I love this kid’s essay! (Most of it is fairly simple, but there are a few really hard parts. Electronic transcript and translation follow.)
And the English translation:
Grade 4, Class #3: Jiang Xiaoqiang
Essay: “Me in 20 Years”
Today the weather is nice, so my wife and I take
our darling son and daughter to travel the world. Suddenly,
from the side of the road emerges a reeking, filthy-faced,
homeless old woman. My God! It’s none other than my
Chinese teacher from 20 years ago!
This week you stand through class!
My Chinese friends are of the opinion that it’s fake and the handwriting isn’t a real third grader’s, but I was still very amused by this.
Also, if you’re trying to read this and feeling frustrated, these are the really hard parts (well beyond intermediate-level):
- 环游世界: to take a trip around the world
- 冲出: to charge out
- 浑身: from head to toe
- 恶臭: stench
- 满脸: the entire face
- 污秽: filthy
- 无家可归: homeless (lit. “no home to return to”)
- 竟然: unexpectedly (a grammar point)