TenWest Cultural Activities: 说吧(SHUOBA)

TenWest Language School will start its 3rd year of Chinese cultural activities called 说吧(SHUOBA. We’ll organize two events every month from September 2018 to January 2019. The activities are to improve the international students’ Chinese language skills and their cultural knowledge. Each event will be posted on GoKunming.com, Facebook, and TenWest WeChat public account for at least one week in advance about when and where the event will be held.  Please subscribe our Facebook and WeChat to get the latest information.

September 20th, 2018 TenWest will host a Moon Festival Celebration Party. It Begins at 5:00 pm. Any international Chinese language learners are invited to join. We will share with you our culture about why and how we celebrate the Moon Festival. We will serve a wonderful dinner and delicious mooncakes.

Please join us and celebrate the Moon Festival at TenWest. In order to help us to prepare enough food for everyone, please email your RSVP and number of guest coming to the party NLT September 17th.

Your suggestions and ideas to improve 说吧(Shuoba) are welcome.

Location: TenWest Language School, 8th Floor, Carnival Building A, Linyu Road. 昆明市北市区霖雨路嘉年华A座8楼 英海学校。

(Take subway blue line 2 to Linyuqiao Station, take Exit A and walk one block west to the Carnival building on northwest corner of Linyu Road and Panlong river)


Time: September 20th, 2018. Start from 17:00 to 19:30.


Admission is FREE, but please RSVP by email and number of guest NLT September 17th.

Chinese New Year Celebration Party

Chinese New Year is a Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival is usually referred to as the Spring Festival in modern China.

In this special and important time, Tenwest Language School will organize a cultural activity to celebrate Chinese New Year with all international students and Chinese language learners.

Time: 16:30 – 19:30, Friday, January 25, 2019.

Venue: Tenwest Language School (Office 805, Carnival Bldg A, Linyu Road, Wuhua District)

Activity Schedules: Making dumplings, putting on Chinese New Year door decorations, telling New Year stories and reunion dinner)

FREE Admission!!!

Please register and reserve a place no later than Monday, January 21 by sending email to tenwest.km@hotmail.com, or calling 0871-65747722, or telling your teacher(s).Make dumplings (包饺子)

Dumpling is abroad classification for a dish that consists of piece(s) of dough (made from variety of starch sources) wrapped around a filling or of dough with no filling. Dumplings may be prepared using a variety of methods, including boiling, frying, simmering, or steaming.

Tenwest teachers will teach you to make dumplings step by step.

Put on Chinese New Year Door Decorations(贴对联)

In Chinese poetry, a couplet (simplified Chinese: 对联duìlián) is a pair of lines of poetry which adhere to certain rules. Outside of poems, they are usually seen on the sides of doors leading to people’s homes or as hanging scrolls in an interior. A special, widely seen type of couplet is the spring couplet (simplified Chinese:春联chūnlián), used as a New Year’s decoration that expresses happiness and hopeful thoughts for the coming year.
Tell The New Year Story (讲春节故事)

According to tales and legends, the beginning of the Chinese New Year started with a mythical beast called the Nian. Nian would eat villagers, especially children. One year, all the villagers decided to go hide from the beast. An old man appeared before the villagers went into hiding and said that he’s going to stay the night, and decided to get revenge on the Nian. All the villagers thought he was insane. The old man put red papers up and set off firecrackers. The day after, the villagers came back to their town to see that nothing was destroyed. They assumed that the old man was a deity who came to save them. The villagers then understood that the Nian was afraid of the color red and loud noises. When the New Year was about to come, the villagers would wear red clothes, hang red lanterns, and red spring scrolls on windows and doors. People also used firecrackers to frighten away the Nian. From then on, Nian never came to the village again. The Nian was eventually captured by Hong jun Lao zu, an ancient Taoist monk. After that, Nian retreated to a nearby mountain.

Reunion Dinner (吃年夜饭)

The biggest event of any Chinese New Year’s Eve is the annual reunion dinner. Dishes consisting of special meats are served at the tables, as the main course for the dinner and offering for the New Year.

In northern China, it is customary to make dumplings (饺子jiaozi) after dinner to eat around midnight. Dumplings symbolize wealth because their shape resembles a Chinese sycee. In contrast, in the South, it is customary to make a glutinous new year cake (年糕nian gao) and send pieces of it as gifts to relatives and friends in the coming days. Niángāo literally means “new year cake” with a homophonous meaning of “increasingly prosperous year in year out”.

Relevant words

过(ɡuò)年(nián)celebrate Chinese New Year

除(chú)夕(xī)/年(nián)三(sān)十(shí)   Chinese New Year Eve

红(hónɡ)包(bāo)  red envelope

拜(bài)年(nián)pay New Year’s visit

放(fànɡ)鞭(biān)炮(pào)  set off firecrackers

走(zǒu)亲(qīn)访(fǎnɡ)友(yǒu)  visit relatives and friends

元(yuán)宵(xiāo)节(jié)  Lantern Festival (last day of Chinese New Year)

We are looking forward to seeing you!