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Beijing

First day in China + Orientation

sunny 30 °C

Im so glad this blog works internationally!
We've arrived in China and have gone through our first session of orientation already. We're about to head to lunch at 11:30 and then to the Great Wall! I'm looking forward to seeing the wall again [not covered in snow]. They definitely have extreme weather here!
It's about 95 degrees or so and its super hot....
I'm missing everyone already ): We have limited wifi here at the hotel but we're leaving the hotel soon so that's it for wifi!
I've been kinda bored these past few days but I'm looking forward to finally heading into Changzhou and meeting my host family. I have a 16 year old sister and we'll be studying with only AFS-ers at the Changzhou No.1 Middle School. Some of my language goals include:

- Gaining a general understanding of the symbols and characters of Mandarin
- Creating a solid base of Mandarin to continue in America [basics!]

More specifically:
- to express my likes, dislikes, feelings
- introduce myself
- general conversation
- bargaining
- ordering food

I hope to be fluent in Mandarin eventually. I love how this is my third language and I hope to perhaps learn 4 total.

tonight after dinner we're taking a 12 hour train ride into changzhou with our leaders/teachers of our cities (sleeping train! cool) and then meeting our host families in the morning!
okay have to go to lunch. zai jian !

Posted by cuhloe 20:14 Archived in China Tagged living_abroad

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