Unit 1 Topic 3 Greetings & Introductions

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Topic Overview

In today's lesson we're going to start off by reviewing the four tones and the basic sounds of Chinese - pinyin.

Next we'll review our greetings and learn some new ones too. As part of this, we'll learn how to read and write our first Chinese characters, and will explore how characters are put together.

We're also going to learn to ask "How are you?" and how to say "I'm fine".

Also, we will learn how to ask someone's name in a couple of different ways, and of course, learn how to tell someone else our names.

Finally, we'll learn some useful classroom phrases that will help you to ask and answer questions about Chinese.

Recorded Class Videos

Activities & Student Work

  • Video Conference Class Work

  • Step 1

  • Review the four tones with Mr. Edmunds and your classmates.
  • Step 2

  • Review the sounds of pinyin initials and finals.
  • Step 3

  • Review our phrases from last lesson: 
    • 你好 nǐ hǎo (ní hǎo) - hello!
    • 再见 zài jiàn - Goodbye.
    • 老师 lǎo shī - Teacher.
    • 你好吗?nǐ hǎo mā (ní hǎo mā) - How are you? 
    • 我很好 wǒ hěn hǎo (wǒ hén hǎo) - I'm fine.
  • Step 4

  • Learn some new ways to say hello for different numbers of people, different levels of formality and different times of the day.
    • 你们好 nǐ men hǎo.
    • 您好 nín hǎo.
    • 大家好 dà jiā hǎo.
    • 早上好 zǎo shang hǎo.
    • 下午好 xià wǔ hǎo.
  • Step 5

  • Learn some Chinese characters - their history, what they mean and how to read & write them
    • 你, 好, 吗, 我, 很, 不, 再见
  • Step 6

  • Learn how to ask someone's name, and how to tell someone else your name
    • 您贵姓?nín guì xìng?
    • 你叫什么名字?nǐ jiào shén me míng zi?
    • 我姓(艾)。wǒ xìng (aì).
    • 我叫(艾启明)。wǒ jiào (aì qǐ míng).
  • Step 7

  • Learn some useful classroom phrases
    • 你懂吗?nǐ dǒng ma?
    • 我懂。wǒ dǒng.
    • 我不懂。wǒ bù dǒng.
  • Weekly Work

  • Weekly Task 1 

  • 1. Print out and fill in Character Sheet 1 - 你, 好, 吗
  • 2. Print out and fill in Character Sheet 2 - 我, 很, 们
  • 3. Print out and fill in Character Sheet 3 - 不, 再, 见
  • Weekly Task 2

  • 1. Finish working through all three Memrise sets 
  • 2. Liam, you will have some serious catching up to do here! I will be adding new sets after the holidays, so please guys, make sure you've worked through all of these ones before then.
  • Weekly Task 3

  • 1. Print out and complete Task 3 Sheet 1
  • 2. Print out and complete Task 3 Sheet 2
  • 3. Print out and complete Task 3 Sheet 3

Lesson Resources