Just a quick blurb because something exciting happened today. I had a conversation with someone in Chinese! It was the longest, most successful one I've ever had. I was walking home and a guy said hello, so I said hello back. Then he wanted to talk to me, but aside from "hello" he didn't know any English. But he was so friendly and smiley and keen that I couldn't resist. And he was so patient! I told him he was speaking too fast and that I didn't understand very much, so he spoke so slowly and tried using different words. Sometimes he had to repeat things about 5 times before I finally understood. And then it was so satisfying! We were able to talk about where I'm from, what I'm doing in China, that I live nearby with my boyfriend, work at a school down the road, when I finish work etc. I must day, I was extremely proud of myself, I never thought I'd speak enough Chinese to get that far. Yippee for me!!
Also, I taught a couple of demonstration classes in a public school today. It was quite cool. Each class has about 68 students (although they cut it in half for me), the building was old, the rooms were packed...it was just what I'd imagined a Chinese school to be like, but never experienced until now. And I was the only foreigner there so I got lots of looks. The students were really friendly though, and eager to talk to me.
Good day today!