Happy Chinese New Year!
Although Japan no longer celebrates the lunar new year, many countries around the world do. When I was growing up, my family often joined dumpling parties. Traditionally, families ate dumplings on New Years because dumplings look like gold pieces in the past.
I wanted to also have a dumpling party this year, so I invited my students from Smiths School of English Azamino and my friends, to the classroom. First, we stopped by the grocery store by Azamino station to buy ingredients. It is very convenient to be so close to the station! I taught them how to make dumplings from scratch. We made the filling and the wrappers. Then, we folded the dumplings. Finally, we cooked them.
We made three different types of dumplings: pork, chicken, and vegetables.
One of my friends is Muslim, so he doesn’t eat pork; I’m vegetarian, so I don’t eat meat. This way, we had something that everybody could eat!
Best of all, this was a really great opportunity for my students to learn English cooking vocabulary. They had to listen and follow my instructions.
At this English conversation school, we have a lot of fun while learning English. 🙂
Here’s what they looked like, aren’t they pretty?
We started making dumplings at around 2:00 pm, but the party didn’t end until 8:00 pm. It takes a long time to make dumplings, but you can eat and cook at the same time. We made more than one hundred total!
So much fun!