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Vocabulary: I’ll buy half a watermelon 我要半个西瓜。Strawberries 草莓They’re not in season. 还不到季节. durian 榴莲 papaya木瓜.
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Y: Cooking’s been really easy this week in the Chinese Studio, as we’ve been on a fruit diet. Welcome in everyone. Wo shi Y.
B: Da jia hao, wo shi B, and this experimental diet still has a few days to run. Come and join us for the final countdown.
Y: Oh, that does sound dramatic. And here’s a few keywords to keep us company on the way.
Key words of the day
I’ll buy half a watermelon 我要半个西瓜。Strawberries 草莓They’re not in season. 还不到季节. durian 榴莲 papaya木瓜. All in today’s Chinese Studio.
B: I’ve enjoyed the ping2 guo3, the apples, and the pu2 tao the grapes. Let’s try some xi1 gua1, watermelon today. Gee they are very mouth watering, but so big, how can I say, I just want half of one?
Y: Try this: wo3 yao4 ban4 ge4 xi1 gua1.
B: wo3 yao4 ban4 ge4 xi1 gua1.
Y: wo3 yao4 means I’d like to buy something,
B: wo3 yao4,
Y: ban4 ge4 means half a watermelon,
B: ban4 ge4,
Y: ban4 means half,
B: ban4,
Y: ge4 is the measure word for watermelon,
B: ge4,
Y: ban4 ge4, half a watermelon,
B: ban4 ge4,
Y: xi1 gua1, watermelon,
B: xi1 gua1,
Y: wo3 yao4 ban4 ge4 xi1 gua1.
B: wo3 yao4 ban4 ge4 xi1 gua1. I’ll have half a watermelon.

Conversations (1):

A: 我要半个西瓜。
B: 好的。

B: And I’d love some strawberries.
Y: They’re cao3 mei2.
B: Cao3 mei2,
Y: cao3 means straw and mei2 means berry,
B: got it, cao3 mei2, strawberries. Can you see any Y?
Y: No... I don’t think they’re in season now.
B: Oh too bad, perhaps you can teach me how to say that as consolation.
Y: You can say: 还不到季节
B: hai2 bu2 dao4 ji4 jie2.
Y: bu4 means not,
B: bu4,
Y: dao4 means to be in season,
B: dao4,
Y: hai2 bu2 dao4 means not yet in season
B: hai2 bu2 dao4
Y: ji4 jie2, season,
B: ji4 jie2.
Y: hai2 bu2 dao4 ji4 jie2
B: hai2 bu2 dao4 ji4 jie2 They are not in season.


Conversations (2):

A: 怎么没有卖草莓的?
B: 还不到季节呢。

B: Now before we leave the fruit stand, tell me Y, I’d love to buy something a little exotic, something I’m not used to.
Y: There is the perfect fruit over there. It’s large and spiky, and your nose will tell you exactly where it is.
B: Ah, that must be the infamous durian. It is large, and does have a certain odor to it, but not too unpleasant. Do you call it durian in Chinese as well?
Y: No, we call it liu2 lian2.
B: liu2 lian2.
Y: I can’t stand the smell of it. I would like to buy some mu4 gua1, papaya,
B: mu4 gua1.
Y: mu4 literally means wood,
B: mu4,
Y: and gua1 means melon,
B: gua1,
Y: mu4 gua1
B: mu4 gua1, papaya,


Conversations (3):

A: 你想吃榴莲吗?
B: 算了吧,我还是吃木瓜吧。

B: Hey Y, I think that durian was a bit too ripe, my stomach is telling me I’ve got to run, pretty soon.
Y: Always got to be mindful of hygiene, cleanliness is next to godliness, so I’ve heard, not that that is much comfort for you B, anyway, to get your mind onto something else here’s our question of the day,

Now question of the day: how do you say, “papaya” in Chinese.

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Background: Online Video Game will Aim to Teach Chinese Language, Culture

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When MSU announced a new partnership with the Chinese government Monday to create the MSU Confucius Institute, which will offer online language courses in Mandarin Chinese, it also embarked on a new concept in education.

Working with the China Central Radio and Television University in Beijing, MSU officials are creating an online immersive video game environment to help students learn Chinese language and culture.

"This concept is many years ahead of its time," said Yong Zhao, director of the U.S.-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence and an MSU education professor.

Carrie Heeter, director of the MSU Communication Technology Laboratory, believes games in education will increasingly become part of academic teaching tools in the future because they are deeply engaging. She said even commercial games require high levels of complex learning in order to master them.

"Games teach important skills like problem solving and teamwork," Heeter said.

She said the potential of games as learning tools has been unrealized thus far, because there are not many games in this category. Interactive, multi-player games fit very well with long-standing educational theories, she said.

"We individually and socially construct knowledge," Heeter said. "When we talk about the concepts of better teaching, we can see these (concepts) in the games, as well."

Nora Paul, director of the Institute for New Media Studies at the University of Minnesota, and her colleague at Minnesota, Professor Kathleen Hansen, have developed a role-playing simulation for use in some of their journalism classes.

The pair helped create a customized adventure using the popular Neverwinter Nights fantasy role-playing game by BioWare Corp., but converted the sword and sorcery world into a small U.S. town confronted with a hazardous chemical spill. Students play the role of rookie reporters at the town's newspaper and navigate through the world by interviewing sources and working with editors. The students complete their "adventure" by writing a news story on deadline.

"We were excited because the students really talked about the decisions and deliberated every move in the game," Paul said. "It really reinforced the book learning."

Paul said the students got what the instructors wanted them to get out of the experience, which was to practice what they had learned in class in a safe game environment.

Hansen said this idea of using video games to supplement student learning is just starting to unfold in U.S. academic circles, but the concept would accelerate in the future.

"We are at the beginning of a trend," Hansen said. "This will look like stone knives and bear skins in five years' time."

Zhao and his team at the U.S.-China center have been developing a video game for MSU's partnership with China that allows students to travel through a virtual world of Chinese culture, learning how to interact with other characters as they improve their language skills.

The game begins in a rural Chinese village, and the player must master some beginning Chinese vocabulary to earn enough experience to move to the city.

The game works because it teaches players in a social environment, Zhao said, with players interacting in an online world. The format allows players to help each other learn, and get more experience while doing it. He said he hopes to have a version ready for about 200 play-testers before late December.

The purpose is not to replace traditional teaching methods, but to supplement them, Zhao said.

"The most important thing is motivation," Zhao said. "Working hard to achieve a goal is intrinsic in a game. In this game, you use language to achieve your goals and access more content."

Kirby Milton, chief technology officer for the Michigan Virtual University, said he was eager to add the game to supplement the existing Chinese language online classes currently being piloted and will start this fall as part of the MSU Confucius Institute.

He said the online environment has proven effective.

"It's a very powerful learning tool," Milton said, adding that his daughter is currently enrolled in the online pilot program. He said Kara, a sophomore at East Lansing High School, reflects today's high school student in that she is quite comfortable around technology.

"She's been working on a personal computer since she was 2 years old," Milton said. "It's her preferred method of learning."

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