Halfway There (ish)

7/12

我发现了一般不拍照片,所以我应该情一些朋友给我拍照片。这样我可以要省事。

这个性情我忙的不得了。 我申请了一个上网的家教工作,我做了面试, 这个面试很好意思。 因为这个公司在加州,所以有很大的时差。 我需要早上五点起床,应为这事我们都“最” 方便的时候。我也需要用我老师的榜公示。这个工作既方便又有用。因为这事上网的工作,我单位在任何的地方。我还有申请一个美国State Department 的上网的实习。好像很有意思,也只是网上的实习。美国 State Department有关于中国的实习。我希望了他们让我做这个工作。

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我跟一个中国朋友一起去颐和园。颐和园的风光美丽的不得了。需要拼命爬山,然后坐船去其其他的德方.这个周末我见了一个老朋友。我忘了他的中文名字,糟糕。我两年前在香港中文大学第一次见面, 现在才又碰到。在我看来他的性格很有意思。

下个星期五我有一个期中考,需要准备好。我从今开始休息好吧。下个周末我会才要去长城,很兴奋啊。

还有意见我看一个中国电影,我学信的词语, “够男女”。看这个电影然后我想“难怪有的人的听力那么好,他们费很多时间看中文电视”。

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I am losing track of the days here, but it is noticeably getting close to the halfway point of my trip here in Beijing. Next week I have a lovely midterm, but afterwards there is a trip to the Great Wall!

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Last week I got the chance to go to the Summer Palace and it was pretty damn cool. It was a step climb up to the top. It had some gorgeous views and buildings. At the foot the hill you can take a boat across the moat to the other side. You get some killer views that way too.  It only cost 15 kuai per person to get across.

I applied for a part time job with a new company that does online tutoring and received a job offer. Yay! Its called KKTalkee.

http://www.kktalkee.com/

I will essentially be webcamming with a bunch of international strangers to speak with them to practice their English. Judging from the company the market seems to mostly be Chinese folks, which means I can also practice my Chinese =). The best part is that it is completely mobile so I can do it anywhere as long as I have an internet connection. 12 bucks an hour would be enough for supplemental income while I am abroad (Luckily, a US dollar goes a long way in most places.)

This gives me a brilliant plan of couch surfing and visiting friends in Asia. While doing this online tutoring job. This tutoring job sets things up quite nicely. I have been toying around with LiveMocha to find people to practice Chinese , but with this job. I can funnel them into my tutoring job at KkTalkee. Double win!

7/18

In other news, I just finished my midterm and absolutely did not crush it, it was pretty decent. We are now officially halfway through the program, and It feels like it is going by way to fast. At least I got to see the Great Wall today! A couple of us essentially sprinted along the wall for about half the time we were there. We met a nice Chinese tourist family in one of the beacon towers and I they asked me to take pictures for them. Well technically I tried and failed at explaining that there were stairs inside the building, but we worked it out. Since we were obvious foreigners the had their 4 year old daughter speak as much English as they could with us!

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That reminds me, THERE WAS SO MUCH ENGLISH AT THE GREAT WALL. All the vendors speak such good English it was disturbing.  Also, I found out that you can not only bargain for souvenirs at the Great Wall you can also bargain for drinks . I got a drink that was originally priced at 10 yuan and bargained it down to 4 yuan.  Which is still over priced, but better.

I also got to parkour my way around one of the towers. I guess those classes in DC were worth it! If you go to the Great Wall, I highly recommend you taking a toboggan ride back down the tower.  It was 1 – 1.5  of steel slides. And you can go pretty damn fast, I almost fell of taking a sharp turn too fast. Someone in the group lost their hat.

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I also, I climbed two small mountains. Fun stuff

我现在坐公共汽车去承德。昨天去了长城。长城的目光很漂亮。 我拍了照片, 大家应该看一看!在长城上我跟一个同学一起跑步跑了大半个钟头。跑步的时候我遇到一个中国家庭问我们给他们拍照片。在长城上我也跑酷。 哎呀,我的词语很简单,我需要快进步我的写力。 回去公共汽车的时候。我要买了一瓶水,可是老板给我的价钱是10元。对一瓶水来说,非常贵。这时候我发现了我可以讲价我买了瓶水的价钱。 我付了四元钱。有意思吗?我从来没知道!七点钟左右我到了一个农家院。这北京的农村很安静啊!我希望了我可以在这里睡了两天。

上个星期班的时候我说了表怪的句子。老师问我“ 你有什么女妻子的标准?我告诉她。 我妻子需要有个博士学位。 除了有博士学位意外,还应该是从农村来的。我也学了一个好玩儿的词语: 拜金女。意思是一个只想要钱的女孩。

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