Shengdan kuai le
Or… “Merry Christmas”.
Tonight was the Christmas program for the training center. It was… long. It was a “talent show” type of thing; a fun way for students to showcase the English they’ve learned. But we have so many students–children, corporations, individuals, VIPs. Giving everyone a chance to perform means that it’s a long night.
Since I do not sing or dance, I was given the job of MC for the show. The lady at the left was my co-host. She did most of the speaking (since most of the audience was parents who don’t speak English), and I just added a few bits in English–mostly just repeating what she said. The handsome young man and lovely young lady were the “junior hosts”. They came up on stage at the very start and welcomed everyone to the show. It was appropriately cute.
The theatre professional in me cringed all night long. The teacher in me, was proud of all the students (young and old) who got up in front of 200 people to speak, sing, or act in a new language. I can relate–the had me speak a Chinese greeting as part of my duties. I have no clue what I said. Something about “happy” and “small”.