A few things from the last few days.
Trip Start Oct 07, 2012
45Trip End Dec 14, 2012
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Students have started emailing me - they are getting braver. When they give me their Chinese names i like to look up the meanings, I asked one girl 陈希玥 if her name meant something like "special pearl" here is her reply...
"Thank you for understanding me.I always enjoy your class~:-D
My name does means something like special pearl ,but in China,there're several beautiful tales behind it. Here is the stories.
One of the stories is...long long ago,when a prince wasborn,a multicolored phoenix called many birds come around the baby,thenthe phoenix threw a stone to the baby's hand.Suddenly,an earthquakehappened,old trees fell,and the stone cracked,a beautiful pearl came out.People were happy,because that means lucky.A fairy passed,found the bright pearl so lovely,felt the baby will be a monarch someday,so he named this special pearl "玥"."
Aren't Chinese names so lovely! Isn't that a great story!
Another girl sent me a picture of her and her friends, one lad, who'd had to remind me when it was the end of class, asked me what my opinion of his was.
I have said we can arrange a time when they can all chat to me and ask questions - after all they will be coming to Scotland in 2 or 3 years so it will be good for them to find out as much as they can.
On Thursday I bumped into 2 Americans at the guesthouse, they are here teaching English, one stays here, the other used to stay here. They took me to a place that serves.... western food. I felt a bit bad eating western food - as i had only been here 2.5 weeks - but as only western was on the menu I ordered the same as what they had... steak and chips, a salad, a drink, we also got soup and toast... it cost 元32 (£3.20) The older American guy who has been here a few years said - "it isnt cheap like it used to be". I had read about this but .. it is cheap enough!
On Friday I went into town, so took a few pictures of a few of the shops. It is funny when random people take pics of me, but maybe it's not surprising - i have been here 3 weeks and have only ever spotted two other foreigners like me (apart from the americans at the guesthouse).
Anyway we went to one of the student canteens - we went to order and the staff asked luo jialin things about me like where I am from. It is very funny going into places and having people react differently because I am a foreigner. I don't mind at all - i just smile and laugh and try and say a few words in Chinese. Some of the locals know me now and in the local shop the owner got a student to say "your Chinese has improved" hahahaha. Food cost about 元 10 or 12 (£1.00 or 1.20)
CET English classes on a Saturday morning. Had a good night.