春节到了- Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is upon us – February 3rd.  The tiger is giving way to the rabbit and preparations to celebrate the new year will be well underway amongst Chinese communities across the world.

At school we will be marking this by listening to (and learning) some songs and doing some paper cutting.  There is an introduction to this art on this video.

Youtube has any number of Chinese New Year songs but I’ve decided to focus on this one as the Mandarin subtitles are clear to read, the simple images match the words and there is a translation into English at the top – it also ties in nicely with weather and climate that we’ve been looking at recently, so it will be an opportunity for my pupils to pick out the words they recognise.  To use in class  I’ve taken a series of screen shots and added subtitles in Pinyin as well (I’ve added a fade out animation to the Pinyin to help my students towards recognising characters).  It’s perhaps not the kindest on the ear to listen to but I’ve found a couple of other versions of the same song for us to sing along to, once we’ve got the basics done. 

The M-Girls, who specialize in releasing albums at  Chinese New Year  have a nice medley of various songs including 恭喜恭喜 at the beginning.   咚隆咚枪, sung here by a different artist also features on their video.

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