The Virtual Picture Album -- China

The grid below is an annotated index to part of the Virtual Picture Album compiled and distributed by the Less Commonly Taught Languages Project at the University of Minnesota. The pictures in this section of the VPA are of people, places and objects in the People's Republic of China. Each of the pictures is represented by a thumbnail-sized image in the grid, and is accompanied by:

  • a list of vocabulary items corresponding to elements in the picture
  • some suggested lesson topics and grammar points for which the picture might be useful. (These categories are summarized at the bottom of the page.)

There are also suggestions for ways to use certain pairs or groups of pictures.

Due to the number of pictures in this section, the VPA index for China is divided into three parts.

Part 1 in English in Chinese
Part 2 in English (this page) in Chinese
Part 3 in English in Chinese

To view or download a full-sized picture from the VPA, click on its thumbnail representation below. You may also view the table with the list of vocabulary items in Chinese.

Photo (Thumbnail) Vocabulary Items Topics Grammar Points
crowd at Shanghai train station, 1 crowds, station, "lao-bai-xing" population growth; travel motion verbs; directions
crowd at Shanghai train station, 2 crowds, station, "lao-bai-xing" population growth; travel motion verbs; directions
telephone pole on a bicycle telephone pole, bicycle, building materials construction "ba" construction; progressive
traffic jam, Nanjing traffic jam, bicycle, van traffic; pollution; economic growth locatives/spatial relations
brushes on a cart peddler, brushes, skyscraper, street, wagon everyday life; kitchen utensils prepositions; near/far
grandparents and a grandchild grandparents, grandchild, spoil, only child, "Little Emperor" politics; family subordinate clause; conditional
baozi_seller man, dumplings, "san-lun-che" food; unemployment/employment ordering of process/event; progressive
waitress waitress, beer economic growth; clothes; advertising transitive/intransitive
mao_jacket "Mao jacket", old-fashioned, skyscraper, street clothes; modernization near/far; directions
pepsi_sign bicycle lane, car traffic; advertising directions; progressive
waiting_boy noodles, street food, bowl, chopsticks, boy food measure words; progressive
alley_chengdu brick, alley housing; modernization near/far; directions
2_bicycles bicycle, department store transportation measure words; directions
cellphone_bike bicycle, cellular phone economic growth; income distribution conjunctions; near/far
men_waiting men, street, sign unemployment/employment; construction progressive; reflexive
kids child, elementary school population growth; education plural; measure words
chengdu_traffic traffic jam, car traffic; pollution; economic growth locatives/spatial relations
hanging_meat butcher, meat food; markets prepositions
pineapple_seller pineapple, construction site unemployment/employment; agriculture; construction comparatives; conditional
coalheap coal, wall, garbage pollution; environment; economic growth progressive
hongqiao companies, hotels, joint-ventures economic development directional, measure words

advertising   "ba" construction
animals   comparatives
buildings   conditional
celebrations/ceremonies   contrast
children   directions
clothing   following a map
colors   locatives/spatial relations
construction/economic development   measure words
culture   near/far
direction signs   numbers (cardinal)
everyday life   ordering of process/event
family   particles
food   progressive
geography   reflexive
greetings   subordinate clause
historical/religious elements  
kitchen appliances/utensils  
school activities  
store interior  
traffic signs  

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