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Mandarin songs for the little ones

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If you’re looking for some background Mandarin songs and rhymes for your preschoolers to listen to at home, listen to these two albums on Spotify for free:

“Chinese Children’s Classics v1.0” by A Little Mandarin:
“Learn Chinese by Singing Kids Songs” by Cuishan He – an album of 36 songs
(Or you can purchase them on iTunes.)
Note that for any of the songs that you have heard in our classes as well, the lyrics could be different from Ni Hao CC’s ones as we have specially translated ours to match the English rhyme meanings.
Chinese ones are usually translated to match sounds and rhyming, not necessarily meaning – which we think is confusing for an English speaker as we end up mistaking the words to mean something different.
Happy listening : )
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Preschoolers Term 2, Week 4

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Reviewing vocabularies from week 3



we are going to… 我们去…wǒ mēn qù…

E.g., we are going to bush teeth/ wash hands/dry our hands/ take a shower 我们去刷牙/洗手/擦干手/ 淋浴 wǒ mēn qù shuā yá/ xǐ shǒu/ cā gān shǒu/lín yù


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Term 3, Week 3 Recap: Toddlers & Preschoolers: Goldilocks & the Three Bears

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Goldilocks and three bears book coverLast week, we heard about Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and role-played through the story. We all became Goldilocks with our masks and we learnt about:

Hot, cold and warm porridge, and after eating our warm porridge with our cereal bowls and spoons, we were happy!
Hot 热 rè
Cold 冷 lěng
Warm (item) 温的 Wēn de
Happy 开心 kāi xīn

We tried out some hard and soft chairs, then fell off a comfortable chair and hurt our bums. It was painful and we were sad.
Hard 硬的 Yìng de
Soft 软的 Ruǎn de
Painful 痛 tòng
Sad 伤心 shāng xīn

We became tired and wanted to sleep. We tried out a hard bed, a soft bed, and then fell asleep in the one that was just right.
(Feeling) tired 累 lèi
Sleep 睡觉 shuì jiào

The bears came back, they were angry! They found us in bed sleeping – that scared us and we ran off!
Angry 生气 shēng qì
Scared 害怕 hài pà

This week, we continue to learn about our emotions and the physical nature of things (hot, cold, hard, soft, etc) with a very familiar and famous picture book by Eric Carle 🙂

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Term 2, Weeks 1 & 2 vocab & phrases: Toddlers & Preschoolers

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We’ve been requested to provide a list of the vocabulary and phrases we’re learning, so here it is for the first two weeks of Term 2 🙂

We’ll try to do a PDF version that can be printed out if you want to stick it up on a wall somewhere handy, so please watch this space 🙂

Toddlers & Preschoolers

What’s mum doing?  妈妈在做什么? mā mā zài zuò shén me;

What’s dad doing? 爸爸在做什么?bà bà zài zuò shén me

Brush/ing teeth 刷牙 shuā yá

Put on clothes 穿衣服 chuān yī fu

Take off clothes 衣服 tuō yī fu

Put on shoes 穿鞋 chuān xié

Take off shoes tuō xié

Go to the toilet 所 shàng cè suǒ

Wash hands 洗手 xǐ shǒu

Dry hands 擦干手 cā gān shǒu

Bathing/Bathe, Showering/Shower 洗澡 xǐ zǎo

Wash hair 洗头发xǐ tóu fa

Blow dry hair 吹头发 chuī tóu fa

Dry hair 擦头发 cā tóu fa