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Chinese 1: Unit Test Review Guide

April 8th, 2011 No comments
 Unit 5 Part 2Narrative 5-2  New Character

Worksheets: Audio Vocabulary  Listening Comprehension  Negating Verb LE

Unit 5 Pretest Unit Test on Thursday April 18 L5Pretest-Answer

You can start review for the unit now! Please print this review guide and start review the new words and grammar points.

Unit 5 Review 2011-4

啤酒 pí jiǔ

学校图书馆 xué xiào tú shū guǎn

Categories: Chinese 1, Unit 5: Visiting Friends Tags:

Chinese 1: Sheena’s Experience in Japan

April 1st, 2011 No comments

We’ve watched an interesting TED video last month and turn it into a performance task for Chinese 1 class. Now we proundly present our work:

Written Script:

安义郎 許翰元 朱卡洛 金彩元 金道鉉 金贤真 小林研斗

小林智也 小出知明 小西阳 兰查理 村元真理 施禹辰 山城彩音 

Group Oral Chinese 1:

安义郎+金彩元+金贤真 金道鉉+施禹辰 小林研斗+ 小林智也

小出知明+小西阳 村元真理+山城彩音+ 許翰元 朱卡洛+兰查理

Oral IBS1: Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5

Oral IBS2: Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6

Chinese 1: Grammar points for Unit 5

March 21st, 2011 No comments

Unit 5 Grammar Quiz on Tuesday April 5, 2011

Please refer to the Dialogue and the Vocab.

Grammar #3: Politeness Strategies in Chinese

Politeness strategies used in the dialogue

S1: Request, + 好吗?/可以吗?

S2: Question Word + 呀?

S3: Request + 吧!It turns a request into a suggestion

S4: 对不起=Sorry / 请=please

S5: Tone Softner

Verb + 一下儿 [看一下,介绍一下]

Verb + 一点儿 + Noun  [您要喝点儿什么?]

S6: Reply to a compliment 是吗?

Read the texts: 1. Politeness Strategies 2.  ‘Politeness: Is there an East-West divide?’

Grammar #2: measure word 杯 and 个

Grammar #1: the verb and the preposition 在

Categories: Chinese 1, Unit 5: Visiting Friends Tags:

Chinese 1: Order Green Tea with Sugar in Japan

March 8th, 2011 No comments


Study the Dialogue and Vocab. carefully, watch the video and make a dialogue in Chinese about “Sheena’s Experience” in Japan ordering green tea with sugar.


  1. 茶 chá – tea
  2. 绿 lǜ – green  绿茶 lǜ chá – green tea
  3. 咖啡 kā fēi – coffee
  4. 糖 táng – sugar
  5. 加 jiā – to add  咖啡加糖 kā fēi jiā táng – coffee with sugar [我喝咖啡喜欢加糖。]
  6. 能 néng – can [ 喝茶不能加糖。]
  7. 杯 bēi – cup 一杯茶 a cup of tea
  8. 包  bāo – packet/bag 一包糖 a packet of sugar

Chinese 1 Sentence Oral Assessment on Monday Feb. 14

February 8th, 2011 No comments

Chinese 1 will have an oral assessment on Monday Feb. 14. Teacher will ask each student 5 questions about the Dialogue 2  (Audio D2) of Lesson 4. The oral session will be recorded.

Review the following 5 sentences for a quiz on Thursday Feb. 10

Categories: Chinese 1, Unit 4: My Hobbies Tags:

Chinese 1: Song “You are my friend”

February 1st, 2011 No comments





Song Lyrics with pinyin   Song Audio

敬礼 jìng lǐ - salute

握手 wò shǒu - shake hands

Chinese 1 Students’ Work (3)

January 27th, 2011 No comments

Work Display: Survey on Students Hobbies

In the second session of this unit, students were introduced to the vocabulary on hobbies, 4 basic radicals of Chinese characters, 4 adverbs and some sample sentences. They did a survey on their own hobbies in class, and wrote a survey report including 3 paragraphs. Here is the result!

安义郎 許翰元 朱卡洛 金彩元

金道鉉 金贤真 小林研斗 小林智也

小出知明 小西阳 兰查理

村元真理 施禹辰 山城彩音

Chinese 1: Student Hobbies Survey (2)

January 13th, 2011 No comments

Chinese 1 Unit 4: My Hobbies – Survey

1. Terms of Hobbies: Hobbies Vocab

你有什么爱好?- 我喜欢看电影。我喜欢看美国电影。

2. Basic Radicals: Please click and read this research paper

Hand (手 shǒu) radical – 扌/手 – 打球

Foot (足 ) radical – 跳舞

Mouth (口 kǒu) radical – 唱歌

Eye (目 ) radical – 睡觉、看书、看电视、看电影

3. Characters:  L4 Hobbies Characters-1

4. Student Hobbies Survey: due Tuesday Jan. 18

Title: 我们的爱好

Part #1 – draw a table showing the hobbies and number of students with these hobbies

爱好 | 人数

Part #2 – write a survey report including

– 1/3 Basic information of the class: number of student / nationalities / gender

– 2/3 Survey results: list at least 3 conclusions

只 zhǐ – only | 我们班只有一个人喜欢吃中国饭。

都 dōu – all | 我们都是韩国人。

也 yě – too; also | 我也喜欢打篮球。

最 zuì – the most | 喜欢看书的人最多。| 喜欢睡觉的人最少。

– 3/3 Your hobbies



中文一:我的爱好 (1)

January 10th, 2011 No comments

Chinese 1 Quiz on Tuesday Jan. 11

  1. 我有一本新书。
  2. 新年好!
  3. 今天晚上我请你吃饭,好不好?
  4. 你喜欢不喜欢学中文?
  5. 你周末喜欢做什么?

G1: Affirmative – Negative Questions: 对不对?好不好?喜欢不喜欢
G2: Contextual Information is VERY important, particularly TIME words

The position of Context Info in a sentence:
Information describing the context of an action = when, where, how
  • Can be placed at the very beginning of a sentence when it comes toTime” and “Place
  • Should be placed after subject, but BEFORE the verb of a sentence

Please print: L4 My Hobbies Dialogue I L4 New Characters-1 Hobbies Vocab

December 13th, 2010 No comments

Chinese 1 Preview Materials for Next Semester 2011

Confucius Institute Online Course: Happy Chinese Lesson 1-7

Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 1: Lesson 4-5 eTxtbook

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November 30th, 2010 No comments

CH1 Unit 3: Dates & Time

日期与时间 Skit: My Birthday Party

Performance Task: It’s soon your birthday. One day you meet with your friend in school, and you want to invite your friend to come to your birday dinner/lunch. Discuss about the reason why, your age, date, time, kind of food you will eat , who else is coming for the party……

Outcome: Class Performance (Recorded) on Dec. 13 (Monday) and 14 (Tuesday)

Language Points: Try to include the highlighted grammar points in your script.

1. 星期几? 2. 是吗? 3. 多大? 4. 怎么样? 5. 还是
6. 可是 7. 几点钟? 8. 很+ adjective 9. 忙不忙 ? 10. 那
11. 为什么? 12. 因为 13. 有事 14. 还有谁 15. 认识

Textbook  Dialogue I Vocab. 1 Dialogue II Vocab. II

Group Assignment:

Group 1:  安义郎 金贤真
Group 2:  許翰元 小西阳
Group 3:  朱卡洛 金道鉉
Group 4:  金彩元 兰查理
Group 5: 小林研斗 山城彩音
Group 6: 小林智也 村元真理
Group 7: 小出知明 施禹辰

Categories: Chinese 1, Unit 3: Dates and Time Tags:

Chinese Family: Generation, age, and gender hierarchy

November 13th, 2010 No comments

In our Chinese 1 unit “My Family”, students were introduced to write words like dad, mom, brothers and sisters. However, there is something unique in Mandarin that relates to Chinese culture: the Confucious Generation, age, and gender hierarchy. This hierarchy of generation-age-gender defines an individual’s status, role, privileges, duties, and liabilities within the family order. Family members know precisely where they stand in the family by referring to this order.

In English, a brother is a brother no matter he is older or younger; while in Chinese it’s very important to know if he is an elder brother or a younger brother, since increasing age is accompanied by higher status. So for Chinese 1 students,  the word brother in English should be translated into 2 words: 哥哥(gege – elder brother) and 弟弟(didi – younger brother). The same applies for the word “sister”. No wonder students of Chinese language always complain about the difficulty of this language.

This cultural difference has also brought a lot of trouble to some Chinese journalists working in the western countries. When they write their text in Chinese based on an interview in English, they often realize that they forget to ask for the important detail: the brother mentionned is older or younger? Sometimes they have to call the interviewee back to check, and they are often laughed at for being so serious about this detail.

China regulations – Marriage and Family Encyclopedia

China – Regulations Of Family Relationships

Read more about the Regulations Of Chinese Family Relationships

Space terms used to talk about time

November 10th, 2010 No comments

Both Mandarin and English speakers use horizontal terms 前 qián (‘‘front’’) and 后 hòu (‘‘back’’) to talk about time. In addition, Mandarin speakers commonly use the vertical terms shàng and xià.

For YEAR and DAY, horizontal terms are used, while for MONTH and WEEKS, verticle terms are used.

Categories: All Chinese Levels, Chinese 1 Tags:

On the Character “Family 家”

November 10th, 2010 No comments

Why is the character for “family” a pig inside a house?


Read the original text here from the “World of Chinese”!


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Chinese 1: Analytic or Holistic Cognition?

September 16th, 2010 No comments

The picture below is the one used in the famous Michigan Fish Test. 41 American participants at the University of Michigan and 44 Japanese participants at Kyoto University, Japan participated in this Recall Task (Masuda & Nisbett, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2001).

North Americans basically referred to the attributes of the target fish, whereas the Japanese referred to the background and contextual information as well as the target fish attributes.

As for the recognition of the target fishes, the results show: American – little differences between with background and without background
Japanese – better when with background
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