My First Book of Chinese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book

My First Book of Chinese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book

Faye-Lynn Wu

Language: English

Pages: 32

ISBN: 0804843678

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


My First Book of Chinese Words introduces young children to basic words and concepts in the Chinese language through colorful rhymes and beautiful imagery.

It is a book that parents and young children will enjoy reading together. The Chinese words in the book are all common, everyday items and the rhymes are informative and fun for children.

The goal of My First Book of Chinese Words is to familiarize children with the basic sounds and written characters of Chinese; to introduce core concepts of Chinese culture and to illustrate the ways in which Chinese sounds differ from English ones. Teachers and parents will welcome the cultural notes at the back of the book and appreciate how the book is organized using a familiar ABC structure. Each word is presented in Chinese characters (both Simplified and Traditional) as well as Romanized Pinyin for easy pronunciation.

With the help of this book, we hope more children (and adults) will soon join the more than one billion people worldwide who speak Chinese!

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joy, harmony, and good luck. At Lantern Festival people like to hang riddles from them so their friends can have fun guessing. 9 My 1st Book Chinese_Interior.indd 9 9/7/12 5:40 PM ‫ـ‬ E is for eÂr. This is your ear, listening, listening— what do you hear? 10 My 1st Book Chinese_Interior.indd 10 9/7/12 5:40 PM ‫ڋ‬ ᲄ simplified ࡘ ၿ traditional F is for fe-ngzhe-ng. A kite soars in the sky like a beautiful dancer, swirls, twirls, waves goodbye. It’s said that the Chinese invented kites

what is said. 25 My 1st Book Chinese_Interior.indd 25 9/7/12 5:41 PM ზ ೡ simplified ‫ۋ‬ ఙ traditional U is for umbrella. When rain falls from the sky we need our yuÂsaÂn to keep us dry. In pinyin the letter u rhymes with the English word “blue.” This letter is never used at the beginning of a word. 26 My 1st Book Chinese_Interior.indd 26 9/7/12 5:41 PM ཱི ฻ ౝ V is for violin. We call it xÂaotíqín. Draw the bow over the strings— the xÂaotíqín sings! Chinese doesn’t have a v sound but

what is said. 25 My 1st Book Chinese_Interior.indd 25 9/7/12 5:41 PM ზ ೡ simplified ‫ۋ‬ ఙ traditional U is for umbrella. When rain falls from the sky we need our yuÂsaÂn to keep us dry. In pinyin the letter u rhymes with the English word “blue.” This letter is never used at the beginning of a word. 26 My 1st Book Chinese_Interior.indd 26 9/7/12 5:41 PM ཱི ฻ ౝ V is for violin. We call it xÂaotíqín. Draw the bow over the strings— the xÂaotíqín sings! Chinese doesn’t have a v sound but

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