Author: chinese4kids

Common Public Area Signs in China

Public signs are very important. Many signs in China look similar to the ones available in Europe, USA and other countries in the world. Familiar Public Area Signs For example, NO SMOKING is pretty much the same. 禁止吸烟 Jìnzhǐ xīyān No Mobile Phone looks similar too. 请勿使用手机 Qǐng wù shǐyòng shǒujī Although a person does not recognize Chinese characters, the toilet signs should be self – explanatory: 公共厕所 gōnggòng cèsuǒ 洗手间 Xǐshǒujiān Or 男/女 nán/nǚ On the other hand, some signs look different. Unfamiliar Public Area Signs As you may know, tap water in China is not portable. Do...

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Chinese Numbers Booklet – A Reference Booklet for Chinese Numbers Learning

Chinese numbers are fundamental for Chinese learning. To some extent, learning Chinese numbers serves a shortcut to learn many other Chinese topics such as year, month, date, weekdays, time and much more. However, many times these topics are taught separately at different time in different units. Because the knowledge is not connected, children often get scattered pieces and sometimes feels it hard to master. That’s why I thought it would be nice to create a booklet which covers all the key elements of Chinese numbers. It is a small booklet which is good for the kids to keep in...

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30 Useful Chinese Sentences You can Speak to Easily Impress Others

It is very important to know the basic Chinese sentences in order to conduct conversations in Chinese. Here are 30 sentences you can learn to start dialogues in Chinese.   能耽误你一点时间吗? Néng dānwù nǐ yīdiǎn shíjiān ma? Have you got a minute?   有笔借我吗?Yǒu bǐ jiè wǒ ma Have you got a pen I could borrow?   真的吗?Zhēn de ma? Really?   你确定吗?Nǐ quèdìng ma? Are you sure?   为什么不呢? Wèishéme bù ne? Why not?   发生什么事了? Fāshēng shénme shìle? What’s going on?/What’s happening?   请注意。 Qǐng zhùyì. Could I have your attention, please?   走吧!Zǒu ba! Let’s go!...

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How’s the Weather? – Learn the Weather Words in Chinese

How is the weather? In Chinese, we say 天气怎么样?Tiānqì zěnme yàng? Is it sunny? Is it rainy? Is it little cloudy? Is it snowy? Is it windy? Is it foggy? 是晴天吗? Shì qíng tiān ma? 是下雨吗? Shì xià yǔ ma? 是多云吗? Shì duōyún ma? 是下雪吗? Shì xià xuě ma? 是刮风吗? Shì guā fēng ma? 是多雾吗? Shì duō wù ma? Or, Is it warm? Is it cold? Is it cool? Is it hot? 温暖吗? Wēnnuǎn ma? 寒冷吗? Hánlěng ma? 凉爽吗? Liángshuǎng ma? 炎热吗? Yánrè ma? What is the weather like today? 今天天气怎么样? Jīntiān tiānqì zěnme yàng? Have a look outside!...

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Using Spaced Repetition System in Chinese Learning

What is Spaced Repetition System Spaced Repetition Learning System “is a learning technique that incorporates increasing intervals of time between subsequent review of previously learned material in order to exploit the psychological spacing effect.” (wikipedia) (http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/jjtgghj6oguy4qafxapz.jpg) As we all know, it is so easy to forget what we just learned. Sometimes it frustrates us. However, we should keep it in mind:  forgetting is a natural process of any learning. Whoever successfully manages to beat the process of forgetting wins. Indeed, how to beat forgetting and increase retention is the key to the mastery of the knowledge. How to Beat Forgetting...

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Learn Chinese – Nations and Nationalities in Chinese

When we introduce ourselves, the countries we come from and our nationalities are important. To say nationalities in Chinese, we get to learn the names of countries first. The Chinese word for nation/country/kingdom is 国家(guójiā).国(guó) is used many times to indicate a country. How to Say China in Chinese? China is called “中国”(Zhōngguó)in Chinese. It literally means “Central Kingdom”. What are the Names of other Nations in Chinese? Basically, there are two ways how the names of countries are formed in Chinese: one way is to have the indication word “国“(Country/Kingdom) at the end of the names; the other is more...

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Year, Month, Date in Mandarin Chinese

How to say Year, Month and Date in Mandarin Chinese? Are they very different from their equivalents in English? Are they difficult? These are common questions Chinese learners ask. First of all, year, month and date are easy in Mandarin Chinese If one knows the basic numbers in Chinese, she or he can easily conjugate weekdays by adding 星期(xīng qī ) in front the numbers. To describe year, month and date in Chinese, we first need to learn 3 words as follows: Year      年  nián Month  月  yuè Date     号   hào Conjugation of  Year, Month and Date in Chinese...

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Chinese Children’s Cartoon: Tutu’s Wisdom Kingdom Maths Series

Among all the excellent Chinese children’s cartoon, Tutu is definitely one of my favorite Chinese cartoon characters. He is a 3-year-old boy. He is full of imagination and often talks out of the box. He asks questions which are surprisingly interesting and sometimes amusing. The language used is easy and therefore good for Chinese learning. There are several seasons of Tutu series. The Wisdom Kingdom Maths Series focus on maths in the daily life. The episodes are short and good for even young children to watch. Enjoy them with your...

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How to say “Monday, Tuesday…” and Count Weeks in Chinese

Compared to English, weekdays or Counting weeks in Chinese are extremely easy. As long as the basic Chinese numbers are learned, it is as easy as a piece of cake. Weekdays in Chinese To learn the weekdays, we first need to know that a week in China starts with Monday instead of Sunday. So the order of a week is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Next, we need to learn the Chinese word for “Week”. In Chinese, it is 星期(xīng qī ). Monday, because it is the 1st day of a week, it is Weekday one....

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12 Chinese Phrases to Say Hello and Goodbye

Greetings are important for all of us. It is useful to know some greeting phrases in various languages even if we do not know the languages. So even if you don’t want to learn Chinese, it is good to know some phrases to say hello and goodbye. And they are quite easy. Here are 7 Chinese phrases to say Hello and 5 to say Goodbye. Hello in Chinese 1. 你好 Nǐ hǎo! Hello (It is a casual expression to say Hello.) 2. 您好 Nín hǎo! Hello (It is a formal or polite expression to say Hello.) 3. 你们好 Nǐmen hǎo!...

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