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Finally, Grandma goes back to school...

SallyBR1's picture

well, not really a grandma yet, but this week I started my Chinese classes at the university. Me and 25 freshmen, most of them very shy and reserved.

interesting experience so far....

Daily classes, at lunchtime. The teacher is absolutely great - I am taking the beginner's class, for those who have zero knowledge of Chinese. From the looks of it, I'll be cruising along for the first month without learning anything new. But I did not want to join the level II, it would probably be too hard. GOing through the basics with a real teacher makes all the difference: I'm already aware of some mistakes in my pronunciation.

it's been decades since I had "homework" :-)

edited for typo

I might be a lousy gardener, a horrible cake baker, but I can do a mean verrine!

(soupereasy, June 2007)


Edited 8/24/2007 7:06 am by SallyBR1

SallyBR1's picture

(post #48411, reply #21 of 40)

I agree with you, although it seems pretty hard to avoid college for a while once you leave high school - it becomes the "natural" thing to do, even if you are not quite ready for it

now, marriage is another story. I do think people should postpone getting married until they reach 30 years old. :-)

 


 


I might be a lousy gardener, a horrible cake baker, but I can do a mean verrine!

(soupereasy, June 2007)

MadMom's picture

(post #48411, reply #22 of 40)

I'm a big fan of some sort of compulsary national service.  I know the military isn't right for everyone, and frankly, a lot of people are not right for the military.  Still, they could mentor kids in inner city schools, work in the national parks and forests, join the Peace Corps, pick up trash along the roads...something, anything, for a couple of years to pay for the privilege of living here.  Also would give kids time to grow up a bit.  And, it would apply to everyone, rich or poor.  No deferments.  No waivers because you had "more important things to do."



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(post #48411, reply #23 of 40)

ITA!

 

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Rhea's picture

(post #48411, reply #15 of 40)

...cool!!!!

I can't even afford the lifestyle I don't want...

I can't even afford the lifestyle I don't want...

SallyBR1's picture

(post #48411, reply #35 of 40)

for those who are not sick and tired of my "back to school syndrome"

met the teacher today, she informed me I got an "A" last term - was on the top 5 students! How cool is that? Grandma still rocks! :-)

tomorrow I start the second semester - only 7 students in class, it should be almost a one-to-one experience. Daily classes, 8:30am. Not a bad way to start the day.

on the flip side, it is unbelievable how approximately 1/3 of the ideograms learned last term are GONE from my memory. Gone.
I do hope the teacher has some very efficient plan to help us bring it all back...

It is not gremolita, it is GREMOLATA!!!!

(October 2007)


Edited 1/14/2008 10:09 am by SallyBR1

AnnL's picture

(post #48411, reply #36 of 40)

You just continue to amaze me in so many ways.  You rock!

Ann
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Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Jean's picture

(post #48411, reply #37 of 40)

Heh, I'm not surprised at all! I'd have been surprised with anything less. Congratulations.



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(post #48411, reply #38 of 40)

What everyone else said. You are simply brilliant!

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SallyBR1's picture

(post #48411, reply #39 of 40)

not, not at all. I simply worked my a$$ off last term. Honestly, never worked so hard at a class in my entire life

had the first class yesterday - it was pretty disappointing, it turns out that not enough students signed up for it, so they gathered two classes together and the teacher is not the same I had before. She was awesome....

of course, I am going to stick with it and see what happens, but I have the feeling this teacher won t be nearly as good. ON the positive side, she insists on speaking in Chinese full time, which leaves us all in a twilight zone feeling absolutely inadequate and stupid. But it is challenging, and I hope it will improve our skills.

I just wish I had a camera to make a video of the class yesterday - she called each student's name and after saying a "nice to meet you", she fired two or three questions at the poor fellow. You could hear a flea land after jumping.... dense silence, profound discomfort...

I felt EXTREMELY happy that my name was not on the list, so I was spared from the public humiliation yesterday... however, today she will be able to throw me on the fire.

(Chinese sigh)

 


 


It is not gremolita, it is GREMOLATA!!!!

(October 2007)

FitnessNut's picture

(post #48411, reply #40 of 40)

Oh, I never had a doubt that you worked your butt off. ;-)

I am language challenged, I think. I tried SO hard to learn French when we lived in Montréal. I took classes and was probably the only one to do all the exercises as well as extra stuff. I passed with better than good marks. But then we were transferred out west (for four years) and I never had a chance to use it, never mind hear the language. There are quite a few Francophone families living near here, mostly with the military, so you do hear it on the street. But I can barely understand what they are saying, never mind actually formulate a sentence in my mind. Whatever I learned seems to be gone.

But to even ATTEMPT Chinese....well, that's a whole 'nother ball game.

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