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Four Words for Every Child’s Merry Christmas

Dec. 20, 2011

Christmas is coming along with everybody’s favorite jolly fat man! In today’s lesson, we’ll take a look at the four most popular Chinese words for kids during Christmas time. And for any kids reading: study hard, be kind and we’ll all keep our fingers crossed that no one finds any lumps of coal in their stockings this year.  
 

圣诞老人 (Shèngdàn lǎorén) Santa Claus

 

"圣诞 (Shèngdàn)" is the term for Christmas and "老人 (lǎorén)" means "old person." So when you say "Santa" in Mandarin, it's a bit like saying "圣诞老人 (Shèngdàn lǎorén)."

Example 

Shèngdàn lǎorén huì sònggěi wǒ shénme lǐwù ne? Hǎo qīdài ya!
圣诞            老人   会     送给    我    什么   礼物 呢?好  期待 呀!

 

What’ll Santa bring me? Whatever it is, I’m definitely looking forward to it! 
 

圣诞树 (Shèngdàn shù) Christmas tree

 

"树 (shù)" means "tree."

Example:

Wǒ gěi shèngdàn shùshang guàmǎnle tángguǒ.
我   给       圣诞        树上          挂满了        糖果。

 

I usually hang up all kinds of treats on the Christmas tree.
  

圣诞袜 (Shèngdàn wà) Christmas stockings

 

"袜 ()" is the short form for "袜子 (wàzi)," both of which mean "socks." When you talk about your holiday stockings in Mandarin, you're actually saying "圣诞袜 (Shèngdàn wà)."

Example: 

Wǒ de shèngdàn wà lǐ zhuāngmǎnle lǐwù.
我  的        圣诞    袜里     装满了     礼物。

 

My stocking’s filled with goodies! 
 

圣诞帽 (Shèngdàn mào) Santa hat

 

"帽 (mào)" is the short form for "帽子 (màozi)." They both mean "hat."

Example: 

Mèimei chuānzhe fěnsè de qúnzi, dàizhe Shèngdàn mào, kě'ài jí le.
妹妹         穿着     粉色   的   裙子,戴着      圣诞        帽, 可爱极了。

 

How cute! My little sister is wearing her pink dress with her Santa hat. 

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