Learn to say the four seasons in Mandarin Chinese (with audio pronunciation and kids worksheet)

“Winter, spring, summer, and fall”– I repeat this with my preschooler a lot to get her to learn the four seasons. I’ve also started teaching both my children the seasons in Mandarin Chinese.

Having fun even in the COLD winter weather outside the New Hampshire Children's Museum

Click here for pronunciation of the four seasons in Mandarin Chinese and below is how you say each seasons:

  • Winter 冬天 dōng tīan (‘dong’ is ‘d’ + ‘owng’ with a sustained tone; ‘tian’ is ‘t’ + long ‘e’+ ‘en’ soft ‘e’ with a sustained tone)
  • Spring 春天 chūn tīan (‘chun’ is ‘ch’ + ‘wun’ with a sustained tone; ‘tian’ is ‘t’ + long ‘e’+ ‘en’ soft ‘e’ with a sustained tone)
  • Summer 夏天 xìa tīan (‘xia’ is ‘shee’ long ‘e’ +’ya’ with a sharp declining tone; ‘tian’ is ‘t’ + long ‘e’+ ‘en’ soft ‘e’ with a sustained tone)
  • Fall/Autumn 秋天 qīu tīan (‘qiu’ is ‘chee’ with long ‘e’+'yo’ with a sustained tone; ‘tian’ is ‘t’ + long ‘e’+ ‘en’ soft ‘e’ with a sustained tone)

To reinforce learning the seasons, download this worksheet. Have your child draw a picture depicting each season.

As we look forward to 10-12 inches of snow tomorrow, I continue to be reminded that it is still winter 冬天 dōng tīan!

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