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A Lovely Day to Learn Chinese

Have fun learning Chinese through the right materials and techniques!

The idiom that primary school students are most familiar with is “风和日丽”. Meaning a lovely warm and sunny day. Students can enhance their understanding further if they also know its synonym “风和日暖” and antonym “风雨交加”. Learning Chinese by expanding their vocabulary through association, students can master Chinese with less effort and reduced reliance on rote memorisation.

There are many Chinese words with similar meanings. Understanding their meaning accurately  will help students in using them in their comprehension and composition. On the contrary, an inaccurate understanding of the Chinese vocabulary may lead to students facing difficulties when preparing for the language application component in their Chinese examinations during the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE).

Fear not! Students can strengthen their understanding of the different Chinese words effectively by using the following technique:

When a group of words share a common character, try determining their meaning using the other characters.

Example:

珍宝             珍惜                珍珠

These three words all share the format: “珍”+ X/Y/Z. “珍” means precious, but the addition of another character may change the meaning. Hence, the key to understanding the true meaning of the words lies in X or Y or Z.

  • The “宝” in “珍宝” means a treasure. Therefore, it can be inferred that“珍宝” means a valuable and precious thing.
  • The “惜” in “珍惜” is often used to form words like“爱惜” (cherish) and “可惜” (pity). Thus, it can be inferred that “珍惜” means to cherish something.
  • The “珠” in “珍珠” means a spherical object. By inference, “珍珠” means a precious pearl.

Learning with Practising Your Way to an A

The usage of Chinese words typically follows a pattern, and if students apply effective learning methods while reading and practising regularly, they will form a strong linguistic foundation in time. Chou Sing Chu Foundation (CSCF) has published three volumes of Practising Your Way to an A The Student’s Guide to Chinese Words, written in accordance to the latest curriculum by the Ministry of Education, to help students of different levels of primary school learn Chinese and prepare for their examinations.

Our series emphasises learning Chinese vocabulary using a fun, practical and effective approach. With our systematic techniques targeted at mastering the vocabulary selected from the latest Chinese teaching materials in primary schools, we aim to help students improve their learning efficacy. Our series features five differentiation techniques and examples, 40 commonly seen Chinese radicals with explanations in both Chinese and English, and 10 practice exercises modelled after the “Language Application” section of the PSLE Chinese examinations to help students familiarise themselves with the examination format and build their confidence. Now available at all POPULAR bookstores, get yours now!