If like ShaoLan, you come from Taiwan, or other places with a warm climate, then you might not have ever experienced snow (unless you climbed to the top of a very high mountain)! However, as ShaoLan tells Transition singer Jesse Edbrooke, after experiencing snow for the first time, she quickly realized that her favorite way to experience snow was skiing! Jesse, who comes from the UK, is accustomed to seeing snow, although it doesn’t generally settle long enough for skiing in the UK, so when it does snow, most people take days off work and school and rush outside to go sledding instead! ShaoLan teaches lots of useful snow vocabulary, such as the Chinese for “snowman,” “snowball,” “sled” and “snowboard,” and even Chinese for the most dangerous form of skiing that you can imagine!
The Chinese word for snow is 雪, which simply means “snow”, but if you want to describe the falling of snow the just add the character for “down” in front of the character for snow, 下雪 “down snow,” means “it is snowing.”