First Day of Classes

So to follow-up about the speech it went really well 🙂

When I went to the office, instead of butchering the speech like I assumed they would, the teacher’s just checked it one last time for grammar errors. They also kept a copy for themselves to translate into english, Japanese, and Korean to have one a slide behind me while I spoke. Here’s my speech for any interested readers who read Chinese (I was quite proud of it~):





Right after the speech, there were words from the Dean, a police officer (to explain about Tianjin laws), and we separated into different classrooms based on our Chinese levels. So I still tested into Advanced-high, so I went in there and it was all Japanese/Korean people and me…which means their reading and writing will be amazing, because both countries regularly use Chinese characters. But oh well, guess I will just have to try harder. During the meeting, the teachers gave us a break down of the syllabus and our class schedules. I like the way it looks because I have afternoon classes Mondays and Tuesdays and morning ones on Wednesdays and Thursdays. To celebrate the last Friday before jail classes start, Avi, a new Japanese friend, Korean friend, and I went searching for a club. Our first stop was the Italian section of Tianjin, but there were only bars there…not good enough. So we asked around and heard about this place called Boiling. It had great music, as every Chinese club does, but the crowd was kind of weak. We got a table there and danced around, and talked up a manager, but he could only a discount on alcohol, not a free table…so on to the next club!

There was a place right around the corner called Babi Club, it was much better but to be honest, I feel like a middle-aged woman, so done with clubbing and ready to settle down!! Haha, but not in a marriage way, just to not go clubbing for a few months at least.

The rest of the weekend was spent running errands and cleaning, we also had a wonderful meal with our Chinese teacher from USF (he paid of course). This morning, I had the first-day of school butterflies. I had everything lined up and ready in my bag, pencil holder, electronic dictionary, notebooks, and even tea mug (I’m truly Chinese now haha) was ready. Class itself was better than I hoped, my classmates and I are all around the same level, and I’m not the worst as I feared! I learned some new useful grammar structures and words, from the teachers teaching styles I can tell this will be a fun school year… least that’s what I say now~



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Diana
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 16:41:31

    That is so awesome that you tested as high as the Koreans/Japanese 😀 what was their reaction when you walked through the door? Or maybe they already expected it because they heard your speech. Speaking of the speech, did you get any praise from it afterwards?


  2. julienleyre
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 04:10:20

    Hey, good luck with your life in Tianjin. I was there myself for about 7 weeks, teaching at Alliance Francaise in the old Tianjin Shifan Daxue. Great city, if polluted, and tough at times.
    I found a lovely little cute cafe, on Harbin Lu, at the corner with Dagu Bei Lu. Very nice people. Recommended, for a ‘Audrey Hepburn’ moment.
    Anyway, I’ll look at your adventures. Enjoy!


    • marshabarsha
      Sep 07, 2011 @ 11:51:55

      Thanks for the tip 🙂
      Tianjin is definitely different from the “China” that I’m used to, I spent so much time in Qingdao that everytime I go somewhere else I get a shock. The different feel of this city might come from the fact that it was controlled by a whopping total of eight countries in it’s history, it has many more western restaurants that’s for sure, haha. I can tell that there will be good and hard times here, but I look forward to them all~


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