When tea meets acrobatics in Shanghai Expo

Posted by Clarissa on 7. May 2010

Poster for the stage show

Step One: Words in the News

Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.

chá 茶 Tea

 zá jì 杂技 Acrobatics

 wǔ dǎo 舞蹈 Dance

 wǔ shù 武术 Martial arts

 mó shù 魔术 Magic 

 yīn yuè 音乐 Music

 yuè qì 乐器 Musical instruments

Step Two: Read and Prepare

Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio. 

An acrobatic show named "Tea" is put on four times everyday at one of the main halls in the expo zone. Acrobats enthrall audience members with their agility, perfect balancing skills, and breathtaking stunts.

And to reflect the process of making and serving tea, the graceful pliancy of contortionists provides a unique interpretation of the interactive atmosphere at a local tea house.

Both acrobatics and tea have great significance in Chinese history and culture. As Cao Xin, from the show's directing team says, he hopes the performance can bring out the ease and grace of a Chinese tea ceremony.

"Tea" runs at the expo zone in Puxi of Shanghai through June the 30th.

Step Three: Listen and Read

Listen to the audio and read the text at the same time.



Amazing performance by acrobats


Step Four: Study and Repeat

Read the text again to see how the vocabulary words are used. And then repeat these words below.

茶 chá             杂技 zá jì             舞蹈 wǔ dǎo             乐器  yuè qì

武术 wǔ shù   魔术 mó shù        音乐yīn yuè

Step Five: Grammar Point

 Read the introduction and prepare to watch the video. 

 的 is often used to indicate the possessive case or belonging just like"-'s"in English. Like"-'s" it should be placed in between the possessor and the possessee.

Go to see Grammar Video

Step Six: Quiz

Take quiz according to this lesson.

      diànyǐng  zhōng de( )fēi cháng dòng tīng

1、电影          中      的( )     非常      动   听。

A 舞蹈 (wǔ dǎo)

B 魔术 (mó shù)

C 音乐 (yīn yuè)


       nǐ  xiǎng hē( )hái  shì   kā fēi

2、你    想    喝( ) 还 是   咖啡?

A 茶(chá)

B 杂技(zá jì)

C 武术(wǔ shù)


       lǎo shī  jiāo  dà jiā   rú hé  biàn( )

3、 老师     教   大家     如何   变  ( )

A 魔术 (mó shù)

B 舞蹈 (wǔ dǎo)

C 杂技(zá jì)


Note: Please click the "refresh" button if you want to try the quiz again.



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