Fun Ways to practice Chinese Classifiers

As we discussed previously, teaching your children proper Chinese grammar is a vital part of Chinese fluency. However, teaching children grammar doesn’t have to be tedious or boring. Today’s activities will focus on classifiers which count nouns, because it is a very simple way to make your children sound more like native speakers.

 ACTIVITY OF THE WEEK 

Since most non-native speakers default to the classifier 個/gè/ for everything, we will slowly introduce different classifiers to your children via three simple activities.


 Classifier Activity 1 

 WHAT YOU NEED 

- (optional) Flash cards (either your own, or you can try the new Basic Chinese 500 Study Cards)

 HOW TO PREPARE 

- Pull out or write 3-5 classifier word cards
- Pull out or write 3-5 character cards that go with each classifier
- Mix the character cards up and put face down

Matching Classifiers Activity (age 3+, single or multi person)

1. Place the 3-5 classifier word cards face up.
2. Have the first player choose a character card and read it.
3. Then, have the first player place the character card with the appropriate classifier word card.
4. Switch to next player (or alternatively, have the child keep going) until they’re done with the pile.

Depending on the age of your child, you can increase or decrease the difficulty level of the activity by using pictures instead of character cards to match the classifier cards; having more character cards and/or classifier word cards; and adding multi-character words. If your children are really young, you may want to use picture cards instead of character cards.

For your older kids, you may can have them earn bonus points by suggesting additional characters for the classifier word cards.

Matching Classifiers Activity


 Classifier Activity 2 

 WHAT YOU NEED 

- Sheets of paper
- Pen/Pencil
- Tokens (eg: coins, buttons, stones, chips, etc.)

 HOW TO PREPARE 

- Make a grid of 3x3 up to 5x5 (like a BINGO card) (multiple sheets)
- Pull out or write 10-15 classifier word cards
- Fill in the grid with a variety of characters that pair with the 10-15 classifier words cards (different characters or arrangement for each sheet)
- Put the 10-15 classifier word cards in a bowl or mix them up.

Classifiers BINGO Activity (age 3+, single or multi person)

1. Have each player choose a BINGO sheet
2. Pull out a classifier from the bowl or deck.
3. Say the classifier out loud (or, for a harder version, have your child read it)
4. Each player will look at their BINGO sheet and look for characters that would go with the classifier and place a token on the character. There can be more than one token placed per classifier depending on how the sheets are created.
5. First person to place a token on every square (or have a full vertical/horizontal/diagonal row) wins.

    

Depending on the age of your child, you can increase or decrease the difficulty level of the activity by using a bigger or smaller grid, characters that can be paired with multiple classifiers, or adding classifiers. If your children are really young, you may want to use pictures instead of characters on the BINGO sheets.


 Classifier Activity 3 

 WHAT YOU NEED 

- (optional) Flash cards (either your own, or you can try the new Basic Chinese 500 Study Cards)
- (optional) sheets of paper
- String, sticks, pencils

 HOW TO PREPARE 

- Pull out and place 3-5 classifier word card in one column (or write on a sheet of paper)
- Pull out or write 3-5 character cards that go with each classifier in another column (or write on a sheet of paper)
- MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT HAVE THE TWO COLUMNS ALREADY PAIRED.

Matching Classifiers Activity 3 (age 3+, single or multi person)

1. Have the first player match a set of measure word with the correct character using the string (or drawing a line on the paper)
2. Either have the child continue until they’re done matching or take turns with other players.

   

Again, depending on the age of your child, you can increase or decrease the difficulty level of the activity by using pictures instead of character cards to match the classifier word cards; increasing the number of character cards and/or classifier word cards; and adding multi-character words. If your children are really young, you may want to use picture cards instead of character cards.

You can also increase the difficulty level by having more classifiers than character cards or vice versa.

Matching Classifiers Activity


We would love to hear your comments and see pictures of your kids doing the activities. Make sure you join our Sagebooks HK Parent Support Facebook Group and share with us!

TIP OF THE WEEK

Don’t let perfection get in the way of good enough.

Many of our activities can seem intimidating if you tend towards perfectionism. But truthfully, they can be done in a quick and slapdash sort of manner. If you note, the BINGO card made was not fancy – it was just handwritten on a piece of paper.

Do what you need to get something done. Don’t worry about how pretty it is or “should be.” If your child can understand or use it, it’s perfect.

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