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... answers to possible questions. The problem is their English level is low, their answers are so scripted, and they feel enormous pressure to pass these interviews. It was so boring for them spending hours each day memorising these dozen or so answers about their family and schooling experiences, and English books they had read. I actually fell asleep briefly in one of the private lessons while she was reciting, I was trying my hardest ...
I've been in China for almost three weeks now and it's been very interesting! Everything is completely foreign and difficult. Most of the restaurants have picture menus which really helps when trying to order food because then you can just point. However, you then have to guess what exactly is in each meal and what meat it is.
Crossing the street is a cross between Frogger and American Gladiators. There is no right of way between ...
... like bed sheets, a kettle and other bits and pieces. It was quite a saga shopping for things that have no English labels and conversations with the staff would often at times end up with them trying not to laugh at my obviously poorly spoken Chinese. They are very patient though. I managed to get most things, except finding a bed sheet was proving difficult, as was a bath towel. The supermarkets seemed to have hundreds of hand towels, but no ...
... it up. My next task was to find a place to live. It definitely turned out to be the most difficult thing so far. More on that later.
On Monday night I went to Will's company where he not only works, but also lives and sleeps in the office. He and his colleague who I will call Ian and I had met the day I arrived were in there. Ian was playing computer games which seems to be a regular thing for a lot of people in Hangzhou. It is ...
... how to catch the bus myself tomorrow. Unfortunately it started pouring rain and we went a couple of kms too far, which meant a fair walk in the rain, but at least I think I know the way. By the late afternoon I was totally exhausted and lay in my room for a couple of hours and wrote this. I am optimistic about tomorrow, as it will enlighten me about what I will actually be doing here in the coming months. I think it will take a few days yet to adjust.
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