Teachers presenting a unit on China will find that superstitions are an interesting way to introduce cultural insight. The principle Chinese “family” holiday is the Spring Festival. Rituals concerning all aspects of family life, especially home cleaning, are incorporated into this holiday.
Superstitions represent one of the links of our contemporary culture to the society of our ancestors. This is especially true of the Chinese culture. The article investigates numerical traditions, which can affect both business and family matters in China.
Learning how a culture expresses “luck” offers a good insight into the culture itself. One way the Chinese express luck is through the character system. This artcle explains how Chinese calligraphy enters into holiday celebrations, weddings, and other ceremonies by representing good luck.
A unit on China can be enhanced by discussing the way that Chinese celebrate birthdays. The celebration of birthdays offers insight into Chinese culture. References to birthday-oriented web sites will be included. Differences between the Western and Chinese experience are investigated.
When studying Chinese, we can learn culture as we learn language. This lesson plan incorporates the language used when we need directions, including north, south, up, down, and so forth. This lesson plan offers motivation and insight into one of the world’s oldest civilizations.
You may know some basic Chinese, such as the Romanized alphabet (pinyin), common greetings, and so forth. Now, take it to the next level and learn about Chinese culture and language, starting with traditional Chinese holidays!
To gain insight into a culture, food and dining is a critical experience. In China, this means learning something about the past and the present of Chinese history and tradition, and at the same time learning some of the words necessary to enjoy your trip to a restaurant.
Numbers have a special place in Chinese culture. They are very closely associated with one’s fortune. Let’s learn some Chinese and practice our numerical skills at the same time. Learning number characters offers a good introduction to the language, and to learning the names of dates and weekdays.
Chinese language institutes now estimate that there are over 40 million people enrolled in a program to study Chinese every year. This article offers a review of some of the major options available for CSL, whether in a non-Chinese context or in China itself,
A student’s first encounter with Chinese can lead to the belief that Chinese is essentially like any other language. Once Chinese characters and tones are encountered then it is clear that Chinese is not like any Indo European language. Here we help you understand and learn pinyin.