Chinese Department


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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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Family (Pre-K)



Pre-K Mandarin – Mr. Maverick Arenas


Pre-Kindergarten students focused on the topic “FAMILY” this month. We learned different words about family such as, 爸爸,妈妈,哥哥,姐姐,弟弟,妹妹,家,我. Every Mandarin class, students were tasked to identify Chinese characters, and read aloud words presented in class. They were also given opportunity to introduce their family 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
  • Identify the strokes (Basic strokes)
  • 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. 你家有几口人?我家有四口人。
  2. 我有爸爸。
  3. 我有妈妈。
  4. 我有哥哥。
  5. 我有姐姐。
  6. 我有弟弟。
  7. 我有妹妹。
Review material
  • Easy steps to Chinese for  kids 1
  • Youtube videos



Teacher Mavi




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四季(si4ji4) 4 seasons

Mandarin topic of this month is 四季 (si ji) which means 4 seasons. We use this song to strength students oral skill, let them to understand how to express the feeling in different seasons. The lyric is very easy to sing. Hope parents can sing with your children at home also. Enjoy learning Chinese with singing song!

冬天來了 冬天來了 (dong tian lai le 2X)  很冷 很冷 (hen leng 2X)

winter is coming winter is coming very cold very cold

春天來了春天來了(chun tian lai le 2X) 很暖和 很暖和(hen nuan huo 2X)

spring is coming spring is coming very warm very warm

夏天來了 夏天來了(xia tian lai le 2X) 很热 很热 (hen re 2X)

summer is coming summer is coming very hot very hot

秋天來了 秋天來了(qiu tian lai le 2X) 很涼爽 很涼爽(hen liang shuang 2X)

autumn is coming autumn is coming very cool and comfortable very cool and comfortable


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For two months,we have learned the number 40-100,and Chinese characters一,二,三,四,五,六,七,八,九,十,百,千,万.Let them know how to describe the calendar in chinese, 哪年几月几号/几日星期几,at the same time, we also learn the four tones:a o e i u ü. In addition, we play games I write and you guess,write chinese characters on the back and learn the song青春修炼手册 in our spare time, strengthening the memories in the fun.1311

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Grade 1 Mandarin chinese class activities

We have been in school more than one month. Grade 1 have studied numbers and family. These pictures are about some activities what we do in Mandarin class. The first one is about a children’s song. We study it to review numbers. IMG_2106 The second one is a game about numbers. Students are divided into different groups to match Chinese characters with numbers. The game can help students to practice and increase memory of numbers and Chinese characters. IMG_2180   The third one is about family. We have study family title. For example, Daddy, Mom, big sister, big brother and others. Students draw the paint and stick their families. Then introduce their families for all students with new sentence pattern. I put student’s paint in my power point in Mandarin class. Students can look at their family portrait to make sentence. So every students can have an opportunity to practice new sentence pattern and new words. IMG_2268 IMG_2279 IMG_2280

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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

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不知不觉我们已上了将近2个月的课。我今年教四个班,分别为MS4, HS3, IB11和12年级。我今年教室的布置以中国传统美德为主题,想让学生在这个学年里培养至少一个。我也把中国人民的瑰宝:万里长城的图片贴在壁报上,提醒同学们一定要尽力去达到学习的目标,要持之以恒、刻苦勤奋。









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Grade 4/5 Mandarin Chinese ES1

Grade 4/5 Mandarin Chinese ES1 students are learning different Chinese words related to transportation. They started to write Chinese characters of different vehicles. This week, they learned to write sentences in the pattern of pronoun, time, transportation and activity (我+ 每天早上七点+ 坐汽车+ 上学). Students also practice their speaking skill through describing pictures related with vehicle. Games such as Chinese Whispers (pass the message) and Ball Toss were incorporated in the learning in order to practice students’ speaking and listening skills.


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五个学生说想养狗 。

没有学生想养猫 。