Winter Holiday Vocabulary in Mandarin and Freebie! 冬天节日

December 1, 2021 No Comments

The key to teaching winter holiday vocabulary is to choose words that are both interesting and relevant to students. For example, instead of focusing on the “圣诞“ in ”圣诞树” I focus on the word ” which is useful to students beyond this lesson.

Useful Vocabulary (有用的词汇)

Christmas 圣诞节 (shèng dàn jié)

Hanukkah 光明节 (guāng míng jié)

Kwanza 宽扎姐 (kuān zhā jié) *While this is not a commonly used word it is important for diversity and inlcusion of all winter celebrations

Holiday 节日 (jié rì)

Happy 快乐 (kuài lè)

Santa (圣诞)老人 (shèng dàn lǎo rén)

Christmas Tree (圣诞)树 (shèng dàn shù)

Reindeer 驯鹿 (xùn lù)

Present 礼物 (lǐ wù)

Stocking 袜子 (wà zi)

Eat Candy 吃糖果 (chī táng guǒ)

Drink Hot Chocolate 喝热可可 (hē rè kě kě)

Sled 雪橇 (Xuě qiāo)

Toy 玩具 (Wán jù)

Candle 蜡烛 (Là zhú)

Menorah 蜡烛台 (Là zhú tái )

Winter 冬天 (dōng tiān)

Celebrate 庆祝 (qìng zhù)

Winter Break (寒假) (hán jià)

Interactive Winter Activity

Looking for a great activity for Mandarin class before winter break? Look no further! Have so much fun practicing relevant and diverse holiday words in Mandarin Chinese. These Google Slides include relevant vocabulary, practice dialogues and a pattern story students will love.

Also, check out the FREE activity booklet companion to the slides. Click below to download

Rachel Avrick

Originally from Washington D.C., I moved to Hong Kong when I was 19 to work for a charity in the Philippines. After one year in Asia I had fallen in love with the Chinese language and culture. I lived in Greater China for another 6 years in places like Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. While in Asia, I worked in education, non-profit, and finance. I double majored in Economics and Chinese with a minor in Asia Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Most recently I received my masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. I love creating fun and engaging Mandarin lessons for students especially in elementary.

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