Author: chinese4kids

6 Reasons You Should Learn Chinese Characters

I often hear people say, “I am learning Chinese. Is it OK  to learn only how to speak? Chinese characters are too hard. ” Indeed, given the fact that there are more than 10,000 characters in Chinese, it seems to be a huge task to master them all. Plus, with the aid of Pinyin, a person can learn to speak in Chinese quite quickly. Why do we still need to learn Chinese characters? Here are the 6 reasons: Listening, speaking, reading and writing are the four major skills in learning any languages. If only listening and speaking are mastered,...

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How to Write Spring in Chinese

  春 means Spring in Chinese. It is a beautiful character which features 日 (sun), 草 (grass) and 木(wood). It is spring time, the sun becomes bright and strong; grass and wood start to grow. It is the season life starts and grows. In Chinese New Year decoration, many times people can find 春 embedded in the decoration. Chinese New Year is also called Spring Festival in China. When the Chinese New Year started, spring is not far away. 春 actually is quite easy to write. Follow the steps and you can easily write...

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5 Craft Ideas for the Year of Goat

The Chinese New Year is coming! This Thursday is going to be the 1st day of the year of Goat (羊). Here are some craft ideas for children to celebrate the arrival of the new year. Let’s first start with a fun poster of the personalities of “Goat People”: elegant, artistic,  tender, loving and so on… 1. Goat Characteristics Poster from activityvillage.co.uk 2. Cotton ball Sheep from freekidscrafts.com Don’t you agree that these sheep look so cute? Actually they are not so difficult to make. You will need the following materials Newspaper Tape Straws Some old cardboard or construction paper Cotton...

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The Great Race

13 animals, a rat, an ox, a tiger, a rabbit, a cat, a goat, a snake, a dog, a pig, a dragon, a rooster, a horse and a monkey gathered together and were arguing because all of them want to have the new year after their names. The noise woke up Jade Emperor and he suggested them to have a race by crossing the river. Who won in the end? Watch this puppet show and find it...

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Xiao Nian – Little Chinese New Year Celebrations

Today is 小年 XiaoNian, the 23rd of the 12th Chinese lunar month. Xiaonian literally means “little new year”. It is a special day because it marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year preparation. People start cleaning their houses and their new year shopping. XiaoNian is also called Kitchen God Festival or Worshiping the Stove Festival. According to the legend, on the day of Xiaonian, the Kitchen God will report to the Jade Emperor on the good and evil of the family. Based on his report, Jade Emperor will decide to give out reward or punishment. To prevent Kitchen...

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Top 7 Chinese New Year Books

Chinese New Year will start on Feb. 19 this year. It is going to be the year of Goat! What are the traditions? How do Chinese celebrate it? Are there any fun activities for kids to work on? Here are the top 7 books on Chinese New Year. Celebrating Chinese New Year: An Activity Book This is a fun-filled craft activity book. In addition to facts and description of traditions, Children can make lanterns, dragon parade and red envelopes etc. It is an excellent resource book for parents and teachers of children of 5-10 years old.   The Dancing...

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