Hello and Welcome

As I am currently away from home for study, and as Skype has proven to be rather problematic in terms of time zones, I have decided to start a blog in an attempt to keep in touch with family and friends back in Canada.

November 23, 2011

I Can Access Internet Again!

Hello, I haven't been able to update for quite a while since the proxy I had been using stopped working. I tried a few others, but they tended to die or want money... But, now I found a way to get online again, yay!

Anyways, a lot has happened since my last update... at the beginning of the term it seems.

In terms of schooling:

Since then, I have had my midterms, overall I did acceptably, oddly my highest mark was in 口语 (Speaking class) which was very unexpected on my part, but a nice surprise.

My DDP classmates and I have started another Chinese class we attend with the cohort before us in which we learn technical terms for math and such. So far we have only had one class, and we have to learn a lot of vocab each week for it, so it will be interesting.

In C programming class we only have one class a week, which it quite painful as I feel it would be better to have more. We finally got our first assignment though, after wondering why we didn't have any for months, and it doesn't seem /too/ bad. That being said, I think it will take a lot of time to complete so I should probably start it soon...

I am also enjoying the Chinese painting course I took, although it is not for marks, and it has been interesting to learn the different painting style. I bought far too much paper as it turns out though, but at least I can practice a lot?

In terms of work:

I found a couple of jobs! (Yay!)

The first one I teach every second Wednesday to a company. I teach them pronounciation mostly, and I think it's going fairly well. Originally it was every week, but their old tutor came back so now we are spliting the classes.

The second one is every Friday, in which I teach an eight year old boy basic English. His mother attends with him to help and learn as well. Last week another Mother and daughter came as well. I don't know if they well be coming every week, but it will be interesting to find out.

In terms of travel:

I went on a trip with a Chinese friend to a city just south of Hangzhou about a month(?) ago. It was a lot of fun and I was able to take a lot of pictures and see a lot of new places. We wanted to find a restaurant with spicy food, but when we went looking, neither of us really knew the area and we ended up going to one of the first places we sae instead.

After mid-terms there was a trip to Thousand Isle by our class, but I ended up not being able to go since I had already planned to work on the day. I have pictures, but hopefully there will be another trip at the end of term.


Other:

Well, I lot of stuff has happened, mostly invlolving getting to know the Chinese members of the DDP program and such. We had a Halloween get together, and it was interesting to see how they tried to adapt it.

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I think that's an adequate enough update for now.

Anyways, on November 29th we (the Canadian DDP students) are going to the main campus for a 'Canadian Day' event since there are not a lot of Canadian students at the school and Xiang 老师 wants us to help represent. Also attending will be the Canadian Consolute General, and some other Canadian ministers. There will also be a buffet, for which we want to push back the time of out C progamming class in order to attend fully. I except the food will be pretty good...

Last week I was sick and had to miss most of the school week, during which time we were assigned a presentation to give to the class about an experiance we had making a purchase in China. Unfortuneatly, the details of the assignment were miscommunicated to me and I ended up prepared a speach about Canadian Specialties. When the time came to present I ended up having to make something up, all things considered it wasn't too bad though. Shorter than it should have been though.

I have also taken quite a few pictures now so I will post them with captions in a bit. =)

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