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First lady gets China trip tips from 6th graders

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 5, 2014 at 10:05 am •  Published: March 5, 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is heading to China in about two weeks and wants advice on what to do and see when she gets there.

Of course, the State Department is involved in planning her schedule. But on Tuesday the first lady picked the brains of sixth-graders who visited the Asian powerhouse last year. The Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School has a dual English and Mandarin Chinese immersion program.

"I have all of these wonderful policy people that help me prep, but I figured since you actually visited some of the cities that I'm going to go to that I would get a good sense of what to expect, what you learned, what you liked, what you didn't like, some of the questions that you think I should ask and be prepared for," Mrs. Obama said.

She listened to a presentation by the sixth-graders on their trip and later followed along as pre-kindergarteners helped teach her how to say "hello," ''bye" and "thank you" in Chinese. The younger kids did a dance using red, hand-held fans and finished by throwing them to the floor so they could do some of the moves to "Gangnam Style," by the South Korean singer Psy.

The first lady asked the older kids how they dealt with the jet lag and they told her about some things to watch out for.

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