learning the 注音符号。

Not sure why this popped into my head but as a kid, I can’t seem to remember the 注音符号 for hanyu pinyin. Back then, I learn how to read the words first before learning how to read the hanyu pinyin. I hated hanyu pinyin because they are the reason why I never ever get full marks for my Chinese exams !@$!#$@#^@^@$!

So when I was teaching tuition last year, this was how I taught my kids to remember the 注音符号 –

Imagine getting up in the morning,

1. You are sleeping (一) and it’s time to get up.

2. You really don’t want to get up so you pretend to get up by lifting up your legs (/).

3. Your mum is not convinced that you are up so you raised your arm (V) too.

4. Upon seeing this, your mum leaves the room and you can finally put down your legs and stretch your arms (\).

MUAHAHAH! Quite effective I think. The kids ended up laughing and learning something new (:

I also had a problem with remembering which alphabet to put the 注音符号 as a kid. So this is how I taught my kids –

Just write A E I O U at the side. Whichever comes first, just doodle on top of it.

My teacher never told me that okay! I had to figure that out somewhere in P4?

With regards to pronouncing the 4 tones? Easy! I make them ‘write’ the tone with their voice. For example, when pronouncing the 3rd tone, your voice must go down then up ;p It’s hard to explain in words. Pass!

Ahh. I do miss teaching (:

how i taught my P3 kid to read time/number in Chinese.

While going through a passage with my tuition kid today, she told me she can’t really read time in Chinese. So, I came up with something on the spot and it seems to help her (:

She knows the numbers 1-10 in Chinese. But anything other than that, she gets a little confused. So here’s what I taught her.

1. If the numbers are in a pair…

a) …and if十  in front

You add up the numbers.

For example, 十五 is equal to 10 (十) and 5 (五). So that’s 10 + 5 = 15.
Therefore, 早上 八点 十五分 is then 8.15am.


b) and if 十 at the back

You multiply the numbers.

For example, 二十 is equal to 2 (二) and 10 (十). So that’s 2 x 10 = 20.
Therefore, 下午 两点 二十分 is then 2.20pm.

2. If the numbers are in 3s…

The first two numbers are together and the last one is alone (:

Then you will always multiply the first two numbers then you add the last one to them.

For example, 四十五 is viewed as 四十 and 五.
Then you multiply the first 2 numbers – 4 (四) and 10 (十). So that’s 4 x 10 =40.
Finally, add the last number to them. So that’s 40 and 5 (五) = 40+5 =45.

Therefore, 晚上 七点 四十五分 is then 7.45pm.

She seems to be able to get it much faster the more we practice (: So so glad! Heee.