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Monthly Archives: November 2017

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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.

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Grade 3:Where do you live? Practice and Game

When we study Cities, we practice cities name by some games. Students like these games. “Follow me” the game is very interesting. Students need to say cities name quickly with rhythm of applause, and the rhythm of applause is become more and more quickly. We have some rewards and consequences. For example, if some students say it slowly, he or she will sing a Chinese song. The game is good and helpful to remember pronunciation.

Game 2Game 1

And we often play game in small groups. Some games can’t finish by just one student. “Spell sentences” need all students to do it together. Some students say it, some students listen and find words and other students will spell it by right order. We review and practice speaking and recognize skills by these small games. The most important is students feel they are a whole.