Successful Theme Based Chinese Learning Starts from Topic Focused Chinese Vocabulary

Research supports the idea that “learning is an integrated process, a process focused on constructing meaning, and a process largely dependent on the ability to communicate. “(Sandra Rollins Hurley, Ph.D., and Sally Blake, Ph.D.). When we identify the facts and ideas that connect with each other across subjects, we construct meaning. When we learn to […]

Fish, Octopus, and Dolphin… How to Say Sea Life Creatures in Chinese

Kids like zoo and the animals living in the zoo. They also like the creatures living under the water. With so much unknown, the sea world is fascinating. The creatures living in this world are even more amazing: just imagine those colourful fish, mysterious octopus, lovable dolphins, and much more! How about we learn these […]

Tiger, Lion, and Panda… How to Say Zoo Animals in Chinese

After last week’s “Insects Chinese Vocabulary” post, I’ve received many requests for more of this kind of lessons. So here you are, let’s learn how to say zoo animals in Chinese! Zoo is always a fascinating place for kids to visit, again and again. There are many animals living in the zoo and that makes […]

Bees, Butterflies, and ladybugs… How to Say Insects in Chinese

When the weather gets warmer, we start to see insects everywhere: in the garden, we can find ants; in the park, we can see butterflies, ladybugs and bees. Have you introduced these little friends to your child? Let’s learn some insects Chinese vocabulary together! Insects Vocabulary in Chinese Insect is called 昆虫(kūnchóng) in Chinese. Here […]

4 Types of Flashcards We Can Use for Chinese Vocabulary Learning

Flash cards are a simple and common tool for studying foreign languages. It is well used for Chinese learning, especially for learning Chinese vocabulary – Chinese characters, words, and Chinese expressions. There are many ways, and here I am going to talk about 4 types of flash cards we can usein Chinese vocabulary learning. Text-Only […]

Simple Math in Chinese: Learn some math vocabulary in Chinese

We use numbers nearly everyday. Actually we use simple math everyday. Do you know how to say math in Chinese? How about we learn some math vocabulary together? Math in Chinese is 数学(shùxué). Basic Calculation Words in Chinese 基本计算词汇 jīběn jìsuàn cíhuì +   加 jiā add, plus, addition –   减 jiǎn subtract, minus, subtraction ✕ […]

Chinese Vocabulary Study Guide to Some Basic yet Essential Chinese Words

A study guide is a condensed version of important information one needs to know in order to understand a concept, a word or rules. Chinese vocabulary study guide provides assistance and support for Chinese learners as a reference to some basic yet essential Chinese words. WHAT IS A STUDY GUIDE A study guide is “a […]

Chinese Vocabulary Study Guide – Hui

The word 会 basically can be used in two ways: 1. to express an ability (a skill or knowledge) that has been learned; 2. to express the possibility of an action which happens in the future. Here is the Chinese vocabulary study guide 会. EXPRESS AN ABILITY WITH 会 The sentence structure is Subj + […]

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). There are many other Halloween Chinese words, do you want to learn them all for this very special day? key Halloween Chinese words 蝙蝠      […]

Chinese Vocabulary Study Guide-Hen

If we translate 很 (hěn)into English, 很 literally means “very, quite”. However, it is often used before adjectives and its meaning is simply “to be”. Here is the Chinese vocabulary study guide 很. 很 (hěn)vs 是 (Shì ) Both 很 and 是 can be translated into “to be”. The difference is that 是 is used in front […]

Use Chunking to Increase Chinese Vocabulary Efficiently and Effectively

Like all the other languages, Chinese language can be broken down to units. The smallest uint in Chinese is characters. Characters form Chinese words or phrases. Combinations of Chinese words and/or phrases make sentences. From there we can compose paragraphs and articles. So the logical solution to learn Chinese is to learn Chinese characters, the […]

Chinese Vocabulary Study Guide- Yao

In this Chinese vocabulary study guide, we are about to talk about 要 (yào), which basically means “want”. As an auxiliary verb, it often comes before main verbs to help express a tone . 要 has several meanings which sometimes can only be determined by the context in which it is used. Expressing “Want” with 要 […]

Chicken, Cow, Dog… Farm Animals in Chinese

It is interesting to visit farms, especially for children. Farm animals such as chicken, cows and dogs are great fun for children to watch and sometimes even to play with. Because children love farm animals and farm animals can be found in any farm,  kids usually find it easy to learn the animal words in […]

Smiley Emoji – Do You Know What They Mean in Chinese

We use Smiley Emoji in our conversations all the time. Do you know about their meanings? If yes, do you know the meaning of these commonly used smiley emojis in Chinese? Let’s have a look! Grin 开心 Kāixīn Laughing with tears 笑到哭 Xiào dào kū Yum yum 口水流下来了 Kǒushuǐ liú xiàláile Cool 酷毙了 Kù bìle […]

Chinese New Year Celebration Activities and More

Chinese new year of Dog starts on Feb 16, 2018. In a few days we will say Goodbye to the year of Rooster and welcome the year of Dog! First of all, let’s watch a story about Chinese new year There are many Chinese new year activities we can invite or involve our kids to […]

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 “nouns of locality” (方位词 , fāngwèi cí). 方位词 (fāngwèi cí)are nouns showing direction and […]

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. [Tweet “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.”] Based on how they are formed or derived, […]

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 every day. Common means of transportation are relevant, easy, and interesting for young learners. Here is a list of the common transports in Chinese. Transports in Chinese […]

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. The sentence structure is Subj. + 在 […]

Chinese Vocabulary Study Guide You有

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. This Chinese Vocabulary Study guide you 有 features the basic grammatical rules on how to use the word with many useful examples. Expressing existence The verb 有 (yǒu) when […]