(Success-2) A Chinese female teacher, from China, is teaching President Trump’s children Chinese…

 

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SPECIAL NOTE: As I read the story of Ms Jing Yongtai, a Chinese teacher to the Trump Royal Family in Washington D.C….I kept thinking of three famous teachers which I came across in my life…The King and I, based on the memoirs of Anna Leonowensgoverness to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860s. A British schoolteacher hired as part of the King’s drive to modernize his country. The relationship between the King and Anna is marked by conflict and a love to which neither can admit. And then I remember reading about another famous teacher, to Japan’s emperor to be…Elizabeth Gray Vining, a Quaker, a children’s author from an old Philadelphia family, the first foreigner allowed inside the living quarters of the Imperial Palace, who tutored Japan’s emperor-to-be Crown Prince Akihito (the present Emperor of Japan), And of course who can forget Sir Reginald Fleming Johnston, a Scottish diplomat who was a tutor and advisor to Puyi, the last Emperor of China. Now the Trump Royal Family is also having a foreigner to teach the Trump grandchildren…who knows, another famous Broadway production of King Trump and I? who knows…these days, nothing is off the limits. Everything is possible. You will come across Mr Rogers in the 2nd article below…who made the decision to move the family to live in Singapore, so his daughters, now fluent in Chinese, could learn everything about the language and the Chinese culture, because Mr Rogers believes that China and Chinese will take over the world…and now he is preparing his children for the inevitable. I told my junior high school students long long ago…forget your Spanish, if you are smart, you should learn China…over a decade ago…anyway, if you are young, and if you are smart (you do not need the crystal ball to tell you this) you will try to learn the language of the future in the world: Chinese or Putonghua in mainland China. Not easy, but you must try if you want to be a part of the world of the 21st century…like it or not, China will dominate the affairs of the world in the coming decades. For 7 years I was a visiting professor in China and you could not help but feel the energy and passion coming from the 1.39 billion people…determined to get what they want in life! And now they are going everywhere in the world…in this world without borders. Steve November 25, 2017

“If the 19th century belonged to Britain, and the 20th century to the United States. Then the 21st century will surely belong to China,” he said. “Make sure your kids learn Chinese.” This according to Mr Rogers.

In 2015, for example, the US government initiated the “1 Million Strong” initiative, which aims to encourage one million American students, from kindergarten to high school, to learn Mandarin in five years. “If our countries are going to do more together around the world, then speaking each other’s language, truly understanding each other, is a good place to start,” said former president Barack Obama when announcing the initiative with President Xi.

Stardom in the States
By Yang Sheng

Global Times Published: 2017/11/17

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The Chinese teacher behind Trump’s granddaughter’s talent
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Jing Yongtai takes the subway home every night from the center of New York City. Photo: Courtesy to Xu Ke

Jing Yongtai, one of thousands of Chinese-language teachers in New York City, has suddenly found herself in the spotlight.

Jing, 27, from East China’s Zhejiang Province, studied and is currently working in the US. Last month, she became famous back in China because of one student she taught – US President Donald Trump’s granddaughter.

Jing started studying in the US in 2008, gaining degrees from both Columbia University and City University of New York. Afterward, she decided to stay in New York and start her career in the education industry, focusing on bilingual teaching, which is not very different from other Chinese graduates in the US.

From 2014 to 2015, Arabella Kushner, Trump’s granddaughter, who was 3 years old at the time, became Jing’s student at the private Carousel of Languages school in Manhattan, Quartz reported. With Arabella’s rising popularity in China and the US, Jing has also started becoming more and more famous, and media in both the US and China have started to report her story.

Jing’s life is becoming increasingly busier, and sometimes she has to work seven days a week.

A screenshot from the video showing Arabella’s performance that Donald Trump showed to Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to China this month. Photo: Xinhua
A famous student

Trump’s visit to China has left a deep impression on Chinese people, and his granddaughter’s performance showing off her Chinese skills through video clips has captured the attention of the Chinese public.

Official Chinese media including the People’s Daily, CCTV and the Xinhua News Agency have posted Arabella’s video on their Weibo accounts, receiving more than 190,000 likes and 37,000 shares collectively.

Arabella’s mother Ivanka Trump is very proud of her daughter’s performance which received an “A+” from Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan. While appearing on Fox News’ TV program Fox & Friends on Monday, Ivanka said “It was so sweet” when mentioning her daughter’s performance, which her father showed to Xi during his visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing.

“She was blushing. She had me show it [the footage of Trump showing Xi the video of the performance] to her over and over again. She worked very hard to put that little performance together,” Ivanka said. Apart from reciting ancient Chinese poetry and singing folk songs, the last song that Arabella sang during her performance was the famous nursery rhyme “My Good Mother,” which was written for Chinese children to sing to their tired mothers when they come home from work.

When the hosts from Fox News asked Ivanka about Arabella and her brothers being taught Chinese, Ivanka replied, “I’m very fortunate to be able to have a lot of help to support me because I definitely could not have taught her how to do that.” Jing was one of the people who offered help to Trump’s family.

Patrizia Corman, the founder of Carousel of Languages, said that children from many “influential families” are enrolled in their programs. She confirmed that all three of Ivanka’s and Jared Kushner’s children-Arabella, 3-year-old Joseph and 1-year-old Theodore-have attended Mandarin classes at her institution “multiple times a week.”

“A very admirable family,” she said, Quartz reported, without elaborating on their classroom sessions.

When Jing taught these children in Trump’s family from 2014 to 2015, no one ever expected that their grandfather would go on to be elected as the President of the United States in 2016.

Jing highly values Arabella’s learning capability, gifts and language skills. She can use Chinese to communicate with Jing during class sessions with no obstacles. And her gifts in expression, social skills and cognition are better than most children her age, Jing said.

Far from home

Originally, Jing didn’t plan to study in the US. “I’d planned to go to Singapore,” she said. But accidentally, she passed the university entrance exam for US institutions when she finished her high school studies in China.

Becoming a bilingual teacher is very competitive, since the profession often comes with a decent salary. And according to Quartz, if American parents want their children to learn Chinese the Kushner way, it will cost a whopping $75,000 per year.

During the winter, there is a 13-hour time difference between the East Coast of the US and China, and since she is so busy, she only has time to call her family in China before she goes to bed. Currently, she is preparing to set up her own educational institution, and her busy schedule has left her no time to communicate with her family for two to three weeks.

Jing told the Global Times that because demand for Chinese early-education in the US has increased rapidly, and the shortage of qualified teachers, this is also changing her life.

“When I was a teacher, I enjoyed it a lot. But now I am a manager and I train young teachers. This makes me very busy and I have no time for hobbies or to stay with my family,” she said.

Americans are acknowledging China’s growing influence and international status, that’s why many families in the US think that learning Chinese will make their children more competitive, Jing said.

Educational institutions from China also see this opportunity, Jing added. “Many Chinese early-education institutes providing bilingual teaching services are also exploring the US market, which challenges local pre-schools like us.”

Having taught the US president’s granddaughter doesn’t change Jing’s work that much, but growing media interview requests have interrupted her life to some extent.

She is now more familiar with the US, and she is pursuing her dream by providing better Chinese language education to American children.

Trump’s granddaughter has a rival who speaks Mandarin like a Chinese news anchor
By Curtis Stone (People’s Daily Online) 13:54, November 23, 2017

US President Trump’s granddaughter, Arabella, sings a song in Mandarin (Screenshot)
As we all know by now, US President Donald Trump proudly showed off a video of his granddaughter Arabella singing in Mandarin and reciting classical Chinese poetry during his first official visit to China.

The “Hello, Grandpa Xi. Hello, Grandma Peng” video was Trump’s way of trying to build a more personal relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who gave Arabella an “A+” for her performance.

The video of his granddaughter singing and reciting poems in Mandarin also played a starring role at a state dinner in Beijing. “In a moment, we will view a video of my granddaughter, Arabella, reciting traditional Chinese songs and poetry about your country’s serene beauty and treasured customs,” Trump said on November 9 at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Indeed, whether she’s singing Chinese songs or reciting Chinese poetry, Arabella’s language skills are quite impressive. After all, Arabella has been learning Mandarin for years. She started learning Mandarin when she was just 18 months old, studying both with a Chinese nanny and also at private language school. Now, all three of

Ivanka’s children study Mandarin, according to media reports.
But recently, the daughter of another American businessman has been giving Trump’s talented granddaughter a run for her money. The Mandarin-speaking girl who has stolen the spotlight of late is a blond-haired girl nicknamed Happy, the daughter of world-renowned investor Jim Rogers.

This screenshot shows the daughters of Jim Rogers speaking Mandarin Chinese
Close your eyes and listen to her and you will think she is a native Chinese speaker. Happy sounds just like a professional Chinese news anchor. In fact, her Chinese is so good that many Chinese people have trouble believing their ears. “Roger’s daughter speaks better Mandarin than most Chinese people,” said one net user.

“She makes me feel inferior. But won’t Trump lose face from this?” a net user joked.
For years, Rogers has been encouraging his daughters and other children to learn and practice Mandarin because, in his opinion, America is on the decline and the future belongs to China. “If the 19th century belonged to Britain, and the 20th century to the United States. Then the 21st century will surely belong to China,” he said. “Make sure your kids learn Chinese.”

Jim Rogers
As Rogers pointed out, there is good reason why the world’s elite, from the Trump family to royal families, are rushing to teach their kids Mandarin. In his opinion, Mandarin will become the next global language so learning it will give children an advantage in life in the 21st century. But rather than send his children to a private language school in Manhattan, Rogers moved his family from New York to Singapore so that his children could learn both Chinese and English in a Mandarin-speaking environment.

In his book “A Gift to My Children,” Rogers wrote about the importance of Chinese. “We moved to Asia so that both of you could attend Chinese schools and use Mandarin in everyday life while experiencing both Asian and Western cultures,” he wrote. “Probably the best advice I can give to anyone, anywhere in the world, is to have your children and grandchildren learn Mandarin.”

Judging from Happy’s performances, it appears that Roger’s decision to immerse his children in a Mandarin-speaking environment has paid off. Not only do both his daughters speak fluent Mandarin, but the family has a passion for the future of Asia. “If you want to engage with the Chinese, the more you know about China, the better,” he said.

In recent years, a growing number of Americans have realized that Mandarin learning is a must. The US Department of Education reported that Mandarin is the second most popular dual-language program implemented by individual states in 2013, with 14 states reporting Chinese programs.

According to a report by Quartz, the US, with some help from China, has been trying to level the playing field so that even students whose families don’t have a lot of resources have a chance to learn Mandarin.

In 2015, for example, the US government initiated the “1 Million Strong” initiative, which aims to encourage one million American students, from kindergarten to high school, to learn Mandarin in five years. “If our countries are going to do more together around the world, then speaking each other’s language, truly understanding each other, is a good place to start,” said former president Barack Obama when announcing the initiative with President Xi.

 

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