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This semester, we are going to learn basic Chinese vocabulary, phrases, and sentences to accomplish a project, which is going to be presented each student by the end of this semester.

The project is to introduce the family members to the whole class, all in Chinese! Student can tell the whole class how many members in the family, who they, how old they are, what are they doing, what are their favorite color, food, animals, etc. Students are highly encouraged to use drawings, photos, or even Power Point to do the presentation. The evaluation of the presentation of each student will be calculated into the final grade.

Here are my teaching materials for Chinese lesson on greetings & self-introduction, which includes videos and songs on Chinese pinyin, Chinese characters and Chinese culture.

Chinese Pinyin English
Chinese Lesson on Greetings: Ni you [singular]
Chinese Lesson on Greetings: Wo I, me
Chinese Lesson on Self-Introduction: Ta he, him
Chinese Lesson on Self-Introduction: Ta she, her
Chinese Lesson on Self-Introduction: Jiao jiào call, to be called
Chinese Lesson on Self-Introduction: hen hěn very
Chinese Lesson on Greetings: qi Chinese Lesson on Greetings: li qǐ lì stand up
Chinese Lesson on Greetings: zuo Chinese Lesson on Greetings: xia zuò xià sit down
Chinese Lesson on Greetings: LaoChinese Lesson on Greetings: Shi lǎoshī teacher
Chinese Lesson on Greetings: NiChinese Lesson on Greetings: Hao nǐ hǎo Hello! How are you?
Chinese Lesson on Greetings: ZaiChinese Lesson on Greetings: Jian zài jiàn good-bye
Chinese Lesson on Self-Introduction: ShenChinese Lesson on Self-Introduction: Me shén me what
Chinese Lesson on Self-Introduction: MingChinese Lesson on Self-Introduction: Zi míng zi name
Chinese Lesson on Self-Introduction: gaoChinese Lesson on Self-Introduction: xing gāo xìng happy, pleased
Chinese Lesson on Self-Introduction: renChinese Lesson on Self-Introduction: shi rèn shí to know, meet
Chinese Lesson on Self-Introduction: tongChinese Lesson on Self-Introduction: xueChinese Lesson on Self-Introduction: men tóng xué men classmates

My teaching method is to create a language-rich environment and consistently expose learners to the correct use of the language in multiple linguistic contexts. So I used songs, video, in-class practice to repeatedly expose target vocabulary, phrases and sentence structures to students.

1. Online flashcards & tests: I created an account on quizlet.com and keyed in Chinese words, pinyin and their English translations to make a list of flashcards online. Please visit https://quizlet.com/88111320/flashcards.

It now has 32 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 https://quizlet.com/88111320/scatter and https://quizlet.com/88111320/scatter.

2. Video “Looking for a friend”. Watch the video to listen to the Chinese children’s song Looking for friends. 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. Click here to see a full-screen presentation (Please enable your computer audio and increase the speaker volume. You can hear the song and follow the sound track):

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3. Videos on greetings and self-introduction. Watch the video to listen to the Chinese greetings between teacher-to-student and student-to-student. Students were encouraged to practice with the teacher one-to-one in the class. 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 song and follow the sound track).

Please click on the arrow to move forward and backward. Click here to see a full-screen presentation:


This video is part of My First Chinese Reader series developed by BetterChinese.com. For more information, please visit http://www.betterchinese.com/elementary/My-First-Chinese-Reader/

Watch the video to listen to conversation between student-to-student. Students were encouraged to practice with the parents one-to-one at home. Click here to see a full-screen presentation

This video is part of My First Chinese Reader series developed by BetterChinese.com. For more information, please visit http://www.betterchinese.com/elementary/My-First-Chinese-Reader/


4. YouTube Video teaching students to say “what is your name” and “my name is…” repeatedly in Chinese.


5. Two songs.
Students were encouraged to listen to these two songs frequently at home. Whoever can sing the first song will score three stars for his/her group. There were several students who sung the whole song perfectly without any error in front of the whole class. They did an excellent job! (Please enable your computer audio and increase the speaker volume. You can hear the song and follow the sound track):

Chinese children’s song: Hello, Thank you and Good-bye

握握手,你好。
拍拍手,谢谢。
摇摇手,再见, 再见。

握握手,你好。
拍拍手,谢谢。
摇摇手,再见, 再见。

Chinese children’s song: Hello/Goodbye, Teacher!

握握手,你好。
拍拍手,谢谢。
摇摇手,再见, 再见。

握握手,你好。
拍拍手,谢谢。
摇摇手,再见, 再见。

你好, 老师 你好。
你好,同学们 你好。
你好,朋友 你好。
大家 你好你好。

再见, 老师 再见。
再见,同学们 再见。
再见,朋友 再见。
大家 再见再见。

and homework3

6. YouTube Videos on language and culture. I used YouTube videos to give students a background introduction on Chinese pinyin, tones, strokes, and China (location, basic facts, capital city and other famous cities). These videos are a little bit difficult for first graders to comprehend. But they serve the purpose to provide a general idea. They are all in English:

About Chinese pinyin and four tones:

About Chinese characters and strokes:

About China (a quick introduction):

A beautiful Chinese song: Beijing Welcomes You (by lots of the most famous singers in China and Asia):

This YouTube video helps children understand the structure of Chinese characters.


7. Homework.
Click here to download homework1, homework2 and homework3. Please print them out and let your child work on it. He/she needs to finish at least one copy of all the exercises. He/she is more than welcome to do more if he/she wants to.

Do you have any good resources on Chinese lesson
on greetings and self-introduction?

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