I'll save my 口语 for my spare time...
Yesterday I had my first HSK afternoon class. I guess I should start off by telling you that I am not in the 高级班 “gao ji ban” –the highest level, but simply on an intermediate one (中级班?). The highest I have ever scored at an HSK test (and that one wasn’t even an official one, but one that our university arrange last semester because they were so dead curious about how all of us ‘non-HSK-exam-takers’ would do on the test. Most of my classmates did amazingly well meanwhile I was at the bottom of my class) is level 4, and I guess that’s not considered very ‘amazing’ for someone who has been studying for 1.5 years. Well, reading characters isn’t my thing, and the HSK exam has no spoken part –so what can I say? I am still quite happy with the results.
BUT…. Now I have decided to try and do better. And you know what –even though the first HSK class was quite hard, I kind of loved it?!!! And why? Well because most of my uber smart level 5 classmates went to the gao ji ban…. It’s only me, and some other (more human) level 5 classmates in this intermediate level class, plus a bunch of smart level 3 and 4 and 6 students. I don’t know how many will stay in the class. Only after the first lesson some people asked to jump down to an easier class, but one thing is for sure –I am going nowhere! I loooooved being in a classroom again where the atmosphere is friendly, the teacher actually interacts with the students (no monologue) and I can answer questions! It’s still a hard class –because the HSK content is hard- but I believe I will learn a lot of things from taking this class. Every Tuesday we have listening and every Wednesday we have grammar. Actually, I sort of regret no taking this class earlier on… I have just gone from level 3 to 4 to 5 and I always get so surprised when the teacher introduces some completely unfamiliar grammar to us, that most of the other students in my class already know. I guess a lot of them have learned additional things during their HSK classes.
Still a biiiiig shame that there is no speaking part on the HSK test, but I guess I just have to go and visit Rocky’s family more often. Shame I don’t know anyone in Sichuan, who is now on top of my ‘where-I-want-to-go-next’ list (mainly because of the spicy Sichuan food! Gosh, I am turning into a total food junkie aren’t I? I cannot write a single blog post without mentioning food anymore?!). Another downside with the HSK classes is that they are during the afternoons, which means: less time for self-studying and even more homework. But who cares? I am finally in a class where I can speak. Yey!