Category Archives: Speaking and Learning Chinese

Culture Shock: cultural exchange edition

For 2 weeks we are hosting 2 guest students from China. They are 13 and 15 years old. We did the same thing last summer and I swore that I wouldn’t do it again but then, right before I left … Continue reading

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food and society

A few food observations from Sweden (I know I need to write some real blog posts but this will have to suffice for now): 1. Falafel is the new pizza. I have never seen so much falafel. Even the Swedish … Continue reading

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Multilingualism reconsidered

When I read this editorial back in December, I was on board with Kristof”s disdain of American monolingualism. Here is the joke Kristof leads off with A quiz: If a person who speaks three languages is trilingual, and one who … Continue reading

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Foreign Language Elementary Education, Say What?

As you know, I am working with the local public school district on an application for the Chinese Guest Teacher Program. Although the teacher is partially subsidized, we will have to do substantial fundraising as well as locating a family … Continue reading

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Foreign Language Education at Union Elementary School

Those of you who have been with me for a while know that I have been planning to get the Chinese Guest Teacher Program here at Jie-jie’s elementary school. I am working with the administration on the application now. While … Continue reading

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Chinese Kindergarten, part II

Last Saturday we had our second day at Chinese kindergarten. It was substantially better than the week before, but there are still some issues we need to overcome. When we arrived, we found an entire second class complete with about … Continue reading

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An uphill battle…

Today was the first day of lessons at Vermont Chinese School. After our registration session a couple of weeks ago we had pretty high hopes. We arrived at the school and met the principal. We spoke to him in Chinese … Continue reading

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