T: This is our 2nd lesstion. Let’s make a review of the last one first.

S: Sure…But I haven’t practiced much after last class. I’m not sure how much I remember?

T: It’s ok. We’ll see. Any idea about what you learn last time?

S: I remember we learned about “tree”

T: Good. So, how to write “tree”?

(after 1 minute, student gave out 4 wrong answers)

S: I’ll write it for you. Do you remember how to read it?

T: “shu”?

S: The meaning of the character is “shu” but not the pronunciation.

T: … then, I don’t remember it.

S: The sound is “mu”.

T: The 2nd word learned last time is “to rest”. Do you remember how to write that?

S: Yes, I do.

(Student gives a correct word)

T: How do you remember that one?

S: I remember there is a “person” rests next to the tree.

T: Very good. Next one. Do you remember the words “bush” and “jungle”?

S: Yes.

(Student gives 2 right answers and read it correctly)

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T: What else you can recall from last lesson?

(Student gives out 3 words, with 1 wrong answer)

 

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T: Not that bad. You still remember most of them. How about the numbers? Do you still remember them?

S: Let me try.

(Student gives out 7 correct words)

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T: Ok. As you can see. Practice is necessary, right? Today we’ll learn something new. In Chinese culture, there is something called five elements. Do you have that in your culture?

S: Yes, we do.

T: It’s good you are familiar with them. I want you to learn these 5 words because nowadays they become a essential contructure to word, we call them “radical”.

S: Really?

T: Yes. Let’s have a look of some clips to see how these words are formed from very beginning.

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(Teacher plays the clip of Jin, Shui, Huo, Tu. Student practice writing after watching each of them)

T: Ok. As I said. These 5 words are important because they are basic radical to form a word. Let’s start from “Jin”. If it is a radical, first, it only occupies half of the grid box. Then, the whole word changes a little bit, like that. Try it by yourself.

(Student is writing the word with Jin as a radical)

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T: Now let’s have a look of “shui”. There are 2 forms of “shui” when it changes to a radical. The 3-drop radical means to flow or liquid; the 2-drop radical means cold but related with water, eg: ice.

S: Ice and icy water will be very useful.

T: Yes, they are.

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T: Last two words we are going to learn is “sun” and “moon”. Basically, “sun” means day time and date in Chinese and moon means night.

S: I know “moon” also means month.

T: Very good. Now let’s have a look how to write “sun” and “moon”

(Teacher play clips of “sun”and “moon”. Student practices writing while watching)

T: Now you know how to write “sun” and “moon”. Would you please put both of them in one box?

S: Yes, I can.

T: Not bad. Just need to a little adjustion. Can you guess about the meaning of the word?

S: Day time and night time…eh… a day? a new day?

T: Good try. “min tian” is the word of tommorrow.

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S: Oh, I know the word. I just don’t know how to write it before and now I know… So, how to write “today”?

(Teacher writes down the word of “jin tian”)

T: As I mentioned. “ri” also means date. What date is today?

S: wu yue shi ba ri.

T: In oral speaking, we like to say “shi ba hao” instead of “shi ba ri”. “ri” is more formal and more often to be seen in calendal.

T: Can you write it?

S: I think I can.

(Teacher gives the word of “is”)

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T: Very good. It’s all of today. I think we can start texting in Chinese next week. This is another way to help you practice.

S: Sounds good for me.

T: Anything else you want to learn?

S: Not this time. I think I need to practice more before next time.

T: Ok

 

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