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Words of the Day: Xue Qian Ban (Kindergarten)

Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 By Ni Hao Books

The Words of the Day for today is 学前班,xué qián bān (kindergarten). My son started kindergarten a couple of weeks ago, and I've been thinking about the differences between schools in China vs. schools here in the US. There's no such thing as kindergarten in China. I was in preschool from the age 3 to age 6, then entered 1st grade. Preschool can be 幼儿园,yòu ér yuán , or 托儿所, tuō ér suǒ. So when I first moved to the US, I was confused to as what kindergarten is. Eventually I learned what it is in Chinese, 学前班,xué qián bān, which literally means "the class before studies begin". It's a good translation because all I see my son doing at school is play. What a wonderful life he has.


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