Today, Honor Your Teachers

September 10, 2009 is Teachers’ Day. Students all over China will present flowers, gifts, and cards to their teachers to show appreciation for their hard work.

In 1985 the National People’s Congress designated September 10 of every year National Teachers’ Day to honor teachers for their hard work. See an excerpt from Chinese Festivals by Límíng Weí and Lang Tao on Google Books about the origins of this day.

I’m thankful for all the good teachers I’ve had growing up who’ve taught me more than knowledge. And while Rosetta Stone is good, it can’t answer questions. My Chinese teachers have helped me understand Chinese culture, history, and food, and basically have helped me to adjust to life here. Instead of just learning vocabulary and grammar from my teachers in my one-on-one classes, I’ve had many great conversations with my good friends.

Anyway, hope that you have a chance to honor your teacher today. You can send a text, give flowers, write a card or give a present. You can use these phrases:

节日快乐
jié  rì  kuài lè
Happy Teachers’ Day

老师, 辛苦了!
lǎo shī,  xīn kǔ le
Teacher, you’ve worked hard!

And if you REALLY want to thank your teacher…

拨动真诚的心弦 (bō dònɡ zhēn chénɡ de xīn xián),
You’ve inspired me to do my best,

铭记成长的辛酸 (mínɡ jì chénɡ zhǎnɡ de xīn suān),
you’ve helped me through the hard times,

成功的道路上永远离不开您 (chénɡ ɡōnɡ de dào lù shɑnɡ yónɡ yuǎn lí bù kāi nín),
I couldn’t have succeeded without you.

亲爱的老师 (qīn ài de lǎo shī),祝您节日快乐 (zhù nín jié rì kuài lè)!
My dear teacher, happy Teachers’ Day!

人生旅程上您为我点燃希望的光芒丰富我的心灵
(
rén shēnɡ lǚ chénɡ shànɡ nín wéi wǒ diǎn rán xī wànɡ de ɡuānɡ mánɡ fēnɡ fù wǒ de xīn línɡ)
On this journey of life, you’ve filled my spirit with the light of hope

增添我的智慧 谢谢您!老师 愿您永远 健康!愉快!幸福
(zēnɡ tiān wǒ de zhì huì   xiè xiè nín ! lǎo shī   yuàn nín yónɡ yuǎn   jiàn kānɡ ! yú kuài ! xìnɡ fú)
and increased my wisdom. Thank you! I wish you health, happiness, and good fortune always!