#10 How well can English children speak Mandarin Chinese? 英国孩子中文说得有多好?

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大家 好,欢迎 回来MaoMi Chinese!很高兴 又 和 大家 见面。这是MaoMi Chinese 的 第 十 集-英国 孩子 中文 说得 有 多 好?

很多人 知道,我 在 英国的 学校 教 中文。那么,英国的 学校 是 怎么样 教 中文 的呢?中文 在 英国 很 受欢迎 吗?英国 孩子 说 中文 说 得 好不好 呢?今天 我 想 和 你们 聊一聊。

二十年 前,中文,作为 一 门 外语,在 英国 不是 特别 受 欢迎。当时的 英国 只有 很少的 学校 开 中文课,而且 都是 课后的 中文 俱乐部。但是,中文 在 英国 越来越 受欢迎 了,也 有 越来越多的 英国 学校 开 中文课。现在,中文 也 是 GCSE的 一个 科目。2013年,有 一万 多 个 英国 学生 参加 GCSE中文 考试,而且 越来越 多。

我的学校 从 2018年 开始 开了 中文课。在 中学,我 有 一百多 个 中学生 学 中文,我们 一个 星期 上 两 次 课,一 次 课 80分钟。在 小学,我 有 两百多个 小学生 学中文,我们 一个 星期 上 一 次 课,一 次 课 一 小时。我的 学生 都 觉得 中文 不容易,但是 特别 有趣。他们 常常 问 我:“老师,我们 什么时候 可以 去 中国 旅游?”他们 都 很 想 去 中国 看一看,他们 想 去 北京 看 长城,看 故宫,想 去 四川成都 看 大熊猫,他们 也 想 去 我的 家乡——广州 看一看。

2016年,英国 教育部 发展了 中文 培优 项目。参加 这个 项目的 英国 学生 一个 星期 要 学 八个 小时 的 中文:四个 小时 在 学校 上课,四个 小时 做 作业、自学、参加 文化 活动 等。所以,这些 孩子 的 中文 都 特别好。

现在,我们一起来听一听英国孩子说中文吧!

 

你好!我是哥哥,我叫Freddie。

我是妹妹,我叫Violet。

大家好,我叫汤姆。我来自英国的西北。

你好,我叫付亚纶,我会说一点儿中文。

你好,我叫Joseph,我会说英语和中文。

你好!我叫戴思立。我叫戴爱莲。我是她的哥哥。我是他的妹妹。

大家好!我叫艾维,我是汉语学生。

我的爱好是玩儿电脑游戏。

我的爱好是上网。

我特别喜欢学中文。我爱吃中国菜,也爱看中国电影。

我喜欢踢足球,看电影和玩儿电脑游戏。

我的爱好是游泳和上网。

我的爱好是看电影。我的爱好是看书。

我的爱好是弹音乐和学中文。我很喜欢中国的音乐。

好啦,你觉得这些英国孩子的中文说得好吗?

 

我觉得啊,他们已经说得很好了!虽然有一点点错误,但是他们挺流利的。

最重要的是,他们可以自信地用中文介绍自己。他们还很小,现在只有十二十三岁,我相信,他们以后一定会学得更多,说得更好!

你 是 什么 时候 开始 学 中文 的 呢? 不管 什么 时候 开始,都 不 会 晚。希望 你 在 学 中文 的时候,会 觉得 开心、快乐!

谢谢你 收听MaoMi Chinese!我们 下个 星期六 见!

Hello everyone, welcome back to MaoMi Chinese! Very happy to meet everyone again.

This is episode 10 of MaoMi Chinese- how well can English children speak Mandarin Chinese?

As lots of you know that I am teaching Chinese in an English school, so how English schools learn Chinese? Is Chinese very popular in UK?  Today I would like to talk about it with you.

20 years ago, Chinese as a foreign language is not very popular in UK. At that time there are only a small amount of schools did Chinese course, and all of them only did after-school club. However, Chinese is getting more and more popular in UK, and there are also more and more English schools which do Chinese courses. Nowadays, Chinese is a subject of GCSE. In 2013, there are over 10 thousand of English students who sat GCSE Chinese exam, and there are more and more.

My school started offering Chinese lessons from 2018. In secondary school, I have over 100 students learning Chinese. We have lessons twice a week and every lesson is 80 minutes. In primary school, I have over 200 students. We have students once a week, and every lesson is 1-hour long. My students all think that Chinese is not easy, but it’s super interesting. They often ask me: “Miss, when can we travel to China?” They all want to visit China. They want to visit the Great Wall and Forbidden City In Beijing and giant Panda in Chengdu, Sichuan. They also want to go to my hometown-Guangzhou.

In 2016, British Council developed Mandarin Excellence Program. Students who take part in the program have to learn Mandarin 8 hours a week: 4 hours for school lessons and 4 hours in doing homework, self-teaching and participating cultural activities. Therefore, these children can speak Mandarin really well.

Now let’s listen to English kids speaking Mandarin!

 

Children speaking Mandarin:

Hello! I am the older brother. My name is Freddie.

I am the younger sister. My name is Violet.

Hello everyone, my name is Tom. I am from northwest England.

Hello. My name is Fu Yalun. I can speak a little bit Chinese.

Hello. My name is Joseph. I can speak English and Chinese.

Hello. My name is Dai Sili. My name is Dai Ailian. I am her older brother. I am his younger sister.

Hello everyone! I am called Ivy. I am a Mandarin student.

My hobby is to play computer games.

My hobby is to surf the Internet.

I especially like learning Mandarin. I love eating Chinese meal and watching Chinese films.

I like playing football, watching films and playing computer games.

My hobbies are swimming and surfing the Internet.

My hobby is watching films. My hobby is reading books.

My hobby is playing music and learning Mandarin. I really like Chinese music.

 

Alright, do you think they speak Mandarin well?

I think they already speak it well enough! Although there were a few mistakes, their speaking was very fluent!

Most importantly, they are able to introduce themselves in Mandarin confidently. They are still very young and only 12 or 13 years old. I believe they will learn more and speak better.

When did you start learning Chinese?  No matter when you start, it's never too late. Hope you would feel happy and fun when you are learning Chinese!

Thanks for your listening MaoMi Chinese! I will see you again next Saturday!

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