Mandarin song-Angel’s heart

Dear Gr.7s,

As you have learned the song “天使心” in class for your performance at the Grad dinner, you all highly expected to practice as much as possible. Each one of you have to memorize the song since NO one is allowed to bring any cue-cards or notes to the stage at that night.

I have asked a professional to help transposed the music into B-flat. It means that the music now is lower than the original. Hopefully every students could be able to sing. I am looking forward to hearing your beautiful singing performance.

Today, 7Ks have started to do the “recite” assessment, and all groups have already completed. 7Ms will do it tomorrow. Please remember to click the ppt file attached in the previous post. There are clear instructions in the ppt. In addition, the updated music has been posted, too.


Hsu Laoshi


Mandarin conversation over a phone call

Dear all,

In the topic learning in May, in addition to completing a Chinese Mother’s day card, regarding the oral enforcement, after practicing in class, each student is required to practice the sentences and to demo the improvement they have learned through a conversation over a phone call to their moms.


The secret project “Calling to mom” has started today in some classes. The students used the teacher’s cell phone to call out and to talk to their mom in Mandarin. Those who has not any Chinese heritage background are allowed to speak some introduction in English before the conversation. There are a lot of beautiful and touching moments with surprise that the class and I had witnessed, and those means so much for the students. On one hand, they felt proud of themselves to speak in Mandarin over the phone; on the other hand, this class activity demonstrates not only they understand the content of the conversation, but they also comprehend the response from the other end. Please give the students a thumb up because they did a nice job. They all achieved in a great success. However, some students will try again since the line couldn’t go through; enter the voice message instead.


Tomorrow, the class activity is going to continue. Please moms answer the call from the number: 778 985 7750 (my cell phone #). Your sweet heart is looking forward to saying something to you : ) Please feel free to response and to even ask any questions if you like. Thanks for your great support! 


Hsu Laoshi

Mandarin monthly plan in April

Dear all,
I hope that you all have a joyful and relaxing spring break. After the break, The students continue and have completed the topic of Aladdin which integrated with our musical production in the rest month of March.
After that, in order to train the students to have more opportunities to practice and speak in Mandarin and to improve their oral ability, we are now focusing on preparing for an oral presentation regarding the students’ spring break. Each of them is working on the content of their speech. In the meantime, they are going to either showing two photos which were taken during any outings, travelings and vacations; or drawing two pictures related with their spring break.They will be projected onto the white board when the students give their presentation.
In class, they have been given samples of sentences, instructions to follow step by step. Also, other than Google translate, they are taught how to look up words through online dictionaries such as yabla ( , MDBG ( The students can easily type English or Pinyin sound (without tones) and to search for Chinese characters. The students maybe need some time after class to look up some Chinese characters specifically for their lines. Please support them to learn independently and responsibly. Their 5 sentences (drafts) should be checked and proved first by the teacher before receiving a good copy.
The class will be given more practice time and rehearsal before the formal presentation. The criteria and information sheets will be handed out soon. Everyone needs to listen carefully to check the right answers and to take brief notes while listening to others’ speech. This will be another important training of listening comprehension for the students. Also, the information sheets will be marked as well.
I am looking forward to hearing and witnessing my students’ progress after making lots of effort.
Have a nice weekend! 週末快樂!
Hsu Laoshi


Three Chinese songs for singing practice

Dear all,

Please click the following link and listen to the music and to practice singing.

We have learned and practiced together in the class. These three songs are

1) Gongxi song

2) Thanks to the Lord from the heart

3) Our Father

You can look at the handouts with the lyric and Pinyin. They will be helpful.


Hsu Laoshi

Chinese happy song-小蘋果 Little Apple

Dear all,


This is a very popular and happy song in Chinese. and we are going to learn it in class soon.

Thank you all students who participate in Chinese culture club this year. They are working so hard to prepare a special performance for the Chinese New Year Celebration on Friday, Feb. 16. We are listening to the song and practice together last week. However, some members were absent due to basketball games. Therefore, I would like to upload the music of song and the lyric for your preview and review during the long weekend!One has Pinyin under the simplified characters, the other is in traditional font.

Please clip the following videos to watch and practice singing. Hope you will enjoy the pop music.

2018 小蘋果舞獅走步 Little Apple choreography






Mandarin monthly plan in Febrary 二月份教學計劃

Chinese new year. Set of design elements

Dear all,

The Year of Dog is just around the corner. Wish you and your family a very blessed and prosperous year.

As a tradition at the whole SFX School community, we are going to celebrate together with great joy since Chinese New Year is the most important cultural holiday among all the traditional festivals. There will be a big celebration in the school gym on Friday, Feb. 16. You and your child are very welcome to wear traditional costume or any outfit in red, presenting the joy and passion of the event on that day. Hope to see you there.

As for the learning points in this month, below is the monthly plan for Mandarin class.

  1. Learn three Chinese songs

  2. Complete a project for the Year of Dog

  3. Group work on reciting & singing a song

  4. Review & test for the topic of Chinese New Year



Hsu Laoshi



Mandarin Monthly Plan in January, 2018

Dear all,

Welcome back to the school.

There will be lots of interesting and cultural lessons we are going to learn and experience in January and February because Chinese New Year will be on February 16.

The students from Gr.4 to Gr.7 have been taking the Chinese Calligraphy lessons in Room 301 for a week. It’s an annual cultural lesson. All students are excited to experience as well as some teachers. I sincerely thank our generous and wonderful parents to help setup and cleanup the classroom. Those who give a helping hand to assist in the class are also greatly appreciated. In addition, all parents are very welcome to visit our Mandarin bulletins on 3F next week. You are going to see some students’ great work.


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Below is the monthly plan for Mandarin class.

1. Annual Calligraphy practice in Room 301

2. Lucky message for New Year and Year of Dog, 2018

3. Make a lucky lantern for New Year

4. Review New Year Culture and tradition

Wish you all a very happy New Year!

Hsu Laoshi


Happy New Year 新年快樂


Dear all,

I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas,and a good time with your family and friends. Wish you a blessed and fruitful year in 2018.


{ 親愛的過去,謝謝您教我明白了許多事;親愛的未來,我已經準備好了;親愛的天父,謝謝您給我另一個機會。}







{Things go smoothly as you wish/want.}

Hsu Laoshi



Mandarin Learning Plan in December

Dear all,

As the coming of December, everyone is looking forward to welcoming the new born Jesus and the greatest guest in our life. In Mandarin class, we have already started a new topic for this month. Below is the monthly learning plan.

  1. The students are going to learn the story about the Savior’s birth and the story of the new born King. Every student has received a 8-page picture book. They are going to draw and make a cover page for their picture book.

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2. They are going to watch related some Chinese and English videos

about the story of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and three Wise men.

3. Every four students will work together as a group to practice, recite

and retell the story.

4.In addition,there will be a paper art work related with Christmas

brought into the class. The students are going to receive origami

paper and make a creative Christmas tree as well as to fold Santa

Claus. Hope that they will enjoy it while preparing for the coming of



Hsu Laoshi

Show & Tell Project-Homework Reminders

Dear all,

I believe that you have been informed that No School on Wednesday, Nov. 22 due to water cutting off at SFX. This is a decision without a notice ahead of time. Also, two thirds of Gr.7 students were absent today due to the Mini School exam. They subsequently missed a class. I therefore would like to give all students some friendly and important reminders about the homework and expectations of the project of Show & Tell.

Based on the learning schedule on page 2, all students are working on the draft of the project after completing the plan sheet in details and after looking up some Chinese terms and phrases. All students are expected to first finish his/her project draft including three parts before receiving the good copy in yellow color. They are 1. to draw and color the object, 2. to take a half body colorful shot with the object, 3. to follow the format (1-8) to introduce your object in Chinese. You can take the practice sheet and teacher’s sample sheet as your reference. In addition, you are encouraged to search and look up some words through online dictionaries.

Other than google translate, I have introduced another free and helpful learning resource. It will be easy to find it once you type “ yabla. com” on the website address. I have mentioned regarding supporting students’ learning need on a parent’s hard-copy notice as well as in the previous email. The students have to be trained and to learn how to be more independent little by little. I had emphasized in class the importance of being honest and building mutual trust through taking well use of the time and the online learning resources. Students will feel proud when they learn Chinese words, pinyin and writing strokes through this procedure and their effort.

All students are expected to continuously working on the project. Most of the students have showed me their drawings and colorful pictures. Please find attached samples. They have followed instructions and done a good job. Some students even have received the good copy after teacher’s checking their 1-8 sentences. Please make sure to meet the criteria and expectations which are listed on the scheduled pg. 2. The content of an introduction of your object will be the main part of the oral speech next week when you do your presentation.

Please note that it’s necessary and important to add pinyin and meaning of any new words to your draft sheet. You will have to practice and prepare for the oral speech later. However, on the good copy, you have to write the neat and tidy CH. character ONLY.

All students have to at least show me your ready draft paper on Thursday. Whoever has received the good copy, are also welcome to show your good job in the next class on Thursday. You will have some time to finalize and to make some improvement before submission during the Mandarin time. The project will be due on Friday, Nov 24. Next week, we are going to focus on the oral presentation. Please see the detail on schedule pg. 3. Thanks for your attention and great effort!

Finally, please get your schedule and HW checklist signed by your parents at the bottom of Pg.1. Below are the file sheets.

Show and Tell Schedule & checklist-Pg.1-3

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Listen to the sample recording of Show & Tell for Gr.4-7

Dear all,

I hope that you all have some family time and already enjoy your long weekend.

For the teachers’ Pro-D day on Tuesday, you can review the handout of the sample and listen to the recording again. After that, you can work on the worksheet of meaning comprehension. With the EN. notes of keywords, you can show me your understanding of the message about the teacher’s sample of Show & Tell.

Gr.4 新手機-

Gr.5 新墨鏡-

Gr.6 新背包-

Gr.7 新衣服-

Blessings in Christ,

Hsu Laoshi

Monthly plan in November

Dear all,

We have started learning another new topic in November. It is “Show & Tell in Mandarin”. The big idea is to integrate some Chinese words we have learned so far and to demonstrate the progress of your oral ability in Mandarin.

All students have received the first page of their learning Schedule & HW. Checklist regarding this topic. You are expected to follow instructions and the learning plan in order to step by step complete your speech of Show & Tell and to get ready for an oral presentation. Below is the learning plan for this month.

1. understand the Basic Format

2. be aware of main Structure (a or b) and practice the title of “新水瓶my new water bottle”, “新球鞋my new runner or 新皮鞋my new black shoes”.

3. study a sample as a reference which maybe related to your life experience.

-Gr. 4:我的新手機 My new cell phone

-Gr.5:我的新墨鏡 My new sunglasses

-Gr.6:我的新背包 My new backpack

-Gr.7:我的新衣服 My new clothing

4. follow the format and start working on a draft of your plan for your show & Tell.

5. prepare for the content of your speech (from 1 to 8 + a greeting in the beginning and conclusion at the end)

6. a mini project (one-page draft paper first before receiving a good copy).

7. rehearsal with group members and formal presentation in front of the class

8. fill in message you hear and complete the information sheets while listening to other students’ presentations.


Dear parents/guardians,

It will be very helpful to keep track of your child’s learning for this topic and check if he/she follows the schedule and gets his/her work done on time. As you have known, reading practice is also initially important to improve their pronunciation and oral skill for learning Mandarin. Subsequently, I need your cooperation and support being your child’s audience when sometimes he/she needs to practice at home as their oral homework.

In addition, while preparing for the content of their oral presentation, they might need to use a computer and look up some words or phrases through online dictionaries. Thanks for your attention and continuous support.

God bless,

Hsu Laoshi

Test Notice-Next Monday

Dear all,

You have been successfully followed the learning plan and meet the monthly learning objectives already in October. The next step is to show me your learning achievement about the topic.

Please find attached the Test Notice from Gr. 4 to Gr. 7. The unit test will be on next Monday. After that, you can enjoy the Halloween on Tuesday.

We have went through the test notice in class and done those sample questions for each section. You can try to answer those questions again on the website for more practice. There is an old saying: Practice makes perfect!

The unit test will be very important and the result of the unit test absolutely will be counted and reflected on the Term One report card. Go! You can do it.

God bless,

Hsu Laoshi

Gr 4 Test Notice 中秋節考試通知

Gr 5 Test Notice 中秋節考試通知

Gr 6 Test Notice 中秋節考試通知

Gr 7 Test Notice 中秋節考試通知



Grade 7 moon story-Origin of moon cake 中秋月餅

Dear all,

Please listen to the attached recording about the origin of Moon cakes, and the story regarding moon cakes in the Chinese history.

Please listen to the first recording about the origin of the round cakes and then practice reading the story as your oral homework tonight. The second historical story and the second recording will be assigned as the other HW for the following day.

G7 月餅由來&歷史

Hsu Laoshi

Grade 6 moon story- Jade rabbit 玉兔搗藥

Dear all,

Please listen to the attached recording about the story of Jade rabbit (the moon bunny) who not only is the Moon lady’s companion, but also helps make magic potion.

There are two different legends about the rabbit. Please listen to the recording of the first story and then practice reading the story as your oral homework tonight. The second story and the second recording will be assigned as the other HW for tomorrow.

G6 故事內容-玉兔搗藥

Hsu Laoshi

Monthly Plan for October

Dear all,

Thank you so much for all your great support to the Round Party last week. It was the first party for most of the classes, and it was very joyful and exciting cultural celebration during Mandarin time. There will be some fantastic pictures posted on the Mandarin bulletins.

As you might also have celebrated the Moon Festival, in October, we are going to learn more about the tradition and customs mainly through-

  1. description of various celebrating activities.

  2. interactive class activities such as group discussion, partners

    interview, and presentation.

  3. a mini project of the topic

  4. stories/legends about the moon (with audio and video assistance); main characters in those stories.

            Gr. 4- CH. great archer, 后羿射日

            Gr. 5- the Moon Lady, 嫦娥奔月

            Gr. 6- Jade Rabbit, 玉兔搗藥

            Gr. 7- Origin of moon cakes, 月餅由來

       5. poems regarding the moon

           Gr. 4- Quiet night thoughts靜夜思

           Gr. 5- Drink alone under the moon月下獨酌

           Gr. 6- Think of you as enjoy the moon望月懷遠

           Gr. 7- Hope you are there截選水調歌頭(短式)

       6. assessment-unit written test