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Introduction

Qiao Hu is the most didactic authentic video listening resource I have found for beginners. I highly recommend it for all beginning and intermediate-level students of Mandarin. It is a sure-fire way to get your toddlers understanding the language, but is also very useful for adults in limited doses. Warning: some of the baby songs are actually catchy!

At least once a month, I will write a study guide for a Qiao Hu episode. If you are new to this page and are a beginning student of Chinese who would like to use these study guides, I suggest starting from the first guide and then using them sequentially. I will write these guides for exactly my level of Chinese, which I still consider total beginner but, by the time my experiment is up, I hope will be at an intermediate level (at least low intermediate) in terms of listening comprehension. Each guide will indicate the level I was at when I wrote it by the number of hours of viewing I had done at that point in time. (It is therefore plausible that I will make two or more guides on the same episode for different levels).

I will provide the links to Word documents for all study guides at the top, and then full text versions of the study guides below, with the most recent one on top. The Word documents will generally be more useful, since the in-page text will have some loss of formatting.

In the spirit of my experiment, these guides do not actually teach any Mandarin in a traditional way. There are no translations, no grammatical explanations, and actually no Mandarin at all. Instead, they serve the following purposes:

(1) Identify excellent Qiao Hu episodes (or parts of episodes), especially in terms of a beginner wanting to pick up new vocabulary and provide a YouTube link.

(2) Identify the topics that are covered in that episode.

(3) Identify the specific vocabulary that I was able to pick up or reinforce in that episode (the terms are provided only in English, so it’s just a guide of what to look for, rather than a vocabulary list).

(4) Provide a synposis of that episode.

(5) Break down the episode by sections, explain what happens in each section and provide a vocabulary guide for that section.

STUDY GUIDE ONE

STUDY GUIDE TWO

STUDY GUIDE THREE

STUDY GUIDE FOUR

STUDY GUIDE FIVE

STUDY GUIDE SIX

STUDY GUIDE SEVEN

STUDY GUIDE EIGHT:

STUDY GUIDE NINE

 

Qiao Hu Study Guide 1

1. 巧虎巧連智幼幼版2013年10月巧虎洗澡歌

Recommended viewing time: 19:20 (0:00 – 19:20) / Total time: 26:59

Primary benefits: Learn various body parts in the context of bathing/hygiene; types of fruit

Secondary benefits: Greetings, self-introduction, clothing / getting dressed

My level when I saw and reviewed it: 80 total study/viewing hours

VOCABULARY

I’m “sure” of:

I, to be, I am ___, Numbers 1-10, buttocks, we, good/okay, thanks, thank you, mom, dad, to know, he/she/it, I know (it), basic greeting                           

I’m pretty confident about:

to wash (clean body), face, arms, tummy, back, clothes/shirt, fruit

I think I understand:

hair, legs, foot, girl, boy, let’s go, apple, strawberry, pear shaped citrus fruit, papaya, banana, pineapple, kiwi

SYNOPSIS

In this fantastic Qiao Hu episode, even a total beginner can learn the names of several body parts and fruit, as they are clearly pronounced and repeated many times.

After an introductory song, during which Qiao Hu and the main female and male hosts introduce themselves and the numbers 1-10 are reviewed, there are nearly 7 minutes about washing the different parts of the body.

First, real people see and dance a song about washing their body parts. After two other short skits about washing and hygiene, a cartoon Qiao Hu mother gives her son a bath, and then a real mother gives her real boy a bath, providing significant repetition and reinforcement.

The next 3 ½ minutes show a different type of slow-moving cartoon shows several kids getting their hair cut at a salon. Friendly greetings, questions and answers, thank yous, and goodbyes are exchanged.

Next, for just over 2 minutes, a song is repeated with boys and girls rapping/massaging their parents’ backs and getting positive feedback/approval for doing so

This transitions about 3 ½ minutes about clothing. Wearing long-sleeve shirts is important when it’s cold and windy! The same basic vocabulary is presented by the cartoon characters and then a real mother and daughter.

Finally, you will be treated to an entertaining 3 ½ minutes in which you can easily learn the name of 7 types of fruit, in addition to reinforcing a basic self-introduction and greeting.

The last 7:40 minutes are fine, but not great like the rest for my level, therefore they are not part of the recommended viewing.

SECTIONS

0:00 – 1:00      Introductory song

Self-introduction: “I am ___” (I, to be)

(Don’t understand little refrain)

Numbers 1-10

1:00 – 3:20     Song about washing

to wash (clean)

Body parts: hair, face, arms, tummy, back, butt, legs

3:20 – 4:30     Man talking to Qiao Hu doll about bubbles and washing.

We

4:30 – 4:50     Mother helping daughter wash hands, clip nails, comb hair

to wash

4:50 – 6:50     Cartoon Qiao Hu mother giving cartoon Qiao Hu boy a bath

Good/okay

to wash

Body parts: hair, face, arms, tummy, butt, foot/feet

6:50 – 7:50     Real mother giving boy a bath

7:50 – 11:20   Kids getting their hair cut at a salon

Thank you, thanks

Girl, boy

11:20 – 13:35  Kids giving their parents massages

To massage/tap with fists

Mom, dad

                         “Mom/dad is happy with me”

13:35 – 14:40  Getting dressed (according to weather)

Clothes

14:40 – 15:40  Real mother talking with daughter about getting dressed (according to weather)

to know

                         it/he/she

I know (it).

Let’s go. (lit. We go [there])

15:50 – 19:10  Fruits

I am ____

                         Basic greeting

                         Fruit

Fruits: Apple, strawberry, [a citrus fruit shaped like a pear], papaya, banana, pineapple,

                         kiwi

 

2. 巧虎寶寶版2011年03月【巧連智寶寶版】

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_EXoQyvZfE

Recommended viewing time: 23:35 (0:00 – 23:35) / Total time: 24:45

Primary benefits: Learn various body parts, a few animals, and expressions related to using the bathroom

Secondary benefits: Reinforce how parents address their children (especially daughters) and vice versa

My level when I saw and reviewed it: 100 total study/viewing hours

VOCABULARY

I’m “sure” of:

I love, You love, butterly, to fly, daddy, to be, Look!, Great!, my belly, head, shoulders, belly/tummy

butt, sheep, hands           

I’m pretty confident about:

peepee, poop, Little girl (affectionate), cows, rabbit/bunny, legs

I think I understand:

I have to poop., I have to pee., All done!, girl, (Something you can say when you’ve successfully finished peeing or pooping), (Words of encouragement as somebody is trying to do something, at least when trying to poop)

SENTENCES AND EXPRESSIONS

Butterfly, fly, fly, fly.”

“Daddy, it’s a butterfly.”

Tap your hands / Tap your head / Tap your belly.”

Tap Qiao Hu’s head.”

 

SYNOPSIS:

The first part of this episode is about butterflies flying around, making this noun and the verb very easy to learn and remember. First, a woman and girl sing and dance with Qiao Hu; then a video of butterflies is shown with the voices of a father and his son commenting.

About seven minutes follow about using the bathroom. This is useful vocabulary that you might not easily pick up otherwise! A cartoon dog knocks on a bathroom (outhouse?) door, but the bathroom is occupied by a peeing a cat, followed by a pooping bird and elephant. Each animal is quite pleased with the relief it gets, as is the dog when he finally gets in to poop himself. The topic is reinforced by several clips of parents helping and encouraging their kids to use the bathroom.

The next two minutes have a nice and very repetitive song, but I don’t understand what they’re saying.

The final section of new content, which lasts nearly three minutes, is about seeing sheep, cows, and rabbits at a farm. First, it’s the family of Qiao Hu puppets, and then a girl with her parents. Very simple sentences along the lines of, “Look, little daughter, at the rabbits.” Or “Let’s feed the cows” are repeated.

What makes this episode particularly useful are the two sections at the end. They review almost all the vocabulary from this episode. The viewer may actually want to use this review as an introduction, starting out with this section (beginning at 20:30) before watching the entire episode. From 20:30 – 21:20, all the animals and body parts are reviewed in a very didactic manner. Then, from 21:20 – 23:35, the bathroom vocabulary is reviewed, as well as the body parts and butterflies once again.

 

SECTION BREAKDOWN

0:00 – 0:42      Introductory song

I love X”

You love Qiao Hu.”

1:00 – 2:40     Song about butterflies flying

Butterfly

To fly

Butterfly, fly, fly, fly”

2:50 – 3:40     Father and son talking about video of real butterflies on flowers.

Daddy

                         Is [to be]

                         Butterfly

“Daddy, it’s a butterfly.”

Look! (You look!)

4:00 – 5:35     Cartoon about various animals using a bathroom

Pee pee

Poo poo

                         Great

(Something you can say when you’ve successfully finished peeing or pooping)

5:50 – 7:05     Cartoon Qiao Hu using the bathroom with his mother’s help

poo

I have to poop.

Mamma, I have to go poo poo.

butt

7:05 – 8:15     Real daughter using bathroom with mother’s help, other bathroom stuff

Pee pee

I have to pee.

“Mamma, I have to go pee pee.”

Little girl (affectionate)

8:15 – 10:25   Song about going to the bathroom interspersed with scene of boy and mom

My belly

                         Pee pee

I have to poop.

(Words of encouragement as somebody is trying to do something, at least when trying

                         to poop)

10:40 – 14:50Song about body parts

head

                         shoulders

                         belly

                         butt

                         legs

                         [Unfortunately, I don’t understand the refrain, just the body parts.]

14:55 – 17:15Repetitive song with shakers: storybook illustration look followed by real kids and adults

[Unfortunately, I did not understand this repetitive song.]

17:25 – 19:00Qiao Hu puppets at a farm

Look! (You look!)

Sheep

They’re sheep!

19:00 – 20:05Real parents and daughter at a farm with cows

Little girl (affectionate).

My little girl, look!

My little girl, let’s …

Rabbits

“My little girl, look! … Rabbits!”

20:30 – 21:20Vocabulary Review

                         Butterfly

                         ?

                         Head

                         Shoulder

                         Belly

                         Butt

                         Leg

                         ?

                         Sheep

                         Cow

                         Rabbit/bunny

21:20 – 23:35Review: mother and daughter reading a Qiao Hu book

“Little girl, let’s . . .”

Pee

Poop

To tap (touch/rap/hit)

Hands

Head

Belly

Tap your hands / Tap your head / Tap your belly.”

Tap Qiao Hu’s head.”

                         Butterly

Fly, fly, fly

 

  1. 巧虎寶寶版【巧連智2010年03月號】唱遊:大象歌

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQIb-xoYjc

Recommended viewing time: 21:57 (0:00 – 21:57) / Total time: 21:57

Primary benefits: Learn and practice vocabulary related to brushing teeth. Learn the names of several vegetables. Learn and reinforce simple bicycle vocabulary.

Secondary benefits: Listen to a family interacting around flowers. Learn vocabulary related to elephants.

My level when I saw and reviewed it: 123 total study/viewing hours

 

VOCABULARY

 

I’m “sure” of:

elephant                              Look! (You look!)               they                                               say                                        

brush/wash                         teeth                                     we / let’s                                               carrots                                 

broccoli                                corn                                       mushrooms                                               Little girl (affectionate)

flowers

 

I’m pretty confident about:

meat                                     sunflowers                           to pedal                                               to pedal fast

 

I think I understand:

clean

 

 

SENTENCES AND EXPRESSIONS

 

“I want to brush my teeth, too.”

“Say, eeee/aaaah. Brush your teeth”

“Thank you, Mama.”

 

SYNOPSIS:

 

The first couple sections of this video are about elephants.

 

However, the largest chunk of the episode is about brushing your teeth. It is very repetitive, which means it does not introduce a lot vocabulary, but it does reinforce the terms brush and teeth quite thoroughly. Additionally, some useful polite dialogue between parents and children is reinforced in these sections. The basic concept, repeated over more than 7 minutes in various settings—cartoon, puppets, and real people—is that parents help their children brush their teeth; children should say eee and aaa and then brush, brush, brush.

 

The next five minutes are introduce the foods carrots, broccoli, corn, mushrooms, and meat (or a type of meat, I’m not sure), which are chopped up and used to make soup.

 

Next, puppet and real live families visit sunflower gardens, and this term is repeated many times.

 

Finally, there is a soothing song about pedaling a bicycle, accompanied by a cartoon reminiscent of picture book illustrations.

 

As with the Qiao Hu episode studied last month, an extremely useful vocabulary review section is included at the end. The student may want to begin with this review, at minute 21:00, and afterward watch the entire video from the beginning.

 

 

SECTION BREAKDOWN

 

0:00 – 0:35      Introductory song

0:35 – 2:00     Song about elephants

Elephant

2:10 – 3:20     Clips of real elephants, with man and boy talking

                         Elephant

Look! (You look!)

                         They

3:35 – 4:35     Cartoon Qiao Hu brushing teeth with his mom

Say

“Say, eeee/aaaah”

                         Brush/wash

                         “Thank you, Mama!

4:35 – 5:05     Qiao Hu puppet and woman dance about brushing teeth

Brush/wash

Teeth

                         Brush teeth

5:05 – 6:23     Real mother and daughter talking about brushing teeth

Little girl (affectionate)

                         Brush teeth

“My little girl, let’s go brush your teeth.”   

                         “Say, eeee/aaaah”

6:23 – 6:54     Qiao Hu puppet singing again about brushing teeth

Brush teeth

6:54 – 7:27     Different mother and daughter brushing teeth

                         Brush teeth

                         “Thank you, Mama!

7:27 – 8:25     Real father and daughter brushing their teeth

“Papa, what are you doing?” / “I was brushing my teeth.” / “I want to brush my teeth, too.” / “Do you want Papa to brush your teeth?” / “Yes.” / “Let’s go.”

“Say, eeee/aaaah”

8:25 – 9:10     Qiao Hu puppet and woman sing and dance about brushing teeth (again)

                         Brush teeth

                         “I cleaned my teeth quickly.”

9:30 – 11:05   Cartoon about animals brushing their teeth

Brush teeth

                         “We want to brush our teeth, too.”

Clean

11:15 – 14:02 Qiao Hu puppet and lady making vegetable soup

                         We / Let’s

                         Carrots

                         Broccoli

                         Corn

                         Meat

                         Mushrooms

14:23 – 16:45Puppet family singing and talking around flowers

Look! (You look!)

Sunflowers

                         Flowers

16:45 – 18:20 Real family at flower farms/gardens

Look! (You look!)

Sunflowers

                         Flowers

                         “Let’s go [see?] the sunflowers.”

                         “My little girl, what kind of flowers are these?” / “They’re sunflowers.”

18:20 – 21:00 Song relating to pedaling a bike: cartoon/puppets/real people

Bicycle

To pedal

Pedal fast

21:00 – 21:57 Vocabulary Review

Elephant

                         Brush teeth

                         Carrots

                         Broccoli

                         Corn

Sunflower

4. 巧虎幼幼版【巧連智2011年03月】形狀點點名

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EqRfbRaKNY

Recommended viewing time: 11:11 (0:00 – 9:26 and 22:26 -24:11) / Total time: 24:38

Primary benefits: Learn the major shapes and review numbers

Secondary benefits: Learn the names of common objects.

My level when I saw and reviewed it: 140 total study/viewing hours

 

VOCABULARY

 

I’m “sure” of:

circle                                     square                                  rectangle                                               triangle                                

semicircle                             [Numbers 1-10]                  flower                                               train

pencil                                    duck                                      butterfly                                               sailboat                               

hook                                     whistle

 

I’m pretty confident about:

shape                                    both                                      scissors                                

 

I think I understand:

clean

 

 

SENTENCES AND EXPRESSIONS

 

“Who’s is it? / It’s mine.”

 

SYNOPSIS:

 

The Qiao Hu life-size puppet interacts with cartoon shapes. The shapes introduce themselves, one by one. Qiao Hu then counts slowly to ten, and in the next section, tries to find the shapes, which are playing hide-and-seek in everyday objects. Next, Qiao Hu and friends sing and dance to a song about the shapes, one of which is attached to each person’s clothing. Thus, the first six minutes of this episode are a wonderful introduction to or review of shapes. They also provide a review of other vocabulary, especially the numbers 1 to 10.

 

Next, kids comment as these shapes are put together to form common objects, providing an opportunity to learn new everyday nouns. In another recommended section, an illustrated snippet shows how great it is for kids to share toys and play together. The word “train” is reinforced.

 

Minutes 9:26 through 22:26 are good, typical Qiao Hu viewing, but they are not included are recommended viewing in this guide because they do not provide nearly as rich vocabulary learning opportunities for beginners, such as myself.

 

By contrast, the last two minutes that I review of this episode are a goldmine. Any beginner not only gets an amazingly clear review of the numbers 1 to 6, but can easily learn six new vocabulary words (the objects these words describe match the shape of the numbers): pencil, duck, butterfly, sailboat, hook, and whistle. These two minutes are so clear and easy that they could easily have been made for foreign students of Mandarin!

 

 

SECTION BREAKDOWN

 

0:33 – 1:45      Shape introductions

                         Circle

                         I am a circle.

                         Square

                         I am a square.

                         Triangle

                         I am a triangle.

                         Rectangle

                         I am a rectangle.

                         Semicircle

                         I am a semicircle.

                         Shape

                         [Count to 10]

                         “I will look for the shapes.

1:45 – 3:54     Finding shapes in everyday objects

both

We are both rectangles.

                         We are both circles.

                         We are both semicircles.

                         We are both squares.

                         We are both triangles.

3:54 – 6:14     Song about shapes (each person has a shape on their clothes)

                         [Name of specific shape] / Who’s is it? / It’s mine

6:14 – 7:11     Shapes making objects

Scissors

                         Train

                         “It’s a train.”

7:11 – 7:38     Kids showing the objects they made with shapes

Flower

7:38 – 9:26     Illustrations of kids sharing toys

Train

22:26 – 24:11 Numbers 1-6 transform into objects

[Numbers 1-5]

                         Pencil

                         Duck

                         Butterfly

                         Sailboat

                         Hook

                         6

                         Whistle

  1. 巧虎2013:巧虎快乐版2013年1月:生活好习惯-健康小卫士

Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9rpgzJLdnY

Recommended viewing time: 16:05 (0:00 – 16:05) / Total time: 16:05 (The entire episode is 38:23, but I am dividing in into two parts. Qiao Hu Study Guide 6 will be on the second half of the episode.)

Primary benefits: Learn adjectives as opposites, review numbers 1-10, and review vocabulary through simple conversation in easy-to-follow short stories.

Secondary benefits: Learn the characters for the numbers 1-10 (not part of my project).

My level when I saw and reviewed it: 160 total study/viewing hours

 

SPECIFIC TERMS

 

I’m “sure” of:

wash hands                         [Numbers 1-10]                  Who                                               No problem!                      

fast                                        slow                                      wide                                               narrow

light (weight)                       heavy                                    rabbit

 

I’m pretty confident about:

eat                                         water                                    turtle                                               cat

bear                                                                                    

 

I think I understand:

germs                                    Let’s go!

 

 

SENTENCES AND EXPRESSIONS

 

Mama, here we are. / Here you are.

“My hands are not dirty.”

“Let’s get started!”

“I can’t go very fast. / No problem! My mama says, “__”

“The rabbit is very fast.”

 “The turtle is very slow.”

The cat is light.”

“The bear is heavy.”

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

 

The first section is a little story about how Qiao Hu and his bunny friend need to wash their hands before eating their snack. They arrive at home with Qiao Hu’s father, having purchased the snack, and greet their mother excitedly at the door. They sit down to eat the donut-like snack right away, but a fairy appears, introduces himself, and explains they need to wash their hands before eating. The kids are confused because they don’t see any dirt on their hands. However, the fairy uses his magic to reveal malicious germs that intend to make them sick. The kids are convinced and happily go wash their hands and their rinse the germs out of their mouths. They thank the fairy and dig into their snack.

 

The second section is a slow musical animation about a mouse watching kids successively dance, kick a soccer ball, and paint. I understood very little.

 

Next, there is a very useful and slow review of the numbers from 1-10 that is always a great way to learn the Chinese characters for these numbers (though that is not my goal at this point).

 

The fourth section is another little Qiao Hu story with a moral: at a competition, you should do your best, not worry, and cooperate; if you try to be the fastest and win at all costs, you might fall flat. Qiao Hu and Meymey are a team and competing against two other pairs of kids at a three-legged race. The parents are all happily repeating a cheer in the background (something like “Let’s go!”). However, Meymey is worried because she is not very fast. Qiao Hu recalls something his mother told him and tries to encourage Meymey, telling her not to worry. She feels better and they start racing. Another pair, however, becomes stressed because they are falling behind and feel the need to go faster. Instead, they end up tripping and falling. This time it is Meymey who makes them feel better, and in the end all the kids cross the finish line and receive their parental congratulations.

 

To conclude the first part of the episode (this Guide is on the first 16 minutes, and my next Guide will cover the remaining content), there is a simple animation used to teach opposites. A fast hare is compared to a slow turtle (no morality tale here), and wide bridge for a bus is compared to a narrow bridge for a tricycle, and a light cat is compared to a heavy bear.

 

 

SECTION BREAKDOWN

 

0:00 – 4:40     Story about washing hands before eating

                         “Mama, here we are. / Here you are.” [don’t understand one word, sounds like “whey”]

“Mama, [you] look! We (have brought some donuts??)

Look!

Eat

                         “Qiao Hu and Cheechee, it’s me. I am ___.”

                         “You didn’t wash your hands.”

“My hands are not dirty.”

Germs

Wash hands

                         “Let’s get started!”

                         Water

                         Great, look, we, wash hands, thanks

4:40 – 6:20     Musical cartoon with mouse

Who?

6:20 – 9:11     Animation of stick people becoming the Chinese characters for numbers 1-10

                         [Numbers 1-10], including characters

9:11 – 13:40   Kids race with feet tied

Let’s go! [An exclamation used to cheer at a competition]

                         “I can’t go very fast. / No problem! My mama says, “__”

                         “Don’t you worry.”

“One, two, one two, one two …”

                         “No problem!”

                         Fast

13:40 – 16:05 Cartoon about opposites

Fast

                         Rabbit

                         “The rabbit is very fast.”

                         Slow

                         Turtle

                         “The turtle is very slow.”

                         Wide

                         Narrow

                         Light (weight)

                         Heavy

                         The cat is light.”

                         “The bear is heavy.”

 

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  1. 巧虎2013:巧虎快乐版2013年1月:生活好习惯-健康小卫士

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9rpgzJLdnY

Recommended viewing time: 16:05 (16:05 – 21:50 and 22:55 – 33:35) / Total time: 16:25 (I divided this episde into two parts. Qiao Hu Study Guide 5 was on the first half of the episode.)

Primary benefits: Learn about opening the door at your home, adjectives as opposites, review numbers 1-10, and review vocabulary through simple conversation in easy-to-follow short stories, including when visiting a doctor.

Secondary benefits: Learn the characters for the numbers 1-10 (not part of my project).

My level when I saw and reviewed it: 180 total study/viewing hours

 

SPECIFIC TERMS

 

I’m “sure” of:

Open the door                    who                                       Sit down.                                               to cry                                   

Thank you!                          Bear                                      Good-bye                                               [Numbers 1-10]

thick                                      thin                                       doctor

 

I’m pretty confident about:

somebody                            get on up!                            tiger                                               They go and go.

Bear                                      look                                       here                                               heavy

Light (weight)                      not feeling well                   I understand.                                               my leg                                                                                 

 

I think I understand:

knocking                              here                                      to help                                  I like you.

Person                                  to say                                    help me.                                               bandage                              

 

                        

SENTENCES AND EXPRESSIONS

 

“Somebody is knocking at the door.”

I’ll open the door.

“Ask who it is.”

“OK! … Let’s go open the door.”

“Sit down. / OK.”

“Why are you crying?”

“What do you have?”

“Let me have a look.”

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

 

In the first section of this second part of the video (starting at 16:05), viewers learn that mothers—and not children—should open the door when someone comes to visit. The Qiao Hu muppet introduces the topic. Then, two scenarios are shown. In both, someone knocks on the door while the mother is busy talking on the phone. In the first scenario, her daughter takes the initiative and opens the door. In the second, she first asks who it is, relates the information to her mother, and then they go together to open the door. The second scenario is shown to be the correct procedure.

 

In the next section, a friendly elephant is driving a vehicle from a flower shop. He meets several animals on the way who are upset, and helps them by giving them a ride. Just after dropping them all off, his vehicle gets stuck in the sand, but all his grateful friends come to help and push him out.

 

I did not understand the third section very well. A group of hunters is very happy about their prospects of catching a tiger until they see something in a cave which shocks and depresses them. As they leave, they run into to squirrels, numbered from one to ten. All I really know about this section is that it is an amazingly clear review of the numbers from one to ten.

 

Next, there is a very catchy song whose refrain might mean something like, “I like you”—but I’m really not sure.

 

There is then a strange section for teaching the opposites thick and thin, and reviewing heavy and light (I believe). A clown compares tree stumps and books and thus learns more about these opposites.

 

Finally, a kid uses Qiao Hu paraphernalia to role play doctor. He first treats a girl who see is not feeling well, apparently prescribing medicine to the grateful patient. Next, he applies a bandage to a boy who has hurt is leg.

 

 

SECTION BREAKDOWN

 

16:05 – 17:55 The wrong and the right way to deal with someone knocking at the door

                         Somebody

                         Knocking

                         Open the door

                         “Somebody is knocking at the door.”

I’ll open the door.

who

                         “Ask who it is.”

                         “OK! … Let’s go open the door.”

                         Here

Correct

Sit down.

“Sit down. / OK.”

17:55 – 21:50 The Elephant Driver

To cry

                         “Why are you crying?”

                         Get on up.

                         Thank you!

                         Bear

                         Good-bye

                         To help

22:55 – 26:25 The hunters and the squirrels: numbers review

                         tiger

                         They go and go.

                         [Numbers 1-10], including characters

26:25 – 28:15 Catchy song (Gong shee)

I like you.

Person

To say

28:15 – 30:25 Clown comparing stumps and books

Look

                         Here

                         Help me.

                         Heavy

                         Light

                         Thick

                         Thin

30:25 – 33:35 Role playing doctor

                         Doctor

                         Not feeling well

                         I understand.

                         Thank you.

                         Good-bye

                         “What do you have?”

                         “My leg ___.”       

                         Let me have a look.

bandage

                         Good-bye

 

  1. 巧虎)201304巧連智快樂版

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_0OLZHZDcY

Recommended viewing time: 21:43 (00:00 – 21:43)

Primary benefits: Start understanding words together in short phrases or sentences. Learn words for certain animals.

Secondary benefits: Learn words for body parts. Review numbers and vocabulary related to washing hands.

My level when I saw and reviewed it: 200 total study/viewing hours

 

SPECIFIC TERMS

 

I’m “sure” of:

Kung fu                                 [Numbers 1-10]                  left side                                               right side                             

To kick                                  and                                        germs                                               together

Eyes                                       nose                                      friend                                               ox

Sheep                                    horse                                    pig                                               what

Cat                                         pizza                                      to wait

 

 

I’m pretty confident about:

elephant                              to return                              quick                                               balloon

both                                      to have                                 don’t wash hands                                               here

mouth                                  clever                                    water                                               to play

to start                                 character                             correct                                               to begin

welcome                              there are

 

 

I think I understand:

Dance                                   hidden / secret

 

 

                        

SENTENCES AND EXPRESSIONS

 

“Here is Changa. Here is Qiao Hu.”

“Kung Fu Dance”

Qiao Hu, Cheechee, and Doubee”

Elephant Mama

“Doubee, let’s come back quickly.”

“I’m still playing.”

“Doubee, you have to come back . . .”

“Qiao Hu and Cheechee both went with their mothers . . . Doubee didn’t see.”

Wow, thank you! / You’re welcome”

“Qiao Hu, Cheechee, you both have . . . balloons.”

I know it, but I . . .

Mama, I’m sorry.

OK. Very good, Doubee.

“Doubee, you can play with my balloon.”

We are germs.”

“Mama said you must wash your hands.”

Let’s go wash together.

Wash wash hands

Oh, I understand. I won’t eat … wash my hands. / Great, let’s go.

“clever friend”

We are both ready to answer.

“We are both very prepared.”

“Thus, three to two, Qiao Hu wins.

“Let us welcome …”

“Great job, smart friends.”

“I understand it.”

 “We want to eat one …”

 “six pieces”

One for you, one for me, two for you, two for me  . . .

I have three pieces.

 “Hey, wait! How many should we each eat?”

 “There are ten”

Clever friend, you know it:

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS:

 

This great Qiao Hu episode begins with a “Kung Fu Dance.” Lifesize dolls of Qiao Hu and his bunny friend, as well as a young woman, do a dance where they punch and kick, reviewing words related to directions, such as “left” and “right.”

 

Next, a Qiao Hu morality tale has the cartoon version of the tiger playing (perhaps in a mall) with his bunny and elephant friends. Their mothers go off but they all agree that the parents will soon come back and the kids will then leave the play area. When they arrive, however, the elephant boy wants to play more and disobeys. The other kids obey and go with their mothers to get balloons. When the elephant boy sees this, he runs out, but all the balloons are gone. After learning his lesson and apologizing to his mother, he gets to play with Qiao Hu’s balloon.

 

The third section is a variation of a typical Qiao Hu story. Young boy is playing and tasty food is served. He wants to dig in right away, but is reminded by Qiao Hu that, as his mom says, he must wash his hands. Great fun is had in washing hands and beating those nasty germs, and finally the food is consumed with clean hands.

 

An imitation of a game show is used next to teach Chinese kids the characters corresponding to four animals, which serves to teach me the actual words: ox, sheep, horse, and pig. Qiao Hu and his bunny friend compete and raise placards to show the character that corresponds to each word, in turn.

 

The following clip is clearly designed to train toddler’s brains. Cats are shown among other animals, then hidden, and the viewer is supposed to remember where the cats are located. I’m proud to say I got them all right! I’m at least as smart as your average Chinese two year old! And I even understood a couple of words.

 

Next, Chinese kids are trained in counting and rudimentary division. I get to review my numbers and some extra words related to food and counting while watching the tasty pizza slices and fish distributed between the cartoon crocodiles.

 

 

SECTION BREAKDOWN

 

0:00 – 2:42     Kung Fu Dance

                         “Here is Changa. Here is Qiao Hu.”

                         Kung fu

                         Dance

Kung Fu Dance

1, 2, 3, 4

                         Left side

                         Right side

                         To kick    

2:42 – 6:40     Playtime

and

Qiao Hu, Cheechee, and Doubee”

Elephant

Elephant Mama

To return

                         Quick

                         “Doubee, let’s come back quickly.”

“I’m still playing.”

“Doubee, you have to come back . . .”

“Qiao Hu and Cheechee both went with their mothers . . . Doubee didn’t see.”

Balloon

                         “Wow, thank you! / You’re welcome”

                         Both

                         To have

                         “Qiao Hu, Cheechee, you both have . . . balloons.”

                         “I know it, but I . . .

                         “Mama, I’m sorry.

                         “OK. Very good, Doubee.

                         “Doubee, you can play with my balloon.”

6:40 – 10:47   Wash your hands and beat those germs

                         Germs

                         “We are germs.”

                         don’t wash hands

                         here

                         “Mama said you must wash your hands.”

                         together

                         “Let’s go wash together.

                         Wash wash hands

                         Eyes

                         Nose

                         Mouth

                         “Oh, I understand. I won’t eat … wash my hands. / Great, let’s go.

                         Smart friend

                         Water

10:47 – 15:00 Animal Game Show

To play

                         Ox

                         Sheep

                         Horse

                         Pig

                         “We are both ready to answer.

To start

What

                         “We are both very prepared.”

Character

                         Correct

                         “Thus, three to two, Qiao Hu wins.

15:00 – 18:07 Where are the cats?

Six

To begin

Cat

                         Hidden / secret

Welcome

“Let us welcome …”

                         Six

                         “Great job, smart friends.”

18:07 – 21:43 Pizza and fish

                         “I understand it.”

                         Pizza

                         “We want to eat one …”

                         [Numbers 1-6]

                         “six pieces”

                         “One for you, one for me, two for you, two for me  . . .

                         “I have three pieces.

                         Smart friend

                         To wait

                         “Hey, wait! How many should we each eat?”

                         [Numbers 1-6]

                         There are

                         “There are ten”

              “Clever friend, you know it:

 

Qiao Hu Study Guide 9

Summary

Episode: 2012 9台版幼幼版 Part 1/2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWiJFfekv_g

Viewing time: 11:50 (Part 1/2)

Section Breakdown

Title Start time
Where Is My Friend ♪ 0:00
Good Hygiene 2:50
Doctor’s Visit 4:56
I Will Be Brave ♪ 9:08
Bringing Home Baby Sister 9:35

Primary benefits:

(1) Review beginning vocabulary in short, comprehensible complete sentences.

(2) Learn a catchy song that reinforces numbers 1-7 and how to ask and answer “Where” questions.

(3) Learn vocabulary and expressions related to hygiene and doctor’s visits.

(4) Reinforce vocabulary and expressions related to families and newborns.

My level when I saw and reviewed it: 300 total study/viewing hours

 

 

Vocabulary – Learn or Reinforce

 

 

friend

brother

to be (for location)

where

here

little

together*

dirty*

clean*

brush

teeth

clothes

germs

half

brave

afraid

doctor*

fever*

feel well

very

cry

medicine*

I got it / I understand

drink water

grandpa

grandma

to be back / to return

sing

song


 

*Vocabulary I am unsure of.

Sections

 

  1. “Where is My Friend?”

00:00 – 02:50

 

Where is my friend?

Little friend, [lists people] together will look (for).

Where is Guh-guh (boy/brother)?

Qiao Hu, I am here!

Where is (girl’s name)?

Hello, I am here!

asdfa

Where are (name of kid 1) and (name of kid 2)?

Hi, we are here!

. . .

Thank you, little friend . . .

 

♪♪♪

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Where is my friend?

He/she is here, he/she is here,

My friend is here.

 

[Dialogue during song]

Little friend, let’s quickly, together, . . .

Where is Qiao Hu? Little friend, together let’s look for him.

 

  1. “Good Hygiene”

02:50 – 04:56

 

Guh-guh, look. This little friend is dirty. This little friend is clean.

[They discuss the need for the dirty boy to wash up.]

. . .

Brush teeth

[rinse mouth, dry]

Great/very clean!

[other grooming tasks]

clothes

clean

. . .

germs

. . .

[don’t use your clothes to wipe your nose]

. . . tissue

Fold the tissue in half. Fold it in half again.

. . .

All clean!

  1. Doctor’s Visit

04:56 – 9:08

 

. . .

Let’s go see the doctor.

But, I will be afraid.

Qiao Hu, you must be brave and see the doctor. . . . germs

I will be brave and see the doctor.

. . .

 

You don’t have a fever.

Thank you.

You’re welcome.

Luhluh, this is a stethoscope. Doctor uses this stethoscope to listen to your heart’s health.

Now this is a . . . ear

. . .

Say, “Ahhh”

. . .

Qiao Hu, let’s go.

OK.

Let’s go.

 

Qiao Hu, hello. I heard . . . you’re not feeling well.

[Doctor says he will listen and look in his ear.]

. . .

Thank you, doctor.

Qiao Hu, let’s . . .

 

Guhguh, look. That little friend is [getting a shot].

He is very brave. He is not crying.

 

Qiao Hu, this is your medicine. . . .

I got it.

 

Qiao Hu, you have got to be brave . . .

OK! I will be brave . . .

Qiao Hu, very . . .

 

 

  1. “I Will Be Brave”

9:08 – 9:35

 

♪♪♪

I will be brave, I will be brave

. . . not be afraid to see the doctor

I will be brave, I will be brave

I will not be afraid to take medicine.

I will drink water and I will rest.

Bye-bye, germs. Bye-bye, germs.

 

 

  1. Bringing Home Baby Sister

9:35 – 11:49

 

Qiao Hu, your dad and mom are [going somewhere].

Your grandpa and grandma will stay with you. . . .

. . . will come back.

I got it.

 

Qiao Hu, look. This is you when you were little.

. . .

Mama, dada, and the little one are back.

Qiao Hu, this is your little sister.

. . .

Qiao Hu, you’re a big brother. Together, we have take care of your little sister.

OK!

. . . butterfly bow . . .

 

Little flower, you must not cry.

Your brother is going to sing a song. . . . Listen.

 

♪♪♪

Little flower, you must not cry.

Your brother Qiao Hu will sing a song.

. . .

 

. . .

Little flower, you are my little sister.

. . .

 

 

 

 

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