Twas The Night Before Christmas In Chinese Part 5
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Twas The Night Before Christmas In Chinese Part 5

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MandMx #China Twitter Tweets of the Week for 2012-10-02

  • 50 Chinese Children's Songs That Help Your Baby Learn to Speak – 开心网 #
  • Tonight after his shower, our 4y/o explained how to comb his hair 梳头 Shūtóu to my Chinese father-in-law. "这样子,公公。 Like this Grandpa." #
  • Non China Related: My 1st ever full fledge digital downloaded music album. Ben Folds Five! First album in a long time! #
  • Classic MandMx: : "I Have A Dream" In Chinese #china #
  • Our 4y/o was accused of dropping a pitcher's lid on the floor. He defended himself in Chinese. "不是这样,是公公!Not like that, it was Grandpa." #
  • If current growth rates continue, by 2015 Chinese will overtake English as the internet's language. @ChinaStories #
  • Differences between China (red) and the US (blue). "Drinks when you have a stomach ache." #
  • Classic MandMx: : Teaching English In China #china #
  • Our 4y/o is prepping drawings for 2 cousins for Saturday when we'll eat Chinese food with his 小姑父 Xiǎo gūfu Uncle who'll hand deliver them. #
  • Another unbelievably informative and useful infographic from @illuminantceo What gifts to get the Chinese in your life #
  • Classic MandMx: : Fruit Cake In China #china #
  • So cool! "4 Ads Featuring Chinese or Asian Women and Caucasian Men: Heineken, Ruffles, Chevy and Apple." #
  • Our 4y/o talked about Calvin & Hobbes with my Chinese father-in-law. "…Spaceman Spiff 的手枪 de shǒuqiāng. Spaceman Spiff's blaster…." #
  • That is one ugly EVIL KUNG FU PANDA from China Digital Times and artist "Sinking Stone" #
  • Classic MandMx: : Wise Child Foolish Child #china #
  • Our 4y/o is flying his toy plane around the house and announced, "中国人到中国去! 美国人到美国去! Chinese going to China. Americans going to America!" #
  • Mx taught me a new word today describing my brother-in-law. 腼腆 miǎntiǎn which is translated as "bashful" but I prefer a positive "quiet." #
  • Classic MandMx: : English Pronunciation Cigarette Or Secret #china #
  • Don't Judge a Book: Watch a Homely Chinese Girl Belt Out Adele's Song on China's "THE VOICE 中国好声音" h/t @ChinaStories #
  • Classic MandMx: : How To Scare A Foreigner In China #china #
  • Our 4y/o lost his faith in the Patriots yesterday too early! He loves watching 橄榄球 Gǎnlǎnqiú American football and those Patriots! #
  • Our 67 day old little one is fun when she's fed and changed. But when she's hungry 怎么凶 so fierce/nasty! Watch out, she can be cranky! #
  • Classic MandMx: : Kites In China #china #

MandMx #China Twitter Tweets of the Week for 2012-09-25

  • New post: MandMx #China Twitter Tweets of the Week for 2012-09-18 #learnchinese #
  • New post: Scene From A Chinese Restaurant In China #learnchinese #
  • We had an argument on what our 53 day old's 1st words will be. I said 爸爸 Bàba, Mx said 妈妈 Māmā and our 4y/o said it would be 哥哥 Gēgē. #
  • Classic MandMx: : Moon Cakes And Security #china #
  • 先做学生,后做先生。Xiān zuò xuéshēng, hòu zuò xiānshēng. "1 must learn something well before 1 can teach it to others." #
  • New post: From Teaching English in China to Teaching Chinese in America: Completing the Circle #learnchinese #
  • Every time our 4y/o wants to get my Chinese father-in-law's attention he always says 公…公…公…公… Gōng… Gōng… Gōng… Gōng… #
  • Classic MandMx: : Ask Mr Tea #china #
  • Class Question: Why do many Chinese not like the Japanese? Various Answers: different religions, different languages, a war? #
  • Classic MandMx: : Teaching English About Overweight And Fat #china #
  • Trying to explain the whole digestive tract to our 4y/o after dinner in English I kept using 肚子 dùzi the Chinese for stomach. #
  • Classic MandMx: : Chinese Chicken Soup #china #
  • Our 4y/o said "爸爸已经起来了,妹妹已经起来了,公公已经起来了,妈妈已经起来了,哥哥已经起来了, Daddy, sister, grandpa, momma and old brother already woke up!" #
  • Our 57 day old little one has been smiling at us so much lately. She can certainly recognize us and smiles. MX says, "好玩好玩! So fun So fun!" #
  • This can't be good. "Chinese protesters surround U.S. ambassador car, Ai Wei Wei says it's fake" #
  • Classic MandMx: : Bin Laden Is Dead: Chinese Reactions #china #
  • Just found @JassaDeen on Youtube Will definitely show some of her videos in my Chinese class. How inspiring for some of my students! #
  • New post: 7 Lesser Known Sichuan Spicy Things #learnchinese #
  • Classic MandMx: : Chinese Exam 004: What Is A Horse Opera? #china #
  • I love how our 4y/o has introduced Richard Scarry's books to my Chinese father-in-law in Chinese! "公公,你看,玉米车! Grandpa look! A corn car." #
  • Reading 1st Hardy Boys (侦探 zhēntàn detectives) book to our 4y/o. We're reading "Secret Agent on Flight 101" Loves it! #
  • Classic MandMx: : American Opinions Of The Chinese Through The Decades #china #
  • Wouldn't catch me on those things! "3 Hilarious Chinese Amusement Park Rides Videos: Chengdu, Beijing and Shanghai" #

From Teaching English in China to Teaching Chinese in America: Completing the Circle

“Mr. Mr. Curse me out in Chinese and I’ll curse you out in Portuguese!”


That should give you a glimpse into my new world: Teaching Chinese to middle schoolers in an urban Magnet School in Western Massachusetts.  Twelve years ago when I embarked on my 5 year stint in China, I never thought that I needed to take notes on the culture, the people and the language because I would be teaching this stuff in the future.  I took notes, doodles, journals and diaries along with scrapbooks etc but little did I know that I would do the opposite of what I was doing in China (teaching English) in my hometown in the coming future.  I would have the chance to teach Chinese in America.
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The student who asked me to curse him out is a kind of odd duck in my classes where his parents’ native language is Portuguese in a city where it seems like the mother tongue is Spanish not English.  The student body is 80% poverty and the school is awash in money from the Federal Government.  I haven’t asked for much of anything in terms of new purchases for books or equipment, but I do chop down a tree or two on a daily basis getting their Chinese character worksheets copied.


But teaching Chinese has been an interesting time so far as it has strengthened my foundational knowledge in tones, characters and pronunciation.  I’ve had to reevaluate my feelings for the Chinese language and I’ve come to the conclusion that I do love speaking the language, learning the language and now teaching the language.


And sooner or later I might teach that Portuguese-American student a few bad words in Mandarin!

Keep reading for more blog updates on my teaching experiences and maybe a comic or two thrown in.


MandMx #China Twitter Tweets of the Week for 2012-09-18

  • Classic MandMx: : 5 Tips For Using Chopsticks #china #
  • We have 2 sunflowers outside. 1 tall and 1 short. According to our 4y/o the tall one is him and the short one is 妹妹 Mèimei younger sister! #
  • Our 4y/o started his 1st day of pre-school year 2. He reported a 坏蛋 huàidàn bad egg broke stuff. Looking forward to that explanation! #
  • Classic MandMx: : Western Movies In Chinese Translation #china #
  • BBC: "Real Chinese" 10 Part Miniseries. 1 – Being Chinese 2 – Home and Family and 3 Education and Jobs GOOD STUFF! #
  • Classic MandMx: : A Good Day In China From BISCUET #china #
  • Our 4y/o said in Chinese while helping my Chinese father-in-law move firewood, "木头下到雨就不能烧了. The wood in the rain you can't burn." #
  • BBC: "Real Chinese" Mini-Series Part 4 Drinking/Socializing 5 Food/Restaurants 6 Buying/Selling 7 Exploring History #
  • Our 4y/o said in Chinese while helping my Chinese father-in-law move firewood, "把木头放在太阳下晒就好了. Put the wood in the sun, it'll be ready." #
  • Classic MandMx: : Early Bird Gets The Worm In Chinese #china #
  • Our 4y/o said in Chinese moving firewood, "冬天的时候我和妹妹烤火,妹妹说很舒服! In the winter, Mèimei and I will say the fire at home is so comfortable!" #
  • National Fortune Cookie Day! Gonna celebrate? "Only a proud man makes a spectacle of that which is best left unspoken." -Jimmy Fallon #
  • Classic MandMx: : Bring 8 Million Passport Photos To China #china #
  • Great talk on how Americans should feel guilty! "TEDTalk: Meet 2 Chinese factory workers, Lu Qingmin and Wu Chunming" #
  • Beautiful Hi-Res Shanghai Landscape photo taken from the tallest building in Shanghai: Shanghai Worl #
  • New post: MandMx #China Twitter Tweets of the Week for 2012-09-11 #learnchinese #
  • Our 4y/o picked up our "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" and said "If God sent this storm we'd eat the food and 我们就是英雄! save the day!" #
  • Classic MandMx: : Hummer Made In China #china #
  • Our 4y/o said he didn't want fried chicken wings my Chinese father-in-law made. We reminded him. "你说不要 你说不要!You said you didn't want them!" #
  • If a panda is born outside of China, do they retain the panda citizenship of that country where the zoo is located? #
  • Good news. Glad to hear it. Sometimes I don't get sports in China. "China eases pressure on its future sports stars" #
  • Classic MandMx: : Ping Pong In China #china #

MandMx #China Twitter Tweets of the Week for 2012-09-11

  • New post: MandMx #China Twitter Tweets of the Week for 2012-09-04 #learnchinese #
  • Classic MandMx: : Christmas Nativity Made In China #china #
  • Myself and our 4y/o practiced phrases at home about dumplings. "I've eaten so many I can't eat one more dumpling. 我吃饱了,一个饺子也吃不下!" #
  • Recently our 4y/o told me clearly that he was a "美国上海人 Měiguó shànghǎi rén American Shanghai person." We all had a good laugh about that. #
  • New post: One Sentence Book Review: The End Of The Chinese Dream By Gerard Lemos #learnchinese #
  • Classic MandMx: : Chinese Millionaire Billionaire Trillionaire #china #
  • Classic MandMx: : Halloween Costumes From China #china #
  • Our 4y/o constantly falls asleep when my Chinese father-in-law gives him his nightly 按摩脚 Ànmó jiǎo foot massage. I think he's faking it! #
  • Classic MandMx: : Michael Jackson In Chinese #china #
  • Comic by Luke McGarry in Bloomberg's "Looking to get ahead? China doesn't want you" #
  • Today our 4y/o said to MX in Chinese, "妈妈,你的肚子越来越小了!Mommy, your tummy is getting smaller and smaller." Our daughter is 43 days old. #
  • Classic MandMx: : 10 Chinese Tattoos You Don't Want #china #
  • Our 4y/o and I went to a Library book sale today. I picked up 3 beginner's Chinese books for about $1 total. Plus the Stilwell Papers! #
  • Getting ready for our 1st church in a while, our 4y/o asked if he was a 帅哥 shuàigē handsome guy. He asked us all. Even his 44 day old 妹妹! #
  • New post: Writing Chinese Characters Is Like Hiking A Mountain #learnchinese #
  • Conspiracies abound about poison fluoride. Does anyone REALLY buy that? "Poison China: Fluoride, Hotpot and Dog Food!" #
  • Classic MandMx: : Chinese Tongue Twister Mom On A Horse #china #
  • Heading to church on Sunday my Chinese father-in-law said our 4y/o should wear a tie. He told him, "爸爸的领带太长了! Daddy's ties are too long!" #
  • Classic MandMx: : Summer In China Is Watermelons #china #
  • Pretty good. And on teacher's Day! "2 Realistic Videos on Teaching English in China, both with over 30,000 Views" #

MandMx #China Twitter Tweets of the Week for 2012-09-04

  • New post: MandMx #China Twitter Tweets of the Week for 2012-08-28 #learnchinese #
  • Classic MandMx: : First Year In China: Math And Chinese #china #
  • My Chinese father-in-law, our 4y/o and I were watched our 31 d/o kick kick kick her blanket off. They said, "她锻炼身体! She's working out!" #
  • Chinese media slams Mitt #Romney as convention begins How do you say "pugnacious" in Chinese? h/t @chinastories #
  • Great Stuff! "Illuminant's Chinese Takeout – Colors in China (What to Use, What to Avoid)" #
  • New post: Writing Chinese Characters Is Like [INSERT EUPHAMISM HERE] #learnchinese #
  • Got home from work today to find our 4y/o wearing a Chinese Qing Dynasty style beanie over a hoodie, rain boots on holding a golf club! #
  • Classic MandMx: : REPOST Interesting Fortune Cookies #china #
  • Yeah, @illuminantceo I saw it through @haohaoreport and I found it so useful I might use it for my classes! Great information! in reply to illuminantceo #
  • Classic MandMx: : Airplane Travel In China #china #
  • Our 4y/o was convinced that my Chinese father-in-law was napping. He said, "哦,我不知道他在挖洞! Oh I didn't know he was digging a hole." #
  • Our 1 month old was wide-eyed looking outside the window while being held. Our 4y/o said "She wants to see the whole world. 她要看整个世界!" #
  • Classic MandMx: : Lottery Winner With Bad Luck Part 1 #china #
  • Innovative. If you can't afford one, make one! CAFE standards are off though. "Chinese man builds replica Lamborghini" #
  • The other day our 4y/o spoke in Chinglish to me. "Daddy, we have to 保护 bǎohù momma." That word means "protect" or "watch over." #
  • Yesterday our 38 day old got her Chinese traditional one month old hair cut. She took it like a trooper and only cried for an hour. #
  • Classic MandMx: : Ping Pong In China Is Hard #china #
  • PRISON BREAK! 3 Meter Long Golden Python Escapes. Owner posts a Lost note. Neighbors FREAK! 3米长黄金蟒“越 #
  • Our 4y/o went to my Chinese father-in-law and said, "公公,枪修好了. Grandpa, I fixed your blaster." I guess he was playing fix-it man. #
  • This is too cool! "Batman of Shanghai – Amazing Animation showing Catwoman, Bane and Batman in Old Times Shanghai" #
  • Classic MandMx: : Chinese Paper Cutting Class #china #
  • Would be a great ad for a dashboard camera! "Watch this Girl from Taiwan Fake a Car Accident and get caught on film!" #