Author: chinese4kids

Create Chinese Learning Project with Adobe Voice

Little projects make language learning fun. Chinese learning can be so much fun with the aid of technology. Here I would like to show you how to use Adobe Voice, an app available for iPads and iPhones, to create some easy projects for Chinese learning. Adobe Voice is a wonderful storytelling app which enables children, even at young age, to create videos from a wide array of topics. When we say videos, they are more like animated slideshows rather than traditional presentations. Adobe Voice has many pre-made layouts, beautifully designed themes, great icons and background music for users to...

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36 Chinese Pictogram Characters

Chinese pictogram characters are an essential part of Chinese characters. Over time, Chinese characters are developed based on several strategies. Some Chinese characters, including commonly used ones, were originally pictograms. They symbolize objects or express meanings iconically. Pictogram Chinese characters are easy to recognize as the objects represented in the symbols can be seen as soon as the meaning is revealed. Some Chinese characters, including commonly used ones, were originally pictograms. Click To Tweet Here is a good video made by Shanghai Animation Film which shows the evolvement of 36 commonly used Chinese pictogram characters: 马、夫、花、羊、虎、象、 鹿、豕、鸟、龟、门、犬、 子、女、日、山、水、月、 木、林、森、刀、舟、田、...

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Spring Theme Word Wall words in Chinese

Spring has come. The weather is getting warm, flowers blossom, grass turning green and leaves are growing… We can see blue sky and white clouds. There are so many little animals: ducklings, chicken, sheep and bunnies… It is a beautiful season and there are so many useful words to learn in Chinese. Following the Winter theme Word Wall words, here are the Spring theme Words Wall Words in Chinese. Print them out and hang them on the walls in the classroom and at home. There are many reasons to celebrate the arrival of Spring. Learning some words in Chinese...

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Oh Life The English version of Chinese song Later

Do you know that some popular Chinese songs have their English versions too? Sofia Kallgren, the Swedish singer, re-sings several Chinese songs in English. Life is one of them. It is a song sung by Ruoying Liu, named “LATER”, which was popular in China for a long time. Let’s listen to the English version first, Oh life,the wonders that you bring 噢 生活 你所带来的惊喜 The beauty I can see 我所能看到的美丽 That I keep deep inside of me 我都铭记在内心深处 Oh life,I feel that I can breathe again 噢 生活 我觉得我又能再次能呼吸了 In a world where love will still remain 在一个还有爱的世界里 Choose...

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Picture Book in Chinese: Rosie’s Walk in Chinese

Picture books is a great way to introduce reading to children. There are many excellent English picture books now available in Chinese. Rosie’s Walk is one of them. This is a very simple (yet surprisingly sophisticated, from a humorous point of view) story. A chick named Rosie decides to take a walk one day. She is immediately followed by a fox who is searching for a meal. During the entire pursuit the poor fox receives one mishap after another and they were all initiated by the chick who was totally unaware of the disasters. The illustration of the book...

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How not to discourage children from reading Chinese books

First of all, we should keep in mind: all children love books by nature. The reading journey starts from being read to by parents, to reading together, to finally reading independently. The beginning of the journey, esp. the journey of Chinese reading, requires nurturing. We need to be careful not to discourage children. Put the Willingness of the Child into Consideration Sometimes parents ask the children to read when they are playing. If the children are “invited” by force to read, they won’t pay full attention to the books. They may be sitting next to the parent, but their...

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BBC Chinese New Year Documentary Series

Chinese New Year, or Chinese Spring Festival is the biggest celebration for Chinese people. People travel from everywhere in the country back home to get together with families to celebrate it. Here I would like to share with you a 3-part series of documentary videos from BBC on Chinese New Year. It is a really good series which not only shows Chinese culture and traditions, but also the landscape and people across the country. Here they...

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Craft Ideas for the Year of Monkey

Feb 08 starts the Chinese New Year of Monkey. Monkies are lively, smart and sociable, so are the people born in the year. Here I would like to list some simple craft ideas for children to celebrate its arrival. 1. Toilet Paper Roll Monkey 1 What you need Old Toilet Paper Rolls Dark Brown Paint Sponge Brush Dark and Light Brown Crafting Foam Brown Magic Marker Googly Eyes Glue Brown Pipe Cleaners Refer the instructions HERE. 2. Toilet paper roll monkeys 2 What You Need toilet paper roll brown paint beige paper googly eyes black marker brown pipe cleaners...

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Supplies for Chinese New Year and Culture Celebration

There are many occasions we celebrate Chinese culture and traditions. Chinese new year, also called Spring Festival, is a great chance. International Day is another great event. China study is for sure the 3rd opportunity to embrace Chinese culture and traditions to our children’s lives. However, it is not always easy to find the Chinese elements for decoration, for celebration, for activities and for further reading. Having been asked many times, I finally put pieces of information together and compiled a list of supplies. They are categorized into Decoration, Activities and Celebration. I also linked the Top 7 Books...

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