When in primary school, we had P.O.L class about twice a week. People's Own Language (POL) where we broke up to designated classrooms.
I had Mandarin class and we were nine. Our 'lao-sher' was male and some of the girls would make silly teasing remarks whenever I went up to his table with my work or questions.
I was never really good at languages and till today, my mandarin is just a spattering of a few words here and there. Could never seem to grasp it well but there are moments when I do manage to catch what is being said. :)
Yet the most memorable comment I remember from this POL teacher was....
He was shaking his head as he checked my work. I have always been the banana person, yellow outside, white inside i.e. chinese outside, speaking english mostly. So I guess I kinda exasperated him sometimes with my work and questions.
Lao-sher : " You know, if the chinese communists ever come here, you'll be the first one they'll hang! " his hand doing the slice at the neck from one side to the other with sound effects!
The whole class laughed so loud and if I could back then.... my school bag would have been on his head! It was embarrasing and funny at the same time I guess.
And that's all I remember mostly from POL till today. How good was he? ;)