19 February 2011

It’s hot! Don’t touch!

Kids are not aware of the dangers in their surroundings most of the time.  How often do you have to warn your little ones about a hot object and restrain them from touching it?  Time and again, I hear people say “! 不要碰!”

“烧”(shāo) is a verb. It means to heat up or to burn.  It is not an adjective to describe the hotness of an object.  Eg. 烧一壶水, or 烧水, but here it means boil the water, not hot water.

When we say “烧”in this contextwe actually mean“热” (rè)  or “烫” (tàng). “热”describes an object that is hot, and “烫”when it’s scalding hot.
Eg. 这杯水是热的 (vs 这杯水是冷的)

Extracted from Times Advanced Chinese Dictionary (时代高级汉语词典):




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I started 开心屋 - Happy Cottage because I have 凯 and 欣 in the house. Together they are the 开心 (sounds like) team.

Mommy loves Chinese language and is a big fan of Chinese story books. Thus the kids often receive interesting children Chinese story books from mommy. Many of the children Chinese story books are so beautifully drawn and well written that I like to read them myself.

Learning and loving the language is not an easy task in Singapore as our environment is not condusive enough for such learning. Thus I believe I have to create such an environment at home. Through daily communication in Mandarin and regular reading of the Chinese materials, I hope to cultivate their likings for the language. You can find many of the books in the Book Store.

Besides introducing children Chinese story books to you, I would also like to share some learning resources and tips on the usage of the language here. I've met some parents, in their best attempt to communicate with their kids in Mandarin, misread some words or used an incorrect sentence structure. You can find the information in the tabs above.

So, why is this blog written in English? I know of many parents who have kinda lost touch with the language. If I were to share in Chinese, then it may not be as effective.

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