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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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Grade 4/5 ES1 – Countries, Languages and Nationalities

Let’s review where you’re from, your nationality and the language you speak.


People always want to know what country (国家– guó jiā) are you from. The Chinese character 国 (guó) comes up again and again:

USA (美国 – měi guó)

England (英国 – yīng guó)

South Korea (韩国 – hán guó)

Thailand (泰国 – tài guó)

The Chinese character 国use as a short form of 国家 and other Chinese names for countries are more of a transliteration (sound like the actual name).

Canada (加拿大 – jiā ná dà)

Malaysia (马来西亚– mǎ lái xī yà)

Italy (意大利 – yì dà lì)

How can you ask/answer about where a person is from? Here are the question and the corresponding answer:

你是哪国人? (nǐ shì nǎ rén)

Which country are you from?

我是… 的 (wǒ shì… de)

I’m from…


It is easy to learn nationalities in Chinese language – simply add the character for person (人 – rén):

German (德国人 – dé guó rén)

Indian (印度人 – yìn dù rén)

To say your nationality, it’s quite simple: I’m… (我是…人 – wǒ shì… rén)


Talking about languages (语言 – yǔ yán), here are some terms -

Mandarin (普通话 – pǔ tōng huà/中文 – zhōng wén/汉语 – hàn yǔ)

Cantonese (广东话 – guǎng dōng huà)

English (英语 – yīng yǔ)

French (法语 – fǎ yǔ)

Spanish (西班牙语 – xī bān yá yǔ)

Here’s how you would ask/answer about what language you speak:

What languages can you speak?

你会说什么语言? (nǐ huì shuō shén me yǔ yán)

I can speak…

我会说… (wǒ huì shuō…)


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YCT 1 and YCT 2 reviewer

Grade 4 ES1 learned colors, parts of the body these two months. Students learned to describe appearance of a person, clothing through speaking and in writing.

parts of the body

This week, we will review words related with YCT 1 and YCT 2.
I had attached vocabulary words for students to review over the holiday.
YCT 1 vocabulary words

YCT 2 vocabulary words

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Mid-Autumn festival

A hallmark of the CISM school community’s annual commemorative events, the Mid-Autumn Festival takes center stage once again this season of spring.
One of the most celebrated festivals in China, the Mid-Autumn festival is a cultural heritage where communities gather to celebrate togethernes in gratitude. Lanterns are hung, mooncakes become a staple part of dinner, and lantern riddles and dice games are played by families and friends. The festival celebrates harmonious relationships, family reunions, and peace.
In CISM, the festival is marked by having the traditional dice game, also known as Bo Bing 博饼. This traditional game involves six dice and a China bowl with 63 different prizes for the players. In Chinese Filipino community, the dice game is known as Pua Tiong Chiu.




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ES1 – Colors

Grade 4/5 ES1 students continue to build up their vocabulary words and recognizing Chinese characters without pinyin. During class discussion, students were able to pronounce words in the proper tone for the vocabulary words of transportation, colors and clothings. We included different class activities such as role play, partner conversation, charades, think-pair-share
to enhance their speaking skills and train them to be confident in speaking Mandarin Chinese.



For audio, please click learn-chinese-mandarin-free-lesson-4.html