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April 11, 2010

sunny 10 °C

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I’m down to exactly a week before the HSK exam, which tests for Chinese language proficiency in listening, reading, and writing. This morning, I woke up at 7 a.m. to sunshine, blue skies and no clouds. I got dressed and went downstairs for breakfast. I ate purple-colored porridge with spicy cabbage. Afterwards, I went back upstairs to do more practice tests. I make myself proud to say that I finished two timed reading comprehension tests. I used to score 30 out of 50, but now I am always scoring around 40 points. My test score so far is 43.

After I finish my tests, I grade them and review the questions I have missed. If I missed the question because I didn’t know the Chinese words, I will write it down on a separate notebook that records my mistakes. My last step is to write those Chinese characters over and over, as well as writing the English definition. You could say the process is quite long, but it has done me much good.

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I feel bad that I haven’t shown you much of my daily life, especially since there’s only two months left to my study abroad. Therefore, you will find more photos that could show you my reality. In addition, I give credit to my friend Matt for taking some of the Harbin pictures. If you could be in Harbin right now, you will find yourself hit by spring. The wind can really pick up and blow dirty city dust into your eyes. I have got to buy myself a pair of shades the next I am out shopping.

Last Friday, we had a special AFS meeting because we all created cultural dishes. Now the funny thing about American culture is that it encompasses all other cultures. If you told me to name American dishes, I would tell you, “Pizza, burgers, hot dogs, French fries, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, sloppy Joe, and American cheese.” I could tell you that an American breakfast is totally different. Maybe I will eat a yogurt (that requires a spoon), or a bagel, French toast, pancakes, sausage links, bacon, and scrambled eggs. Or even, a PBJ. At the AFS meeting, I made PBJ’s, which were made out the leftovers from Nancy’s egg-in-toast idea. The Italians made Nancy’s egg-in-toast a HUGE hit! The Italians had made the most delicious tiramisu ever because the coffee flavor was all inside the cake, and the whipped cream on top was just delicious. Hopefully, one of them will teach me how to make tiramisu.

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Recently, I celebrated my host mom’s birthday. I gave her two letters, one written in Chinese and the other in English, as well as 7 pictures that comes from my collection of photos from this year. I have been thinking of doing a serious yearbook. In addition, my class has agreed to do a yearbook. Therefore, I want to get more pictures with my classmates, and especially of the classroom.

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Well tomorrow, I am back to the weekday schedule. Wish me luck as I study!

Posted by myscope 08:00 Archived in China Tagged events

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