15 hours of Chinese class in 1 week:
the small group class ended up being just me and the teacher.
So in a sense I got private lessons for the same price as group classes.
The teacher gave me a choice of topics from the list prepared for the group classes (all very current topics about Chinese society).
Each session started with smalltalk before diving into the topic of the day.
The handouts were a mixture of "somewhat too easy" and "somewhat too difficult" texts - apparently there is a lack of interesting material (i.e. about current topics) for intermediate level learners.
The videos were difficult to follow for me - full speed Chinese speech... my listening is still not good enough.
Regarding my spoken Chinese, I'm ashamed to say that I still make beginner mistakes like using 还是 instead of 或者
But on the other hand I used 把 without even thinking about it.
I mostly spoke very slowly as I was trying to remember the appropriate vocabulary but in some rare instances my speech was more or less fluid when speaking about my interests.
At the beginning of the week I dreaded going to class (3 hours! one on one!) but thankfully the wall clock was behind my back and the class contents was interesting enough that it wasn't all that hard to keep going... I definitely needed some cafeine beforehand though.
In summary I am feeling satisfied and encouraged to take more classes and/or restart studying Chinese by myself seriously.
I'll definitely take these intensive classes again when available (i.e. during school holidays)
and I am considering also taking a regular long term class, although the teacher warned me that available classes might be somewhat easy for me... there's always private classes but that's pricey.
码农 (code farmer
) ~= 程序员 (programmer, developer)
996 is a verb.
todo: make smalltalk with myself about the random events in my life.