Learn Chinese at 2014 Beijing International Summer Camp

Learn Chinese at 2014 Beijing International Summer Camp with fun and interesting activities: experienced teachers, small-scale classes, intensive class and sightseeing schedules, and the last but not the least, comfortable and safe living and touring conditions

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My daughter’s 2014 Chinese New Year Performance

I cannot believe one year has passed by and my daughter attended the Chinese new year performance the second time! In 2014, she went to the kindergarten in Chinese school to learn pinyin and simple Chinese words. Therefore, attending Chinese dancing class is no more the major way to immerse her into a Chinese language environment, but become a way for her to make friends and expose to Chinese culture.

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2014: the Year of Horse

According to Chinese zodiac, 2014 is the Year of Horse. People who are born in the year of horse are often willing to give and expect a lot of liberty.

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The traditional Chinese festival series: Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a popular traditional Chinese festival, probably the second grandest one after the Spring Festival in China. It is held on lunar August 15th, close to the middle of the autumn, so called “Mid-Autumn”.

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Traditional Chinese festival series: Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boast Festival, called “Duanwu Jie” in Chinese, has been celebrated in China for more than 2,000 years and is notable for its educational influence.

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My daughter’s 2013 Chinese New Year Performance

The following video is one of her performance with other children. Although she only did a very small role during the whole performance, she enjoyed it and so did we. Plus, she was the youngest performer. We are very proud of her!

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2013: the Year of Snake

According to Chinese zodiac*, 2013 is the year of snake. First, I wish you and your family have a heathy, happy and prosperous year of snake. May you have good fortune and every success (“da ji da li“).

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Chinese animation – masterpiece of Chinese culture and art, part 6

Lao Mountain Taoist (1981) and A Deer of Nine Colors (1981) are Chinese animations that are typical representatives of Chinese culture and art.

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2012: the Year of Dragon

According to Chinese zodiac*, 2012 is the year of dragon. In Asian/Chinese culture, the Dragon is the sign of the Emperor of China or the male element Yang. The Dragon is the symbol of power and wealth.

The Chinese dragon or Oriental dragon is a mythical creature in East Asian culture with a Chinese origin. It is visualized as a long, scaled, snake-like creature with four legs and five claws on each. The dragon is sometimes used in the West as a national emblem of China. Its female counterpart is the Feng huang (phoenix).

In contrast to the European dragon which stands on four legs and which is usually portrayed as evil, the Chinese dragon has long been a potent symbol of auspicious power in Chinese folklore and art. Dragons have been worshiped by the Chinese for thousands of years. They can be found in pottery, paintings, and are often featured in jade ornaments.

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Chinese mythology: Monkey King Wreaks Havoc in Heaven

Monkey King, also known as Sun Wukong, is a main character in the classical Chinese epic novel Journey to the West, written by Wu Cheng’en and published in the 1590s during the Ming Dynasty. It is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature.

Journey to the West has a strong background in Chinese folk religion, Chinese mythology and value systems; the pantheon of Taoist immortals and Buddhist bodhisattvas is still reflective of some Chinese religious beliefs today. Enduringly popular, the tale is at once an adventure story, a spring of spiritual insight, and an extended allegory in which the group of pilgrims journeying toward India represents individuals journeying toward enlightenment.

As the real hero of this novel, this resourceful, brave and humorous Monkey King has been loved for four hundred years by Chinese children and adults alike.

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2011: the Year of Rabbit

According to Chinese zodiac*, 2011 is the year of rabbit. Therefore my twins, who are expected to come in late September this year, are both rabbits, the 4th animal of the 12 animals of Asian astrology.

So what does the symbol rabbit associate?

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The legend of Chinese Lunar New Year

Also called the spring festival, Chinese Lunar New Year is one of the most the most important Chinese traditional holidays.

Legend has it that in ancient times, there was a monster called “Nian” (“year”) that would come out on the eve of every New Year to devour livestock, crops, and even villagers, especially children. To avoid the monster’s attack, people would flee to the depth of the mountains and call this day “Nian Guan” (meaning “the Pass of Nian”).

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Language and culture

The relationship between language and culture is inextricably intertwined. Language is the verbal expression used to maintain, convey and influence culture and cultural ties. Culture is the idea, custom and beliefs of a community communicated by at least one distinct language from one community member of to another. In another word, language is deeply rooted in culture and culture is reflected and passed on by language from one generation to the next (Emmitt & Pollock 1997).

Therefore, learning a new language inevitably involves the learning of a new culture. Otherwise, language learning becomes senseless, inaccurate and incomplete, since all learners get are a bundle of empty or meaningless symbols.

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