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  • Aug 22, 2011
  • 03:14 AM

Should My Kid Learn Mandarin Chinese?

Tom Scocca / The Wall Street Journal
I started to truly appreciate the power of early childhood Chinese-language education when our son, at the age of two, started speaking English wrong. “The blue of cup,” he would say, meaning his blue cup. This wasn’t a random preschool linguistic hiccup, we realized. He was trying to use Chinese syntax: “of” was standing in for the Mandarin particle “de” to turn the noun “blue” into an adjective.

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