Author: chinese4kids

Record Chinese Speaking – An Effective Way to Practice Chinese

To improve the level of spoken language requires environment and constant practice. Relying on lessons taught in the classroom is not enough. One effective tip, especially for children, is to record the child’s speaking. It might sound strange when you listen to your own voice at first (well, we all have experienced this awkward feeling), but it is indeed a very good way to improve. When one listens to his/her voice, it is easy to notice the 4 tones or pronunciations which do not sound right. Once noticed, one can then work on them. Over time, tones and pronunciations...

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Chinese Tongue Twisters for Children

You know the famous tongue twister “She sells seashells on the seashore”, right? Try to read it several times, how do you feel? A very good way of learning a language is via tongue twisters. Tongue twisters can really train the tongues to twist to make the right sound. Tongue twisters are called 绕口令 (ràokǒulìng) in Chinese. Chinese tongue twisters are a bit harder than English ones: to pronounce the right tongue twisters, a person does not only need to make the pronunciation right, he has to make the tones right! Let’s try some Chinese tongue twisters for children: 1....

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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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Chinese Valentine Cards Printables

Valentine’s Day is coming. It is not a really special day in China traditionally, but it is becoming more and more popular among young people even in China. Flowers and chocolate are good gifts for the loved ones. Valentine’s Day cards are essential together with gifts. In sprite of its increasing popularity, unlike in USA or Europe, Valentine’s Day is not yet celebrated among young children. For this reason, it is hard to find Valentine’s Day cards specifically designed for young children in Chinese. Here you can find some designs I created recently. The little project was inspired by my...

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