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This week’s Chinese lesson on occupations is how to say “teacher”, “office worker”, “doctor” and etc in Chinese. Students learned the sentence pattern “My dad/mom is….” with all kinds of occupations.

Chinese Pinyin English
Chinese word for is shì am, is, are
Chinese word for office workerChinese word for office worker zhí yuán office worker/staff member
Chinese word for doctorChinese word for doctor yī shēng doctor; physician
Chinese word for lawyerChinese word for lawyer lǜ shī lawyer
Chinese word for teacherChinese word for teacher lǎo shī teacher
Chinese word for doctorChinese word for doctor shòu yī veterinary
Chinese word for lawyerChinese word for lawyerChinese word for lawyer gōng chéng shī engineer


1. Online flashcards & tests: I created an account on and keyed in Chinese words, pinyin and their English translations to make a list of flashcards online. Please visit

It has more than 80 virtual flashcards, which has Chinese character on the front, pinyin and English on the back. You can flip the virtual card by clicking on “Click to flip”.

Also, you can make good use of other tools like and

2. YouTube Videos on occupations.


3. YouTube video on Chinese characters.

3-1. Introduction. A Chinese character, also known as a Han character, is a logogram used in writing Chinese (hanzi). Unlike purely phonetic writing systems of Western languages, each Chinese character is composed of strokes combined in such away as to form structures that can be called bushou (often mistranslated as radicals), meaning “section headings”.

By the definition to be used here, many characters contain more than one bushou. Chinese characters made up of multiple bushous squash these components together to maintain a uniform size and shape and thus occupy a more or less square area. Because of this, Chinese characters sometimes are referred as “Square-Block Characters” (fangkuai zi). See How to help children learn Chinese characters? (Method 2) for more details.

3-2. Qiaohu learns Chinese:

4. Learn Chinese via songs: Songs are one of the best way for children to learn languages. Song are playful (e.g. “Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub,) and are easy to remember. They also help your baby build phonological awareness and sensitivity – the ability to hear the breakdown of sounds within words and to diagnose rhythms and patterns of languages. As he grows, learning the rhymes himself will help him expand vocabulary, learn number skills and get confidence to express himself through speech. See How to help babies acquire languages? (Method 2)
3. Homework. This week’s homework is easy! Click here to download the homework1 to practice at home.

Do you have any resources on occupations in Chinese? Feel free to share with us!


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