Chinese Department


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Grade 3: My lunch

With Chinese new year coming, I introduce culture of Chinese new year, including the story of Nian and Chinese food that people eat in spring festival. These foods are related to the topic of lesson My lunch. We study the sentence structure WO ZHONGWU CHI JIAOZI in the lesson.(我中午吃饺子。S+ time+ V+N)


Ask students to draw foods what they like. And then introduce these foods to other students in Chinese. Students will use these new words and sentence structure when we role play.

Some new words:

三明治 Sandwich

薯条 French fries

炒面 Fire noodles

热狗 Hotdog

甜甜圈 Donuts

比萨饼 Pizza

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Grade 8 MS 5: Festival posters

Recently, MS5 have studied two topics delicious food and festivals. And, we will study eating out in next semester. Therefore, to review words and sentences what we have learned and preview that we will study. We have these posters. Students divided into different groups. They design the style of poster, collect pictures and think about content by themselves. And then, they introduced their poster and told us something about the Chinese festivals. It’s better to absorb knowledge for them in this way, they can practice communicate skill when they talk about how to design and make the poster in Chinese.



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Pre-K Mandarin



Pre-K Mandarin – Mr. Maverick Arenas


Pre-Kindergarten students focused on the topic “Body parts” this month. We learned different words about body parts such as, 头、头发、眼睛、耳朵、鼻子、嘴、口、手、肩膀、膝盖、脚. Every Mandarin class, students were tasked to identify Chinese characters, and read aloud words presented in class. They were also given opportunity to describe their body parts in class by using sentence patterns discussed in class.


Please find below, the summary of lessons we’ve taken up this month.  You are welcome to use this as a reference for reviewing Chinese lessons in preparation for future lessons and for upcoming assessments:


Topic for the week Body Parts and Opposites
Learning outcomes  

  • Pronounce the words correctly
  • Identify Chinese characters
  • Identify pictures
  • Answer the questions correctly
  • Recite sentences related to the topic
  • Sing songs and rhymes
Vocabulary Vocabulary: 



Sentence pattern:

  1. 我有大耳朵/鼻子/眼睛…
  2. 我有小耳朵/鼻子/眼睛…
  3. 我有长头发。
  4. 我有短头发。
Review material
  • Easy steps to Chinese for  kids 1
  • Youtube videos



Teacher Mavi





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Grade 2

This month we learned the family,家人,我家有五口人。爸爸,妈妈,爷爷,奶奶,外公,外婆,哥哥,姐姐,弟弟,妹妹。Let students record a video to describe their family.Then we learn country, where are you from? 国家,你是哪国人? And let students recognize flags , know your country’s flag. Then we learn sentences: 我的国家是_____,我是_____人。Students introduce themselves one by one. Meantime, we draw our countries’ flags.f1

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课外活动kèwài huódòng (ASAC)

This month our Chinese topic in HS1 is 学校 xuéxiào (school)

we talk about 学校设施 xuéxiào shèshī (school facilities) as review.

Also we discussed what kind of 课外活动kèwài huódòng (ASAC) they attended this semester. Then we do the project, design an advertisement for your club.

the following pictures are students finished product.


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Grade 1:我不喜欢我的头发。(wǒ bù xǐ huān wǒ de tóu fa)I don’t like my hair

Grade 1:我不喜欢我的头发。(wǒ bù xǐ huān wǒ de tóu fa)I don’t like my hair

Grade1 study the sentence structure Sb like/don’t like sth, some colors and de by the video story. Students watch the video story first, and then the teacher guide students to say by ask students in Chinese. To correct the student’s pronunciation, students follow the video in Chinese. The teacher review and practice new words and new sentence structure by play games.

Phrase: red hair红色的头发  hóng sè de tóu fa

Yellow hair 黄色的头发 huáng sè de tóu fa

Black hair 黑色的头发 hēi sè de tóu fa

Green hair 绿色的头发 lǜ sè de tóu fa

Pink hair 粉红色的头发fěn hóng sè de tóu fa

Purple hair 紫色的头发zǐ sè de tóu fa

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你会不会说汉语? nǐ huì bù huì shuō hànyǔ? (Do you know how to speak Chinese?)

This month our grade 3 Chinese topic is language, so we do a conversation practice: asking the another student: do you know how to speak Chinese?

会不会 means can or can’t

说 means speak

汉语 means Chinese language

so the question 你会不会说汉语? nǐ huì bù huì shuō hànyǔ?

(Do you know how to speak Chinese?)

Then how to answer it?

If you know how to speak Chinese, you can say

我会说汉语 wǒ huì shuō hànyǔ (I know how to speak Chinese)

If you just know how to speak a little Chinese, you can say

我会说一点儿汉语 wǒ huì shuō yīdiǎnr hànyǔ (I know how to speak a little Chinese)

If you don’t know how to speak Chinese, you can say

我不会说汉语 wǒ bù huì shuō hànyǔ (I don’t know how to speak Chinese)

you can replace 汉语 to other languages

英语 yīngyǔ (English)
韩语 hányǔ (Korean language)
日语 rìyǔ(Japanese)
印度语 yìndù yǔ(India language)
菲律宾语 fēilǜbīn yǔ(Tagalog)

the rule is country name+ 语yǔ, but if the name of the country include 国 guó, such as:
德国 Déguó
英国 yīngguó
韩国 hánguó

we will replace 国 guó by 语yǔ, so it become 德语, 英语, 韩语 instead of 德国语, 英国语, 韩囯语

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Kindergarten Mandarin (Nationality)



Kindergarten Mandarin


Dear Kindergartenparents,


Students in Kindergarten enjoyed learning Countries and Nationalities in Mandarin class. They were so excited to see their country’s flags and read the Chinese characters for their nationality. This unit’s focus is to help them identify different nationalities in Chinese and read Chinese characters related to countries/nationalities. We also learned how to introduce our self and some friends’ nationalities using the sentence pattern: 我是中国人。XXX是美国人。XXX是瑞典人。XXX是菲律宾人。In writing, students patiently write each stroke to see the entire structure of the Chinese characters. We have learned writing the following words: 中国人、美国人、日本人、韩国人。


Please find below, the summary of lessons we’ve taken up this month. You are welcome to use this as a reference for reviewing Chinese lessons in preparation for next lessons and for upcoming assessments:


Topic for the week Countries and Nationalities
Learning outcomes
  • Identify countries and nationalities in Mandarin
  • Read and recognize the Chinese word for different countries and nationalities
  • Pronounce Chinese words with correct pronunciation and tone mark
  • Recite sentences related to countries and nationalities
  1. 中国(人)
  2. 美国(人)
  3. 菲律宾(人)
  4. 日本(人)
  5. 印度(人)
  6. 香港(人)
  7. 马来西亚(人)
  8. 澳大利亚(人)
  9. 加拿大(人)
  10. 比利时(人)
  11. 韩国(人)
  12. 瑞典(人)
Sentence Pattern -你是哪国人?




Teacher Mavi

Countries and Nationalities Google Drive Link :



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Grade 4/5 seasons

This month we are learning seasons. 春夏秋冬. Different seasons have different landscape, and people will wear different clothes, so students describe seasons including the view ,the people ,the temperature and so on . when we learned how to describe a person, students brought the pictures, persons or animals, they tried to introduce their pictures to others, tall or short, fat or thin, clothes and color and so on.Now we learn seasons ,students can connect what we have learned and life. If we invite friends to a place ,we can introduce weather in detail and give some suggestions to friends.