My Bilingual Chart : Xīngqī

Dàjiā hǎo (大家好)!!  It’s been quite some time since my last post. To make up for lost time I’ll be sharing several cool projects that I’ve been working on.

I always been really into DIY projects for toddlers. I’ve gotten a lot of my inspiration from preschool activities and charts. One of my fondest memories in preschool was sitting in a circle and singing the days of the week, months of the year, etc. With that in mind I thought it would be great to create a dual language chart for Ryann Ashlee. I started with a ‘Days of the Week’ chart. With this chart I made sure to incorporate not only the pinyin translation of the corresponding word but the character as well. As she’s learning to read and write, having the Chinese characters alongside the pinyin pronunciation is crucial. I want Ryann Ashlee to be able to recognize, read, and write the characters with ease.

In mandarin the days of the week follow a simple format. For the days of the week you simply use the word for ‘week’ followed by the number for that day.

The word for week is xīngqī. Since the week starts off with Monday (day one) Monday would translate to xīngqī yī (星期一). Tuesday would be xīngqī èr (星期二), Wednesday: xīngqī sān (星期三), Thursday: xīngqī sì (星期四), Friday: xīngqī wǔ(星期四), and Saturday: xīngqī liù (星期六).

Now you’d expect the rule for Sunday to follow and be the word ‘week’ followed by seven but instead it breaks the rule and xīngqī is followed by either tiān(天) or rì (日). Both tiān(天) or rì (日) mean day.

Memorizing the days of the week in Mandarin is an easy feat if you put your mind to it. I hope you enjoyed this post. Stayed tuned for my next post on parts of a plant.

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❤️ Mommy Britt -XO

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