Camper Diaries: Week 1

Camper Diaries: Week 1

We wanted to give you an inside look at Chinese Summer Camp 2015.  So, we gave our campers pencils, paper, and some time to write down what they think.  The best part?  They wrote it in Chinese!  Below are the translations to English and the original journal entries.  Happy reading!

 

Darren, 9

我在学校学了汉字和很多和中国有关的东西。

我喜欢外出课,我去了豫园、田子坊和乌镇,那些地方都很好玩。

我很喜欢这个夏令营,我玩得很开心。

At school I studied Chinese characters and lots of other connected things. I really liked the field trips. I went to Yuyuan Garden, Tianzifang, and Wuzhen. All those places were really fun. I really like this summer camp; I had a lot of fun.

 

Ryan, 11

我一天的故事

我九点开始在That’s Mandarin上课,上午三小时,我学习汉语。我最喜欢上视频和写作课。老师给我们看猫和老鼠的动画片,让我们说故事,然后写这个故事。我玩得很开心。

下午我们出去玩,我最喜欢去自然博物馆,那是一个很好玩的地方,里面有很大很大的恐龙,我最喜欢恐龙了。

文化课上,我画了脸谱,还在端午节的时候吃了粽子,知道了端午节的来历,也给同学们说了屈原的故事,我说得不错,老师给了我小礼物,我很开心,我还自己画了龙和龙舟。

我学习了两个星期,我学了很多东西,也和同学们玩了很多汉语游戏。我回新加坡以后,应该会想That’s Mandarin的。

The Story of My Day

I start class at 9am. In the morning, for three hours, I study Chinese.   My favourite classes are video classes and character writing ones. The teachers gave us Tom and Jerry cartoons and then told us to tell a story. Then we wrote down that story. I had a lot of fun.

In the afternoon, we usually went outside to play. My favourite day was when we went to the Natural History Museum. It’s a fun place. Inside, they have a lot, a lot of dinosaurs. They were my favourite part.

In the culture classes, I painted a mask, ate zongzi for Dragonboat Festival, learned the story behind Dragonboat Festival, and because I knew the story of Quyuan and could tell the rest of the group, I got a small prize and I was very happy. I also drew him as a dragon and a dragonboat.

I studied for two weeks. I studied a lot of things and had a lot of fun with other campers. After I go back to Singapore, I will miss That’s Mandarin.

Group Photo from the Shanghai Natural History Museum