Last night I hosted my first Chinese language seminar in the local public library: I taught audience how to say mom, dad, older brother, younger brother, old sister and younger sister in Chinese. Considering I was up most of the night for several nights in a row to watch and care my sick baby, I evaluated my performance on the first seminar as ok.
When speaking to the public, I was bit nervous and my English came out not as smoothly as I hoped. I messed up the order of the procedure in the beginning. I made several mistakes in English grammer. I confused the audience byÂ talking about the language and culture background after teaching the Chinese words, and I didn’tÂ give the audience enough opportunities to practice the Chinese words they just learned before asking for volunteers for a test.
Luckily, the audience was very kind and understanding. Most of them are English-speaking families who are interested in having their kids hear some Chinese.Â They listened to my seminar with great patience and tolerance (with the confusion and mistakes in my English) and helped me go through the seminar as I designed it. Some were brave enough to take a test for the Chinese words they just learned ten minutes ago.
My oldest daughter DD was the co-host for the seminar. She was brave for a four-year-old! Before the seminar started, she kept telling me â€œwe can do it, mommyâ€ although she was actually quite concerned about standing and talking in front of the public. She answered my questions mostly right and she sang two Chinese songs with me with correct words and tunes!
I am glad that 43 people signing up the Chinese language seminar (although not all of them showed up). It means there are a few families interested in coming to the seminar and letting their kids learn Chinese.
Many thanks to Chris, the library program coordinator. She did a marvelous job to help me set things up. Many thanks to M, my husband, who helped me to take care the sick baby so that I didnâ€™t cancel the seminar. Last but not least, I am very grateful for Grandma, my mother-in-law, for babysitting my twins when I was at the seminar.
The following video is recorded by my husband about my first Chinese language seminar. This is only the first 10 minutes of the seminar since Youtube doesn’t allow video-uploading of more than 10 minutes. I welcome any kind of comments, ideas, suggestions or complain so that I can do better in the following sessions of seminars. Thank you for your support!