I finally officially registered for my Chinese classes at Zhejiang University of Technology today. That means I forked over about 6500rmb (almost $800 USD), I got my textbooks, I got my schedule, and I got my new student ID.
I got a little nervous looking at my new schedule and my new textbooks. First, my week is now completely filled. Every morning, every afternoon (with very few gaps), plus two evenings. I know, most people work 40 hour weeks, but teaching can be pretty tiring, and I’m not sure how great of a student I’ll be. For one thing, I haven’t been a real student for over 3 years, and for another, these classes look really challenging. I’ve described my Chinese level as “high intermediate” before, but these classes are definitely high, not intermediate. These are the textbooks:
– 高级汉语口语—话题交际 （北京语言文化大学出版社）- Advanced Speaking
– 桥染—实用汉语中级教程(下) （北京语言文化大学出版社）- Intensive Reading
– 高级汉语读写教程 （北京语言文化大学出版社）- Reading and Writing
– 中国社会概览(三年级教材，上) （北京语言文化大学出版社）- Survey of Chinese Society
– HSK中国汉语水平考试 （北京语言文化大学出版社）- HSK Training
Looking at the textbooks, I see a lot of characters I haven’t learned. I can’t be lazy this semester.
There are only 10 students in the high level. There’s another white guy (Russian or something — not sure), a Japanese student, and the rest are Koreans.
I’m looking forward to making friends with all the other international students, and I’m really ready for another big jump in my Chinese level, but I think it’s gonna be a hard semester. I have to relearn how to work hard!