Meal with NUIST Staff & on & off campus
Trip Start Oct 07, 2012
45Trip End Dec 14, 2012
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Everyone was very friendly and made me feel very welcome. I was asked to say a bit about myself - so I decided to be brave and use the basic Mandarin that I'd taught myself, and was quite (no very) pleased that they understood - perhaps I will get braver with it now.
I didn't take too many pictures- although they said it was fine to I didn't want to be rude - I will try and get more food pics to you as I know there are some of you wanting to see what i am eating!
I poped into a shop on my way back 'home'.
popped out again a bit later, ventured different way- and found just not far away, through an exit off campus- found a mad street full of shops, street vendors - it was absolutely buzzing t- traffic and people – I only went a little way – will go again another time ... i may upload a film i took but it might make you feel ill as its wobbly - i was trying to carry my camera without making it obvious i was filming!! or mayb i get a better one - or both i will see.
While I spoke with her, a couple of students (not my students) came to ask if I could help them; The girl (English name Nicole) asked if I would be a judge at an English speaking competition next week. I said yes, they then told me there would be other (English speaking) judges there too– I think this will be good because although I enjoy conversing with the locals –there are (of course) language barriers – it is taking me a while to get my ears tuned to the different sounds of English words, also there are many things we cannot communicate to one another - perhaps if I talk with some other English speakers we can swap info – as there are many things I am unable to find out.
The boy (English name Ben) asked if I would speak with new students so they may practice their English – they arrange weekly meetings for this – next month I think.
Nicole & Ben said they will show me around which is really nice of them– it feels good that I can help them & they will help me. It really is a great way to see a country – rather than just a holiday.
They talked to me about Chinese names and how the meaning is so important - they (and Jenny) want me to find out what their English names mean! They told me that they think Ben means stupid / daft one! This was funnier still as he was hilarious; laughing all the time he spoke and every time he got a word wrong or didn’t know how to say something he was throwing his arms all over the place, throwing himself at the wall, slapping it saying "oh my god" - obviously worrying about his 'poor’ English and not worrying about how daft he looked!! – ok so his English is not so clear at times but he says “oh my God” very clearly – and in a kind of American accent – it was quite funny – more so when Nicole & Jenny just looked at him as if he was daft!!!
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