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Chinese Characters

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汉字是中国最有魅力的符号,汉字飘逸的姿态甚至可以征服不会汉字的设计师,只因它独特的形体。

虽然我们教的是汉语零基础的美国小孩子,可是我们也不想让他们只在汉语拼音的笼罩下感受汉语,也想让他们去初识一些汉字,感受积淀五千年历史文化的汉字有着怎样的历史诉说。

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所以,我们也尽可能的找了一些简单的象形汉字,方便孩子们去感知汉字,去爱上汉字。

 

象形字的独特魅力在于它可以脱离符号与意义的人为约定性。不考虑象形字汉语读音的情况下,汉字的意义并不妨碍他国语言的孩子去感知其意义。所以凭借汉字的这点功能,我们可以以图片为跳板让孩子来来了解汉字的意义和形体。

 

在图片的诱导下,孩子们很容易便会猜出汉字的意义,也以图片为标记感知了汉字的形体。为了让汉字的识别更加生动有趣,我们还沿用了拍词的游戏,一个孩子说,一个孩子拍,小组合作。孩子们都争先恐后,玩得不亦乐乎,最后,几乎所有的人都把握了这些汉字的意义,可以识别这些字具体是什么意思。

 

这次用图的失败在于“日”字,因为太阳像从窗户里映衬过来,所以孩子们看到后,第一反应几乎都是窗户,这个字的选图给孩子带来很大的误导,很失败。另外“月”虽然孩子们在“日”的前车之鉴下会第一反应为月亮,但是“月”字的选图也很失败,实物与形体并没有利用汉字本身的优势。深究下来,“火”“木”也是如此。所以盲目直接用别人的图片,还是会在课堂上产生隐患的。

学过简单的汉字后,是复杂的词组,火加山是火山,虽然在我们汉语的思维里很自然,但是在英语的思维里却觉得特别有趣,Fire+Mountain=?

 

Making the Lanterns

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The Spring Festival concluded with the the Lantern Festival, which lasts fifteen days.

Why we call Lantern Festival. Maybe because the lanterns are the most important decoration in the Lantern Festival. So we taught the kids to make a lantern to experience the Lantern Festival.

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But the first and the second grade are too young to make it. So we prepare the Plan B for  them. It’s make a simple red envelop.

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元宵节也叫灯笼节,再没有什么比去制作一个灯笼更加直接的去感受灯笼节了。所以我们打算教孩子们去制作一个简单的灯笼,去体验元宵节的习俗。

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Guessing Lantern Riddles

img_1198         The Spring Festival concluded with the the Lantern Festival, which lasts fifteen days.

And the most interesting activity is to guess  the lantern riddles in the Lantern Festival.

We made about 100 lanterns with different riddles inside for teachers and the students to experience the Chinese Festival.

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We pasted the Lanterns  on the hallway.It’s a heart shape and the rules inside.

Many teachers and students  enjoy guessing, and one teacher guessed the most, about ten riddles. The students  guess more but don’t  guess the right answers.

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What’s more, we took the riddles to every class for kids to guess, even the teaches answered pistol fights.

中国热闹的春节持续15天,最终以元宵节的庆祝完美收场。前期的走亲戚,访亲友结束后,最后一天的元宵便是自我最大的娱乐,逛庙会,猜灯谜,吃元宵,五彩缤纷,多姿多彩。

在我看来,猜灯谜市元宵节最优意思的活动,不仅好玩,还可以开动脑筋思考。

所以在元宵节快要来临时,我们打算制作100个灯笼和灯谜在学校展示,供学校教职工和学生去猜,来感受元宵节的魅力。

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准备完一切后,我们把灯笼排列成心型贴在校园的过道里,在我们张贴过程中,路过的老师和学生直呼漂亮,在听我们解释完后,都觉得好有意思,询问我们怎么想出来的,哈哈,我们说这是元宵节的节日传统。

我们把灯谜带到全校每个班级去玩,大家一起抢着去回答,然后在介绍这是元宵节传统,学生顿时爱上了这个节日。

全部的学生和大部分老师全参与到了这项活动中,其中一位老师回答对十个灯谜,拔得头筹。虽然很多学生也猜了很多,可是不幸的是答错了。不过,对与错本就没什么关系,重要的节日的气氛。

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The biggest celebration in the world

img_0998            The Chinese new year, we call it Spring Festival, is the biggest celebration in the world.

中国新年,我们也称之为春节,是世界上最大的庆祝。

The best way is to decorated our school.So the Spring Festival atmosphere can be felt by children and local teacher in the school.

最好的氛围创造莫过于装饰校园,这样孩子们和本土老师就可以不用去中国也感受到中国新年的氛围。

We  made the Spring couplets and red lanterns,then decorated  the hallway. The kids very love it and said it’t very sweet and amazing.

我们自己制作了春联和红灯笼,然后装饰了学校的过道。孩子们都特别喜欢,兴奋的说道太赞了。

 

 

In the class, we taught the kids to color the “fu” character.

在课堂上,我们教孩子给“福”字涂色。

The background is red and the character is yellow or black. Because the red means good luck in Chinese culture.

背景是红色,字是黄色的活着黑色的。因为在中国文化里,红色意味着好运。

And they also pasted them on the drawers.

之后,他们也把“福”字帖在了自己的柜子上,称为一道春节来临的装饰。

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The Chinese New Year

chinese-new-year-001     The Chinese new year, we also call it Spring Festival.

中国新年,我们也称为春节。

Why we call it Spring Festival, because according to the Chinese lunar calendar ,the Chinese New Year lies between late January and early February.At that time it’s spring already.

为什么我们称为春节是因为根据中国阴历,中国新年一般处在一月末到二月初,届时已经是春天了。

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This lesson, we will talking about something about the Spring Festival.You know the new year has gone here, but Chinese new year hasn’t arrived yet.It’s will be on the 28th January.It’s the first day of lunar calendar and last 15 days.Just like the Christmas Day here,the Spring Festival is the biggest celebration in China.

这节课,我们将要和学生讨论中国新年。你知道西方新年已经过去了,但是中国新年还没有来。它将是在一月28号。它是阴历新年的第一天,将会持续15天。正像这儿的圣诞节一样,春节是中国最大的庆祝。

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When the Spring Festival approaches ,people will be very busy with preparing something.Sweeping the house, pasting some Spring Festival scrolls in the doorways to create jubilant festive atmosphere since the phrases written on it means good luck and prosperity.

当春节来临时,人们将会非常繁忙地准备。打扫屋子,在门上贴春联去创造喜洋洋的节日氛围。贴在上面的话语意味着好运和繁荣。

We printed some Fu character for kids to color.The best the background is red, which means good luck and the Fu character can be yellow or black.

我们打印了一些福字,供孩子们去涂色。背景最好时红色的,这意味着好运,至于字可以是黄色或黑色的。

 

Snow Spread Fly Season 大雪纷飞的季节

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我喜欢触摸着雪,在大雪纷飞的冬季,在法戈。

Every morning we wake up and face a snowy day.It’s so beautiful. And I will fall asleep watching the snow falling through the half-frosted window.

每天清晨醒来,迎来一个下雪天,那是如此漂亮。我也会透过凝着冰霜的玻璃看着大学飘飞而睡着。

Northern winter is the vigorous, the northern winter is magnificent. Even time is walking so slow and romantic ,you can see endless snowfield ,grey trees,and the red houses.

北国的冬天是雄浑的,北国的冬天也是壮丽的。甚至连时间也变的漫长而浪漫,你可以随时看到无尽的雪原,灰色的树木,以及红色的房子。

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When the wind is coming, some snow will dance wish the wind, but the houses are always so straight and standing still. During the sunny and clear weather, all the world is so quite,only the shine kiss the snow .

当风起时,雪花就随风跳舞,但是房子会静静的屹立着。在晴朗的天气里,整个世界都充满宁静,直有阳光在亲吻着雪花。f5ac2ab413d1f1c2dad69fcfdaaa73ab

Ever since the first snow ,the snow will never disappear.This is the very Fargo in winter. Falling in love with it really don’t any more reason.

自打第一场雪后,雪就再也没有消失。这就是法戈的冬天,爱上它,真的不需要更多的理由。

Chinese Zodiac

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What’s your Chinese Zodiac?

你的属相是什么?

It’s not only to ask you Zodiac, but also to ask your age politely.We know it is OK to ask children how old they are, but it is not polite to ask old people about  their age, especially women. Haha, you can ask indirectly, such as “What’s your Chinese Zodiac? “.

这句话不仅在询问你的属相,也礼貌地问到了你的年龄。我们知道问孩子多大了是没有问题的,但是如果去问老人多大了就不太礼貌了,尤其是针对女人。哈哈,你可以换种方式达到目的,比如说“你的中国属相是什么?”

You can know it from the picture above。

从上图你可以知道,即使你是第一次接触。

 

Chinese people name each year with an animal, which is the animal sigh system.  We call it “Sheng-xiao”, which is something similar to your astrology signs.

中国人为每年命名了一种动物,这就是生肖系统。我们叫它“十二生肖”,这类似于西方的占星术。