How do you say I love you? Love doesn’t have to be a complicated and big gesture. Take a cue from the wonderful David Tao (陶喆) song 爱很简单. A simple heartfelt note can be a really sweet and warming gesture Bonus when it is written in Chinese!
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The Inspiration between these heartfelt notes
Coincidentally about a month ago, I stumbled upon this website Heart of Dinner, a wonderful initiative in New York City, USA where elderly Asian Americans receive hot lunches and a heartfelt note or letters from volunteers. I was so filled with joy at this beautiful gesture. My dear reader, if you are located in USA, please consider helping by writing some lovely heartfelt notes to the elderly and vulnerable community.
I took this idea and started writing heartfelt love notes to my children in Chinese!
Initially when they found it in their lunch bags, they thought it was a note of reprimand! Because up till now, they rarely receive positive notes or affirmations unless it’s a birthday or a special occasion. However, when they realised what these notes were, the three of them started comparing and sharing the different notes.
And of course, the best part of it is that they had to read it in Chinese!
Mandarin Homeschool's Heartfelt Notes
After sharing the pictures on Instagram, some parents wrote to ask for these notes so they can spread a little joy and happiness in their children’s daily life.
Here is a list of Chinese heartfelt greetings. I have organised them by simplicity. All of them hold special meaning and speaks to me personally. I hope you and your children will read this message and feel a little closer.
Mandarin Homeschool Heartfelt Notes Download
For my readers who can’t write Chinese, I have also created a few printables for you to download on the Members page.
(You’ll have to sign up as a member to get a password for access to all the free goodies).
Top tip for printing: Use harder white paper cardstock to print or else the notes might disintegrate pretty fast in the kids’ soggy lunch mess…
For readers who are wondering what the David Tao song is...
Go on and spread some love…