January 11, 2005

Chinese Numbers and Chinese Colors

Here is a list of a way to say basic colors in Chinese and how to represent the numbers with your fingers from 1-10 put together by one of the moms in our hs support group and presented today at our coop.


Red - hong se
(hong) (su)

Yellow - huang se
(open mouth from small to big when saying "huang")

Green - lu yan se
(loo) (su)

Blue - lan yan se
(put your tongue on your teeth when saying "lan")

Orange - ju huang se
(like saying "juice")

Pink - fen hong
(su)

Purple - zi yan se
(put your teeth together when saying "zi")


Counting 1-10 With Hands In Chinese:

1 - pointer finger held up.

2 - pointer and middle finger held up.

3 - pinkie, ring, and middle finger held up.

4 - all fingers held up except thumb.

5 - all fingers held up.

6 - pinkie and thumb finger held up, middle fingers down.

7 - pointer finger and middle finger come together and touch down on thumb.

8 - thumb pointing up with pointer finger pointing out. Other fingers down.

9 - all fingers down like a fist except the pointer finger is up but bent down like a crooked finger.

10 - all fingers down except the pointer finger and middle finger up and crossing over each other.

Note to readers: This is in no way an "official" Chinese translation. This was a lesson put together to let very young children play with the Chinese language. I have had several comments about some innacuries, some written in ways I will not republish. I have corrected what has been pointed out to me. However, I encourage you to do more research before you present this and realize I am not an expert or even a novice in Chinese. I merely offer you what we did and the kids enjoyed. None of us thought we were teaching the kids Chinese or Mandarin in an official way.

Peace,
Tenn

4 comments:

  1. I now know that I will never speak Chinese, but that was quite interesting. I did like the counting thing, which I think I can handle! Perhaps I'll teach those to my students at school.

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  2. Wow, I was keeping up so well until ten... I haven't the dexterity to pull that one off. I'd be the kid with the counting finger lisp.

    This was very intersting. Thanks!
    Dy

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  3. Dy, you're in luck!

    In other parts of China, they make "10" just by closing the fist, fingers towards you.

    Or sometimes, you can make a cross with both hands, rather than with two fingers.

    J.
    (just a random passer-by)

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  4. Anonymous6:07 PM

    Chinese numbers for children - free PDF. Download the PDF from here: http://www.wintranslation.com/images/Chinese_numbers.pdf

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