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Sixth Online Chinese and Cypriot Meeting

Our sixth meeting, on the 1st of April, was online and funny, since we tried to avoid an ordinary lesson in English by playing a game for interactive learning. The purpose of the game is to practice the English language, the existent knowledge for different words in various categories, such as food, colors, animals and plants and every time you should think faster. There are different levels of the game, like easy, medium and hard! I am glad that we are working as a team, since we were cooperating to find the words of the game and were helping each other. The specific game is called the “Hangman” because when you make six mistakes, it means the team lost and hang, but it is very funny because either you “lose” or you win in the game, you always gain more knowledge for yourself!


Fifth Online Chinese and Cypriot Meeting

On Friday, 27 of March we had our fifth online meeting, focusing on English Speaking. Starting with a description of a movie that we recently watched, such as the story of Edward Snowden or the Korean movie “Boys over flower” and then I and King read English conversations from the “English Speaking Practice” application.

The conversations were funnier than the movie’s descriptions, as we were reading while we were acting. Athina and Panagiotis were listening to myself and our friend King, correcting and showing pictures from Google when unknown or difficult words were arising.

Closing, the fifth meeting helped everyone to improve the English pronunciation and also, learning new vocabulary.

Fourth Online Chinese and Cypriot Meeting

A different but pleasant meeting took place today, 23/03/20 for a special lesson on Chinese. Our friend King was teaching the Cypriot team basic phrases in Chinese and we were also practicing English language for development. We had an imaginary case of a Chinese customer in Cyprus and we were the waitresses (= Fu wu yuan) in a restaurant. So when I go back to Cyprus and I have a Chinese customer I will try to have the following friendly conversation:

  • Me: Nihao! Nihaoma? – Hello! How are you?
  • C: Wo hen hao. – I am fine.
  • Me: Nin gui xing? – What is your last name? (Formal Question)
  • C: Wo shi King, ni ne? – I am King, you?
  • Me: Wo shi Maria. Hen gao xing ren shi ni. – I am Maria. Nice to meet you.
  • C: Ni shin a li ren? – Where are you from?
  • Me: Wo shi sai pu lu si ren. – I am from Cyprus.
  • C: Ni shi shen me zhuan ye de? – What do you study?
  • Me: Wo shi jingli. Wo shi da xue sheng. – I study management. I am college student.
  • The customer drinks his wine.
  • Me: Gan Bei!! – Cheers
  • 2 hours later….
  • C: Zai jian Maria!
  • Me: Bai bai!

Some Extra Info: Dui or Shi = Yes, Bu Dui or Bushi = No or Isn’t

Thank you so much for this lessons experiences!! 🙂

Third Chinese and Cypriot Meeting

The third meeting of our cross cultural teaching and learning was located at Ratina shopping mall, in Lidl on Thursday, 12th of March. The concept was totally more interactive than previous meetings that I enjoyed very much and I would like to thank my team of having fun while learning at the same time. Firstly, the Cypriot team were focused on speaking English, specifically conversation and products from the market with our friend King, who would like to practice on oral fluency. On the other hand, King was well responded and then he was sharing back the product name in Chinese, thus we were also be able to practice and listen to our new language. 🙂


Second Chinese and Cypriot Meeting!

Nǐ hǎo!   你好

The second meeting was about learning the Chinese characters, Pinyin and the pronunciation which I found it both attractive but a bit difficult to learn.  There are different ways to tone the words and is like singing, because your voice should go from low to high, high to low, high to low and high again or flat voice, depending on the symbol they have above them. Please see an example below:

Furthermore, we have learned the numbers and how to draw them, phrases like “I am Maria” which my name is called “ Maliya” in Mandarin language and also words like “people” which is pronounced “yen”= 人. I found a funny song with Chinese numbers, easy to remember, check this out in the link.

To sum up, it is an awesome experience learning Mandarin from Chinese people who know best! Of course, practice makes perfect! 🙂

Chinese and Cypriot Cultures First Meeting!!!

In our first awesome meeting we had the opportunity to learn about Chinese culture and to share information for Cypriot Culture as well. The meeting took place on Monday 10th of February, at the Tamk cafeteria.

Our Chinese friend and teacher Zonghang – call him King; and his invited friends, they talked about the traditional Festivals, but they described the Spring Festival more which is their grandest one with a 7-day long holiday, every year usually between January 21st and February 20th.  The dates are around the Chinese solar term the “Beginning of Spring”, that is why it is called Spring Festival.

Moreover, our Chinese friends shared three “Must” destinations which are Shanghai, Beijing and Cheng Du and then, we have talked about their Traditional food. They showed to us many pictures of their delicious food, referring that with every dish there is also rice accompaniment. Additionally, they reassured that not everyone in China eats dogs, cats, snakes and insects but only a small group of people in South China. On the other hand, there are some Chinese who loves a specific type of bug that is “cicada”. Lastly, they have explained about the 56 Dynastic ethnic groups, showing to us pictures!

The Cypriot team, we found it wise to show Cyprus in the map, since it is a beautiful island in Mediterranean Sea, which unfortunately is not so famous, although it is a tourist destination and there are amazing places to visit because it is a combination of sea, mountains and a shiny sun, almost all year round. Talking about Cyprus traditional food was a pleasure, since there is none, local or tourist, who can forget the rich super flavours of our cuisine. We love Food!! For instance, “souvla”, “ofton kleftiko”, “koupepia”, special recipe of oven pasta etc.

Lastly, I believe that both groups we have enjoyed this interesting meeting!

Thank you everyone! 🙂