank you for reading and appreciating this short and sweet story. =)

  2. wow what a story. and was very nicly told. As someone that had the chance of living in diferent parts of the world and all around the globe i wondered whether is may happen anyware with any baby…..:)

    1. Hi Gab, thank you for dropping by. I guess parents all over the world living far from their native countries tend to acquire some of the languages of their second home. Interestingly, my second home’s language is Arabic, and I am actually glad that my daughter appreciated Mandarin. Right now, we are just exposing her to the different languages. But of course, we are also making sure she gets to appreciate our native language, Filipino, and English. Thank you again =)

  3. Amazing and wonderful… I wish I had such a story from when my kids were tiny, but it didn’t happen til later, since ours was an English-only household until they were older, so they missed that introduction. Their mother, however, exposed them to other cultures after our divorce, by bringing a middle-eastern born boyfriend into their home. This was a powerful influence that stuck for both my son and daughter. When he lived with me at age 13 I failed to engage my son in learning Nihongo (Japanese) with me; he was not interested then. He did embrace other languages and cultures as he aged. Today he is in his 40s, lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, fluent in German, Dutch, Thai and some other S.E. Asian languages, and is raising the grandkids tri-lingual. Thanks again for this amazing, powerful site – you are doing a great service for the world with this. I truly hope it is wildly popular.

    1. Hi Steve, you have such a powerful story too. Thanks for sharing. It has always been an inspiration for me to share with my kids that there is such a vast world of languages out there and learning it is a plus, but appreciating them is much better. In our lifetime, it would be impossible to learn all available languages, but just to hear it spoken, it just gives me pure bliss. That’s the same appreciation I wanted my kids to experience, and those who visit my website. I am very glad your child is a polyglot. For sure, it would be passed on to his children and for the next generation. I am actually honored to meet polyglots, that’s why I made this too. With these, thanks for appreciating my website. Hopefully, through this simple act of sharing other’s language, we may all be inspired to appreciate each other more =) Thanks again brother =)

  4. JR, I’m glad that you are exposing your children to multiple languages at such a young age. I’ve read that such learning makes wonderful changes in the circuitry of the brain. These additional pathways result in mental abilities that are a big boost to normal intelligence and creativity. While I’m sure that the language exposure my son got at 10 years old (a little Farsi and Arabic, I think) and 14 (Tamil and Hindi) helped his mental abilities, he didn’t become a polyglot until he was in his 20s. Your daughters will likely get far more mental improvement than he did. Do you think the research on mental boost from early multiple language learning is worth a blog post?
    Whether it is or not, I will continue to follow your terrific work.

    1. Hi Steve, a heartwarming insight you shared there =) Yes, I totally agree with you that it can possibly lead them into being more creative. As we’ve known, they are like sponges and they absorb all these ideas faster than we do as we mature. It is my hope that by exposing my children to new languages, they may, in their own special way, appreciate its beauty and further enhance it in their vocabulary =) About a blog post idea, that;s awesome. Let me do some research on it and it may come as a unique topic and insight in my blog, Thanks for the pitch =) Thanks again Steve for appreciating my contribution to this vast arena of blogosphere. Thanks for your continuous support =)

  5. This is amazing! Your daughter is so sweet! I had a lot of clients that were teachers, and they had all told me that Mandarin is now becoming one of their top languages of learning in schools. My daughter has been in a preschool where they teach them Spanish and some French and I am so happy that she is given that opportunity. I chose a very diverse school for her, as I think it is very important to expose her to other kids that are all from different cultures. We just recently purchased Rosetta Stone in Spanish so the whole family can start learning together. I would love to show my kids different cultures and can’t wait for my son to grow a tad bit older so we can travel more to experience different cultures.

    1. Hi Allie, thank you for visiting =) My daughter is now turning 4 this year and she still knows the song. Her little brother, Enzo, is now catching up with her sister and also knows the song… hehehe =) It’s amazing to know that your daughter is being taught or at the very least exposed with Spanish and French… it has life-long benefits =) You’re on the way of having a certified Polyglot daughter =) and yes, travelling is the best way to teach them.. in fact, soon, when Lauren reaches 7, instead of a big party, we might plan to just tour her somewhere. By that way, she is exposed to the world and it will be a great experience for her =) Thanks again Allie =)

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