In honor of Értóng Jié 儿童节, this is the first post in a series designed to bring us foreigners up to the level of Chinese elementary school children (not including their studies of hanzi, but if you want that, see Randy Alexander’s project).
For those of us who have mild dyslexia, here’s a little kǒujué 口诀 to help you keep the compass points straight:
Directions Chant (2,646 hits)
Shàng Běi, Xià Nán, Zuǒ Xī, Yòu Dōng
上北, 下南, 左西, 右东
Up North, Down South, Left West, Right East
Of course, if you have no idea where left and right are it’s not going to be that useful.
Anyone else know any children’s chants for remembering things? Please share.