Chinese Calligraphy

St. Philip’s school welcomed four Chinese students into our classrooms this week, and we were lucky enough to learn all about calligraphy.  We watched carefully as the skilful Leo (the English version of his name) painted beautiful words and numbers for us under the visualiser.  Daisy, who spoke very good English, taught us how to pronounce the words in Chinese and told us what they meant.  As Leo was forming one word, he said to Daisy that he would eat his hat if anyone guessed the word he was writing! He must have momentarily forgotten about Tom – our resident expert in Chinese – who already knew many of the words, and was able to have a good guess at the tricky one that Leo was forming for us.  I believe the word was ‘rooster’ – is that right Tom – or perhaps it was ‘chicken’?  How many meanings and pronunciations can you remember, Osprey class?


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