At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Chester, the guest speaker was Betty Ou. Betty is living in Chester for one year under a Rotary International program as an Exchange Student from Taiwan. She attends Green Mountain High School full time and is learning about our culture and our way of life.
Betty told the club members that she has been learning English since she was 7 years old. She proved she has a very good command of the language.
"English is the most popular second language in my school in Taiwan," Betty said. "Mandarin and Taiwanese are the two major languages spoken on the island. I cannot speak directly to my grandparents as they only speak Taiwanese while I only speak Mandarin. It makes for interesting family gatherings."
Betty wore her Rotary jacket which has a number of pins and other mementoes of the many Rotary activities she has attended while in this country. She will be with us until June when she graduates from Green Mountain High School and returns to her home country.