Students enjoy new Mandarin lessons
On Saturday 1st February, the Stamford Endowed Schools launched a Chinese Language and Culture class which was attended by Stamford School and Stamford High School students. With one fifth of the planet speaking Chinese, it is becoming increasingly important for both independent and state schools to teach the language and engage with the culture.
The session was delivered by SES boarders, Lam Lam and Queena (Hong Kong) and James (mainland China). They introduced the students to the tonal system used in Mandarin and gave everyone their own Chinese name. Chinese is completely different to European languages; in the tonal system if you mispronounce mother it is possible to say the word horse, or even worse, curse! Lam Lam, Queena and James were excellent at sharing their culture with their fellow students and they were very impressed by the accents of the Mandarin beginners.
Sam Jordan, Assitant Director of Teaching and Learning at Stamford High School, said: “Learning Chinese is a huge intellectual challenge. We have a vibrant international community at SES and Chinese students play a big part, it is really exciting to see them talking passionately about their language and culture with the other students.”