For more than a year, I've been wondering whether I should offer to teach Dajie English. She's in her late forties or early fifties, and I wasn't sure what her reaction might be. I was worried that she'd be offended, like that because the rest of us have to speak English at work all day, we expect her to too. Or, like, she would think I thought something bad about the Chinese language. Blah, blah, blah. But she asked me last week how to say, "You're welcome," in English. She already knew how to say, "Thank you," "Good morning," and "Hello."
Yesterday I finally asked her whether she wanted to learn English, and she emphatically said, in Chinese, yes. So she's going to learn three new words at every meal and have an hour class with me every Saturday. Today she learned I, she, he, you, we, and they. It's going to be a long process, but I'm really excited.