Hayden Lau George
My name is Hayden. I’m 13 years old. I studied in That’s Mandairn for 2 weeks. I feel good about my Chinese class because everyone is nice and friendly. I like my teacher Jiang laoshi very much, she always let us to be the “teacher”, so we can review and study by ourselves which is more interesting and active. I like this kind of teaching style very much. In my morning class, I can practise speaking as well as writing characters. In the afternoon, my favourite cultural activity were food and mask-making.I learned to making Tangyuan with all my schoolmates. Although I only spent two weeks in That’s Mandarin, but my Chinese has improved. I felt very happy and comfortable with all my teachers and classmates.
My name is Kyra, I’m 14 years old. I am from Canada. Last year I signed up 2 weeks Day camp with That’s Mandarin, I was very satisified with them, so this year I came back again. I think learning Chinese with other people (eg. teachers or my classmates) was very helpful and I feel that I learned a lot. Our teacher is very responsible and really professional, I like her very much. She focused on the structure of sentences and important vocabulary which can quickly help us to improve. In the summer camp;I enjoyed the field trips, afternoon activities and making new friends. I like learning Chinese along with other foreign language learners because it broadens my knowledge. Some places we went to were Yu garden、century park、watervillage etc. I like cooking class very much, this year I learned making Tangyuan. Overall, Mandarin camp was very fun and I hope I can come back again next year.
My name is Astrid and I am 14 years old. I live in Toronto,Canada. I enjoy learning Mandarin in the summer at camp with That’s Mandarin because I learn relevant material and I meet people from around the world. Last year I also came to That’s Mandarin, and during last year, I also took skype class with them because I want keep on learing Mandarin. I want to be able to communicate with people in Asia. Also I liked all my teachers in this school, my language teachers are all very kind and patient. When they takes us out for field trips, they take care of all the small kids,very responsible,and I always willing to help them to look after the small kids. I liked their traditional food-making class very much. I already learned how to make Jiaozi and desert dumplings. I was very satisified with my morning language class. I hope next year I can come back again and I hope we can have more cooking and practise classes cause I relly enjoy having those classes.
My name is Capucine, I am 14 years old. I came here with my two younger brothers. I like my Summer Camp because we not only study inside school but also go outside and I can meet a lot of other people who come from all around the world. I very much like my Chinese lesson, it’s very different from the style I learned before. Teacher will not make us just repeat the word or the text books, we need to use the words we already know to make long sentences. In That’s Mandarin I enlarge my vocabulary. The happiest thing is that I make great progress in saying long sentences. Also when we go outside in the afternoon, teachers always encourage us to speak to other Chinese people. We buy things in Chinese and finish the task the teacher gave us in Chinese. This year I only stay in Shanghai for one week, I hope next year I can come back again and stay longer to improve my Mandarin.
My name is JiangYi. I am eight years old. I have been studying at That’s Mandarin for four weeks. I really like studying here, so I made my mom add a week to my studies. My favorite teacher was Zhang laoshi because her class was really interesting. While she was teaching us Chinese, she also used a lot of different kinds of objects to help us review. My mom said my Chinese has improved a lot and dared me to speak to other people in Mandarin. I especially liked to talk to the teachers and to go out and play. I went to a lot of places like Yu Garden, the Science and Technology Museum, the Bund, etc. But, my favorite place was the Nature Museum of Entomology. Playing outside, we wanted to complete the teachers’ tasks, such as using Chinese to buy things, using the things we learned in the morning to find the characters and so on. I found it very interesting. In the afternoon cultural classes, my favorite was the practical lesson. I went to farms and bought food, but also know a lot of food; I also went to the post office to send a postcard to my good friend. The teacher asked us to speak Chinese! I feel like I have fun with the other students. I also like to play together with the students, the class when we ate fruit, reading, playing games. This summer I had a great time. Although I do not like to write Chinese characters, but I will slowly get the hang of it.
My name is Ethan. I came to study at That’s Mandarin for two weeks. When I got here, I was very shy and didn’t want to speak Chinese to a lot of people. Now, everything is a lot better because I made friends with the other campers. They are all helping me to improve my Chinese. The teachers are very friendly. When I go out, the teachers all tell me to speak Chinese. If I can’t, then I can just ask them “How do you say…?” They do not let me speak English, so I think my Chinese has improved a lot. Before, I couldn’t say long sentences, just some words and sentences. Now, I can speak to my teachers and classmates. This afternoon I went to the Shanghai Animation Museum, I really liked this event. During Chinese lessons in the morning the teacher taught us a lot of words, such as the Monkey King, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and so on. Then, in the afternoon we have to remember and to say the names, and then be able to score the highest points and get prizes. I like this side of the school, the side where we get to play. Graduation photo shoot today, but I was a little unhappy because I did not want to graduate!
This is my third year attending That’s Mandarin Chinese Summer Camp. The first year, I went to Beijing. The second year, I went to Shanghai. This year, I came back to Shanghai. I really like studying Chinese. The teachers here are pretty strict with us. They will take away our phones during class and even after, if they hear me speaking Chinese, they will tell me how to correct it. I like this. The teachers here are very careful, I think. They remember what I like to do. I told them I like playing football, so there was a special activity in this year’s camp where we played football in the park. I was so happy. I meet a lot of new people every year here. And, even though Mandarin is difficult, I am going to keep studying it. The teachers said I make a lot of progress every year. Now, I can write a lot of characters and I feel great.
My name is Piaozhuxi and I am Korean. I am 7 years old. I have studied at That’s Mandarin for a total of 4 weeks. I studies a lot of things, like sports, fruits, animals, colors, food, working, and so on. I think that my spoken language has improved a lot, writing characters even more so. Now, I can write a lot of characters. I really like writing and art classes, like the mask-painting and kite-making. I think they are both really interesting. I have a lot of friends here. We play together and study together; every day is a good day. The teachers are also particularly good. Liu laoshi was pretty and patient and only a little stern when I refused to speak Chinese. I especially like studying Mandarin, so the when we went back to the hotel, a teacher came with us and helped my brother and I review. I hope I can come back and study and see my friends next year!