Little Fish Goes Fishing
Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since my last post. I have been busy working on my other passion, sewing page.
Today I would like to share one of my favorite Chinese children’s stories called 小猫钓鱼, and a play that I wrote based on the story. My amazing students learned and performed the play in 5 days. We worked very hard to memorize all the lines and we also made our own props such as bean bag fish for the little pond. You can read the entire story with pinyin here. 小猫钓鱼 also teaches a great moral story, and it is great practice for Chinese learners. Enjoy!
Book 2 is here!
Last week I uploaded book 1 with 100 lessons to learn Chinese characters. I have just uploaded book 2 of the 3 book series. With a few basic strokes you can write hundreds and thousands of Chinese characters. Recognizing the commonalities of certain characters can help you learn. Book 2 also contains fully illustrated pictures and pinyin with colored strokes of the characters. Click here to download book 2.
Using a few basic strokes you can write hundreds and thousands of Chinese characters. Most characters share commonalities as you can see in this book. A different stroke here and there can create a new character! This is book 1 of a 3 book series and it contains fully illustrated pictures and pinyin with colored strokes of the characters. Click here to download book 1.
Videos and PDF for books 9 and 10 of the level 1 Chinese leveled readers are here! There are a total of 108 little readers that increase in difficulty. I have made videos for books 9 and 10 in Mandarin audio with Chinese and English text. Practice reading along or reading by yourself simply turn off the sound in the video. Watch and download these 2 new little readers here.
Level 1-9 小船
Level 1-10 雪人
Illustrated Dual Language Book
Download a 156 pages dual language book that either teaches single words or phrases. Each page also has illustrated pictures to accompany the English and Chinese. Below are sample pages from the book. Download the entire book here. Please take a look at the new password on the resource page as it will change on January 15.
Most people are familiar with the term origami or paper-folding. The name origami is a Japanese term from the words oru (to fold) and kami (paper). In China, the art of folding paper is called, 折纸 zhé zhǐ. Did you know the art of paper-folding originated in China? Paper was first invented by Cai Lun, an Imperial court official during the Han Dynasty, who created sheets of paper from mulberry, bast fibers, old rags, fish nets, and hemp waste. In the 6th century, monks carried paper to Japan. Chinese paper-folding tends to focus more on inanimate objects, such as boats or small dishes. Japanese paper-folding tends to favor more living things, such as flowers and animals. Click here to download 29 paper-folding shapes with step by step pictures to make shapes like the ones below.
My Sewing Projects
Sewing has been around since the prehistoric era. People used to wrap leather or fur around themselves. Later around 45,000 BC, people in central Asia began poking holes and pulling cords through the clothes instead of just wrapping. In China, archaeologists have found a complete set of sewing needles and thimbles in a tomb from the Han Dynasty (202 BC -220 AD). In fact, this is the oldest known thimble in the records of history. Throughout Chinese history, needlework has been included in many folk arts. Today, it is not common to have handmade clothing as it can be very expensive and hard to find. In China, the price of custom-made clothing has greatly increased. My recent 旗袍 “qí páo”, a traditional Chinese dress, custom-made from Shanghai is much more expensive than my last one from several years ago. However, I feel that the appreciation for handmade items have also grown in recent years. I love to sew, and would like to share pictures of some of the outfits and accessories that I have created for my baby here. I always try to pick fabrics with unique patterns and colors. I have many new clothing projects planned like Star Wars, Dr. Seuss Holiday, and Pac-man so check back again. Thanks!
The Owl and The Pussycat
This beautifully illustrated book is based on the popular childhood poem by English poet, Edward Lear. Edward Lear’s poem narrating the love story of The Owl and the Pussycat was written in 1871. In this book, popular children’s author and illustrator, Jan Brett, brings her exquisitely detailed illustrations of Edward Lear’s charming poem to life set in the background of the Caribbean. Owl sets out to woo Pussycat in a boat laden with fruit from their Caribbean island and with a guitar at his side, ready for serenading. As they sail off across the sea, another story unfolds in the water beneath the boat. One by one, exotic sea creatures swim into the picture and a small yellow fish seems to be looking for someone.
Read it in both English and simplified Chinese here.
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea In a beautiful pea-green boat: They took some honey, and plenty of money Wrapped up in a five-pound note. The Owl looked up to the stars above, And sang to a small guitar, “O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love, What a beautiful Pussy you are, You are, You are! What a beautiful Pussy you are!” Pussy said to the Owl, “You elegant fowl, How charmingly sweet you sing! Oh! let us be married; too long we have tarried, But what shall we do for a ring?” They sailed away, for a year and a day, To the land where the bong-tree grows; And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood, With a ring at the end of his nose, His nose, His nose, With a ring at the end of his nose. “Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.” So they took it away, and were married next day By the turkey who lives on the hill. They dined on mince and slices of quince, Which they ate with a runcible spoon; And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon, The moon, The moon, They danced by the light of the moon.
Mid Autumn Festival
The Mid-Autumn Festival, 中秋节 zhōng qiū jié, is the second most important festival to Chinese people after the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, 春节 chūn jié. In 2015, Mid-Autumn Festival is on September 27. Every year, Chinese people will go home from every corner of the country and the world for family reunions. On Mid-Autumn night the harvest moon is supposed to be the brightest and fullest of the year, so the festival is also known as the “Day of Reunion” and the “Moon Festival“. Chinese people believe that the full moon is a symbol of peace, prosperity, and family reunion.
To wish someone a happy Mid-Autumn Festival you can say 中秋快乐, zhōng qiū kuài lè or 中秋节快乐, zhōng qiū jié kuài lè. To celebrate this holiday I am sharing a must read picture book called: 爸爸,你能给我月亮吗? (bà ba, nǐ néng gěi wǒ yuè liang ma?), Papa, Can You Give Me The Moon? This is a beautiful story about a Father’s love for his son with a heartwarming ending. Simply hover over a Chinese character that you don’t know to see its definition in English and pinyin. Click here to read this picture book about how a Father will move heaven and earth for his son!