Now 5 years 1 months and a day, Esmé is in her first year of reception class.
Her mummy and daddy moved to be closer to the school she now attends when Esmé was still only a tiny little baby in her mummy’s tummy. Lizzie tells Esmé that the upheaval was worth it, as she will get what her mummy calls a ‘tip top’ education.
She is currently learning Mandarin, which is the most common form of the Chinese language spoken today. Her daddy, Marcus says that China will be the dominant global manufacturing power for the next quarter century; and anyone in the west with an understanding of the most spoken language in the world will have a natural advantage.
Esmé is not sure what any of that means, however words such as xièxie and zhōngguó chá make her happy when she says them because when she does say them, as clear and as loud as she possibly can the whole class claps, lead by their teacher, Ms Chen.
This makes Esme very happy indeed. And when she is happy she smiles broadly, and feels all tingly on her head.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Posted by Herge Smith at 12:14 am