hǎo Jí Le! Activities for beginners

Hǎo Jí Le! Activities for beginners

AUTHOR: Margaret Fuary and Deborah Kessler

ISBN: 9781863666633


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Hǎo Jí Le! Activities for beginners


Hǎo Jí Le! Activities for beginners has been written for students who are beginning and consolidating their Japanese language studies. It features a vast range of engaging activities, based on familiar topics. Hǎo Jí Le! can be used with any classroom program, or to underpin and extend learning from the Tài hǎo Le! CD-ROM.

Here you will find:

  • Extending the Learning Worksheets for every topic. These downloadable (pdf) activities focus on examining authentic texts, researching Chinese culture and using information technology effectively in the LOTE classroom.
  • Character practice in writing and learning Chinese characters.
  • A Program Chart (pdf) that provides an overview of the grammar and language structures covered in Hǎo Jí Le!
  • A list of useful weblinks for student research and teacher support.
  • A Word Bank (pdf/Word) for students to download and add to.


These downloadable (pdf) activities can be used for learning centre tasks or
independent research.

Each worksheet provides opportunities for students to:

  • Read and examine an authentic piece of Chinese text (Reality check).
  • Find out about Chinese culture through active research (Eye on China).
  • Use information technology to enhance language learning (Let's get technical).

The following worksheets are provided in the pdf format (file sizes less than 200Kb).

Character practice

Every topic introduces some basic characters to be memorised. The stroke order of each character is provided, so that students can work independently.

For example:

It is recommended that students trace the stroke order with their fingernail several times before attempting to write in the practice squares. When writing students are advides to use the "look, say, cover, write, check" method.

The following character practice worksheets (pdf) are organised by chapter then theme.



好 hǎo – good, 早 zǎo – early, 你 nǐ – you, 们 men (suffix), 吗 ma (interrogative particle)

One, two, three, ...

一 yī – one, 二 èr – two , 三 sān – three , 四 sì – four , 五 wǔ – five, 六 liù – six , 七 qī – seven, 八 bā – eight, 九 jiǔ – nine, 十 shí – ten

My body

头 tóu – head, 大 dà – big, 小 xiǎo – small

Who am I?

我 wǒ – I/me, 叫 jiào – to call, 岁 suì – years of age, 中 zhōng – middle (part of 中國 zhōngguó = China), 國 guó – counrty (part of 中國 zhōngguó = China).

At Home

My family

妈妈 māma – mum, 姐姐 jiějie – elder sisiter, 妹妹 mèi– little sister, 爸爸 bàba – dad, 哥哥 gēge – older brother, 弟弟 dìdi – little brother, 这 zhè – this, 不 bù – not/no, 是 shì – is/am, 的 de – (indicates possession)

My things

白 bái – white, 红 hóng – red, 色 sè – colour, 没 méi – (negates verbs), 有 yǒu – have, 本子 běnzi – textbook

My clothes

穿 chuān – wear, 毛 máo – wool (part of 毛衣 máoyī = jumper), 衣 yī – clothing (part of 毛衣 máoyī = jumper), 太 tài – too

My house

在 zài – in (directional complement) , 上 shàng – on/above, 下 xià – under/below, 桌 zhuō – (part of 桌子 zhuōzi = table), 子 zi – (part of 桌子 zhuōzi = table), 哪 nǎ – where, 面miàn – side/surface

My Day


几 ǐ – how many, 点 diǎn – o'clock, 半 bàn – half, 现 xiàn – now (part of 现在 xiànzài = now), 在 zài – in (part of 现在 xiànzài = now),

Going places

去 qù – to go, 不 bù – no/not, 会 huì – can/know how to, 天 tiān – shy/heaven, xīng xīng – (part of xīng期 xīngqī = period of time), 期 qī (part of xīng期 xīngqī = period of time)

Let's eat

吃 chī – to eat, 想 xiǎng – to think/to want, 炒 chǎo – stirfry, 晚 wǎn – evening (part of 晚饭 wǎnfàn = dinner), 饭 fàn – (part of 晚饭 wǎnfàn = dinner)

What to do?

祂 tā – he, 她 tā – she, 看 kàn – to read, 书 shū – book

Out and About

Let's play

打 dǎ – to play, 籃 Ián – basket (part of 籃球 Iánquì = basketball), 球 quì – ball (part of 籃球 Iánquì = basketball), 踢 tī – kick (part of 踢足球 tīzúzú = play soccer), 足 zú – feet (part of 踢足球 tīzúzú = play soccer), 球 quì – ball (part of 踢足球 tīzúzú = play soccer), 火 huǒ – fire (part of 火车 huǒchē = train), 车 chē – vehicle (part of 火车 huǒchē = train), 跑 pǎo – run (part of 跑步 pǎo bù = run), 步 bù – step (part of 跑步 pǎo bù = run), 喜 xǐ – happiness (part of 喜欢 xǐhuān = to like), 欢 huān – joy (part of 喜欢 xǐhuān = to like), 不 bù – no/not (part of 不喜很 bùxǐhěn = don't like), 很 hěn – (part of 很喜欢 hěn xǐhuān = to really like)

Getting aorund

坐 zuò – to sit/to go by, 公 gōng – public (part of 公园 gōngyuán = park), 园 yuán – park (part of 公园 gōngyuán = park), 汽 qì – steam (part of 汽车 qìchē = car), 车 chē – vehicle (part of 汽车 qìchē = car, 火 huǒ – fire (part of 火车 huǒchē = train), 车 chē – vehicle (part of 火车 huǒchē = train)

The weather

気 qì – air, 雨 yǔ – rain, 雪 xuě – snow, 冷 lěng – cold, 月 yuè – month


什 shén – (part of 什么 shén– = what), 么 me – (part of 什么 shén– = what), 鸟 niǎo – bird, 动 dòng – move (part of 动物 dòngwù = animal), 物 wù – thing (part of 动物 dòngwù = animal), 羊 yáng – sheep


Program chart

The Chinese language Program chart has been developed to that provides an overview of the grammar and language structures covered in hǎo Jí Le!

Download the following document from the link below:


General Chinese Links

China today
A comprehensive Chinese government official site on a wide range of topics, including geography, economics, an online art show/opera, wax-printing art, schooling, zodiacs, wedding customs, traditional garden design and food.

China the beautiful
Provides information on more than forty topics with over 2000 weblinks.



Hello (p 2)

China at a glance
Presents an excellent introduction to facts and figures about China from an official viewpoint.

Chinese manners in daily life
Find out some hints on Chinese etiquette.

Send a Chinese e-card
Find authentic Chinese e-card designs for New Year, Moon Festival, Mother's Day and many other occasions.

1, 2, 3...

Animated characters provide an eye-catching introduction to, or revision of, correct strokes for numbers.

Who am I?

What is your Chinese name
Get your own Chinese name based on your English name, and find out your sign in the Chinese zodiac!

Chinese names for English given names
Provides a list of some common English names with Chinese characters.

China at a glance
Learn about China's geography, history, population and customs.

How to write different countries with Chinese characters.


At home

My family

Chinese families and names
This site from the Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding gives a brief introduction to the names of family members.

My things

Fun sites for window-shopping for Chinese toys and dolls. Note: this is a commercial shopping site.

My clothes
Learn about traditional Chinese clothing.

My house

Chinese furniture
Find pictures and information about distinctive traditional Chinese furniture.

House architecture
An excellent introduction to various architectural designs and structures found in China, including the Chinese compound house.

Beijing's hutong
A hutong is one of several thousand ancient alleys or lanes surrounding the Forbidden City in Beijing.


My day


The Chinese calendar
A detailed explanation of the history and complexities of the lunar calendar, plus a straightforward introduction to the twelve-year animal zodiac cycle.

Going places

China virtual tours
Find out what to see and do in China.

Let's eat

Welcome to Chinese recipe corner
Provides an overview on regional cuisines and heaps of recipes.

Fortune cookie decoration
Make your own fortune cookies.

What to do?

Learn how to write pronouns in Chinese characters with the help of animated characters.

The kite (fengzheng)
Discover the history of kites and kite-flying in China.

Brush paintings
Learn how to do this Chinese traditional craft.

Vitual China: Music
Tap into reviews, events and what's new in the music world in China today.


Out and about

Let's play

Olympics 2008
This is the official site for the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

Presents illustrations of Chinese chess pieces and board, as well as the history and rules of the game.

Xiangqi: the game of Chinese chess
Learn how to play Chinese chess.

Getting around

Bicycles in China
There are more than 400 million bicycles in China! Find out more at this site.

A brief illustrated look at the main forms of transport in China, including pedicabs.

The weather

Images from popular tourist destination Kunming.

BBC weather centre
BBC weather report for China.

Weather report
Click on the weather icon of each city on the map and the temperature pops up in the margin.


Endangered animals in China
Information about China's endangered species and wildlife reserves.

Chinese zodiac
Learn about the twelve animal signs and what they mean.< http://www.c-c-c.org/chineseculture/zodiac/zodiac.html

Dragons in ancient China
The dragon occupies a very important position in Chinese mythology. Find out why.



Access Asia
Images from on a study tour to China undertaken by a group of twenty-two Australian teachers in 1999.

Golden Threads: The Chinese in regional NSW 1850-1950
This project celebrates the contribution of Chinese-Australians to our history through stories and exhibitions.b http://amol.org.au/goldenthreads/

Chinese coin and charm images
Learn how to read and identify ancient Chinese coins.

The Age newspaper
Today's news translated into Chinese.

Asia Tour
Provides information on the country and its people, and general travel information.

Chinese New Year Crafts
Easy-to-follow directions for making crafts related to the celebration of Chinese New Year.

Six Chinese folk and fairy tales
Read and discuss traditional Chinese stories.

Six paths to China: six strategies for using the web for learning
Six activities created as models for integrating the Web into classroom learning, including Chinese proverbs and a scrapbook of images.

Destination China
Lonely Planet's informative guide to visiting China. Don't miss the interactive map and the excellent slideshow.

Interactive Chinese characters
Look and listen to thirty-one inspirational Chinese words.

Writing Chinese characters
Some basic rules for writing Chinese characters.

The life history and teachings of Confucius.



The Chinese language Word Bank has been developed as a Word document template for users to add to, delete and personalise to their own requirements.

To view the Chinese fonts on Windows 98 or higher, click here to download the Global IME from the Microsoft website.

If you do not have access to Windows, please use the pdf below.