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Making a Chinese Scroll

Date: March 4, 2014 Author: Jing Wang Categories: Chinese characters, Chinese Cultural Lessons, Students in Actions

I had been thinking of how to show our students making a Chinese silk scroll. I even bought some white silk. But I had found it was to hard to calligraphy on soft silk materials without special frame tools. One day when I saw this post and this post, I said to myself “Ha, this…

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Learning Chinese characters through drawings, pictogram, imagination & logic

Date: February 5, 2014 Author: Jing Wang Categories: Chinese characters, Students in Actions

I have found that children enjoy learning Chinese characters by grouping similar characters together. They use their imagination and logic to decipher their meaning. Yes, Chinese characters are quite logical. This Monday, at The Montessori Place after school Mandarin club, I shared some ideas of how to read, write and remember 9 new words and…

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Chinese New Year 2014 Learning Materials Made For our Students

Date: January 21, 2014 Author: Jing Wang Categories: Bilingual Activities, Chinese characters, Chinese Cultures & Traditions, Chinese New Year

From last week, on top of our weekly structured Chinese lessons, we add one Chinese New Year activity and read one related story book into our lessons each week. Last week, I made 12ChineseZodiacChart十二生肖图.  For our level 1 and level2 students, they wrote down the years for each animals on top of each animal pictures….

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How students make Chinese Learning Progress with our CD album & booklet

Date: November 5, 2013 Author: Jing Wang Categories: Chinese characters, Students in Actions

Students at Davigdor Infant School Mandarin Club have been making a great progress of learning Chinese. They love to sing along the songs from our CD album Little Dragon Mandarin Beginners Book 1  and work on the booklet. Here are just some photos to show how the kids have been enjoying their learning while working…

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Little Dragon Mandarin Chinese 4-part cards

Date: September 21, 2013 Author: Jing Wang Categories: Chinese characters, Students in Actions

I have been constantly looking for better ways for children to learn Chinese characters. As I started to teach Mandarin Chinese at The Montessori Place in Hove, Brighton. I have had some meetings with the head teacher Rob recently. Inspired by the Montessori 3-part cards, I have created Little Dragon Mandarin Chinese 4-part cards. I…

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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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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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