I am amazed each week how much Mandarin the kids & I are learning. Our new teacher is awesome! In the past, I was never quite sure how much Sweetie knew. Come to discover, that which she did know … she pronounced poorly. We’ve thereby been reviewing A LOT. Our teacher is great at keeping it fun … incorporating songs and cultural lessons each month. This month’s song is about the months, similar to one that I first learned in Spanish:
Literal translation of the characters shown above:
First month big, second month small
third month big, fourth month small
fifth month big, sixth month small
seventh month big, eight month big
ninth month small, tenth month big
eleventh month small, twelfth month big.
In addition to the song above, he shared with us a little trick to tell which months have 31 days (大）and which have less（小). Extend your left hand and beginning at the knuckle of the index finger, move to the left as you say the names of the month.