Journey to the East, Part 1

Today was the last lesson of my evening classes in Mandarin which I have been taking this semester. We drank green tea and repeated some of what we’ve learned. Our teacher presented me with a Chinese calendar as a top of class reward, which I was very happy to receive. The short speech I gave is reproduced here verbatim as a source of future amusement:

wǒ xiǎng shuō yìdiǎnr dōngxi. Xie lǎoshī, xièxie. nǐ lǎoshī hěn hǎo. wǒmen yǒu xué yìdiǎn hànyǚ. qiū zài jiàn.
(I would like to say something. Thank you teacher Xie. You are a very good teacher. We have learned a little Chinese. See you this fall.)

Earlier today I completed the application form for Chinese language studies at Beijing Language and Culture University. I will send the application tomorrow and, if all goes well, the last part of my speech will not come true because I will be in Beijing in September. The plan is to stay for one year. wǔ hěn gāoxìng! I’m very excited!

2 thoughts on “Journey to the East, Part 1

  1. Hello?

    I found this site on the chinese forum website:P

    I’m Chinese (Beijing ren), currently studying in Australia. I like your blog. Your Chinese is pretty good! Great effort!

    Nice to meet you:) Best wishes to you to continue your study in BLCU in fall.

    By the way, This is my msn: [email protected]


  2. Thanks for your kind words, Jess. I hope you are enjoying your stay in Australia. I actually lived up in the Blue Mountains (an hour from Sydney) when I was younger, so I know it’s a nice country to be in.

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