I've finished my first week of "Mandarin" lessons today - 6 hours in total, taught by my indefatigable and good-humoured Chinese teacher, "Cathy" [see photo]. Although I'm the only student in the class at this level (so far), I've managed to stay awake and active (which is basically all I require of MY students!) and I've learned a lot. Whether it stays in this rapidly ageing brain is another issue. Unfortunately the next 2-3 weeks are full of "holidays" and make-up classes, so Chinese language lessons will be few and far between for a while. Hopefully things will settle down in November and December though. I really do need to become more fluent now my long-term future is definitely here.
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