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Fresh Market

This month, Grade 5  students focused on the topic ” Fresh Market.” Students learned the words according to the different categories. Then, the teacher created three scenes happened in fresh market: Scenario one was they would go to fresh market with their parents. Scenario two was they would buy something in the fresh market and also they would communicate with”……多少钱?/可以便宜吗?/……三块五毛一斤. Scenario three was they finished their task in fresh market. Students discussed what they would do in the fresh market in class, composed the script and translated. At last,they had fun acting them out as they have learned the following Chinese words and sentences : 白菜,西红柿,黄瓜,南瓜,虾,鱼,鱼肉,鸡肉,牛排,苹果,梨,菠萝,葡萄,木瓜;The sentences :我家附近有个菜市场/菜市场里有…… /……多少钱?/可以便宜吗?/大白菜两块五毛一斤。

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Students were asked to look up the meaning of the opposite words then to match them in pairs. And also students played Bingo Game in the class.

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Pre-K Mandarin – Mr. Maverick Arenas

Pre-K students focused on the topic “Daily routine” this month. We learned different words about the topics such as, 洗澡、洗手、洗头、洗头发、洗脸、洗脚、起床、上学、刷牙、回家、睡觉、吃早饭、放学. Every Mandarin class, students were tasked to identify Chinese characters, and read aloud words presented in class. Different sentence patterns are also introduced in class to help them apply and use these words in a variety of situations.

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: Daily Routine
Learning outcomes:

• Pronounce the words correctly
• Identify Chinese characters
• Answer the questions correctly
• Recite sentences related to the topic
Vocabulary Vocabulary:
洗澡、洗手、洗头、洗头发、洗脸、洗脚、起床、上学、刷牙、回家、睡觉、吃早饭、放学

Sentence pattern:
• 我要洗澡、洗手、洗头、洗头发…… ; 我每天洗澡、洗手、洗头、洗头发……

Review material • Easy steps to Chinese for kids 1a – 1b

Teacher Mavi

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MS4— HSK3 Review

MS4 students has been learning learning vocabulary words, problem solving skills  related with HSK3 .We learned different words about the HSK such as 讲故事、 搬家、城市、饿坏了、感冒、发烧、清楚and so on. Every Mandarin class, students were tasked to identify most HSK characters, and memorize words with games . Some very important words will be presented in class and read aloud , They were also given opportunity to use these words in class . They also learned problem solving skills of HSK from past exams .

Here are some vocabulary/a guide to HSK
饿坏了  Hungry to death

感冒  Have a cold

发烧 Have a Fever

清楚 Know/understand

讲故事  tell story

休息 have a rest

etc.

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Ms.Irene

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Spring Beckons!

With the Chinese New Year falling on Feb 5th, CISM students learnt more about the Chinese culture in this 2-week long Spring Festival.

 

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Chinese dragons are a symbol of China’s culture, and they are believed to bring good luck to people, therefore the longer the dragon in the dance, the more luck it will bring to the community. While we only got to watch a lion dance in CISM, both Grade 3 and ES1 students got to make their own paper Dragons.

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They made papercuts with Pig, as it’s the Year of the Pig in the Chinese calendar this year.
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They also got to be creative in making and designing their own angbaos or red envelopes. Traditionally, only married couples gave angbaos as a form of blessings. Therefore, students got to write messages of gratitude to their loved ones. 

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ES2 – Making Phone Calls 打电话

ES2 students has been learning vocabulary words, grammar points related with making phone calls.

Here are some vocabulary/grammar points -

打电话 make a phone call

接电话 receive a phone call

回电话 return a phone call

你找哪一位?Who are you looking for?

我打电话问一下吧。I will call to ask.

给。。。打电话。。。give someone a call

Conversation practice -

您好!小明在家吗?

他不在。谢谢您!

不客气。

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白先生在吗?

在。

请问,你是哪一位?

我叫王东。

请等一等,我去叫他。

To practice the vocabulary and pronunciation, see the attached video.

打电话 dǎ diànhuà – to call / to make phone calls / to talk on the phone

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日常生活 Daily Routines

For this month, Kinder students focused on the topic ” Daily Routines.” Students discussed their daily routines in class and had fun acting them out as they learn the following Chinese words: 起床, 刷牙, 洗脸, 洗手, 洗头发, 洗澡, 吃早餐, 上学, 上课, 吃午餐, 玩游戏, 放学, 回家, 吃晚餐, 睡觉. Students were asked to identify Chinese characters by matching pictures and words with pinyin. Students play a variety of games like Pass the Message for retaining words.

Daily Routines Poster

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Welcome back!

Four weeks ago, the grade 5 students focus on the topic about Stationary文具. Students have reviewed the words and sentences structures of Text 1. At the same time, they studied the words of Text 2, learned how to write , memorize words and construct sentences with these words and sentence structure.

Each mandarin student learned the words and review the words.

Words: 里边,外边,文具盒,就,忘记,借,行,计算,别,同学

Sentence structure: 一…….就, 我可以借……, 还给……., 行/不行13

And also students have prepared for Chinese New Year, they are much passionate to perform. Teachers guide them to practice the script and dance.1

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Grade 2 Mandarin class (January 30)

Grade 2 Mandarin – Mr. Maverick Arenas

Grade 2 students focused on the topic “Request/Asking permission” this month. We learned different words about the topics such as, 可以、不行、去、厕所、喝水、吃饭. We also reviewed words learned last year regarding Christmas activities such as 堆雪人、喝热可可、吃冰淇淋、溜冰、滑冰、度假、铲雪、打雪仗. Every Mandarin class, students were tasked to identify Chinese characters, and read aloud words presented in class. They were also given opportunity to use these words in class by using sentence patterns and situations 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 Requests and asking permission
Learning outcomes • Pronounce the words correctly
• Identify Chinese characters
• Answer the questions correctly
• Recite sentences related to the topic
Vocabulary Vocabulary:
可以、不行、去、厕所、喝水、吃饭

Additional Vocabulary:
堆雪人、喝热可可、吃冰淇淋、溜冰、滑冰、度假、铲雪、打雪仗

Sentence pattern:
• 我可以去厕所吗?
• 你可以堆雪人吗?
• 你可不可以打雪仗?
Review material • Easy steps to Chinese for kids 3a – 3b

Teacher Mavi

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What’s brewing in 2019?

After 4 weeks of school break – can students remember these foreign-looking Chinese characters? Most students find Chinese characters hard to remember – there are just so many strokes for each one. Hence, it is important that students recap them before they get lost from the long-term memory for good! In Grade 3 class, students got to create their own Bingo sheet after writing practice. This activity helps in Word Recognition in an enjoyable way (they kept asking for more time to play it!).Also in ES1 and MS1 classes, they had to recall and interpret each phrase…IMG_7674IMG_7675IMG_7679…before making meaning and forming sentences of their own. What is the endgame in terms of word recognition? Dr. Dirk Meyer (Associate Professor of Chinese Philosophy, University of Oxford) says that there are around 64,000 characters in a comprehensive dictionary, and that if learners know 5000 characters – they are doing well. That’s merely 7.8 %, phew! If you still think this is insurmountable, fret not – even native Chinese may not be 100% accurate in using the correct Chinese character, as well as pronunciation. Check out how they fare when a British puts them to the test -

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Telling Time and Date

新年快乐!!!After the long Christmas break, Grade 1 students came back to school learning the Chinese days of the week and months of the year. We are also learning to tell the time by the hour, half hour and minutes. Young students are more engaged and interested in learning a topic through singing songs. Here are some songs we’ve been singing in class for the past few weeks.

时间歌 Time Song

What Time Is It? (现在几点了?)

Days of the Week Song in Chinese

月份歌 Months of the Year

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