Fluid Interpretations – 流利的翻译

a place where East meets West

Lesson Plan Outline For Chinese Language Class 10 Weeks

Week 1

Lesson 1 Lesson 2

Introductions Greetings & Asking What People Want

This lesson begins with introducing some sounds unique to the Chinese language, including tones. By the end of the lesson you will know eleven Chinese characters and be able to express some everyday greetings in Chinese.
Key Words
1. 你
2. 好
3. 我
4. 很
5. 他们
6. 都
7. 不朋友
• New Words & Dialogue
• Pronunciation Drills
• The Four Tones
• Third Tone Sandhi
• Sound Discrimination
• Listening & Speaking Exercises


Week 2

Lesson 3 Lesson 4

Identifying People & Asking Someone’s Nationality,
Asking for Permission & Introducing Yourself

Now, would you like to use Chinese to learn more about the people you meet? This lesson will show you how to ask a person’s occupation and nationality, as well as introduce friends, family and others. You will also be able to ask someone’s name politely, how to introduce yourself and how to ask for permission. In addition we will create compound words from basic words.
Key Words
1. 是
2. 哪
3. 谁
4. 国人
5. 中国
• New Words & Dialogue
• Pronunciation Drills
• Combination Tones
• Disyllabic Words
• Conversation Practice
• Roll Play
• Listening & Speaking Exercises


Week 3

Lesson 5 Lesson 6

Looking For Someone & Asking For Directions, Going Out & Declining Politely

How will you be able to find your way around China? By the end of this lesson, you should be able to ask for directions, look for people, express gratitude and regret, and say goodbye in Chinese. In addition you will be able to learn what to do when you don’t understand what the other person has said. You will also learn how to make suggestions, and how to make comments.
Key Words
1. 在
2. 哪儿
3. 这
4. 对不起
5. 再见
• New Words & Dialogue
• Pronunciation Drills
• Conversation Practice
• Listening and Speaking Exercises


Week 4

Lesson 7

Talk About Everyday Situations & Asking Questions

In this lesson you will learn how to talk about everyday situations using a greater variety of Chinese expressions than before. this lesson will help you with making acquaintances, discussing your studies, and asking questions in a different way than you have previously.
Key Words
1. 介绍
2. 名字
3. 专业
4. 文化
5. 选修
• New Words and Dialogue
• Pronunciation Drills
• Key Sentences
• Roll Plays
• Listening & Speaking Exercises

Week 5

Lesson 8

Describing Family Members & Measure Words

This Lesson will teach you how to describe your family members and how to talk about your university department. You will learn to count to o0ne hundred and ask questions related to numbers and amounts. Finally, we will introduce measure words, a grammatical category particularly well-developed in Chinese language.
Key Words
1. 家
2. 一共
3. 当然
4. 做
5. 工作
• New Words & Dialogue
• Pronunciation Drills
• Key Sentences
• Grammar
• Conversation Practice
• Listening & Speaking Exercises

Week 6

Lesson 9

Birthdays & Dates

In this lesson we will talk about birthday customs in China, and you will learn how to ask the age and birthplace of others. You will begin learning the days, week, months and years in Chinese. You will also look at the Chinese zodiac animals, a remarkable creation of Chinese culture.
Key Words
1. 怎么样
2. 今天
3. 星期
4. 生日
5. 祝贺
• New Words & Dialogue
• Pronunciation Drills
• Key Sentences
• Grammar
• Conversation Practice
• Listening & Speaking Exercises

Week 7

Lesson 10

Shopping & Hobbies

Bargaining for discounts in China can make shopping quite and experience! This lesson will show you how Chinese currency in used. Now is the chance to talk more about yourself: you will learn to describe your likes, interests and hobbies.
Key Words
1. 音乐
2. 商场
3. 要
4. 元便宜
5. 贵
• New Words & Dialogue
• Pronunciation Drills
• Conversation Practice
• Listening and Speaking Exercises

Week 8

Lesson 11

Hailing a taxi & Indicating One’s Ability

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to ask the time, hail a taxi, ask whether something in allowed, and indicate your ability to accomplish a task.
Key Words
1. 一点儿
2. 回
3. 到
4. 为什么
5. 东西
• New Words & Dialogue
• Pronunciation Drills
• Conversation Practice
• Listening and Speaking Exercises

Week 9

Lesson 12

Health Problems & Indicating Necessity

In China, what should you do if you don’t feel well? Here you will learn how to describe your health problems to a doctor. You will also learn how to express volition, indicate necessity, and learn a new way of asking questions.
Key Words
1. 全身
2. 锻炼
3. 舒服
4. 嗓子
5. 休息
• New Words & Dialogue
• Pronunciation Drills
• Conversation Practice
• Pronunciation Key
• Listening & Speaking Exercises

Week 10

Lesson 13

Make Phone Calls & Rent Lodgings

In this lesson you will learn to make phone calls, rent lodgings, ask for help, and invite people for a visit.
Key Words
1. 听说
2. 告诉
3. 可是
4. 间
5. 打电话
• New Words & Dialogue
• Pronunciation Drills
• Conversation Practice
• Roll Play
• Listening & Speaking Exercises


Ancient Tea Road

The Ancient Tea Road Heading north following the legendary ancient Tea Road. (8 Part Documentary) Resembling the famous Silk Road, the Ancient Tea Road located in south-western China was an important gateway for transportation and communication between ancient China and West Asia. It was a giant platform for the political economic social and cultural intersection … Continue reading Ancient Tea Road →

Source: Ancient Tea Road

The Expression of Tea

The Expression of Tea: Observations of a Teaist
Written by Mark Bell


We all have our own individual tastes, our taste and style is what makes us unique, through the outward expression of our unique tastes those around us learn who we really are. Our outward expression is another form of cultural communication. Drinking tea, although is a very individual and personal experience, is also a form of outward expression. The teas we drink and at what times can speak volumes about our personality.

For example, some may enjoy a light white tea first thing in the morning, it was once said to me that white tea lightly dances on ones palate invigorating the drinker and prepares them for a good day. There are those of us who are long time tea drinkers and prefer a black tea with a bold aroma. Some of us drink green tea because the latest health and fitness magazine said it will help weight loss. Then there are oolong drinkers, the oolong drinkers are quite often more adventurous and enjoy many varieties on the tea chart, however they are also typically cursed with never being able to settle for a single favourite. Regardless of which tea or how you like to drink it, you are still part of a very like-minded community of tea drinkers that grace the earth with our presence.  

To promote my business The Tea Grove ( I hold small tea presentations where people may come and taste a variety of different teas. This is a great experience for all those that attend because in many cases it opens a plethora of teas to participants for the first time. It allows people to try teas they otherwise would not have bought or even be able to find. Most of all it has been a constant learning experience for myself to view people as tea drinkers and get to know them through the teas they like and dislike.

Many people initially say they don’t like green tea and prefer black tea, however I have witnessed on many occasions that when people try the different varieties of green tea their walls are knocked down and they find there are some greens more suited to their palate. Oftentimes the people who enjoy a bold black tea have a keen sense of taste and enjoy tasting the different tones carried in the Camelia Sinensis Assamica from Yunnan and the Camelia Sinensis Sinensis from Fujian.

Tea can be enjoyed alone in blissful solitude or among friends with good conversation. Drinking tea through proper means in its time and season can improve both mental and physical heath. Therefore, I encourage all people everywhere to fill up their cups and drink towards their own good health.



为了发展我的生意“茶森林”( 我举办品茶聚会,好让别人来尝试更多不同的茶。 因为大部分人不知道各类茶叶,所以这茶尝试会是一个非常好的活动。这种活动可以帮助人们了解更多关于茶和茶叶,尤其是稀有的茶叶。这种活动让我可以知道哪些人喜欢和不喜欢哪些茶,对我来说这是一个有趣的学习经验。



Documentary 2009-09-08 Tea Culture in The Wuyi Mountains – 5 CCTV-International

An interesting documentary about Da Hong Pao, an oolong rock tea from Fujian’s Wuyi Mountain.

Source: Documentary 2009-09-08 Tea Culture in The Wuyi Mountains – 5 CCTV-International

A Night of Pu’er: it tastes like dirt

It tastes like DirtPu'er

Mark Bell 钟马克
22 May 2016

Last night my mate came over to catch up since our return back to Australia, to my delight he also appreciates good tea. I thought I should share something special, something I knew he hadn’t tried before. We started with some Wild Mudan, which is a satisfying red tea that would have been enough. However I have a small mountain of tea and I’m itching to share it, so I pulled out some Pu’er Tea. Continue reading “A Night of Pu’er: it tastes like dirt”

Wild Peony Tea

A Wild Tea for a Wild Taste

Mark Bell 钟马克
12 May 2016

448757939901749690Whenever you hear tea referred to as wild it means that the tea trees are self-sown and not cultivated. Typically you would find such tea trees either in the bush or on the outskirts of tea plantations. Although it isn’t considered rare, as the stuff can grow anywhere, it isn’t necessarily harvested like normal tea leaves, one must go hunting for them. A plantation owner I know has such trees growin167118008863904972g within his plantation and picks them regularly, fortunately for me it’s one of my favourite teas. Continue reading “Wild Peony Tea”

茶道 Tea Culture

The Way of Tea

Written by Mark Bell 钟马克9d675b2385b9942b

09 May 2016

Recently I have been very busy and neglected making any posts, I have been busy attending my bother in-law’s wedding and busy setting up a tea importing business. So I have been setting things up online and visiting different tea producers and suppliers to build relations and taste their various teas. Fortunately, I have some good friends in the Chinese tea industry that have given me great advice along the way. I have learnt a lot about tea that I did not fully grasp before, and now feel more like I am only scratching at the surface of everything that is tea.

I think tea culture and people who drink tea can be split up into two overlapping social circles, Tea Culture and Tea Skill. Tea Culture is exactly what it is, the history and development of its culture, what we drink how we drink and who with. The way of tea or Cha Dao 茶道is about finding balance and inner calm, it is about getting together with friends over a good brew and enjoying each other’s company, or the relaxing cup to still one’s soul. This is how many of us tea drinkers start, tea culture is both the beginning and the end, it could be considered the alpha and omega for those who delve deep into their tea cup. Continue reading “茶道 Tea Culture”

Origins of Tie Guan Yin Tea: The Wang Legend

This is the second legend behind the origin of Tie Guan Yin Tea.

Translated by Mark Bell 钟马克
1 May 2016

Guan-YinThe second legend began with the Confucian official Wang Shirang, who was born in the 26th year of the Qing emperor Kangxi’ regime (1687) and died the 10th year of the Emperor Qianlong’s regime (1745). He became an imperial official in the 10th year of the emperor Yongzheng (1732). Wang Shirang had a passion for cultivating unique and rare plants. He built his library under the South Mountain, and named it “Southern Chamber.” In the spring of the first year of Emperor Qianlong’s regime (1736), Wang was off duty and on a vacation. He spent a lot of time in the “Southern Chamber” with his literati friends. Continue reading “Origins of Tie Guan Yin Tea: The Wang Legend”

Origins of Tie Guan Yin Tea: The Wei Legend

There are two different legends that explain the origin of Tie Guan Yin tea the Wei Legend and the Wang Legend.

Translated by Mark Bell 钟马克

魏荫1The “Wei Legend”

According to the Wei Legend, there was a man named Wei Yin in the Songyan village, Anxi County. He worked diligently in his tea farm and believed in Buddhism. He always offered a cup of tea to Guanyin in his shrine at every sunrise as well as every sunset for several decades. In the third year of the Qing Emperor Yongzheng’s regime (1725), Wei Yin had a dream one night. Walking by a familiar creek side with his pick, he saw a unique and vital tea plant between the gaps of rocks. When Wei Yin approached the plant with great curiosity, the dog’s barking woke him up from his dream. Continue reading “Origins of Tie Guan Yin Tea: The Wei Legend”

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