Colors and Chinese Culture

January is the month of new beginnings, including the Chinese New Year! According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2023 marks the year of the Rabbit, symbolizing longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture. The most popular lucky colors for 2023 are green and blue, while pink and red are also very lucky. (Check out this Language Lizard blog post for ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year.)

In this guest post by Daniel Nalesnik, founder of Hack Chinese, we look at the symbolic meaning of colors in Chinese culture while delving into the connection between color and the Theory of the Five Elements. 

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Learning English Color Idioms and Their Origins


It’s almost Idiom Week! We look forward to celebrating idiom week all year because learning idioms is fun, and it’s a golden opportunity to celebrate what makes the English language unique. 

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5 Ways to Celebrate the Winter Solstice

The winter solstice marks the two times the sun’s path is the farthest south in the Northern Hemisphere (late December) and the farthest north in the Southern Hemisphere (late June). In other words, it’s the shortest day and the longest night of the year! The winter solstice has inspired celebrations and rituals worldwide since the beginning of time. While different cultures celebrate in different ways, they all welcome the “sun’s rebirth” and the return of the light.

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10 Easy Ways to Practice Gratitude and Kindness in November

Food, Food, Fabulous Food by Kate Clynes, illustrated by MW

Autumn is the season of giving thanks and being grateful. Whether celebrating Thanksgiving in the United States or Labor Thanksgiving Day in Japan, the idea is the same. It’s a festive time rooted in history to bring people together to give thanks and be grateful. And, since gratitude and kindness go hand in hand, it’s no coincidence that World Kindness Day falls in November as well.

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Multicultural Music Book Celebrates Diversity

Musical Instruments from Around the World, our newest release, is another incredible addition to our Explore collection. The Language Lizard Explore collection helps readers discover the world around them. It includes non-fiction topics with engaging illustrations and amazing facts that appeal to younger and older language learners. In addition, all of the titles in the Explore collection include access to free lesson plans, English and Spanish audio, and fun activities to support multicultural education and celebrate diversity.

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Learning Chinese Language and Culture in Hong Kong

 

A firsthand account of raising expat kids in Hong Kong by Albie Ashbrook.

These days I am a librarian in northern New Jersey, with three children in college. But before this stage of life, our family lived all over the world with our children attending international schools and moving every couple of years. While we always spoke English at home and the kids’ primary language at school was English, all our kids studied multiple other languages at school every day, and we tried to incorporate cultural awareness into our daily life. Continue reading Learning Chinese Language and Culture in Hong Kong

October is Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month!

October is Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month, providing a unique opportunity to recognize and celebrate the wonderful aspects of bilingualism and multiculturalism. We are offering fun activities,  handouts and more to celebrate this special month!

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Bilingual Book Supports Mindfulness And Stress Reduction

 

Language Lizard is excited to announce its newest offering, Squirrel Monkey, a thoughtful tale about acceptance and the power of mindfulness.

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September is #WorldKitLitMonth

 

Inspired by World Kit Lit Month, the annual celebration of world literature for children and young adults, use the month of September to travel the world and explore other cultures through literature, food, games, and more!

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Bilingual Book Sets for Older Language Learners

Check out our new bilingual offering for older language learners, perfect for the new school year!

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