After spending the fall semester (2006) in classes at
Yunnan Normal (Teachers') University, Michael transferred to this
local college for one-on-one tutoring (spring 2007; the name is Kun-shi-zhuan,
which means Kunming
Teachers' Junior College).
Michael meets 10 hours per
week in the beautiful building pictured above-left.
|In April, we invited Michael's teachers
(the two standing next to him) to have dinner and watch a Chinese movie in
our apartment. The third teacher in this photo is the girlfriend of one of
Michael's teachers, and the roommate of the other, so we invited her to
join us as well! All three teach at Kun Shi Zhuan.
Studying Chinese is hard work, and slow progress is
frustrating. Most of us foreigners just haven't trained our memories to
memorize the thousands of pictographs needed to become fluent in Chinese,
and our ears and tongues have a hard time with the tonal inflections
necessary to speak and understand Chinese. English--our native
language--and this new tongue couldn't be farther apart! But Michael is
glad he has invested three years of
his life to study Chinese full time, and is grateful for his progress at
these two schools--no matter how slow it was!
A small park in
the center of campus
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