Often cracking your head wondering how your little ones at home can learn Chinese effortlessly and score well for their exams?
Sorry, but we’d have to burst your bubble. It won’t be effortless, but it won’t be as hard.
There’s one thing you can do though: expand your kid’s vocabulary library.
When we talk about learning a language, it always seems like grammar is the most important element.
Grammar is a methodical system that’s somewhat complicated, and you may be wrestling with your own mediocre Chinese skills before you’re capable of teaching your child grammar.
It may be worrying, but don’t be! Leave that job to the professionals at school. It takes some time before your child will be able to master the gist of Chinese grammar.
But you can focus on helping them build the other pillar of the language—vocabulary—which we’re quite sure you’d be able to do.
But remember, we don’t expect your child to memorise everything that we’ve listed.
Smart learners don’t memorise, instead, they link ideas together, which means meaningful learning.
Vocabulary, especially idioms, are fundamentally short stories.
And stories are formed when ideas connect to one another.
So, your kid is better off trying to understand these stories than to memorise them.
Let’s first start with the basics: words (词语).
Get the hang of Chinese in a breeze: Chinese Words and Idiomatic Expressions (词语与成语)
Commonly seen antonyms (反义词) for words (词语)
We are big fans of antonyms! When antonyms are used effectively in a sentence, it brings life to the entire writing. It also discreetly manifests the writer’s deep understanding of the language since they’re able to create contrast based on the context and words. We list out a few commonly seen ones that students can use in their writings without a sweat.
*The list is quite extensive, so take some time to go through it.
Words of ‘colours’
There is an unspoken understanding among most educators that using slightly fancy terms, phrases or even including classic poems makes a piece of composition impressive. If that’s too much to ask for, start with something simple. Plenty of expressions and idioms are derived from colours. Using them as descriptive words can lighten up the whole conversation and put a ‘wow’ effect on writings.
Fixed phrases (固定结构)
We talked about using techniques to improve Chinese composition for primary school kids, such as using great composition startings and endings, using catchy phrases, etc.
These phrases are also called fixed phrases, where they have a relatively fixed structure with an order that generally cannot be changed. Too confusing? Take a look at the following and you’ll get what we mean.
Idiomatic expressions (成语)
Phrases and their antonyms and synonyms
Synonyms and antonyms are important to writing, whichever language it is for.
Some benefits of synonyms and antonyms:
- Improve reader’s experience
- Make text much more engaging
- Help avoid boring and repetitive text
Click on the images below to view various phrases with their corresponding antonyms and synonyms.
Here’s a video for more!
A good writer will know: Make full use of synonyms (近义词) to make a piece of writing gripping. And don’t neglect antonyms (反义词); they make a strong statement and an outstanding contrast to the overall context.
We’re not quite done yet! We’re going to continue updating the topic so hang on tight to this blog so you can guide your child to grasp what’s important for the language!
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