On Thursday, February 3rd, the Chinese Spring Festival will begin. Actually, a more familiar name would be the Chinese New Year, and this year it will be the Year of the Rabbit. Last year was the Year of the Ox and next year it will be my year, the Year of the Dragon.The Chinese years have interesting animal names, instead of boring numbers like Western years, but there are only twelve animals that have the honor of having a year named after them.
dragon-inspiration: “ Types of Chinese Dragon Chinese literature and myths refer to many dragons besides the famous long. The linguist Michael Carr analyzed over 100 ancient dragon names attested in...
$ Supplement your lesson on Ancient China (Shang - Han Dynasties) with this Ancient China Stations Activity. In this activity, pairs of students visit 4 stations: 1. Ancient China Virtual Field Trip (internet connected computer required) 2. Dynasty T-shirts 3. Chinese Names 4. Ancient China Timeline Also included in this pack, station signs, a 25 question worksheet to be assigned as classwork or homework, and answer keys.
the Chinese name of the elephant – 象 xiàng – also means ‘image, imagination’, and this is how it is used in Japanese, too. I don’t know why. It is quite rare in Chinese that a character has two meanings as distant as these. The character itself is simply the image of an elephant, rotated in 90 degrees to economize on space. From the inscriptions of ancient bronzes, oracle bones and stamps this is how we can reconstruct its etymology: