(not sponsored – but I wish Dangdang would sponsor me! Please?)
I try to provide Chinese books on most topics so that the boys see Chinese as a language medium on its own, not just as a separate subject. More specifically, the only subject taught in Mandarin.
One might point out that it seems pretty useless to know jargon or specialised vocabulary in Chinese. The thing is, each Chinese character has its meaning. For example, when the child knows 长颈鹿，he will probably know 颈 means neck.
It also helps the parents to improve our own language ability when we read the Chinese books to the child. For example, I do know that a plug is 插头 and often use this term when speaking to my kids, but it was only after I read a Chinese book on electricity that I started to refer to a socket as 插座。
And I am so glad I found this set of books and wanna share with you all!
Sample pages from the book on volcanoes:
Each book also comes with a 1-2 pages of a Parents’ Guide, a few questions to test the child’s understanding, and a hands-on activity.
Sample pages from the book on Earthquakes:
Other than this 《地球》 set, the series has two other sets 《物理、化学》 and 《生物、人体、环境》。Each set (more than ten books) costs around SGD30 excluding shipping. Which is very cheap compared to local bookshops! But some of my friends have had difficulties ordering from Dangdang. I have done it many times using a local credit card with no problem at all, with direct delivery to my doorstep. My most recent purchase arrived last week via UPS. It took less than two weeks.
Step 1: At the book(s) you want, click “加入购物车” (Add to shopping cart.)
Step 2: Go to your shopping cart ( “购物车” ) at the top of the page.
Step 3: Click “结算”
Step 4: You will be asked to log in. If you do not already have a Dangdang account, click “注册” (Register.)
Step 5: To register, fill in your handphone number OR email address. Then your selected password. Lastly is re-enter password to confirm.
Step 6: Click “结算” again.
Step 7: Enter your delivery address, i.e. Singapore address.
收货人 Your name
收货地区 Country: Select 新加坡
详细地址 Your address (Block, road name, unit number)
邮政编码 Postal code
手机 or 固定电话 Mobile number (65xxxxxxxx) or Land line
[For the address, I used to be able to use just my English road name. But now it requires at least 3 Chinese characters??!! Anyway, just add on the Chinese name of your street at the end of your English road name. Because our local deliverymen might not understand the Chinese address.]
Step 8: Not very sure where this step will be for new users. For payment method 支付方式，choose “网上支付”
Step 9: You will be asked to confirm your delivery method. Urmm, I only get one option anyway. So just agree lor. “确认送货方式”
Step 10: Submit order 提交订单
Step 11: You will be asked to choose your specific payment method (选择网上银行或平台支付). Click “支付平台”， followed by “国外信用卡” (overseas credit card).
Step 12: Choose your card type – Visa / Mastercard. You will be redirected to the next page to fill in the credit card details.
持卡人姓名 Cardholder’s name
卡号 Card number
卡有效日期 Valid till
Then I can’t help you anymore. I think that should be the last step. Cos I can’t click any further since I don’t really want to buy anything now. It’s quite common to get an error message saying that the payment was not successful. Don’t worry. Just check your Dangdang Order History in 1-2 days. Nine out of ten times that I got this error message, everything was fine when I checked my account later and my books did arrive. If there is nothing in your Order History after waiting two days, do check your credit card transaction history to confirm the payment has not gone through. Then just repeat the order process.
Happy shopping, and do let me know if you have any recommendations on books to buy from Dangdang too!