Continuity of Mandarin learning

Dear parents and students,
Due to the corona-virus pandemic, online teaching and learning is a trend and gradually it will become common practice. Regarding the plan for the Continuity of Mandarin Chinese Learning, I am going to help the students learn Chinese language and culture through the distance/remote learning app “Zoom”. Using this platform, I can meet and interact with my students to practice the target language. At the same time, my students will keep developing their potential and talent to achieve academic success in learning the Mandarin language.
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The schedule for different grades will be available soon and keep you updated. Please pay attention to new posts on the Intermediate Mandarin website or further emails as I will continue to send you more information in detail. For any remaining parents who have not subscribed to the Intermediate Mandarin website, please do so at your convenience.
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Thank you for your patience and attention during this uncertain and stressful time. I wish your family all the best, safety and health. Let us continue to pray for the students and the whole school community during this difficult time.I look forward to seeing you all at school again in the near future.
God Bless!
Hsu Laoshi (Gr.4-7 Mandarin teacher)

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 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



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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Round Party tomorrow, Tuesday

Dear all,

In order to celebrate the Chinese traditional festival, Mid Autumn Festival or Moon Festival, there will be a Round Party in each class during Mandarin time. Please bring some round treats, food or fruit to share with others.

We are going to have some class activity and watch related videos during the party.

Here is the party notice. 2017 Round Party-Letter to Parents中秋節

Dear Parents,

After school please ask your child something about the tradition of family reunion and discuss with him/her about the videos they have watched during the Mandarin class.Thank you!

Hsu Laoshi



Welcome new families subscribing Mandarin website

Good morning! SFX parents and students,
Thank you for your care and support to child/children’s learning Mandarin Chinese.
This is just a brief greeting to those new families via the new post and make sure that you have successfully subscribed the intermediate Mandarin website. From now on, once I have any new posts, you will received it through the school auto contact system.
Wish you all the best and have a great day!
Hsu Laoshi



Gr.6 Food Project-營養飲食 & 垃圾食物

Dear all,

It was great to see many groups have started working on their Food project. Try to find colorful pictures from flyers distributed by some superstores or grocery stores.

It was very easy and important to tell if those food are healthy or not. You all have learned in class about those five characteristics of so called “Junk Food”. In general, they either too sweet or too salty. Most deep fried food are unhealthy because they in general have high calorie and with low nutrition.

There are two samples I saw in class on Friday. They have completed searching for various of food and glued on the project paper already. The next step is to add language info. including CH. characters, Pinyin and EN meaning for each item.

There are three reminders that I hope all other groups should try not to making the same avoidable mistakes. That is covering the KEY WORD. Please don’t cover Junk Food and Nutritious Food in the middle of two boxes. It’s essentially important to show and to highlight these two key words to classify clearly two categories of food.

In addition, try to attach different kinds of food to enrich the content of your project. It won’t be accepted if you attach 3 chips with different flavors or 4 kinds of fruit. variety of food will be highly expected.

Also, if there is a choice, of course, the appropriate size better and clear pictures will be better and more welcome. I am looking forward to see you and your partner’s wonderful and impressive work soon.

Below are two nice projects with beautiful pictures from two groups. They both work very hard to follow instructions and meet requirements. Good Job : ) It will be much better if they can make some minor changes which I have mentioned and explained above. Thanks!

Hsu Laoshi



Gr.7 Cooking Project-Happy Chef:用愛心給父母做一餐飯

 Dear all,
     Please find the enclosed files that all students have them in black and white. Below is the design about those three good copies which should be filled out, and attached on the poster. Color pictures on the good copy and answer all questions as well. In addition, you need to have at least 6 photos (one for each section of the cooking procedure). As for the title, each of you will receive a title to attach the poster, next Monday.
Dear parents,
    Please spare some time for your beloved child to serve you and to cook a meal for you. All your precious time and company will be greatly appreciated. Wish you and your sweet son or daughter a great time. Please enjoy the meals he or she cook for you. Furthermore, please don’t forget to give “stars” and comments showing your happiness and praise to your child. Thank you!
 G7 Project form-Cook for parents
G7 Cooking Project Criteria
G7 常見的蔬菜 肉類海鮮圖
G7 做菜過程拍照1-6 Cooking Pictures
G7 2016 菜色範例Picture & Cousin sample & criteria
G7 26 道家常菜圖片 Chinese Cuisine


Gr. 4 Skit Project:我不太舒服 not feeling well

Dear all,
Gr4s completed taking a quiz about all symptoms of sickness and some terms to describe and to use while not feeling well. Most of the students did a great job. And this is a good start to prepare for the next step of presenting a skit in front of the class.
All students also have know already their group members to play a skit. 4 people per group. The main characters could be the sick child, one parent, a doctor and a nurse.
Next week, we are going to focus on practice with clear instructions and some samples demonstrated in class. Through this assessment in Term three, all students are expected to show their conversational skills and verbal progress in Mandarin. Some costume, props and active body language will be very welcome based on the result of discussion for each group.

G4 生病了 本文 TEXT-sickness

G4 補充生病描述 Symptoms




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Hsu Laoshi

Topic Test Notice for Gr. 4 & 5

Dear all,

In this month of May, the students have studied a short Chinese poem related with mothers, they also make a mother’s card to praise their loving and caring mother.

After that, they have learned a Chinese famous story 孟母三遷. It’s about a great mom moving for three times in order to find a good learning environment for her son. There are two short videos of the story played and discussed in class, They have completed doing various practice. The worksheets also have been discussed together in class.

Please be noticed that the topic evaluation will be postponed to Next Tuesday, May 24 due to noon dismissal and an earthquake drill on Friday, May 20. Hence, there will be more time for students to review and to study for the test. Please find attached, the notice and format including a few sample questions.

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God bless,

Angela Hsu

Mandarin Test Notice for Gr. 6 & 7

Dear all,

In this month of May, the students have studied a short Chinese poem related with mothers, they also make a mother’s card to praise their loving and caring mother.

After that, they have learned a letter written by a mom. It’s about the words in mom’s heart. They have completed doing various practice and worksheets.

Please be noticed that the topic evaluation will be postponed to Next Tuesday, May 24 due to noon dismissal and an earthquake drill on Friday, May 20. Hence, there will be more time for students to review and to study for the test. Please find attached, the notice and format including a few sample questions.

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God bless,

Angela Hsu

Parent volunteers WANTED on Feb.1-3

Dear parents,

The Chinese New Year is on the corner and an entire school celebration is coming soon. There will be a Chinese New Year Thanksgiving Mass and big celebration including students’ amazing performances and a professional Lion Dance as well on Feb. 3. from 9am to 12pm.

There will be some preparation in advance and on Wednesday as well which are needed to help out.

Below are the parts you might be available to give a helping hand. Please also spread out the info. to any parents who are interested in joining the team work. ppp hours will be granted accordingly.

1) Monday morning, Feb.1 from 9 to 12pm: 3 or 4 parents for school decoration and gym set up, props assistance

2) Tuesday morning, Feb.2 from 9 to 12pm: 2 parents– for red envelops and candies preparation, props assistance(16 classes),

3) Wednesday morning, Feb. 3 from 9 to 12pm: 2 parents to be photographers those who have HD cell phone or good quality camera to help to take pictures during the Mass at our church, and celebration) ; other 2 parents those who can help take HD videos including the Lion dance and all performances from K to Gr. 7 and the finale (the entire school). Please bring your own familiar video, camera or cell phone. Thanks!

Please reply to me ASAP. Your continuous support and helping hands will be greatly appreciated! May God repay you abundantly. Please report to the Chinese Corner on 3F at 8:45am to meet me. Thanks!

Hsu Laoshi,

Mandarin department






Mandarin Test Notice

Pencil__Eraser_1 Mandarin test notice-Recall the passing year

Dear all,

All students have known since last week there will be a test on Friday, Dec. 11 for this unit. They all had received the test notice on Monday. We had went through the notice especially the format that students always concern the most. I even demonstrated some sample questions and discussed the answers together in class for each test format .

This will be the first important test for Term Two. I believe they can do well if they took notes in class and complete their various practice on time based on the learning pass. Hopefully parents can remind them to review and get ready for it.


Hsu Laoshi

Gr.6-7 Project Format for Nine Style Boxes, 九宮格

Dear all,

Since many of you have practiced to find related examples or solid items for your homework.

For this project, please try your best to apply the “umbrella shape” to the theme you had picked today in class.

I hope to see you to integrate the knowledge you have and the result after searching some other information through the Internet. Below is the “Format” which has been showed in class. Please review the notes for your reference. It will be always better to write down all words on your draft paper before working the formal card.

I am looking forward to seeing your remarkable projects.

Hsu Laoshi


The Project Format-九宮格

Feb. 14 -Parent Orientation Handouts and Pictures

Dear all parents,

Thank you very much for signing up as the parent volunteers for the meaningful cultural activity. I appreciate you came to school for the orientation this afternoon from 2-4pm. Please find attached the handouts which have showed them to you during the orientation regarding the instructions you are going to follow and the images to guide you what three types of dumplings the students are going to make. Below are two attachments.

Schedule for parents-the CNY event

Handouts with steps and pics for making dumpling

In addition, another attachment is about the schedule in detail and various tasks you are going to help and achieve on next Tuesday afternoon. You are expected to review at home before Tuesday. Also it will great if you can print out with colors, that will be even clearer. If not, it will be no problem. you are going to receive the copies in black and white together with all materials at Chinese Corner next Tuesday at 12:30pm. Please be ON TIME! Thanks for your attention.

Note: after setting up ready in the classroom, please meet Mandarin teachers or two TAs, Ms. Xie and Ms. Lam for other helps from 1-2pm. WE really help some hands. Please look the handout and let us know if you can help taking pictures, videos or help out around the stages, etc. Please email me at: and please come to me when you arrive at Chinese corner for registration. Great appreciated!

With all your kind help and clear instructions, I believe that our children will have a good time enjoying the whole event.

ps. just to confirm some parents’ doubts. Yes, you’re right. you don’t have to buy any meat or ingredients on Monday and to make the real filling. All students will receive play-doh instead.

Note: all parents signed up as a parent volunteer must attend on Tuesday and help for the whole celebration in the afternoon. This is the purpose to host the orientation this afternoon and to help you to get ready to instruct kids making dumplings.

Finally, here are some pictures taken during the orientation. You did a great job:)


Gr.1 parents

Gr.3 parents

Gr.4 parents

Gr.5 parents

Gr.6 parents

Gr.7 parents

Gr.K parents






Angela, Hsu Laoshi




Gr.4-7 Qiǎo hǔ Chinese learning videos #1-3 巧虎學漢字/学汉字

Dear students,

The well-known character of cartoons named Qiao-hu 巧虎,Qiǎo hǔ, is learning Mandarin Chinese, too.

Let’s learn with Qiao-hu through watching these fun and interesting videos of the stories of CH. characters.

I am going to upload three short videos (#1-3) for the first time . Each of them lasts only around 2 or 3 minutes, However, they will be very impressive and helpful for you to learn and memorize these very basic and important characters. You are going to see those characters quite often in our textbook and learning materials. Some or Most of them you have learned in #1-3

in the first video- #1, there will be six Chinese characters introduced. Please take notes on a piece of cue card or a line paper and practice writing twice. Also, you are supposed to bring them back to school on Friday.

in the second video- #2, you are going to learn nine characters. However, 3 of them already have been mentioned in video #1. It means that some words will be repeated in the following videos in order to meet the need of fun stories created in different videos. Please write them down on the cue card as well.

In the third video- #3, there will other five CH. characters will be introduced. Do you know what are they?

We are going to discuss them in class on Friday. Hopefully you will enjoy watching them on Thursday, the teacher parents interview day and some other weekends when you are available.

Hsu Laoshi


word_document_logo Qiaohu learning Chinese Video #1-3