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Chinese Pinyin / Characters Introduction. Keli Su 9 /1/2014. Objective:. 1. Learn about the Chinese language 2. Become familiar with basic Chinese pronunciation 3. Know the six categories of Chinese Characters; 4. Know the Chinese Characters have evolved

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1. Learn about the Chinese language

2. Become familiar with basic Chinese


3. Know the six categories of Chinese


4. Know the Chinese Characters have evolved

Throughout Chinese history.

consonants vowels
Consonants & Vowels

b p m f d t n l

g k h j q x

zhchsh r z c s

a o e i u ü Consonants

read with me
Read with me

  • Four tones

First tone (¯)

Second tone (´)

Third tone (ˇ)

Fourth tone (ˋ)

  • Neutral tone

No tone marks on the neutral tone


tone: b:


pinyin practice
Pinyin practice
  • Tone

  • Initial

  • Final

  • Quiz

six categories
Six Categories (六书 / 六書).

Pictograms 象形字

2. Ideograms 指事字

3. Ideogrammic compounds 会意字

4. Phono-semantic compounds 形声字

5. Transformed cognates 转注字

Rebus 假借字

Pictograms 象形字

Characters in this class derive from pictures

日rì for "sun",

月yuè for "moon“,

木mù for "tree”,

Ideograms 指事字

Characters either modify existing pictographs iconically, or are direct iconic illustrations

上shàng "up“

下xià "down”

ideogrammic compounds
Ideogrammic compounds 会意字

Translated literally as logical aggregates or associative compounds, these characters symbolically combine pictograms or ideograms to create a third character.

木mù "tree”

林lín "grove",

森sēn "forest".

phono semantic compounds
Phono-semantic compounds 形声字

The phono-semantic compounds, also called semantic-phonetic compounds or pictophonetic compounds.

pictographic phonetic

河hé “river”, 氵shuǐ可 kě

湖hú "lake", 氵shuǐ 胡 hú

transformed cognates
Transformed cognates 转注字

The mutual-explanatory characters typically are a pair or a group of characters, that share the same radical and have similar meaning.

考kǎo "to verify"

老lǎo "old"

were once the same character, meaning "elderly person"

Rebus 假借字

Also called borrowings or phonetic loan characters, this category covers cases where an existing character is used to represent an unrelated word with similar pronunciation; sometimes the old meaning is then lost completely.

自zì, "oneself“, original meaning of "nose”

萬 wàn, "ten thousand“, originally meant "scorpion”

chinese characters
Chinese Characters
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Group work:

1. make 5 groups

2. Each group take one


3. Group discussing then



Self practice_1:

Matching the words

Exchange the paper

to score


Self practice_2:

Matching the words

Exchange the paper

to score


Let us practice:


classroom expressions 1
Classroom Expressions_1

1. Nǐhǎo! How are you? How do you do?

2. Lǎoshīhǎo! How are you, teacher?

3. Shàngkè. Let’s begin the class.

4. Xiàkè. The class is over.

5. Dǎkāishū. Open the book.

6. Wǒshuō, nǐmentīng.

I’ll speak, you listen.

7. Kànbáibǎn. Look at the whiteboard.

classroom expressions 2
Classroom Expressions_2

8. Duìbúduì? Is it right?

9. Duì! Right! Correct!

10. Hěnhǎo! Very good!

11. Qǐnggēnwǒshuō. Please repeat after me.

12. Zàishuōyíbiàn. Say it again.

13. Dǒngbudǒng? Do you understand?

14. Dǒng le. Yes, I/we understand; I/we do.

15. Zàijiàn! Good-bye!

survival expressions
Survival Expressions

1. Duìbùqǐ! Sorry!

2. Qǐngwèn... Excuse me...; May I ask...

3. Xièxie! Thanks!

4. Zhèshìshén me? What is this?

5. Wǒbùdǒng. I don’t understand.

6. Qǐngzàishuōyíbiàn. Please say it one more time.

7. “…” Zhōngwénzěn me shuō?

How do you say “…” in Chinese?

8. “…” shìshén me yìsi? What does “…” mean?

9. Qǐngnǐgěiwǒ... Please give me...

10. Qǐngnǐgàosùwǒ... Please tell me...

  • Links for Integrated Chinese Level 1: Introduction

  • 中文听说读写:

I / C conversation, test & lots more.

  • Tools:
  • 漢典(汉典):
  • 全民大词典:
21 century tech
21 Century Tech
  • Your eMail address
  • Web accessing for the assignment
  • Listening: Add voice clip into the handout
  • Speaking: You record the voice clip to me
  • Reading: Add voice clip into the handout
  • Writing: Type汉字 into computer
  • Internet sharing