Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Adult Beginner Level

Chinese Perfect Course outline:

After having completed a fifty -hour course a student should be able to perform the following actions in the target language:


  • Meet and greet other people
  • Introduce oneself, talk about age, where one is born
  • Talk about nationalities, countries where people come from, what languages one speaks
  • Talk about one's occupation, professions
  • Talk about family members and family relationships
  • Use cardinal and ordinal numbers, provide telephone numbers, tell time, talk about order of things.
  • Talk about days of the week, dates, months, years
  • Talk about things one has, express possession
  • Talk about people, describe people's physical appearance
  • Describe objects in terms of color, size and physical appearance.
  • Talk about physical state ( hot, cold, hungry, thirsty, tired, etc.)
  • Talk about emotional states ( happy, sad, excited, nervous, angry, upset)
  • Identify body parts
  • Talk about medical problems, ailments, consulting a doctor
  • Talk about places and things in the city.
  • Ask for and provide directions
  • Describe one's house, living quarters, furniture, location of things in relation to each other
  • Talk about checking into a hotel
  • Express wishes, likes and dislikes
  • Talk about seasons and weather
  • Talk about sports and hobbies
  • Express ability and talk about talents ( can swim, know how to play guitar)
  • Talk about one's daily routine
  • Use different verb of motion in present, past and future
  • Use comparative and superlative form of some adjectives
  • Describe actions in progress
  • Talk about routine day to day activities
  • Interact in a bank, post office, supermarket, restaurant, etc.
  • Talk about activities in the past
  • Talk about future plans and actions in the future.
  • Talk about prices, purchase things
  • Talk about food, describe what something tastes like, order food in a restaurant, buy food in a market
  • Forms of address, ways of attracting other people's attention
  • Express an apology
  • Express gratitude
  • Express congratulations, good wishes
  • Express regret or sympathy
  • Express agreement, confirmation of an arrangement or refusal
  • Ask permission
  • Express obligation
  • Make requests for information , ask for assistance
  • Make affirmative and negative statements
  • understand various cultural aspects of the country where the language is spoken.  

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

52 style Taichi Fan Dance video

I always wanted to learn how to do Taiji Fan dance.  However, without the basic form and steps, it's really difficult to follow the video and music.  The following videos are ones I found on youtube.  they seem to have better instruction and are able demonstrate step by step for practice.  Hope you guys will enjoy them and learn how to do Taiji Fan.  Let's hope you will be able to perform such event in the near future.

1. ​This is the standard Tai Chi Fan Dance teaching video by Master Li De Yin ​李德印师父

2. This is the teaching video for the 52 style Tai Chi Fan dance back view.  ​​It will be a good exercises for students to practice ,meditate and prepare for performance.  Let's practice it, if possible. 
3. The last video is a performance video from Missis­sauga Carassauga 28th Multicultural Festival in Ontario, Canada.
This Taichi steps are easier, have less upper body movements, and lesser lower body movement too. This is the routine I think younger students will be able to learn how to follow the steps and practice for a performance during holiday celebrations. 

Have Fun practice! 加油! 

成语-走马看花 Careless Observation

Assignment related to this Idiom:  
Sample Sentence by the teacher:  ​老师说学习中文的时候,千万不要走马看花! ​Lǎoshī shuō xuéxí zhōngwén de shíhòu, qiān wàn bùyào zǒumǎkànhuā! ​​  ​The teacher said,”While learning Chinese,make sure to pay attention to details instead than carelessly glance through!"   
Here are some comprehension questions regarding the idiom, please try to respond it in Chinese with characters and pinyin.  If you need help, sent a comment through the blog, and I will respond to you as soon as possible.  Thank you. 
1. Why did the matchmaker introduce the couple to check out each other discretely?   为什么媒婆分别介绍这两个人相识呢?
2. Why do you think the couple is made for each other?    你觉得为什么这对佳偶是天造地设?
3. What's the moral of the story? 这个故事的教训是什么?
4.  Now, Please write your own sentence with the use of the idiom 走马观花​.    请你用“走马看花”这句成语造句。
When you have completed the assignment, please upload it to school website for grade.  

Here's the story posted originally written by Joanne Hsu​ from Better Chinese website​ dated Feb. 13, 2014
Since 2014 is the Year of the horse, we wanted to introduce some Chinese idioms that involve horses. One famous idiom, 走马观花 (zǒu mǎ guān huā) literally means to gaze at flowers while on horseback. It is used to describe a fleeting glance or cursory observation in passing. This idiom is actually based on a cute story that I want to share with you today.
Once upon a time, there was a lame man named 贵良 (Guì-liáng) who was looking for a wife. He asked his friend, 华翰 (Huá-hàn) to be a matchmaker (​​媒人,meírén) and introduce (介绍,jièshào) him to a woman of grace and beauty. 华翰 (Huá-hàn) happened to know a beautiful girl named 叶青 (Yè-qīng), who was also looking for her Mr. Right. The only problem was that she had a crooked nose. “They would be a match made in heaven,”(tiān zào dì shè,天造地设华翰 (Huá-hàn) thought.
“I found the perfect girl for you!” 华翰 (Huá-hàn) excitedly told 贵良 (Guì-liáng). ”Remember to put on your best suit and wait patiently on horseback by the river tomorrow.” Then 华翰 (Huá-hàn) ran and asked 叶青 (Yè-qīng) to hold a flower in her hand and pretend to smell at it by the river tomorrow.
The next day, 贵良 (Guì-liáng) rode his horse by the river and saw the most beautiful girl he had ever seen standing by the riverside enjoying the aroma of the flower in the hand. At the same time, 叶青 (Yè-qīng) raised her head slightly and saw this handsome man on his horse – her prince charming. The two fell in love immediately and decided to get marry.
On their wedding night, 贵良 (Guì-liáng) slowly lifted the bridal veil with excitement and fell to see the ugly nose of his bride. 叶青 (Yè-qīng) retorted, “You’re a cripple!”
The two remembered the scene of their first encounter where they 走马观花 and laughed, “We are so made for each other!”
Although, there is a happy ending for the story, remember to not 走马观花 when you learn Chinese!​

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Mom, let’s buy some mung beans! (妈妈,买绿豆!)



I love reading stories, and I thought this story goes very well with Chinese 1.  The story is really easy,  short, and there's not a lot of vocabulary.   So, let's click the link above to go to the publisher's website for the story.  There's a video to follow while you listen and read along with the PDF document.  If you wish to listen to the story all the time, you can download the mp3 audio from the Better Chinese website, and listen to it all you want.

Here are the questions related to this story.  Please answer them in Chinese if possible:
1. What's the name of the main character? What does he want his mother to buy?2  When are the mung beans ready to be cooked? What do you have to do first?
3. What do you need to put in the mung bean soup before eating?  
4. What did the boy do with one uncooked mung bean?  What happened to it?
5. Please read along with the video until you are able to record it on your own. 
6. Can you write a short story of your own in Chinese?  ​(Your story should be less than 150 words total!) - this portion of the assignment can be completed with an assigned partner.

The final product needs to be handwritten with a title page, including the author & illustrator's name, and the year of publication. Your story book production should be at least 5 pages, with five different pictures for illustrations.  Grading Rubric will be provided in class.   

Thank you. 谢谢! Xièxie!

Storybook: 好奇的乔治—去海边 (Curious George Goes to the Beach)



很高兴同学们能到这里来!我在前不久看到这个故事书, 觉得很不错,所以很想跟大家一起读一读。
Hěn gāoxìng tóngxuémen néng dào zhèlǐ lái! Wǒ zài qián bùjiǔ kàn dào zhège gùshì shū, juédé hěn bùcuò, suǒyǐ hěn xiǎng gēn dàjiā yì qǐ dú yī dú.

有个老师,在Better Chinese 的网站介绍这本故事书,我们今天先听完了这个故事以后,一起来学几个生字,然后再练习怎么回答阅读测验,好吗?请大家跟着我一起点上面这一条连线。 Yǒu gè lǎoshī, zài Better Chinese de wǎngzhàn jièshào zhè běn gùshì shū. Wǒmen jīntiān xiān tīng wán zhège gùshì yǐhòu, yīqǐlái xuéxí jǐ gè shēngzì, ránhòu zài liànxí zěnme huídá yuèdú cèyàn, hǎo ma? Qǐng dàjiā gēnzhe wǒ yī qǐ diǎn shàngmiàn zhè yītiáo lián xiàn.

家庭作业Jiātíng zuòyè
1. 生字Shēngzì:请同学们在这个故事里,找出25个你不会的生字。请你们写在你的汉字笔记本上,生字要拼音,也要英文注解。(附:三个同学一组,请不要选同样的生字。)Qǐng tóngxuémen zài zhège gùshì lǐ, zhǎo chū 25 gè nǐ bù huì de shēngzì. Qǐng nǐmen xiě zài nǐ de hànzì bǐjìběn shàng, shēngzì yào pīnyīn, yě yào yīngwén zhùjiě.(Fù: Sān gè tóngxué yī zǔ, qǐng bùyào xuǎn tóngyàng de shēngzì.)

2. 阅读Yuèdú:请同学们,跟着这个故事的视频,边听边读直到你觉得可以录音的时候,三个同学轮流一人读一页(比如 1,2,3,)把故事读完。Qǐng tóngxuémen, gēnzhe zhège gùshì de shìpín, biān tīng biān dú zhídào nǐ juédé kěyǐ lùyīn de shíhòu, sān gè tóngxué lúnliú yīrén dú yī yè (bǐrú 1,2,3,) bǎ gùshì dú wán。

3.阅读测验Yuèdú cèyàn:下面有几题问题,请你们小组讨论,然后把正确的答案写出来Xiàmiàn yǒu jǐ tí wèntí, qǐng nǐmen xiǎozǔ tǎolùn, ránhòu bǎ zhèngquè de dá'àn xiě chūlái
           A. 谁是乔治?他在海边碰见了谁?Shuí shì qiáozhì? Tā zài hǎibiān pèngjiànle shuí?
           B. 黄帽子叔叔跟贝蒂说了什么?Huáng màozi shūshu gēn bèidì shuōle shénme?
           C. 乔治在海边做了什么?他看到什么?Qiáozhì zài hǎibiān zuòle shénme? Tā kàn dào shénme?
           D. 乔治跑到哪儿去了?为什么救生员对乔治大喊?Qiáozhì pǎo dào nǎ'er   qùle? Wèishéme jiùshēng yuán duì qiáozhì dà hǎn?
           E.  乔治喂了海鸥什么食物?Qiáozhì wèile hǎi'ōu shénme shíwù?
           F.  乔治为什么下海?他要做什么?Qiáozhì wèishéme xiàhǎi? Tā yào zuò shénme?
           G. 贝蒂为什么不怕下海了?Bèidì wèishéme búpà xiàhǎile?
           H. 你觉得乔治做的对吗?如果是你,你会怎么做?Nǐ juédé qiáozhì zuò de duì ma? Rúguǒ shì nǐ, nǐ huì zěnme zuò?

谢谢Xièxiè
李老师Lǐ lǎoshī