Yippee!!! Exams are finally over and holidays have begun. I so far know 2 results. 81 for hanyu and 82 for kouyu… I’m ok with that of course. In some instances it’s nice to know I did well enough but I also am disappointed that I got points I do not deserve. I deserved to fail this semester, not having opened a book. When I did, it was for a maximum of 10 minutes. But I suppose when I attended classes (until I started bailing during the last few weeks), i did listen attentively and that certainly paid off!
Nevertheless the exams were relatively easy. I think it’s time to forget these exams and draw more attention to next semester. I believe the teachers will be less lenient because during the first term, we are given the chance to accommodate ourselves to China and everything else new. Second term should be less merciful.
Sad to say I heard that when it comes to foreigners, teachers are very lenient with us. Why? Not because they are considerate towards the fact that Mandarin is new to us, nor to the possibility that they think we aren’t capable of learning everything they give us even better than the local students… I think maybe the teachers don’t care for our learning, as much as they care for their jobs.
To teach Chinese to foreigners is a privilege in so many ways and China has a wealthy workforce. So much so, unemployment is on the rise, especially for the educated people (Skilled labour). Where unemployment is high, so is competition for jobs and when it comes to teaching Mandarin to the growing numbers of foreigners coming here and wanting to learn Chinese, only the best teachers are wanted. One complaint, bad grades from a student, already puts the teacher in question.
Being in a relatively good mood today, I wish to say that despite a few points I feel my teachers could work on, I am glad they have opened themselves to accept advice. With the advice we give, they decide on whether to implement it, or shove it in the bin. But they are great teacher with a lot of ability, a lot of potential. They also have the eagerness to learn more about each one of our culture, the way I am just as eager to learn about theirs. Fortunately, I am in China and therefore I can form my own opinions about everything! Something I’ve been noticing lately though would be that aside from food, traditional dances, music, appearances… we are more alike than we think. There are all sorts of people that make up one country. Not just the ones we meet… for all those who this could apply to: HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!