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7 Tips on Teaching Kids to Write Chinese Characters

As we all know, Chinese characters are an essential part of Chinese language. As the basic units of the language, Chinese characters are necessary to learn, even for kids at young age. There are several phases of Chinese character learning: Phase 1: Recognizing the character shape and knowing its meaning Phase 2: Understanding the tone and pronunciation of the character in context Phase 3: Knowing how to write the characters by the right stroke order For very young kids, it is enough to stay phase 1 and/or 2 until either the fine motor skills of the child is developed...

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Theme-Based Chinese Learning – Apples Theme for kids

Having been busy at creating a new Chinese learning pack for kids: Apples Theme. In this harvest season, apples are everywhere. It is interesting for children to learn Chinese around the theme of apples: parts of apples, apple products, apple life cycle, etc. This pack contains the following parts: Apple-theme word walls Parts of an apple Apple life cycle Apple-theme Chinese character writing worksheets Parts of an Apple and Apple Life Cycle worksheets Apple-theme images and Chinese words for memory games Let’s have a look together:   If you would like to get the whole pack and use it...

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Getting Sick? Chinese Expressions Talking about Feeling Unwell

We all get sick once in a while. How do say when a person does not feel well in Chinese? Here are some expressions talking about feeling unwell. In Chinese, when a person feels unwell, he can say “我不舒服。” (Wǒ bú shūfú)When the person feels sick, he can say “我生病了。”(Wǒ shēngbìngle.) In Chinese, when a person feels unwell, he can say “我不舒服。” (Wǒ bú shūfú)When… Click To Tweet Describe the Feelings of Feeling Unwell To describe how one feels, here are some examples: 我感觉恶心。 Wǒ gǎnjué ěxīn.   I feel nausea. 我感觉虚弱。 Wǒ gǎnjué xūruò.  I feel weak. 我没有胃口。 Wǒ méiyǒu...

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Chinese Vocabulary Study Guide – TAI

太 is a common word in Chinese. It literally means “too”  or “so” in the sense of “excessively”.  Usually 了 needs to be added after the adjective to make it sound natural in Chinese. Here are some rules of how it is used in Chinese. Used to Exclaim How Good Something Is The structure is  太 + Adj. + 了 For Example 你太好了。 Nǐ tài hǎole You are so nice. 这个女孩子太漂亮了。 Zhège nǚ háizi tài piàoliangle. This girl is so pretty. 这道菜太好吃了。 Zhè dào cài tài hào chīle. This dish is so delicious. 她的小猫太可爱了。 Tā de xiǎo māo tài kě’àile....

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Halloween Vocabulary Flashcards in Chinese

One of the most exciting festival for kids is around the corner — Halloween is coming! Do you know how to say Halloween in Chinese? It is 万圣节(or 鬼节). Isn’t it interesting to learn the Chinese vocabulary for Halloween? If you want to know all the words around Halloween in Chinese, you got to get these Halloween Vocabulary in Chinese flash cards. Related Resources: Top 100 Commonly Used Chinese Characters 20-Day Chinese Character Building Challenge (the characters in this list are tailored to...

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Chinese Food and Food in Chinese – Chinese Vocabulary on Food

Food is an essential part of our lives. For Chinese people, food is more than its necessity to feed. It provides joy, serves as a medium to entertain, to connect and to unite. Food is an essential part of our lives. For Chinese people, food is more than its necessity to… Click To Tweet In Chinese, a common greeting is “吃了吗?(Chīle ma?Did you eat?)” When friends meet in the street, they would invite each other “一起去吃顿饭吧!(Yīqǐ qù chī dùn fàn ba! Let’s go and have a meal together!)” Food is not only for the casual meetups among friends and acquaintance,...

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Use Mind maps to Learn Chinese Vocabulary

There are several ways of learning Chinese vocabulary. We can use visual aids, demonstration or explanation and other methods. Mind maps, or spider grams, as visual forms of note taking, are very effective in learning Chinese vocabulary. What Are Mind Maps Usually a mind map starts in the middle of a page with a central idea and expanded outwards in all directions. The expanded branches should contain related thoughts and ideas making it easier to organize the information. Mind maps are great for learning Chinese vocabulary. The individual but relevant words are linked together in a visual way, which...

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Strategies of Teaching| Learning Chinese High Frequency Characters, Just Like Teaching| Learning Sight Words

When learning English, children usually start with sight words. Sight words are a collection of common, frequently used words that a child should recognize in order to prepare for reading. The famous Dolch’s list (published in 1948 by Edward William Dolch) features 220 words. These 220 words serve as a foundation for children to improve their reading accuracy and fluency. On the other hand, although there are over 50,000 characters altogether, a comprehensive modern Chinese dictionary normally lists 20,000 characters. An educated Chinese person knows around 8,000 characters and a person needs to know 2000-3000 characters to read a...

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12 Chinese Sayings about Life

How do you view life in general? Is it sweet, or is it hard? What attitude do think we should have for a fulfilling life? How to view success and failure? What about staying humble, being tolerant and working hard? Indeed, life is such a vast topic as it brings us joy, happiness, laughter, success, applause, love, friendship … as well as sadness, zest, jealousy, tears, failure and more. It is difficult to generalize it, although we definitely share certain views and feelings as Chinese people do. Here are 12 Chinese sayings about life and hopefully they will give you some inspiration,...

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How to Praise a Child and Some Praise Phrases in Chinese

It is well known that children need “positive enforcement” (“正面激励”). By definition, “positive enforcement occurs when a desirable event or stimulus is presented as a consequence of a behavior and the behavior increases.” (Wikipedia). Praise is one of the strategies to provide positive verbal feedback. However, if we praise our child all the time with sentences like “You are so good”, “You are so smart”, “You are so creative”… is it really good for him? We want to give our child a quick verbal pat by giving out praises, however often without much thought. Praise motivates children, but sometimes...

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