My first speech in Chinese

Post#20

I actually enjoy public speaking. Ever since my first speech class years ago, I have enjoyed mastering a topic or subject and speaking about it from my perspective. Well, this summer I was invited to give a brief talk ***in Chinese*** for the seventh grade class at our Chinese school in October. It was great practice for me to write and practice Chinese for this talk, and I actually got laughs from the one funny bit of my talk. Hopefully it helps the students see that with enough persistence anyone can learn to speak Chinese. I really enjoyed the opportunity and answering questions from the students.

The full talk as I wrote it is below.

大家好!我的名字是Scott Stanley. 你们可以叫我Scott。你们好。

我先想自我介绍。我是一个博士科学家,我在宝洁工作。你们知道宝洁是什么吗?(P&G)。我是一个科学家,我很喜欢科学,关于这个话题我总是可以跟你聊天儿。十年以前我结婚了。我的太太叫卉青。她是一个中国湖南人。我们有两个小孩,他们也学中文在我们的中文学校。第一个是我们儿子Andrew。Andrew七岁了。第二个是我们女儿Iris,她五岁了。她是一个小辣妹子。我们家还有我的岳母。

好。这是我的自我介绍。

今天我要分享三个话题:

1) 学中文不容易,

2) 我的经验学中文和说中文,

3)说中文给你什么好处。

1) 第一个话题,学中文不容易。

经常人们听我说中文的时候,他们不相信他们的耳朵,不相信一个老外人有中文在口里面。然后,他们问我:“你为什么会说中文?”我告诉他们我娶了一个湖南人,他们马上说:“啊 – – 当然,你的妻子教你中文!”

很多人觉得如果你和一个中国人结婚了,你自动会说中文。还有人觉得如果你的父母从中国来的,你自动会说中文。你们遇到过这种问题吗?我们都知道不是这样的。因为学中文真的不容易。其实,我的太太不教我中文。那么,为什么我要学中文?因为我们孩子们小时候,他们花了很多时间跟他们的外婆在一起。外婆只会说中文,所以我的孩子们开始说很多的中文。然后我很紧张 – – 我害怕我将来听不懂我的孩子们说话。所以我开始很努力地学中文。这是为什么我要学中文,但学中文不容易。

2)第二个话题,我学中文的经验。

我觉得最重要的事情是多开口说中文。例如,我记得,第二次我去中国,是和我的太太去她的老家结婚。当天有差不多两百多人来我们的婚礼。我站在台上,台下有所有的客人和家人。我想说一点的中文。所以我慢慢地说:“大家好。我是老婆。我爱我的老公。谢谢。”他们都觉得很好笑。以后,我用了很多不同的办法学中文。Rosetta Stone, Apps, 书,等等。我觉得对我最有帮助的是私教。过去三年,我每个星期用Skype跟一些老师学中文。我已经通过了HSK一,HSK二,HSK三。今年我开始写一个中文博客。我的博客是很简单的故事,目的是帮助我学中文。

总之,我用了很多办法学中文。最重要是每天说中文。

3) 第三个话题:说中文有什么好处。

我已经告诉了你们我工作在保洁。我的工作经常需要出差。我每年去亚洲一两次。我去过中国,日本,韩国,新加坡。我发现在这些国家我都可以用中文。其实在日本我听中文比日语多。因为现在中国有很多有钱人,他们经常出国,所以很多地方都会用中文。中国会越来越强大,越来越重要。会说中文很有用。

另外一个好处是,在美国你可以用中文说一些事情,然后别人听不懂。比如说:

“我想上厕所!”

“这个地方臭死了,马上要走!”

年惊人会说“你看,她很辣!”

今天我告诉了你们我的学中文经验。我希望你们觉得好玩,可能对你们学中文有一点点帮助。

谢谢。

Teaching mother in law how to drive, part #2

Blog #8 Feb 11, 2018

If you haven’t read, make sure to start with:

Teaching mother-in-law how to drive, part #1

When we saw the police car, I wanted to tell Mom how to roll down the window. Here is one detail – on this car were driving, the windows are very dark black. The tint is actually limousine tint, which is illegal because police cannot see in. I am thinking about this, and all of the police shootings in the news recently.  And we have been driving around the bank. I cannot get Mom to roll down the window as the police starts to approach the door. I made the decision to open my door to speak to the police officer. This can be quite dangerous in the US, the police officer may think you are trying to attack or run away, you should always stay in the car and not make any sudden movements. I had been jumping around inside the car trying to reach the window, the police can’t see inside.

So I took a deep breath and opened the door, making sure to hold up my hands above my head when I said “heeeelllloooooo there!” “we are just doing some driving lessons”.

Then he smiled, relaxed and said, “oh, OK.”

He told us no problem, but that someone had called in to report suspicious driving. We chatted a bit and then he told us to please continue with the practice. He pulled off to the side and a second police cars arrived to the parking lot. We had a lot of police supervision, maybe the safest driving lesson ever. For the next lesson, we found a new parking lot to practice in and never returned to the bank again.

我们看警车的时候,我告诉妈妈停车,然后打开窗户。在美国,如果一个警车在你的后面以后,你就需要停车,打开窗户,等在你的车子里面。但是,我的岳母开不了窗户。警察离开他的车开始来看我们车。岳母还开不了窗户我很紧张。一个小细节,我们的汽车窗户都是很黑色的。从外面不能看里面。其实,这是非法的。我们这的看起来像银行劫匪。我也值得在美国现在有恨多警察枪杀人。我真的越来越非常紧张。

我决定打开我的乘客门。我先脱掉我的手套,然后开我的门,放我的手在我的头上面。我说“你好啊啊啊啊啊啊”微笑着,挥舞着你好。

警察看我,然后他放松了和我也放松了。我告诉他我较我的岳母开车。我们聊天儿一点,然后他说,“你可以恢复教学”。五分钟后,第二辆警车多来所以我们真的有地最安全的开车课。我们快一点完成了课。我们再没有回到这个停车管。

Teaching mother-in-law how to drive, part #1

Blog #7

Feb 8, 2018

In 2016, my wife and I set a New Years resolution to teach my mother in law how to drive. I have pretty good relationship with my mother in law who lives with us. She is about 60 years old, and had never before driven a car nor could she speak or read English. So, this was a big job, but something we really wanted to do to improve her quality of life living with us here in the US.

Every weekend we would practice using parking lots near my house. There was one big parking lot with several offices all connected. One Sunday, we were driving from the day care on one side all the way to loop around the bank in the other side. The bank had some very narrow lanes around the backside which made for good practice. Daycare to bank. Bank to daycare. Back and forth we drove. Perhaps around the third or fourth loop around the bank I though – we probably look like criminals casing the bank. Shortly after that, we were practicing parking into parking spots when a police car suddenly came rushing up behind us…

在2016上我和妻子决定我们要教我的岳母开车。我和我的岳母的关系是很好,她住在我们的家里。她差不多六十岁,以前没有开过车,看不懂英文,听不懂英文。所以这是一个很大的工作。但是我们要做这个因为可能提高她在美国的生活质量。

每一个星期天我们联系开车。我们本来用一个大的停车场。那个停车场有很多不同的店都在一起。一边有一育儿园另一边有一家银行。

我们在停车场里从一边的育儿园开始,到另一边的银行来回开。那家银行的后面有很窄的路,很好练习。然后,回来育儿园。来回开了三四次以后,我觉得我们看起来像两个小偷。看起来像抢银行。一会儿后,我们在联系停车。突然一辆警车马上到了在我们后面。