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This week’s Chinese lesson on room objects is on how say table, chair, bed, lamp and sofa in Chinese. Since the content is simple/boring, and I couldn’t find songs/games to reinforce their memory, I used the competition to “push” my students to learn.

First, I put the Chinese words, pinyin and their individual English translations line by line onto the whiteboard. I asked students to copy them onto their notebook. After several rounds of practice, I erased the Chinese words off the whiteboard.

I asked repetitively the question “what is this?” in Chinese and pointed to the objects in the room such as table, chair, door, window, light, or the English translations like TV, room, sofa and etc. Students had to write down the answer in Chinese beginning “this is …”. The first four students who wrote down the Chinese sentence correctly would win a score for themselves. This way, students had to identify the right Chinese words from their notes and write them down correctly. They also repetitively practiced the sentence structure “this is…”.

Later, I asked students to volunteer to write the missing Chinese words onto the whiteboard, without looking at their notes. They were so eager to try. For simple words like mén (meaning door in English), chuáng (meaning bed in English) and dēng (meaning lamp in English), students could get them right in the first try.

As to those more complicated Chinese works like chuānghu (meaning window in English),  Yǐzi (meaning chair in English), fángjiān (meaning room in English), I let students keep trying until they got them right. Sometimes it took several tries from different students. And I allowed them to peek their notebook. After all, the purpose of this competition is to encourage them to learn.   

I think most students left the class with a pretty good memory about the following target words.

Chinese Pinyin English
Chinese lesson on room objectsChinese lesson on room objects fángjiān room
Chinese lesson on room objects mén door
Chinese lesson on room objectsChinese lesson on room objects chuānghu window
Chinese lesson on room objectsChinese lesson on room objects zhuōzi table, desk
Chinese lesson on room objects: ChairChinese lesson on room objects: Chair Yǐzi chair
Chinese lesson on room objects: SofaChinese lesson on room objects: Sofa shā fā sofa
Chinese lesson on room objects: Bed chuáng bed
Chinese lesson on room objects: Lamp dēng lamp, light
Chinese lesson on room objects: TVChinese lesson on room objects: TV diànshì TV

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1. Video. Watch the video and reading along with it. Try to practice with your own room.

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):

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

2. Video. Watch this YourYube video on Beijing’s traditional folk house, namely Siheyuan in Chinese. Siheyuan is the traditional civilian residence of the natives of old Beijing. With independent rooms on the north, south, east and west sides, Siheyuan is like a courtyard surrounded by four boxes seen from above.

Siheyuan has only one front gate facing the street, and once it is shut, it becomes a private world. In the past usually several generations of the family lived together in one siheyuan. Today, siheyuan is not only the civilian residence, but has become a sight of unique historical and cultural interest in Beijing.

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3. 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 http://quizlet.com/33271410/flashcards. It now has 28 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 http://quizlet.com/33271410/learn and http://quizlet.com/33271410/speller.

4.Homework.  This week’s homework is easy! Click here to download the homework9-1 for Lesson Nine.

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

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