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Superstitions ( 迷信 ). Do you believe in luck? . Luck ( 幸运 ). What are some Chinese superstitions?. Superstitions ( 迷信 ). Superstitions I know. Lucky number 4. Four-leaf clover ( 克洛弗 ) Clovers have 3 leaves If you see one with 4, it’s good luck!. Black cats.

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lucky number 4
Lucky number 4
  • Four-leaf clover (克洛弗)
  • Clovers have 3 leaves
  • If you see one with 4, it’s good luck!
black cats
Black cats
  • If a black cat walks in front of you, it’s bad luck!
  • People used to think black cats were witches (女巫)
cross your fingers
Cross your fingers
  • If you cross your fingers when you make a wish (愿望), it will come true
  • “I wish for a new car for my birthday, please!”
  • Your fingers look like a cross (十字架)
broken mirror
Broken mirror
  • If you break a mirror, it’s bad luck for 7 years!
  • The mirror sees your soul (灵魂)
number 13
Number 13
  • Number 13 is bad luck
  • Friday the 13th is the bad luck day. The scariest day of the year!
  • This year is September 13, 2013
knock on wood
Knock on wood
  • You knock (敲) on wood when you don’t want something bad to happen
  • Crosses (十字架) are wood
  • “I hope we don’t get sick today. Knock on wood.”
  • “This test is going to be easy. Knock on wood.”
don t open the umbrella
Don’t open the umbrella!
  • Don’t open umbrellas inside – it’s bad luck!
  • I don’t know why! Maybe because it’s dangerous?
superstitions1
Superstitions
  • Most superstitions in the west are because of Christianity (基督教)
  • People don’t want to go to hell (bad luck)
  • They want to go to heaven (good luck)
  • Making God happy is good luck!
your turn
Your Turn
  • Think of your own superstition and why
  • Miss Lisa’s superstitions:
    • You shouldn’t use a pen on an exam. It’s bad luck because if you write something wrong, you can’t change it.
    • You should give your teacher candy before class. It’s good luck because the teacher will be happy and be nice to you.
next class
Next class:
  • Next class, my sister and aunt will come to class with me!
  • I want you to think of some questions to ask them
  • Remember what you should ask and shouldn’t ask!