The Lingo Show is another flagship moment for CBeebies(…): in its opening episode, Chop Chop, the aim was to teach children Mandarin (future episodes will tackle Urdu, Punjabi, Somali and Polish). “It’s not going to work on that one,” said my mother, pointing at my two-year-old. “She barely speaks English.” “Yes she does,” I said, outraged. “No way!” said the infant. I don’t know whose side she was on. Hopefully mine.
“Nee hao,” said an animated bug. “Say nee hao.” It means hello. “Miaow,” said the child. “This is going to take a really, really long time,” said my mother.”