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Last week’s Chinese lesson is on body parts. When I looked at the Chinese characters for eyes, nose, ears and mouth, I was thinking “wow, these Chinese words are rather complicated.” I wanted to make the Chinese writing fun rather than a painful choir, so I looked online for interesting ways to write Chinese characters.

I found a learning program for the most frequently used Chinese characters. It offered a stroke-by-stroke demo on how to correctly write a Chinese character. The user can control the speed of the demo by choosing the slow, medium or fast way.

The program also offers a virtual brush for the user to practice writing. If the user writes the Chinese word in the correct order, he/she will get a green circle meaning “pass”. Otherwise, the user will get a red cross which means “fail”.

I want to give my students a try of this interactive program to see whether it helps them practice Chinese writing.

Also, I produced a series of videos on body parts (see How to say eyes, ears, nose and mouth in Chinese?) in 2009. The content matched the vocabulary required by the textbook. So I decided to use the video as part of teaching materials for students to watch and practice at home.

Chinese Chinese English
Chinese lesson on body parts: YanChinese lesson on body parts: Jing Chinese lesson on body parts: Mu Eyes
Chinese lesson on body parts: ErChinese lesson on body parts: Duo Chinese lesson on body parts: Er Ears
Chinese lesson on body parts: BiChinese lesson on body parts: Zi Chinese lesson on body parts: Bi Nose
Chinese lesson on body parts: ZuiChinese lesson on body parts: Ba Chinese lesson on body parts: Kou Mouth
Chinese lesson on body parts: Jiao Chinese lesson on body parts: Zu Feet

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1. Video. Watch the video and reading along with it. Try to practice with your own eyes, ears, nose and mouth. You can also visit How to say eyes, ears, nose and mouth in Chinese? for more details.

Due to the size of the program, content in the frame below may display blank. Simply refresh the current webpage or press F5 on your keyboard for the refresh function. (Please enable your computer audio and increase the speaker volume. You can hear the words when they are spoken and follow the sound track):

Click here to see the whole screen PPT presentation.

Or you can view the presentation in an interactive mode: Chinese Learning for Babies (Lesson 2-Amazing Body): How to say eyes, ears, nose and mouth in Chinese?

2. Video. Roughly 600 Chinese characters, around 4% of the total, derive directly from pictures, which we call pictograms — stylized drawings of the objects they represent. This Qiaohu video shows you how Chinese characters progress from pictures to modern Chinese. It also teaches Chinese characters on body parts in a fun and interesting way.


3. Chinese Characters Learning Program.
Above the Chinese characters, there are two buttons. The left one lets you see how this character is written in the correct order of strokes. The right one offers a virtual brush for the user to practice writing. If the user writes the Chinese word in the correct order, he/she will get a green circle meaning “pass”. Otherwise, the user will get a red cross which means “fail”.

Below the Chinese characters, from left to right, you can click to make it “play continuously/pause “, “play stroke-by-stroke” (you have to click again for the next stroke), “replay”, “change the speed (fast, medium and slow)”, and “enlarge into a full screen”.

 

4. YouTube Song Video 1. I like this cute children’s song. Listen and sing along with it! Here is the song words and English translations.

这是我的头 谢谢就点头
This is my head. I nod (my head) when I say thanks.

这是我的眼睛 爱你亮晶晶
These are my eyes. They shine to show you my love.

这是我的鼻子 嗅出好味道
This is my nose. I use it to smell the wonderful scents of the world.

这是我的嘴巴 对你笑哈哈
This is my mouth. I use it to smile at you.

这是我的耳朵 听你来唱歌
These are my ears. I use it to hear your g beautiful singing voice.

这是我的下巴 靠近小嘴巴
This is my chin. It is close to my little mouth.

这是我的笑容 甜甜像糖果
This is my smile. It is as sweet as candy can be.

这是我的五官 请你要喜欢
This is my face. Please like it as it is.

 

5. YouTube Song Video 2. This fun song is great for dancing. Can you remember the words?

 

6. Homework. This week’s homework is easy! Click here to download the homework5-1 for Lesson Five.

Do you have any good resources on body parts?
Feel free to share with us!

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Comments

  1. 1
    Rosey // November 1st, 2013 at 11:02 am

    You’ve broken the lesson down so nicely for learning!

    I’m visiting today from Thumping Thursday. 🙂

  2. 2
    Lina // November 4th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    @Rosey: Nice to know you like it. Thank you for stopping by!

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