Week 1: BPM Song and Lesson 3 What’s Your Name

September 10th, 2017 by Pei-Yi 1 comment »

This is a quick review of what we learn on the 1st week.
Please review or catch up, if you are new to class. ^0^

The bpm song

(lyrics can be found here)

Single sound:
Regular speed:


Hello, everyone!
Hello, teacher!

Hello, goodbye, and thank you

Hello! 你好!
Hello, everyone! 大家好!
Hello, teacher! 老師好!
Goodbye! 再見!
Goodbye, teacher! (teacher, goodbye) 老師再見!
Thanks. 謝謝。
Thanks teacher. 謝謝老師。

The Greeting Song

Hello! Hello!
Goodbye! Goodbye!
I am sorry. It’s all right!
Thank you. (repeat 8 times)
You are welcome.^0^!!
The worksheet can be downloaded here.

Let’s sing it!

Count from 1 to 10

(yi1 er4 san1 si4 wu3 liu4 qi1 ba1 jiu3 shi2)

Activities in Class

  1. Each kid’s photo was taken.
  2. Teacher and parent meeting.


  • Review bpm song, tone marks, number 1-10 and greeting song. You can download the handout of tone marks here.
  • Next week we will continue Lesson 3 and Lesson 4 so please bring the book of Lesson 3 and 4. (You can put your kid’s name on each book.^0^)

How to Read the Tone Marks?

September 1st, 2017 by Pei-Yi No comments »

There are four tones and a neutral tone (quin1sheng1) in Modern Standard Chinese. Please download this PDF file to see the graphic of the 4 tones. A neutral tone syllable is pronounced briefly and softly, and there is no tone marks for it. On the page 2 of previous handout, we have the students practice the tone marks as well.

There are two ways of showing tone in pinyin, using tone marks or numbers, as illustrated below.
w3 number

If you already know the pinyin of the word you want to know, you can go to YB Chinese English Dictionary to look up its corresponding Chinese characters. Select “Pinyin >> Chinese” first, then type pinyin on it. It will show you the Chinese character and English meaning. For example, type quan2 in the translation bar, you will see the meaning.
w3 quan yb

To hear its pronounciation, you can click on the word. It will lead you to its homepage, and then you can click the sound symbol to hear its pronounciation.
w3 quan

Or you can copy and paste the word to Yahoo! Dictionary and click the sound symbol:
w3 yahoo sound

For more details about using English-Chinese dictionaries, please see my previous article on this blog.

For parents to watch: