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Monthly Archives: January 2019

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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:

Additional Vocabulary:

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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ES2 – School Subjects

After winter break, ES2 students continue to learn vocabulary words related with school subjects such as 数学、体育、美术、音乐、电脑、科学、历史、地理、戏剧、门、节。

Using a song to learn a language is helpful especially with young students.

Let’s continue to learn the subjects and sing with us!