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Learning objects Matching characters: match it: A [Chinese]


Look at sets of similar Chinese characters. Pair up the characters that match exactly. Notice that when characters look alike, they often have related meanings. Spot the subtle differences in strokes that form the different characters. Build your knowledge of simple characters by checking meanings and spoken examples. This learning object is the first in a series of four objects that progressively increase in difficulty.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students identify matching characters in sets of similar characters.
Educational value
  • Encourages student appreciation of Chinese character texts by engaging them in a character matching activity based on recognising like character strokes and structure.
  • Provides opportunities to identify subtle differences in strokes that form different characters and alter meanings.
  • Illustrates relationships between Chinese characters' appearance and their meanings.
  • Describes the derivation of simple characters' meanings and models pronunciation.
  • Gives all instructions and feedback in English.
  • Encourages reflection on the derivation of meanings.
  • Randomly generates characters to encourage repeated use.
  • Includes an option to print a table showing related groups of characters and their meanings.
Year level

F; 1; 2

Learning area
  • languages other than english
  • Languages other than english/Oral interaction
  • Languages other than english/Reading and responding
  • Languages other than english/Writing
  • Languages other than english/Visual cues
  • Languages other than english/Vocabulary
  • Languages other than english/Chinese
  • Languages other than english/Character texts
  • Languages other than english/Characters
  • Languages other than english/Pinyin
  • Languages other than english/Linguistic structures and features
  • Knowledge;
  • Comprehension;
  • Application;
  • Analysis
Student activity
  • Interactives;
  • Games;
  • Analysis;
  • Modelling;
  • Comprehension activity
Learning design
  • Experiential learning;
  • Independent learning;
  • Problem solving;
  • Visual learning

Other details

  • Technical implementer
  • Script writer
  • Publisher
  • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia
  • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
  • URL:
Access profile
  • Colour independence
  • Device independence
Learning resource type
  • Interactive Resource
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  • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS) 
Operating systems
  • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
  • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
  • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.