In time for Chinese New Year! This is a good write up, with videos, of the various types of lion dances! https://mustsharenews.com/global-lion-dances/
Look at our new YouTube Channel layout! : ) Hopefully it is clearer and tidier for you to view our videos!
It’s a special Christmas edition! Have a laugh at the bloopers too 😁 Happy holidays from the team!
We’ve decided to re-record and publish a lot of Ni Hao Children’s Community’s translated children’s songs onto our YouTube channel for the wider community! : )
These are our own translations of the songs and rhymes that children in New Zealand grow up with, and are most often heard in kindergartens and such – and of course in our classes!
There will be a new song release every Monday and Thursday for the December and January months, starting today! Keep an eye out ; )
The first one up is Sleeping Bunnies… have fun sleeping and bouncing about!
Here’s the lovely story of the Bear and his adventures in the city! The book is written in English so readers can follow along, but the spoken language will be in Mandarin : ) It’s like having a story with subtitles! 😉
Ever wondered how to say Lego in Mandarin? …it’s not too tricky 😉 Tune in below for the Week 3 video.
We’re playing a bit of a catch up so this week, there are two videos!
Here’s the video for Week 2 which includes a quick chat about the four tones used in Mandarin : )
It’s the time of the year to celebrate Matariki and we just wanted to wish everyone a happy new year 新年快乐 xīn nián kuài lè! We’d also like to take this time to thank everyone who has journeyed with Ni Hao Children’s Community over the past year and for giving us the opportunity and joy of being able to share the Mandarin language with your families in our own little way 🙂 We look forward to continuing this journey with you and doing whatever we practically can to support your learning, especially if in a non-Mandarin speaking environment.
By the way, did you know the traditional Māori calendar is based on the lunar cycle? The traditional Chinese calendar is also based on the lunar cycle….and solar cycle. But, the Chinese New Year is actually a Lunar New Year too.
The definition of the lunar calendar depends on the definition of the solar calendar, but not vice-versa. ….
The Chinese solar calendar consists of a sequence of solar years which are not divided into months but rather into 24 periods which begin at the “solar terms” (see below).
The Chinese lunar calendar consists of a sequence of lunar years which are divided into 12 or 13 lunar months. A solar year begins at the (northern) winter solstice, which is on or around December 22 in the Common Era Calendar. A lunar month begins on the day of a dark moon.
The beginning of a lunar year (i.e, lunar new year’s day) is more difficult to define (but see below); it always begins from about January 20th to about February 20th, i.e., about a month or so after the start of the Chinese solar year.
More info for the kids:
Here’s a video on a few of the differences between Northern China accents and the Southern China accents. Watch this and take a guess as to where Lizzie, Xue and Qiubo come from 😉 There are many more Chinese accents/dialects which I’ll post more info on some other day..