Kun Shi Zhuan College

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Kunming Teachers Junior College, Kunming, China
Where Michael studied Chinese in 2007

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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!

The college's front gate

A small park in the center of campus

More Photos: Click here for photos of former students in Xi'an, Kunming, or Shanghai

Student Essays: Click here to see student essays from former students about NPU, Chinese holidays, and more.

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