Bringing Chinese Home. Introduction. Basic, even if small, foundation in understanding Chinese gives parents confidence Lots that parents can and should do to help their children with Chinese. Learn Pinyin. Be able to follow along as child reads
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Bringing Chinese Home
“Pinyin” is the standard romanization system used for Mandarin
No tones needed when singing!
zhunishengrikuai le (repeat 4x)
Wish you birth/lifedayhappy
When spoken, add tones: zhùnǐshēngrìkuàilè
Complete list of all Pinyin sounds
Tongue Twister Pinyin Read-a-long Practice
Bird Island is an island;
Bird Island has birds.
niáodǎode niǎoduō de shǔbùqīngle。
The birds on Bird Island are countless.
If you wish to go to Bird Island,
you must love birds.
If you don't love small birds,
don't go to Bird Island.
Some characters are based on drawings or concepts
龜 山 火
Above: turtle, mountain, fireup, down
Characters are usually combinations:
Two drawings or two meanings...
Characters are likely a
Ex: Have the sound “gu” from their古 part:
估咕姑故 固 菇 蛄 鈷
家=roof + pig = home/family 牢 = roof +cow = pen/prison 明= sun+moon=bright, light 森=wood+wood+wood =forest
The radical meaning woman 女 is in words for
mother 妈, marry 嫁, little sister 妹 , good 好
Others: eye, water, power, knife, insect, dry, hand, spear, fire, ice, field, heart, mouth, sickness, silk...
Examples from characters with 古 part for sound “gu”
With radical for woman 姑= paternal aunt
With radical for enclosure固 = solid
With radical for insect蛄 = mole cricket
With radical for gold [metal] 鈷 = cobalt
Compound words make sense!
electric-brain, electric-vision, electric-talk
These have “fire” in the word: train, match, volcano, very mad, turkey, rocket, Mars
electric-brain = computer, electric-vision = television, electric-talk= telephone
train = fire-vehicle; match = fire-kindling; volcano=fire-mountain; very mad= fire-big; turkey= fire-chicken; rocket=fire-arrow; Mars = fire-star
Sample questions to prompt guessing strategies
Have a common language to use to describe the [basically only] eight kinds of strokes
Goal: be able to “see” characters well enough to recognize its match, to make sure are looking up the right character
More on reading:
Examples of efforts: peer reading groups, online chats in Chinese, Chinese-language martial arts instruction, Chinese-language barbers, poetry/speech competition, host exchange student, “adopt” a grandparent, read to a toddler
Sample story:http://www.yes-chinese.com/reading/view.do?id=20110726083026 and bedtime stories:http://www.yes-chinese.com/story/index.jsp