My throat is killing me today (unusual huh?) so a bit of lack of inspiration. I'm starting to wonder if it's somehow easier to get sick in China? I tend to get sick so often.. stomach this, throat that, and a cold every here and there. It's happening a little bit too often to be honest, and I still believe I live kind of healthy (or OK, I have been much healthier than this ...)
I better get well soon, coz my final exams are coming up, and obviously I have to score well in order to move on to Mandarin level 4. Hm.. I wonder what level 4 will be like. In level 2 it was only me, 2 Japanese and Koreans (a Russian girl appeared and disappeared). In level 3, it's been me, many Japanese, even more Koreans and one Brazilian girl (oh, and one Indonesian!). Very clever people. In level 4 I assume it will be the same. The higher the level the less western people. Although in level 1 (and sometimes 2) there are loads of European/American exchange students. I suppose it is understandable why people don't continue on level 3, 4, 5 etc... The amount of reading/writing that u have to do in those classes is kind of insane. For my mid term exam I had to write an essay... Yeah, not the best piece I've written but still. I wrote it. (Although I should add that the only reason why I managed was because we were allowed to use our dictionaries. Otherwise I would have been screwed). I wonder what's coming up at this exam? Unprepared presentation on the development of China? Nah, just kidding. Or? Well, I certainly hope it won't!
I still find it hard to believe that before I moved here 2 people (on French and one Finnish girl) told me that Chinese was easy to learn. Easy!? Yeah easy they said, because there is basically no grammar.. hm... I don't really agree with that. And again, EASY?! When, exactly is this feeling of 'easy' going to appear in my learning curve? In level 6, when I can (hopefully!) speak fluently? Or, did they refer to level 1 where you spend a lot of time going 'ooooooooo', 'boooooooooah' 'poooooooach' to nail the pronunciation? Well, to be honest, I didn't even find that that easy... If anyone who has learned Mandarin and has experienced the easy ride, would u then please share your experiences? I need some inspiration.