In this post, we discuss another feature: forming a new word by combining two antonyms.
Learning new characters is no doubt a great way to expand a child’s vocabulary. However, you can also introduce new words to your child based on characters they have already learnt, since Chinese words are but combinations of characters. Introducing new words this way helps them understand the relationship between the new word and the words they already knew. It can also stimulate their linguistic understanding and deepen their comprehension of not only the language, but also of the culture and the people’s mentality.
Here, we have chosen twenty characters from the Sagebooks curriculum which form ten new words. This serves as an introduction to this method of forming words.
|字(1)||Word 1||字(2)||Word 2||新組詞||New Word|
|痛||Pain / Suffer||快||Fast / Happy||痛快||Delighted, To one's heart's content|
|早||Early / Morning||晚||Late / Night||早晚||Sooner or later|
|左||Left side||右||Right side||左右||To influence|
|出||Out||入||In||出入||Discrepancy / Exit and Entrance|
|多||Many||少||Few||多少||How many? / A certain amount or extend|
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We have prepared summary sheets of these 10 words, in both Traditional and Simplified Chinese versions, for free download.
Pre-print word cards: simply cut them out and let your child play with them to become familiar with them.
Activity word cards let your child practice the beginning or the end of each word. You could also cut out each character (below) and ask your child to put them at the correct position on the word cards.
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要是你或孩子對反義詞感興趣，歡迎參閱：看漫畫學反義詞 Antonym Challenge (in comic)
The meanings of the above 10 words are related to each of the characters in the word. Please take the time to explain each of them to your child. It will spark their interest to learn more of the language, or languages on the whole.
Flip-Flop Fun is a set of books that focuses on the study of antonyms and synonyms. It helps your child to learn more words such as those listed in the above table.
All of those characters are taught in the Sagebooks curriculum.
For more reading activity on antonyms, please read：看漫畫學反義詞 Antonym Challenge (in comic)