Friday, June 08, 2012

Talking Chinese To A Baby
While many of my friends have begun working at restaurants and stores in the mall like normal teenagers, Z and I have stumbled on a job of a very different sort. We have actually become Chinese teachers! Well, in a very loose sense of the word. To be clear, we speak Chinese to a five-month old baby for twenty minutes, two times a week.

It all started when Mom got an email from the baby's mother asking if she had any Chinese students at Blair who might want to help the baby (who is not at all Chinese) become accustomed to the sounds of Mandarin. Z and I got first dibs on the offer and, given our love of babies and our need to practice Chinese, it sounded like a perfect fit. I mean, who wouldn't want to get paid to hold an adorable baby and speak to her in Chinese?

So Z and I have been working with this little cutie pie for a couple of weeks now. Here is our usual lesson plan...

1. Carry her around and sometimes bottle-feed her while singing or just talking in Chinese.

2. Go through a lesson on a Chinese computer program (usually consists of vocabulary) while interacting with her.

3. Go through the numbers with her a couple of times.

4. Do something else interactive like read a story or take her outside and talk about what we see.

I don't know know how the baby is enjoying our lessons but I am sure having a great time "teaching" her!



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