I started teaching my daughter Chinese characters when she was one year old. Initially everything was under control; as I chose what to teach her and what she learned. Usually I taught her 3 characters per day. It was quite easy. Altogether the process only took about 10-15 minutes; and she always regarded this as another interesting game.
However, when she reached 2 years old; and started to pick up words and characters from unknown sources, things sometimes went out of control.
For example, one day I took her for a walk after dinner. And she suddenly exclaimed in great excitement, “Mom! an ant is galloping over toward us!”
—I could never figure out where she picked up the word “galloping”; and why she decided to connect it with an ant.
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