Tomorrow we will start with the 2nd book!
I am really looking forward to it! These first two weeks at Shida finishing off the first book were great to get used to class, the 7 o'clock alarm bell and to make new friends. Now I am ready to make *a lot of progress* in Chinese! And I mean business! Yes, still the same old motivation, perhaps a bit more than before because I will learn something new, something that I have not studied before. I am excited. Can you feel it? Join me on that fantastic journey...
I just bought the second book today, together with the students workbook. Both books together set me back around 660NTD which is 15 €uro. A good investment that will pay off for sure. (Haha, could I be more cheesy here? ;)
My first impression after I opened the book was: oh my god, were did all the latin characters go?
In the first book all the chapters had all the texts in the romanized version (Hanyu Pinyin) as well. But actually I never used it anyways, so I won't miss it. Other than that, the book feels more like written for grown ups. The first book was full of little cartoons and drawings. Nothing like that in the second book which instead has much more photographs. Also the texts are much longer. They seem to mean business, too! LLLEEEEEEEET'S GET REAAADYYY TO RUUUUUMMBBLLLE!
Oh yeah, I'm ready.
Let me tell you again what makes this so enjoyable for me, apart from learning the language. It is the FUN that we have in class. So much fun, I cannot emphasize it often enough. These two hours are the most enjoyable of the day for me. Okay, actually I also like the hour I spend with having food, but anyways, you know what I am talking about. ;) It feels so great to learn this language with people from all over the world that you like more and more each day, trying to make jokes in Chinese, laughing about the inability to express certain contexts clearly, but still trying to do so using the most basic vocabulary and just enjoying to be all in the same boat. Room Nr. 926, Shida University, Taipei, Taiwan.
I will never forget this time I have here.