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  • Chinese 6 Advanced / Chinese 7 - Mrs. Lan

    This course is for 6th grade students who took Chinese at their elementary school or 7th students beginning their Chinese studies.  Students who successfully complete this course (C average or better) can advance to the next level of Chinese.

    Useful websites:

    • -- online dictionary.  You can look up new words, from English into Chinese and from Chinese into English. You can also use the "handwriting tool" to draw characters that you do not know.
    • -- online dictionary
    • -- lets you type words in Chinese or copy and paste words to find the correct pinyin and tones.

    Mrs. Lan's middle school Mandarin Chinese classes!

    Mrs. Lan teaches Chinese 6a, 7, 7a, 8, and 8a at SHMS and Chinese A, Chinese B, and Chinese C at RMS.

    Some topics students will study are...

    Chinese 6a -- Greetings, names, ages, numbers 1-10 and then 10+, nationalities, school related words, family and pets, famous places around China, Pinyin, a storytelling unit about Grace Lin's novel "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" and how it relates to Chinese culture.

    ALL STUDENTS will learn to read and write using Chinese characters, listen and speak in Mandarin Chinese, and tell stories in Chinese. All students will learn how to answer and ask questions in Chinese. All students will learn Chinese songs.

    We need all students to be risk takers in the classroom, be caring, and be principled human beings.



  • Pin-Yin for Everyone

    Pinyin is the phonetic system to help us learn how to pronounce Chinese characters.  Pinyin is NOT Chinese!  We'll learn some rhymes to help us improve our reading of Chinese and pinyin.  Each lesson focuses on a different sound or sounds. 

  • Lesson 1: Greetings

    你好吗?nǐhǎo ma:how are you?
    我很好。wǒ hěnhǎo:I'm good.       

    不客气。bùkèqi:You're welcome

    您好。nín hǎo:Hello (formal)

    老师好。lǎoshī hǎo:Hello teacher

    同学们好。tóngxué men hǎo:Hello students / classmates

    老师再见。lǎoshī zàijiàn:Good-bye teacher

    同学们再见。tóngxué men zàijiàn:Good-bye students / classmates   

    Awesome Chinese song to help you learn some greeting phrases:

  • Topic 5

    Lesson 2: Names

    Chinese names: Choose your Chinese name based on the sounds of your English name or based on a word with special meaning for you. Some examples of names are:
    Anna 安娜 ān nà
    Austin 凹斯汀 āo sī tīng
    French fries 薯条
    Ninja 忍着


    你叫什么名字?nǐ jiào shénme míngzi: What's your name?

    您贵姓? nín guìxìng : What's your honorable surname? (formal)

    你姓什么?nǐ xìng shénme: What's your surname?

    : he


    jiào : to be called

    什么 shénme : what

    名字míngzi : name

    白马李 bái mǎ lǐ : Mary Bai

    白大卫 bái dà wèi : David Bai

    王小文wáng xiǎo wén: Sharon Wang

  • Lesson 3: Ages & Numbers


    你多大? duōdà : How old are you?

    我12岁。wǒ __ suì : I am 12 years old.

    、二èr、三sān、四、五、六liù、七、八、九 jiǔ、十 shí、十一 shíyī、十二 shíèr、十三shísān、十四 shísì ……: Numbers 1 - 14

    多大 duōdà : how old?

    几岁 jǐ suì: how old?

    suì : years old

    你呢? ne: And you?

    : also

  • Lesson 4: Nationalities 你是哪国人?

    Vocabulary Quiz: February 4th and 5th, 2014

    你 nǐ: you、是shì: is/am/are、哪 nǎ: which?、国 guó: country、人rén:person、吗ma:(question word)、是不是shìbùshì: is, is not?、中国zhōngguó: China、美国měiguó:USA、不bù: no、 加拿大jiānádà:Canada、英国yīngguó:England、德国déguó:Germany、法国 fǎguó:France

    Supplemental words:
    芬兰fēnlán :Finland、日本rìběn :Japan、
    墨西哥mòxīgē :Mexico、西班牙xībānyá:Spain、泰国tàiguó:Thailand

    Three ways to ask a question about nationality in Chinese:
    1、你是不是中国人?nǐ shìbùshì zhōngguórén
    2、你是中国人nǐ shì zhōngguórén ma
    3、你是国人? nǐ shì na guó rén
    ** Red color denotes a "question word."  In Chinese, you can use only one question word in a question.  Try using these three forms to ask other questions about nationality in Chinese.


  • Topic 8

    Chinese New Year! This year Chinese New Year falls on Friday, January 31st, 2014.  It will be the year of the horse. 

    Learn the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.  Use our class chant to memorize the order of the animals.  Chinese people use the zodiac as a way to keep track of the passing of a 12 year cycle.  




    On the quiz, students will be given the Chinese characters. Students must then write the English meaning, Chinese pinyin and tones.

  • Lesson 5 我上大华高中

     Vocabulary quiz is on Thursday 3/6/2014 and Friday 3/7/2014.

    shàng:to attend、个ge: (measure word or counting word)、学校xuéxiào: school、高中gāozhōng:high school、大华高中dà huá gāozhōng:DaHua High School、中学 zhōngxué:middle school、小学 xiǎoxué:elementary school、几 :which (number)? 、年级 nián jí:grade level、大学 dàxué:college / university、也 :also、哪 :which?

    Question 1: 你上哪个学校?nǐ shàng nǎge xuéxiào: Which school do you attend?

    Question 2: 你上几年级? nǐ shàng jǐ nián jí:Which grade level are you in?

    Please use the attached Lesson 5 vocabulary PowerPoint with sound files to practice listening and speaking. The proper way to user this PowerPoint is to click 'slide show' on the tool bar at the top of the slide. To hear the voice, click the speaker symbol.

    Use the 
    worksheet used in the classroom practice at home. This worksheet will also be used for
    Lesson 5 speaking assessment. You'll present in pairs as student A and B. then reverse the role.  The rubric to measure how well you do is also attached.

  • Lesson 6: Family 我爱我的家

    Use your vocabulary list from class, your notebook, and listen to the sound file to help with pronunciation. On the vocabulary quiz the Chinese character will be provided, students will write the English meaning, pinyin, and tones for each vocabulary word.

    Vocabulary words that might be included on the quiz are:
    :me/I、爱 ài:to love、家 jiā:family、爷爷 yéye:paternal grandpa、奶奶 nǎinai: paternal grandma、爸爸 bàba: father、妈妈 māma:mother、哥哥 gēge:older brother、姐姐 jiějie:older sister、弟弟 dìdi:younger brother、妹妹 mèimei:younger sister、有 yǒu:to have、是 shì:is/are/am、几个? jǐge:how many?、这是 zhè shìthis is、谁? shéi:who?、吗?ma:(question word)、有没有? yǒu méiyǒu:to have or to not have?

    Supplemental Vocabulary: 狗gǒu:dog、猫māo:cat、鸟niǎo:bird、鱼:fish、个:universal measure word、只zhī:measure word for cat, dog, bird、条tiáo:measure word for fish、两liǎng:two (i.e. liang ge-- used when stating there are "two" of something)

    News articles we will discuss in class:

  • Lesson 7 - Where do you live?

    Vocabulary:  住 zhù:to live、楼 lóu:floor (i.e. 3rd floor) or building、号 hào:number、在 zài:in / at、路 lù:street、校长 xiàozhǎng:principal、哪儿 nǎr:where?、大华街 dà huá jiē:DaHua Street、街 jiē:street、公园 gōngyuán:park

    Supplemental Vocabulary: 省 shěng:province、市 shì:city、区 qū:district、明尼苏达 míngnísūdá:Minnesota、州 zhōu:state、地址 dìzhǐ:address

  • Final Exam

    1. Vocaublary: The vocabulary section of the final exam will be on June 2 and June 3, 2014.  There will be 25 words on the exam and it will be worth 25 points. 

    2. Speaking: Students will sit in the "Hot Seat."  They will have to answer 10 questions in Chinese their classmates ask.  Students in the "hot seat" will have to answer these questions from memory. 

    Lessons to be included on both parts of the exam:

    • Lesson 1: Greetings
    • Lesson 2: Names
    • Lesson 3: Ages / Numbers
    • Lesson 4: Nationalities
    • Lesson 5: School
    • Lesson 6: Family
    • Lesson 7: Address
    • Chinese New Year Zodiac Animals
  • Chinese Author Grace Lin Visits!

    The author Grace Lin visits Rosemount's Robert Trail Library on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, 6:30-8pm.  She will present her book "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon." 

    Throughout the month of October there are a variety of (FREE!) events offered by the library.  They include:

    1.Thursday, October 9th, 6-8pm: Learn Tai Qi!
    2.Saturday, October 11th, 10:30-11:30am – Traditonal Chinese intruments and storytelling.  The instruments include bamboo, clay, and bone flutes and the xun (a clay egg-shaped flute first played 6,000 years ago).
    3.Tuesday, October 14th, 6:30-8pm – “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” book discussion.
    4.Wednesday, October 15 and 22nd, 6-8pm – Papier-Mache dragons (two day session)
    5.Thursday, October 16th, 6-8pm – Mahjong Basics (ages 16+)
    6.Monday, October 20th, 6:30-8pm – Storytelling
    7.Thursday, October 23rd, 6:30-8pm – author Grace Lin visits!  She will present her story “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.”

    Call the Robert Trail Library at (651) 480-1200 to register!


    • Chapter 3 – pages16-25: Write 1-2 paragraph response about the following:
    • Ba tells the story of how Magistrate Tiger tried to arrange his son’s future by outsmarting the Old Man of the Moon. In some ways Magistrate Tiger succeeds, but he also fails. Explain how he both succeeds and fails. What does his son think of his actions?'
    • Chapter 42 - pages 236-245: Write 1-2 paragraph response about the following:
    • After Minli crosses the red rope bridge up to the top of Never-Ending Mountain, she encounters the white rabbit. The rabbit tells her the story of Wu Kang. What lesson does the Old Man of the Moon hope to teach Wu Kang? What lesson can you learn from Wu Kang’s story?  In your own life, what lessons are you “re-learning” (because you repeat the same action daily)?
    • Chapter 17 and Chapter 18: Write 1-2 paragraph response about the following:
    • When Minli meets the Buffalo Boy and is taken to his home, she feels a tightness in her throat when she thinks of her home in contrast to the boy’s home. What does she have that Buffalo Boy does not have? What does Buffalo Boy have that she does not have?
    • Buffalo Boy tells the story of his friend. What is his friend like? Who do you think she might be?