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Spelling Song

Many of the Chinese characters have two parts. If you know the meaning of each part, it is easier to memorize the symbol. Here is a simple song of the “spelling” of some Chinese symbols you might find interesting and helpful. 拼字歌 pīn zì gē 左边木字右边几,我来造架大飞机 机机 zuǒ biān mù zì yòu biān jǐ, wǒ lái zào jià dà fēi jī jī jī 左边王字右边求,我最喜欢踢足球 球球 zuǒ biān wáng zì yòu biān qiú, wǒ zuì xǐ huān tī zú qiú, qiú qiú 左边是片绿禾苗,右边是片红火苗 秋秋 zuǒ biān shì piàn lǜ hé miáo, yòu biān shì piàn hóng huǒ miáo, qiū qiū 一根木料,交给学校 校校 yì gēn mù liào, jiāo gěi xué xiào, xiào xiào 舌头添一添 甘草有点甜 甜甜 shé tóu tiǎn yi tiǎn, gān cǎo yǒu diǎn tián, tián tián 一日是一天,一字站左边 旧旧 yí rì shì yī tiān, yī zì zhàn zuǒ biān, jiù jiù 女儿有匹马,我有好妈妈 妈妈 nǚ ér yǒu pí mǎ, wǒ yǒu hǎo mā mā, mā mā 又来一只鸟,变成小鸡跑 鸡鸡 yòu lái yì zhī niǎo, biǎn chéng xiǎo jī pǎo, jī jī 你说奇怪不奇怪,两个月亮站一排 朋朋 nǐ shuō qí guài bù qí guài, liǎng gè yuè liàng zhàn yì pái, péng péng 广字下面木料放,一放进去变成床 床床 guǎng zì xià miàn mù liào fàng, yí fàng jìn qù biàn chéng chuáng, chuáng chuáng 两个娃娃两张口,下面来了一只狗 哭哭 liǎng gè wá wá liǎng zhāng kǒu, xià miàn lái le yì zhī gǒu, kū kū 两个可字叠起来,一个哥哥站起来 哥哥 liǎng gè kě zì dié...

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Newsweek: Not Much Progress in America’s Chinese Problem

There is an interesting article in Newsweek. The title is “America’s Chinese Problem – The reports of progress are wrong“. This article points out that although Chinese schools or schools with Chinese programs are popping up in America, suggesting that Americans realize the importance of learning Chinese and understanding China, the number is fairly small. “According to the Center for Applied Linguistics, in 2008 only 4 percent of middle and high schools that offer foreign-language instruction included Mandarin. That’s up from 1 percent in 1997.” The same study also reveals that “13 percent of schools still offer Latin and a full 10-fold more schools offer French than Mandarin.” According to the article, America’s lack of support for language instruction in the classroom is one key factor. Lack of funding lead to cutbacks on language courses such as German, French and Russian. Mandarin Chinese is of no exception especially given the fact that acquiring teachers and materials are harder and more expensive than, say, Spanish. Convincing parents to send their kids to learn Chinese is another reason. “According to a report this September by Wakefield Research, twice as many parents believe their kids should speak Spanish than Chinese.” Also, according to the article, in the USA, there is no culture of teaching foreign languages to primary school students. “Only 15 percent of elementary schools and 58 percent of middle schools...

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Make Your Child Learn Chinese?

Would you make your child learn Chinese? This is a question CNN’s Jack Cafferty asked his readers. Well, the question was actually If you were the parent of a small child, would you make him/her learn Chinese? This article was posted yesterday and has already attracted 229 comments. Jack Cafferty argues China owns us – or soon will, as they continue to snap up U.S. treasury bonds. China is now the largest foreign holder of U.S. debt, just under $900 billion. Chinese military spending is up 12% in the last decade. Beijing has become an integral player in nearly every major international issue, from the standoffs with North Korea and Iran to global warming. So he said “Forget the romance languages. If you really want your child to be ready for the future, you might want him to crack open some Chinese language textbooks.” What do you think? You are welcome to leave a...

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The Times: UK students should learn Chinese

I read an article letter from the Times. It was written by Dr Richard Pike, Chief Executive of Royal Society of Chemistry. Dr. Pike himself was one of the small group of students who started to learn Japanese when Japan started to become the “Asian giant” in 1970s. He later spent years working in Japan, which helped sharpen his Japanese language skills to a next level. Having benefited much from his Japanese language background, he is now asking more UK students to learn Chinese since, in his words, “Despite China’s growing economic and global significance, the traffic is largely one-way, with thousands of Chinese studying in UK universities.” He said, “If I were 18 now, China and the Chinese language would be my targets”. Is it also your...

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