Hi Mel, We love your blog; great work! My students in the Ballston Scholars’ Program have been learning Chinese since last year (4th, 5th and 6th grade.) I’m learning with them and we love it! My students will start to post comments on your blog soon. I hope you’ll visit us when you return home. We want to expand our Chinese program here in Ballston. I’ll be visiting Chinese schools from Nov. 7-15, arriving in Beijing but traveling south the next day. I hope to connect with you soon. -Mrs. McCarthy.
I would love to visit! See you soon, Mrs. McCarthy!
What has been your favorite part of China so far?
My favorite part so far has been meeting new people. There are people from all over the world who come here to learn Chinese: Norway, France, Spain, Thailand, Japan etc. I enjoy learning about them and their cultures. I also get to meet Chinese people everywhere: in the cafeteria, on the basketball court, on the subway, etc. It’s really fun to be able to speak with them.
Ni hao, what are you learning about in school? I am from the Ballston Scholars Program. zai jian!
Ni hao! I am taking 3 kinds of Chinese classes: Written Chinese, Spoken Chinese, Business Chinese. In my Written Chinese class, we are learning how to say words that are related to the Olympics, like 体育迷 (tiyumi, sports fan). In my Spoken class, we are learning Chinese slang. In my Business class we are learning how to introduce a new product to customers in Chinese.
Ni Hao! By the way, I am a Ballston Scholar at the school Malta Avenue, and our teacher Mrs. McCarthy is going to China on Election Day. Xie Xie. Zai Jian!
Ni Hao! I am very excited that your teacher will be here soon! Did you know that when you spend Election Day in China, you can still vote? You can! I received an Absentee Ballot a few weeks ago, filled out who I wanted to vote for, and mailed it back home. Now my vote will be counted in the Election!
Ni hao. What is your favorite food in China? I am in Ballston Scholars. Mrs. McCarthy is going to China soon. Zai jian.
Ni Hao! My favorite food so far is Chinese eggplant! The eggplant is braised in a sweet sauce, making it super delicious. This dish is not fancy like Peking Duck, so you can buy it from most restaurants here in Beijing. I hope I can learn how to make it for myself one day.
Ni hao Mel! I am a Young Scholar. It is so cool you are in China! Do Chinese people like the same things we do? Are they friendly? I hope one day you will come visit us. Zia jian!
Ni Hao! Chinese people like many of the same things we do, but there are a few differences. One difference is that Chinese people drink tea like Americans drink coffee. Most people here carry around a thermos with tea inside of it. I have only seen foreigners carrying around cups of coffee. Another difference is that most Chinese people don’t watch (or play) football, they prefer to play basketball and badminton. The Chinese people that I’ve met are a little shy at first, but I found that those whom I talked with are very friendly and welcoming.
Ni hao! How is school there? It sounds really fun. We are learning Chinese and I wanted to know how hard the bigger sentences and words are. Zai Jain!
Ni Hao! School here is different from in the USA because I only take Chinese classes! Furthermore, my teachers are Chinese and don’t know how to speak English, so we must communicate the whole time only in Chinese. I think this is lots of fun! Sometimes the bigger sentences are hard because it uses grammar that is different from English grammar. Some of the hardest vocabulary words consist of 4 or more characters. For example: 可遇而不可求 (keyuerbukeqiu), this is one word which means: “something that cannot deliberately be found, it must be stumbled upon.”
Ni Hao Mel. How hard is the language? How hard is school? I really like your blog and I am learning Chinese too! I am a Ballston Scholar and my teacher Mrs. MaCarthy is going to China too! xia xia for reading this. Zai jian!
Ni Hao! I’m glad you are learning Chinese too! Learning Chinese can be difficult at times, but it is not impossible. At times when I don’t understand a sentence or a vocabulary word, I ask my tutor for help. Even at times when I do not have questions, I ask my tutor or my teacher to help me review. I have homework every night and I always need to practice, but as long as I keep practicing my Chinese, then school doesn’t seem too hard.
Hi Mel, what are some of the amazing sights in China?
There are so many things to see here! The Great Wall, The Terracotta Warriors, The Forbidden City, Pandas….the list can go on and on! I have posted some pictures of these places already on my blog. Some places that I hope to see in the upcoming weeks are the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube from the 2008 Olympics, the Temple of Heaven, and the Fragrant Hills Park.
Ni hao! This is Payton and Bella and we absolutely love your blog! We are in the Young Scholars class and we have a few questions for you. Right now we are learning Chinese and we were wondering about how fluently you can speak it. Also we are wondering about the foods there. We have had Chinese food before but what is it like when its freshly made in China? How is the sight-seeing? It sounds beautiful there and the culture is amazing! We hope you are having a GREAT time!
谢谢 xie xie Payton and Bella! I cannot speak Chinese fluently yet, my latest placement exam said that my skills are at the high-intermediate level, which means that I can live day to day life in Chinese, read easy newspaper articles, and watch childrens TV shows without much of a problem. But I still have a long way to go! Chinese food here is not like it is in America. I am going to be posting more about Chinese food on my blog within the next few weeks, so keep reading!
Ni hao Mel! I am from the Young Scholars program here in Ballston Spa. Here are some questions: What do Chinese people eat? What do they do? Thank you for blogging! Zia Jian!
Ni Hao! I will be posting some pictures of the food I have tried here soon, so keep reading my blog to see what authentic Chinese food looks like! Noodles and Buns are very popular here in Beijing, and rice is more popular in southern China. If you go to western China, you will find very spicy food. People in China are very much like people in the US; they like to chat with friends online, play games on their ipods or ipads, play sports, and listen to music.
Hi Mel. We’re learning Chinese over at Malta Ave. We hope you’ll visit and teach us a lot about China.
Keep up the great work learning Chinese! It would be a lot of fun to visit your class and see all that you have learned! \ (^o^)／
Ni hao Mel! You’re so lucky! Did you know we’re learning Chinese? I hope I get to send some comments to you in Chinese!
Ni Hao! I look forward to reading your comments in Chinese (^○^) Keep up the good work!
Hello Mel Right now we are learning Chinese. What time is it in China?
China is on the other side of the world from Ballston Spa, NY. That means that there is a 12 hour time difference and I am 12 hours ahead of you. For example, when it is 9am Monday morning for you, it is 9pm Monday night for me. Likewise, when it is 9pm Monday night for you, it is 9am Tuesday morning for me. Once Daylight Savings Times ends for you, I will be 11 hours ahead of the time in Ballston Spa.