Seattle Schools Language Program
Monthly Guide: Do you know what Asian children like to • Culture magnifier collect? Here they are! They are Hello • What are some things Kitty and Doraemon that we celebrate and magnets and say in December in Pocket Monster Chinese? trinkets. Kids can put ----------------------------------- the magnets on their • I can read it ! refrigerators, and
decorate their desks. I can write it ! There are hundreds • Home activities. of different kinds of • What did we learn last collectables such as month? these.
； Culture magnifier: Chinese people don’t like “4”!? ？
“Time is the great ally thgrandpa’s 90 birthday, we try not to Chinese people don’t like the number “四(4).” This is NOT because Chinese in development of have “four” on the card. th of some Satan was born on the 4We don’t like four, but we like “八bā language month. We don’t have a Chinese (8)”, because 8 sounds like “發fā (make proficiency.” equivalent for Satan. When we a fortune)” People like to have 8 on pronounce “ 四sì (4)”, it simply sounds -- Helena Curtain & their license plate, in their phone like “ 死sǐ(die).” Imagine if you read a number, or in their address. Here is a Carol Ann Dahlberg-- car license plate with 444 in it, it would little quiz! According this passage, sound like die die die. I believe no one guess which day the opening day of would like that on their car. Also, some Beijin 2008 OLYNPIC Games is. hospitals and buildings avoid having a Hint: http://en.beijing2008.cn/ fourth floor. Moreover, when we write
cards to celebrate good event, like
； What do we celebrate and say in Chinese in
Thanks to the influence from western, in to Christmas parties with their friends on thDecember, people in China will also 25 December, and go to public celebrate Christmas and New Years, places to participate in whole night but we celebrate them in deferent concerts, and enjoy firework shows on ways. Celebrating Christmas is very New Year. However, parents usually Send Christmas & New popular among all students and the choose to stay at home for relax. So, young generations. Students make or Year greeting cards are how do we say Merry Christmas and buy Christmas cards for their friends also very popular Happy New Year? Answer:
and the teachers they like. They also between students in 聖shèng 誕dàn 節jié 快kuài 樂lè exchange gifts and go to parties. For Asia. (Merry Christmas) young Chinese people, Christmas and New Years are not the days for the 新xīn 年nián 快kuài 樂lè family to gather together. They will go (Happy New Year)
； I can read it! I can write it! ？ Let’s draw the
characters for “Big” and Let’s learn Pinyin and Chinese characters together! “Small” two times each in the grids provided. Pinyin Sounds like I can say some Chinese words!
Woods z(i) 椅yǐ 子zi (Chair)