I really enjoyed class yesterday. I feel like this is such a weird thing to say. Yesterday I had my speaking teacher and we worked on the 是。。。的 expression. (This is basically what you use when you already have information and you’re commenting/asking about something specific like people/time/place.) I learned this grammar pattern a while ago so I was not really paying attention (sorry Mom). But my teacher made it more interesting. The class was split in half, so five students were suspects and five were interrogators. The suspects chose who actually “committed the crime” and then we had to use the grammar pattern to ask and answer the questions. It was really fun because everyone got into it and wanted to participate.
Then today I had my first exam! I was kind of worried because I was not present for the instruction of all the material..since I was in the United States at the time. I also did not know the test structure so I was concerned about that. Thankfully my teacher sent me the power point slides for all the chapters so I could study those as well as the vocabulary and the book. I took it this morning and actually got a 92%. A few of those points were taken off for not writing the characters correctly. That has been a problem this summer as I am trying to learn simplified characters instead of the traditional characters I have been studying for two years. Traditional characters used to be widely used, but now are only used in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Simplified is really the most practical form of writing. It just shows I need to practice them more. Reading signs in Chengdu has been really good practice since they are all in simplified characters.
Then later today we did some exploring of the street by our university. For lunch, I went with one of the teachers and my classmates to lunch where you saw them choose the fish you ate out of a tank. Then twenty minutes later many plates of thinly cut fish fillets came out. There was boiling broth in front of us and you cooked the fish yourself, which was delicious, although my ability to hold the fish in the pot with chopsticks is still sub-par at best. Later, we walked along the road and found two different bakeries and a place that should have been a cafe. We asked the woman who was upstairs if we could order something (because they had blizzards) but she said it was closed down. I finally got wanton soup today! It was great and so inexpensive, I wish I had gotten a bigger size because I wanted more.
I definitely want to start going to new restaurants besides the North gate standbys. I have also made it my mission to go to all the bakeries in the area.