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« on: April 22, 2013, 01:54:16 AM »

I have just downloaded LR trial. I would like to ask is LR Chinese curriculum similar to LR? Are the pictures the same? only different words and language?
We speak Mandarin at home so wonder is it worthwhile to get LR Chinese if it is the same as LR? Thanks. big grin

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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2013, 03:21:45 AM »

Hi agnes4eva,

The Chinese curriculum is a localized version of the English curriculum - by "localized" we don't mean the all words from the English curriculum were simply translated into Chinese. Rather, there are some words which were added to the curriculum, or even entire categories in the English curriculum were completely replaced to fit the Chinese language and also the culture.

In case you haven't seen this yet, we have a list of categories included in every Little Reader curriculum. Just go to this page and click on the Curriculum tabs to compare the category lists for the English and Chinese curricula: http://www.brillkids.com/teach-reading/content-little-reader.php

An entirely different set of recordings come with each curriculum, which are professionally recorded by native speakers of each language. As for the pictures and videos, the same sets are used in all curricula, except for the words or categories that are only available in certain curricula (e.g., only the Chinese Curriculum has two "Desserts and Drinks" categories).

I hope this helps! yes

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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2013, 12:46:01 AM »

Hi Kezia,

Thanks for the clarification. It helps a lot.  smile

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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2013, 01:48:20 AM »

Agnes4eva,

Kezia already answered your question, but I wanted to chime in, as someone who used both curriculums with 3 children ( and still using them!)

Here are a few points to consider:

1. We started curriculums at different time, so when my children started Chinese Curriculum, they were already months ahead in English. Thus some similarity was not a problem at all. In fact, some similarity helped them to feel more comfortable wit an introduction of completely different language ( we do not speak mandarin in our family)

2. I also was impressed how much similarity played a positive role in my older girl's interest in brand new language. Often, after we would do her English lessons, she would beg me to find and play the same lesson in Chinese ( and now French!) I also saw rapid progress in her language acquisition

3. Not sure if you have noticed, but EVERY word in each language curriculum comes with few different photos, audio recordings, and when played again it is shown in different color and font. It works in your favor if you do not want Chinese and English curriculum look the same -- just play different set of photos ( different rotation of the same lesson, usually there are 3 rotations) and it would look like a totally different curriculum  yes !

And you are always welcome to ask questions, parents on this forum are always eager to help and some of us used Little Reader for more then 3 years  smile

It is wonderful to have you on the Forum, welcome to our international EL community!

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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2013, 03:21:11 AM »

Hi skylark, thanks for the advice. All of you have been very helpful. It's a great forum! Can I please ask when did u start LR? From what age? Did u follow the curriculum strictly? Thanks

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