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Tagged With: speaking Chinese

When You’re Really, Truly, “The Foreigner”

Let’s talk about speaking Chinese. These days about 70% of my life is lived totally in Chinese with people that can’t speak English. (Take my classes out of the equation and you get closer to 90%.) I am not a natural language learner. In fact, I would say I was below average. I have no … Continue reading »

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Taxi Stories

I’ve been spending a lot of time in Hangzhou with my friends. While I sometimes spend the night at one of their houses, I usually prefer to take a taxi back home. Hangzhou is a 45-minute drive from my school and there are always local taxi’s waiting in the city to bring late night travelers, … Continue reading »

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We’re Back! Now Time to Get to Work

Our summer travels have come and gone, and we’re now back in our home in abysmally hot southern China where we are preparing for next semesters classes. I’ll be sharing some details about our trip shortly, but before I do I want to write some general feelings about it. We saw a lot of amazing … Continue reading »

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My New Best Friend

You’re probably thinking that Ryan and I are at Madame Tussauds or something, standing next to a wax figure of an ancient kung-fu master. But we’re actually at a tea culture institute and standing in the middle is my new best friend. I don’t know what his name was, but after watching a short tea … Continue reading »

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