The bittersweet results of a holiday = I'm back on square one???
Oh my oh my... I guess 4 weeks away from China has its pros and cons.
Pros: clean air and water.
Cons: I am back at a beginner's level of Chinese (or at least it feels so).
Yesterday I went to my favorite place in Suzhou, the gym (!) where I was met by one of my favorite trainers: Frank (Hunan boy, alias Rock wasn't working).
-You na! Long time no seen! he said, in Chinese.
He was just heading out to grab some dinner so I went inside to do some cardio. All well. It wasn't that hard to run for 1 hour. (Or OK, it was quite hard. I just have to tell myself it wasn't).
When I had been running on the treadmill for about 50 minutes Frank came up next to me and started asking me about the Beijing Olympics. It might have been the fact that I was running on a 10,5 speed, or the fact that I was extremely exhausted (on second thoughts -it was DAMN hard to run for 1 hour!) but this 10 minutes conversation (if you can even call it that) was the most painful conversation I have experienced during my time in China. I couldn't get one, single sentence right?! I stumbled on every word, I pronounced things wrong, I used the wrong grammar structure, and so on, and so on... It was a disgrace!!! Poor Frank just looked at me, wide eyed, as he saw I was obviously struggling, both with finding words and keeping my speed on the treadmill.
Four weeks in Europe. Is that all it takes to forget about everything u have learned/studied for the last 2 years??!?! (No, I didn't study anything while I was away.. I brought my heavy book and everything but I only opened it once... at the airport... ehum)
Well, apparently so. I guess the only way to not make this story repeat itself is to not to leave China until I master the language.. when I master it I won't forget that easy... right? Or... I simply learn the rules of discipline and maybe manage to open the book next time I'm on a holiday.
(But then again -maybe it was just the fact that I was on a treadmill....)