Au Pair’s fabulous Chinese New Year Party

Ophelia’s Diary.

Au Pairs at Go Au Pair Chinese new year  party

After enjoying Chinese New Year Celebration at Penn museum, all the Au Pairs went to the Salmon’s family house and had a Chinese New Year party.

 Chinese new year  party

The Au Pair Karla’s host family was so nice. They hosted us and cooked very tasty Lasagna for us. We loved the food very much. Also, we had Chinese dumplings, salad and Chinese sweets.Au Pairs at Go Au Pair Chinese new year  party

We celebrated a birthday for the Au Pairs Annie and Carolina. As this year is Chinese horse year, I made two cute Go Au Pair horses for Annie and Carolina.

Au Pairs at Go Au Pair Chinese new year  party

We all got fortune letters from our Local Area Representative Polina, it was so funny. One of the letter was, “ No fortune found here, you will find your fortune in love”, made us laughed a lot.

Au Pairs at Go Au Pair Chinese new year  party

Our Chinese Au Pairs shared customs of Chinese New Year and signed happy New Year greeting cards for Au Pairs in Chinese.

Also, we prepared some Chinese money as a part of our game “ Pin the tail on the horse”.  

At New Year time, Chinese people like put money in red envelopes, then give them out.Yuan for good luck

This is the best time for children, everyone loves it.

Au Pairs at Go Au Pair  party

The game “ Pin the tail on the horse” made everyone laugh a lot.Go Au Pair Chinese new year  party

We found the truly meaning of New Year during this party — friends and family get together, enjoy the happiness of life.

Happy New Year and the best wishes for the Year of the Horse!

 马年大吉 Mǎ nián dà jí

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Ten ways to improve English for an Au Pair.

Many Au Pairs have already good English skills when they come to the USA. Nevertheless, many of them are  looking to improve their English skills because the ability to master and use English professionally can make a big difference in many aspect of their life.

There are many ways for Au Pairs to improve their English skills that  include:

  1. Take an ESL (English as a Second Language) class as part of your educational requirement.
  2. Speak with your host familiy and friends whenever you can.
  3. Read books in English or listen to audio books.
  4. Watch American movies and shows with the subtitles.
  5. Volunteer for the community.
  6. Search for free online language learning resources. Take classes online.
  7. Take  free ESL classes near your home
  8. Write your Au Pair diary
  9. Listen to and sing English songs with your kids.
  10. Travel, visit museums, theaters, go out and meet new people, have fun and speak English.

A comprehensive internet resources for practicing  American English has been put together by American English pronunciation teacher.

If you decided to improve your English skills, do it with pleasure. The Au Pair program is known abroad as the “Learn and Earn”program. Enjoy your time here, earn money and experience and learn American culture and English!

The Host Family and Au Pair calendar.

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate” -Oprah Winfrey

Holidays are over, but we can always find something to cheer to. Every day is a day to be celebrated!

The Au Pair program is a cultural and educational exchange program. Go Au Pair recruits Au Pairs from over 60 different countries. Go Au Pair offers a priceless cultural experience for host family, for the children, for an Au Pair, and for a life time. The cultural exchange component of the program can be educational, enriching and rewarding for the whole family.

In every culture, there are special times to celebrate some holidays. An Au Pair can share information of her country’s holidays, educate about customs and traditions, teach the children songs and dances.

An Au Pair celebrates holidays that are either unique to her country, or are unique in how they are celebrated. Parents give the Au Pair the opportunity to experience our holidays and they also can use the opportunity to celebrate new holidays and learn more about her country.

For the most part, holidays are set by someone else. You may find interesting to celebrate your family events and accomplishments.

If you are  ready to create your own holidays,  here is a calendar page for January 2012.  I want to share your fun excuses to celebrate every day in January.

The lines are open! Make your own family’s calendar and celebrate the holidays, events and accomplishments together with the Au Pairs.

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