Author: chinese4kids

Why Chinese?

Why do we study Chinese? It is a question I initially asked the LP’s in the Chinese club. The answers varied from “my parents want me to learn Chinese” to “It is an interesting language. I want to know how to write Chinese characters” to “My father is going to be transferred to Shanghai, and we are going there as a family.”… Interesting, right? For kids, Chinese is not a common language such as Spanish, French or Italian which most other students learn; Chinese is different. Learning Chinese is thus cool since few of the others know it. But, why Chinese? It is an important question we need to understand so we can keep on learning.  Let’s make a list: Chinese is interesting and not that hard Chinese culture is one of the oldest in the world. Chinese is artistically formed with a combination of meaningful parts: for example, the word “crisis” (危机)means “danger” and “opportunity”. Chinese is a language of arts and poems. Not to mention the beautiful classical poems, Chinese calligraphy is well known for its artistic value. If you know 1000 commonly used Chinese words, you can recognize most of the characters in a Chinese newspaper. Now you can see Chinese characters on lots of labels. It is cool to be able to recognize them and simply show off in front of your friends. Chinese traditions...

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How Old Are You?

When I passed today’s lesson to the students, they showed surprise: “How come there are two different questions to ask the same ‘How old are you’ ?” Their surprise is reasonable, but there are actually more ways asking “How old are you” in Chinese. The choice of how to ask depends on the age of the person being asked. If the asked person is older, the question has to be in the polite form; if the asked person is at the same age, the question can be in a polite form or a intimate form; if the asked person is younger or a child, the question can be asked 你几岁? nǐ jǐ suì 你多大? nǐ duō...

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How to write 生日(birthday)

We have practiced how to write 生日. The students showed sincere interest in writing the characters. Here I would like to show you how to write them in the right order. Click on the PLAY to take a look. [kml_flashembed movie="http://sketchcast.com/swf/player.swf?id=ND8Uu17" width="435" height="350" wmode="transparent"...

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Learning

I came across an article “Language Learning is Messy” today, and I think the analysis on Children’s language learning advantages is quite good. According to the author Albert Wolfe, the following points stand out: Children talk a lot. Children make lots of mistakes. Children learn what they need. Children don’t have language goals. If you are interested in the article, please visit...

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