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Short Vowels Worksheet

28 Nov

Here is a Worksheet to help students practice the short vowels!

Random Chinese ~ Numbers

14 May

Now that I’m living here in China, I’m starting to pick up a little bit of Chinese 🙂 Some of this is from classes, some from my textbook, and most from talking to the locals. But knowing Chinese is very important here, since the English of the older generations (who manage the businesses) is still not very fluent.  

I thought I’d share a few words as I learn them; maybe they will help other new laowai (foreigners) who come to check China out 🙂

Warning, DeceptivelyBlonde (DB) pronunciation uses no tones and is only meant to get you by if needs must 🙂 It’s the redneck Chinese.


Number = Character = Pinyin = DB Pronunciation

The Numbers are pretty easy – you need to know 1-10, 100, 1,000, and 10,000. Then you’re pretty much done and can put them together.

0 Líng Leeng
1 Eee
2 Èr Are
3 Sān Sahn
4 Seuh
5 Woouh
6 Liù Lew
7 Chee
8 Bah
9 Jiǔ Jeew
10 Shí Shur
20 二十 ÈrShí 2 + 10 AreShur
100 一百 YīBǎi 1 + 100 EeeBai
1,000 一千 YīQiān 1 + 1000 Eee Cheeahn
10,000 一万 Yī Wàn 1 + 10,000 Eee Wahn

Advanced Numbers

Once you have these foundational numbers, you can start putting together all the other numbers!

Basically, do the following order:

  • Number of 10,000s
  • Number of 1,000s
  • Number of 100s
  • Number of 10s
  • Number of 1s
132 一百三十二 YīBǎi SānShí èr (1 x 100)(3 x 10)(2) Eee Bai Sahn Shur Are
1,132 一千一百三十二 YīQiān YīBǎi SānShí èr (1 x 1000)(1 x 100)(3 x 10) (2) Eee Cheeahn Eee Bai Sahn Shur Are
11,132 一万一千一百三十二 YīWàn YīQiān YīBǎi SānShí èr (1 x 10,000))(1 x 1000)(1 x 100)(3 x 10)(2) Eee Wahn Eee Cheeahn Eee Bai Sahn Shur Are
111,132 十一万一千一百三十二 ShíYīWàn YīQiān YīBǎi SānShí èr (11 x 10,000)(1 x 1000)(1 x 100)(3 x 10)(2) Shur Eee Wahn Eee Cheeahn Eee Bai Sahn Shur Are
1,111,132 一百十一万一千一百三十二 YīBǎi ShíYī Wàn Yīqiān Yībǎi SānShí èr (111 x 10,000)(1 x 1000)(1 x 100)(3 x 10)(2) Eee Bai Shur Eee Wahn Eee Cheeahn Eee Bai Sahn Shur Are

See, easy!

ESL Trouble

7 Nov

My students are all Senior’s in college, and as such are prepping for their big college entrance examinations / English proficiency exams.  Many of the come to me looking for help with their papers and writing practice, and I’ve been noticing a particular trend in their work.

They almost all have excellent understanding of noun, verb, adverb, adjective placement; however, two significant blocks for them are the Prepositions and the Articles (a, an, the).  The students simply don’t understand how those words fit in with everything else.

So I pulled together a brief list of practice worksheets I found on the internet.  Just in case someone else was interested, here they are!

“A preposition is a part of speech, just like a noun or a verb. It connects a noun or pronoun to another word in the sentence, showing us the relationship between them. Prepositions usually answer the questions where? or when?, telling us about a person or object’s location in either time or space.”
Articles (A, An, The)
http://esllibrary.weebly.com/uploads/2/1/7/8/2178024/articles.pdf (Helpful, but maybe confusing? ~ the rules)
Hope something here is useful!

Adulthood Lesson #1: Maintain a Personal Information Worksheet

5 Apr

To a child, every event, every move seems unforgettable.  And Teens can’t imagine every forgetting the name of that annoying boss at the deli who makes them work on Friday’s date night.  But eventually you grow up and life moves on, taking you with it.  

By the time you’ve gone to college, started a family, worked 5+ jobs, and have a home phone, family phone, cell phone, and skype phone, you’ll start realizing that keeping all that old information separate in your brain gets more and more difficult.  

However, eventually you’re probably going to find that  as you start looking for work, taking important tests, filing taxes, getting licenses, etc. that you will often need on hand a lot of that information from your past.  Some forms may ask you for the name and address of every company you’ve ever worked for (i.e. Certification Exams).  Maybe they need a list of all your home addresses for a background check (Law School).  Maybe you need to have on hand your ex-husband’s SSN# for a government form (i.e. if you’re audited).  

It’s a lot easier to keep track of all that information if you do it as you go along.  So for simplicity’s sake: 

Keep a Record Of All Your Important Work/Personal Info

Maintain an Excel or Word spreadsheet that has all of your important work, education, and personal information.  Keep it up to date; as soon as you marry add the date and county where it was registered into the form.  When you get divorced, go stick the date and presiding county name in your worksheet.  When you start a job add the date; when you quit, add that too.  A good list of things you might need to have on hand includes:

  • Your Personal Information
    • SSN#
    • Passport #
    • Home Addresses (for everywhere you’ve ever lived including dorms).
    • Dates of Residence
    • List of Information relating to any legal trouble you’ve had (including arrests, tickets, citations, etc.)
  • Family’s Personal Information
    • Spouse/Ex
      • Full Name
      • SSN#
      • Date of Birth
      • Date Married/Location of Certificate
      • Date Divorced / Location of Decree
    • Children
      • Full Name
      • SSN#
      • Date of Birth
    • Parents
      • Full Name
      • SSN#
      • Date of Birth
  • Educational Information
    • Name & Address of your High School/ Graduation month and year)
    • Name & Address of any Community Colleges or other such schools/ Dates of Attendance / Graduation Month & Year
    • Name & Address of any Undergraduate Colleges You attended / Dates of Attendance / Graduation Month & Year
    • Name & Address of any Graduate Colleges you Attended / Dates of Attendance / Graduation Month & Year
    • List information relating to any academic problems you’ve had (Probation/Expulsion/Discipline)
    • Important Test (ACT/SAT/GRE/GED) Scores / Dates Taken
  • Employment Information
    • Name of Employer
    • Name of Supervisor
    • Job Title
    • Description of Job Position
    • Address of Employer
    • Dates Employed
    • Name / Address / Contact Information for Potential Recommendations
  • Additional Information
    • Clubs, Organizations, etc. That You Are A Member Of / Dates of Membership
    • Honor’s Awarded 

I’ve drawn up a sample of the Word worksheet I use and uploaded it to Dropbox.  You can find it here.  

While it’s a good idea to have this saved in writing or on your computer, remember that it is all confidential information (and likely the answer to many security questions for online accounts) so don’t share it with other people.  Keep it in a very safe place!

Finally, A Toast To Making Life Easier!

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