Top Chinese Textbooks for Children

Top Chinese Textbooks for Children

A question many Chinese learners ask is: which textbook I should choose. Indeed a good textbook can raise the interest of students and provide the interactivity to engage and involve the students in the learning process.  When choosing a Chinese textbook, we need to...
Nouns of Locality in Chinese

Nouns of Locality in Chinese

We are all familiar with the preposition words in English such as “in, at, after, beside etc”. In Chinese there are a group of special words that are put after the location. Instead of being called “preposition” words, they are called...
A Brief Introduction to Chinese Characters

A Brief Introduction to Chinese Characters

For languages, the history of writing systems progress from pictorial representations, to logograms and eventually to the alphabets. Chinese characters (汉字Hànzì)are all logograms. For languages, the history of writing systems progress from pictorial representations,...
Bike, Bus, Car… Transports in Chinese

Bike, Bus, Car… Transports in Chinese

How do you go to school? On foot, by car, by bike, or by bus? 你怎么去学校?步行,坐小汽车,自行车,还是公共汽车?Bus, car, bike, ship, airplane and more… we use different means of transportation everyday. Common means of transportation are relevant, easy and interesting for young...
Chinese Vocabulary Study Guide – Zai

Chinese Vocabulary Study Guide – Zai

在 is a common word in Chinese used to express existence in a place, a location and actions in progress. Expressing Existence in a Place When used to express existence in a place, 在 can be translated into “to be at” or ” to be in” in English....
Jingle Bells in Chinese

Jingle Bells in Chinese

Christmas is coming. There is nothing better than singing into the holiday season! Let’s learn a Christmas song: JINGLE BELLS in Chinese! Líng er xiǎng dīngdāng 铃儿响叮当 Hēi, chōngpò dà fēng xuě 嘿,冲破大风雪 Wǒmen zuò zài xuěqiāo shàng 我们坐在雪橇上 Kuài bēnchíguò tiányě...
Ideas of Gifts with Chinese Elements

Ideas of Gifts with Chinese Elements

On special occasions like New Year Day, Christmas, graduation day, birthdays… or just a random, ordinary day to cheer up the people we care, we want to give out a gift – maybe small, maybe big — but unique and with some Chinese elements. It is not always...
Chinese Vocabulary Study Guide- you

Chinese Vocabulary Study Guide- you

有 is one of the commonly used characters in Chinese. Literally it means “to have” and “there be”. It can be used to express existence or possession. Expressing existence The verb 有 (yǒu) when is used to express existence, it is similar to ...
7 Tips on Teaching Kids to Write Chinese Characters

7 Tips on Teaching Kids to Write Chinese Characters

As we all know, Chinese characters are an essential part of Chinese language. As the basic units of the language, Chinese characters are necessary to learn, even for kids at young age. There are several phases of Chinese character learning: Phase 1: Recognizing the...
Theme-Based Chinese Learning – Apples Theme for kids

Theme-Based Chinese Learning – Apples Theme for kids

Having been busy at creating a new Chinese learning pack for kids: Apples Theme. In this harvest season, apples are everywhere. It is interesting for children to learn Chinese around the theme of apples: parts of apples, apple products, apple life cycle, etc. This...
Getting Sick? Chinese Expressions Talking about Feeling Unwell

Getting Sick? Chinese Expressions Talking about Feeling Unwell

We all get sick once in a while. How do say when a person does not feel well in Chinese? Here are some expressions talking about feeling unwell. In Chinese, when a person feels unwell, he can say “我不舒服。” (Wǒ bú shūfú)When the person feels sick, he can say...
Chinese Vocabulary Study Guide – TAI

Chinese Vocabulary Study Guide – TAI

太 is a common word in Chinese. It literally means “too”  or “so” in the sense of “excessively”.  Usually 了 needs to be added after the adjective to make it sound natural in Chinese. Here are some rules of how it is used in Chinese....
Halloween Vocabulary Flashcards in Chinese

Halloween Vocabulary Flashcards in Chinese

One of the most exciting festival for kids is around the corner — Halloween is coming! Do you know how to say Halloween in Chinese? It is 万圣节(or 鬼节). Isn’t it interesting to learn the Chinese vocabulary for Halloween? If you want to know all the words...
Chinese Food and Food in Chinese – Chinese Vocabulary on Food

Chinese Food and Food in Chinese – Chinese Vocabulary on Food

Food is an essential part of our lives. For Chinese people, food is more than its necessity to feed. It provides joy, serves as a medium to entertain, to connect and to unite. Food is an essential part of our lives. For Chinese people, food is more than its necessity...
Use Mind maps to Learn Chinese Vocabulary

Use Mind maps to Learn Chinese Vocabulary

There are several ways of learning Chinese vocabulary. We can use visual aids, demonstration or explanation and other methods. Mind maps, or spider grams, as visual forms of note taking, are very effective in learning Chinese vocabulary. What Are Mind Maps Usually a...
12 Chinese Sayings about Life

12 Chinese Sayings about Life

How do you view life in general? Is it sweet, or is it hard? What attitude do think we should have for a fulfilling life? How to view success and failure? What about staying humble, being tolerant and working hard? Indeed, life is such a vast topic as it brings us...
How to Praise a Child and Some Praise Phrases in Chinese

How to Praise a Child and Some Praise Phrases in Chinese

It is well known that children need “positive enforcement” (“正面激励”). By definition, “positive enforcement occurs when a desirable event or stimulus is presented as a consequence of a behavior and the behavior increases.” (Wikipedia)....
Books for Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

Books for Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

Every autumn, Chinese people celebrate a very special day, Mid-Autumn Festival. It is always the 15th day of August according to Chinese calendar. Usually it falls in September or October. In 2017, it is going to be Oct 04. Oct 04 2017 is the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival!...
How to Say School Subjects in Chinese

How to Say School Subjects in Chinese

After a long relaxing summer vacation, it is back to school time! It does not matter if the children are excited, or anxious, or both… they are ready for the new school year! By the end of the first day, most students have their timetable in their hands. The timetable...
Chinese Vocabulary Study Guide – 都

Chinese Vocabulary Study Guide – 都

葡萄和苹果,我都喜欢。 This sentence can be translated into English as “Grapes and apples, I like both. “ As you have guessed out, 都 (dōu) means “both” in this case. Have a look at the sentence below: 葡萄, 香蕉和苹果,我都喜欢。 This sentence is “Grapes,...
Chinese Vocabulary Study Guide – 也

Chinese Vocabulary Study Guide – 也

My friend is going to the library. I am going there too. This is a simple sentence. Do you know how to say it in Chinese? “我的朋友去图书馆,我也要去那里。” 也 (yě) means “too” or “also”. In Chinese, it always comes before a verb or an adjective. 也...