Update from China
I hope that you are all in tip-top form, and that your week is going well.
I’m sorry for not writing sooner; there is limited internet access here. So what’s new? Well, everything is new to me! I can’t quite find the words to describe everything. Maybe I’ll be able to reflect on my China experience when I’m back in the UK, with a bit of distance between me and this new reality. For the moment, however, I’m living it, and experiencing loads of new things first-hand! Here are some photos:
The view from my hotel in Shanghai
The nursing college in Zhengzhou where I'm teaching
Here come the girls... These guys are keeping me organised!
I’m a little bit tired right now, because I’ve been training nursing and English teachers for 8 hours per day, and trying to learn some Chinese when I can! This with limited success I hasten to add, although I have learnt a few words, and can write the Chinese characters for numbers 1 to 5, ‘man’, ‘big’, ‘money’ and ‘small’: a unique selection of words, I think you’ll agree! The most useful words I’ve learnt so far are ‘water’ and ‘thank you’. ;-) I learnt ‘water’ from a lady through miming and drawing pictures at 3 am. I was kinda thirsty… I won’t forget that particular word in a hurry!
It must be a long time ago now for you all, but can you remember the first words that you learnt in English? What were they? How did you learn them?
OK, a gentleman is trying to lock the room so I’d better go now. Be in touch soon.
Best wishes to you all
in tip-top form = feeling good (informal)
to experience first-hand = not through books, television or the internet (i.e. to observe something in real life)
I hasten to add = I must say
miming = saying something without words, using gestures
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