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Monthly Archives: February 2018

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Grade 2 students are learning clothes: 校服school uniform, 衬衫shirt, 裙子dress, 裤子pants,鞋子shoes,毛衣,袜子,牛仔裤 and so on. We write Chinese characters, and need them know meanings, then they can try to introduce their clothes they are wearing. Besides, we are learning 喜欢 and 不喜欢, 有 and 没有,students can add some others thing they have learned to this structure.
Chinese characters: 校服 衬衫 裙子 短裙 裤子 短裤 皮鞋 (不)喜欢 (没)有

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I ride school bus to school (我坐校车上学)

The grade3 this month topic is “I ride school bus to school”

我坐校车上学 Wǒ zuò xiàochē shàngxué

in this lesson we will different traffic transportation, like:

校车 xiàochē school
公共汽车 Gōnggòng qìchē bus
出租车 Chūzū chē taxi
火车 Huǒchē train
飞机 Fēijī air plane

And we will learn the verb 坐 Zuò (sit)
the original meaning is “sit”
but if put a traffic transportation behind
EX: 坐校车, 坐公共汽车, 坐出租车, etc.
it means ride the transportation

the sentence pattern 坐 transportation +去 place or Verb.
it means someone ride the transportation to a place or do something

EX: 我坐车去动物园 I ride car to zoo.
我做车上學 I ride car to school

Hope students will know how to express what they ride in Chinese.

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Grade 1: Stationery

Recently, Grade 1 students are learning topic “stationery” and “measure word”. Students will draw pencil, ruler, shoes and others on small whiteboard when we study and review these words. Teacher will speak English when students answer in Chinese. Students like the way to study new words.


Measure words are not easy to learn for Grade 1 students. Therefore, we learned it slowly and will match different measure words with some familiar words. For example, zhi(只) we can use it match some birds and certain animals. We watch video three little bears(三只小熊)to introduce measure word. Measure words are usually used and placed between a number and a noun in Chinese.

And then, we study different measure words and a new sentence structure.

One pencil                  一支铅笔

Two erasers                 两块橡皮

Three scissors             三把剪刀

Four rulers                  四把尺子

Five color pencils     五支彩色铅笔


Sentence structure: I have a pencil. 我有一支铅笔。(I+HAVE+MEASURE WORD+NOUN)

She has two erasers.她有两块橡皮。(√)她有二块橡皮(×)。

Tian li has three scissors. 田力有三把剪刀。

You have four rulers.你有四把尺子。

He has five color pencils. 他有五支彩色铅笔。

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Mandarin ES1 School Subjects

The timetable lists below are the subjects students are learning. English, Chinese, Science, Music, Computer… but how to say them in Chinese?  Let’s learn together.


Let’s make a couple of sentences with these words:

  1. Today I had 4 subjects: English,Math, Chinese and Science.
    Jīntiān wǒ yǒu sì mén kè: Yīngyǔ, shùxué, zhōngwén hé kēxué.
  1. My favorite subjects are Art, Chinese and PE.
    Wǒ zuì xǐhuān de kēmù shì měishù, zhōngwén hé tǐyù.
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Kindergarten Mandarin



Kinder  Mandarin – Mr. Maverick Arenas


Kindergarten students focused on the topic “Daily routine” this month. We learned different words about daily routine such as, 洗澡、洗手、洗头、洗头发、洗脸、洗脚、起床、上学、刷牙、吃早饭、放学、回家、睡觉. Every Mandarin class, students were tasked to identify Chinese characters, and read aloud words presented in class. They were also given opportunity to say their daily routine 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 Family and strokes
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. 我要洗澡、洗手、洗头、洗头发、洗脸、洗脚、起床、上学、刷牙、吃早饭、放学、回家、睡觉
  2. 我会洗澡、洗手、洗头、洗头发、洗脸、洗脚、刷牙、吃早饭
Review material
  • Easy steps to Chinese for  kids 1
  • Youtube videos



Teacher Mavi