Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Kelvin's Mandarin works!

We recently went on a 4D3N cruise to Malacca and Port Klang on-board Costa Victoria. There were lots of activities to do for the kids and shows to entertain the whole family.

On the first night, there was the Magical Shadows show. We went to the venue early to get good seats. We got front row seats. Before the show started, one lady approached us and asked (in Chinese) if someone was sitting on the extra seat in our row. Of course, hubby and I didn't understand her so we asked Kelvin to interpret and reply to her.

The lady turned out to be a Chinese national who has been living in Singapore for more than 20 years. She can actually speak English, but since Kelvin already replied to her in Mandarin she continued the conversation in Mandarin. She said she was impressed that Kelvin was able to speak well (yay!).

To cut the story short, she was seated with us throughout the entire show, talking to Kelvin in Mandarin (during the whole show, too!). We could hear her discussing something with Kelvin (probably about the different shadow formations done by the duo on stage) and beaming a smile. 

After the show, she was all praises to Kelvin for being able to converse well in Mandarin. She said it was good that he knew the language and that he should continue practising the use of the language. I was way over the moon hearing her (someone who is an expert in the language, and who has a Chinese tuition centre in Singapore) say that. Going on this cruise proved to be very fruitful indeed. I hope Kelvin's confidence in using Mandarin improves after this affirmation :)

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