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Majiang ( Mahjong ) evening

Date: June 30, 2013 Author: Jing Wang Categories: Chinese Cultural Events

Thanks to our lovely guests who came last night. The Mahjong evening was a great fun while the guest players had learnt some Chinese words, such as, the number from 1 to 9, direction words and other few words in Chinese. We enjoyed the time chatting about as well as the Mahjong game.  Here are…

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Zongzi and Duanwu festival

Date: June 24, 2013 Author: Jing Wang Categories: Chinese Cultures & Traditions

My sister Hong made some Zongzi last week to celebrate Duanwu festival. The delicious Zongzi has reminded me of how we celebrate this festival in China. So I thought I’d like to share some details about Duanwu festival with you. Here are the Zongzi my sister Hong made last week. The students at our Lewes…

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Building new phrases with 本 origin

Date: June 18, 2013 Author: Jing Wang Categories: Chinese characters

Hope you remember 本 (běn). It means origin–in my Facebook post 17th May, and Chinese characters in my blog. We know 人 (rén) means person. What could it mean if we put them together as a phrase: 本人 origin person = ? It means one’s self. This is 本人, means one’s self. Pinyin: běn rén….

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Happy Father’s Day-Chinese character 父 and 子

Date: June 17, 2013 Author: Jing Wang Categories: Chinese characters, Special Days

I made this piece of calligraphy art yesterday to present it to my son’s dad and all the fathers out there.                     The drawing shows a father is carrying a child on his back with their hands holding together—-You can feel a father’s love to his…

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Learning Chinese characters from making stories

Date: June 15, 2013 Author: Jing Wang Categories: Students in Actions

How quick a kid without any Mandarin Chinese knowledge can learn Chinese characters? Here is Grace (6years old) who I met at today’s Blakers Park fair. She has learnt 10 Chinese characters by using Oracle Drawing&Visual method in about 8 minutes. We made a story together while doing the drawings which she enjoyed. The story…

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A 5years old loves Oracle drawing to learn Chinese characters

Date: June 11, 2013 Author: Jing Wang Categories: Students in Actions

I have been thinking how to teach young kids learn Chinese characters without loosing fun. In the last half year, fascinated by Chinese oracle bone script, I have been studying and developed a method called Oracle Drawing. All the young students asked: ” Can I do that? ” They want to make the drawings. Here…

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How Chinese characters were formed 8 早

Date: June 10, 2013 Author: Jing Wang Categories: Chinese characters

I guess as 日 (rì) is one of the most important elements in ancient Chinese people’s life. They made lots of characters with 日 (rì). Here is another one. 日  +  十  = 早 I am sure now you know 日 (rì) means sun. 日 (rì) on top of  十 , we get 早 ….

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How Chinese characters were formed 7 旦

Date: June 7, 2013 Author: Jing Wang Categories: Chinese characters

I worked hard last night to present to you my new character artwork 旦 . You should already know 日 means sun if you have been following my posts. You can see clearly, ”旦” is composed of a ”日” with a underscore “_”. From my artwork here, you can work out straightaway what the underscore…

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How Chinese characters were formed 6? Compound indicatives from 火

Date: June 6, 2013 Author: Jing Wang Categories: Chinese characters

We know this is 火 fire.             Two fires combined together, one atop the other,represents the idea of “a roaring fire.” This is the original meaning of 炎. Then it was extended to mean “burn”; from “burn” it was also extended to mean “burning hot”, blazing! This is 炎. We…

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How Chinese characters were formed 5? Compound indicatives from 木

Date: June 6, 2013 Author: Jing Wang Categories: Chinese characters

We know this is a tree 木 mù.             Two trees makes a woods. This is a woods 林. We read it in pinyin lín.           Another easy character from 木 tree. Three trees makes a forest. This is a forest 森. We read it in…

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