Thursday, July 23, 2009

Getting Fluent

The office has become the testing ground for some of our children's newly acquired English skills. During the summer, we assign interns to teach English to our older children one-on-one. Lately, the interns have been teaching the kids some practical English phrases and sentences. We're thrilled at all of their quick progress! We always knew that we had some brilliant kids. We also have some amazing interns!

So in addition to Julia's dazzling English skills that she demonstrates in the video, we had Victoria and Sophie come to the office to "buy candy." (They were going to the snack shop to buy candy, but it was closed, so they made a detour to the office.) They each came up to my desk with 10 RMB bills in their hands. They very politely introduced themselves...

"Hi, my name is Sophie."
"Hi, my name is Victoria."

With a little prompting from their teachers, they then asked, "Can we buy some candy?"

I searched through my desk for something that resembled candy and came up with a sack of dried kiwi fruit. I gave each girl a couple of pieces and they "paid" their bill and said "Thank you!"

Sophie and Victoria with their English teachers.


  1. I just loved seeing this video! I continue to be amazed at the many blessings you provide these precious children and their soon to be forever families!!!! You are truly giving your kids wings to fly!!!! Thank you for all you do!


  2. That is the sweetest thing ever! Great job!!!!

  3. Wow, that was some awesome English! Sounds like you have been blessed with some great interns who are loving the children!

  4. So cute...and nice to have such wonderful teachers giving one-on-one lessons! PRICELESS!! :)

  5. Every time I read this blog, I realize anew how blessed these kids are to be at New Day! Our prayers are continually with you all as you continue your great work to make a difference in the lives of these kids! May YOU all be blessed for your selflessness in serving!