Yesterday I needed to pass through the Mandarin K/1 classroom (during lunch) to get to my office (aka the closet space where we store the big iMac I use for video editing).
Upon entering I was greeted by a chorus of sweet faced elementary students, rapidly firing questions at me in Mandarin. I did not know how to respond, so I giggled and waved.
Sensing the problem, my little friend Zach switched languages and decided to attempt Spanish instead of Mandarin.
Me: Hola, amigo!
Z: Como estas?
Me: Bien, y tu?
Z: Bien ...
Giggles all over the room ... more whispering in Mandarin, more trying to engage me in Mandarin ...
Me: No entiendo, amigos, no entiendo tu Mandarin.
Raucous laughter EVERYWHERE
I'm hilarious because I don't understand them, and I'm the grown up. Additionally, they can keep up with me in their 3rd language better than I can in what little I have of my 2nd.
Their joy in it all is so very present. And thus, so is mine.
I <3 immersion.