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MMLA Monday

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Its the 2nd to last week here at MMLA Swarthmore! From what I have seen the students continue to learn and enhance their individual language skills on a day to day basis. Here are, as always, a few words from our lovely staff about the activities that took place:

Morning assembly started off with a creative exercise—given a picture of an actor, students had to describe the photograph in detail to their peers, who attempted to draw the portrait as they understood it. After class, many students cooled off in the pool, did yoga, or learned Loup-Garou, a popular French party game involving guessing the identity of a werewolf-assassin from among a group of villagers. Tomorrow the academy will regroup at the soccer field to defend their lead in the Olympic Games, playing against the Chinese and attempting to score an extra point for spiritedness. Allez les bleus!

-Eamon Drumm, French Residential Advisor

Although it was scorchingly hot day yesterday, today’s weather was quite refreshing. The temperature was cooler - and no, it didn’t rain! Students continued today with a fascinating range of new electives. Students learned new idioms and traditional folk stories from Sun laoshi. Student’s with Zhu laoshi were able to learn new Chinese recipes, while Xu Laoshi’s class is starting to learn and practice the art of Tai-chi fan and dance. 

For afternoon activities, students not exhausted from the olympics played the Spanish team in an ultimate Frisbee match. Students who wanted to relax played board games in the air conditioning with Huang laoshi. Other’s participated in a C-Pop Dance workshop, where they practiced a choreographed dance to “Bu Yao Bu Yao” - a highly popular Taiwanese song! (You can watch the dance video here if you want to learn it yourself - impress your kid when they come home! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E76FMrCEgVg

At night, we ended with our Language Pledge recommitment ceremony. Two weeks left - let’s hope everybody keeps up the good work!

-Tim Quinn, Chinese Residential Advisor

Yesterday the Spanish Academy beat the Chinese in Ultimate Frisbee 10 to 3 supported by a rousing home crowd that drove them to victory. Coached by RA Ned, the Spanish Academy’s strategy of play worked very well. The Chinese team simply could not handle the fluidity of the Spanish team, which played as if they had been playing together for years instead of just half an hour. Other activities included playing dominos, very popular in la Republica Dominicana, swimming, and learning about Panama with RA Kelsey, who spent time with one of the indigenous tribes in that country.

-Simon Hollerbauer, Spanish Residential Advisor

Until tomorrow,

-Max Brazo, Program Assistant

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