Teaching Chinese in North Dakota
By Min Li, Spring Work & Travel Participant and Greenheart Club Member
Min Li is a university student from China who came to work and experience the USA in North Dakota. Below Min Li reflects on his experience volunteering for the Greenheart Club as Chinese tutor during his exchange in the USA.
I had a great experience in Chinese teaching to Americans and a Thai friend in USA. My American student is Qiao Qiao,his mother used to study in China and gave him a Chinese name -QiaoQiao,which means bridge. Qiao Qiao is very a smart and cute boy, he loves China and its culture.
Restaurants usually make for nice tutoring classrooms. One day in May,which was my day off, his family invited me to a dinner in a restaurant in Bismarck. While we were having dinner, I taught Qiao Qiao Chinese. I pointed out bread on the table meanwhile, I read mianbao in Chinese,which means bread. Then Qiao Qiao read after me. In this fashion Qiao Qiao learned some new Chinese words in just a few minutes. His mother is only good at spoken Chinese and not so much in writing. Therefore I taught her how to write qiao qiao in Chinese. She learned very fast.
I had an awesome experience in teaching my Thai friend Chinese too. In Bismarck North Dakota where I lived there were many Thai students who were working there. I met a nice girl who was interested in Chinese. I taught her how to write , speak, and read Chinese. At first, she thought it was hard to write Chinese as Chinese is very complicated. Then I chose some interesting words to her,the first one was 口 . I let her guess what it meant. After that I told her it means mouth is read Kou. This word is a mouth of people. She was very excited about the meaning. The second word was 人(which means people). I used the same way of teaching, guessing meaning first ,then telling the meaning ,and after that teaching her how to read and write the word. She found that Chinese is a very interesting language. I am very happy that I can teach Chinese to the people from all over the world.