There is no Challenge more challenging than the challenge to improve yourself.
So... This past Saturday we had our first Chinese class and I think that it is safe to say that it is going to be HARD as STONE (lol) to master Chinese. Our teacher is fabulous though and I am excited to work with her more. We have class every Saturday from 2pm-5pm in the basement of the hotel which is very convenient but I wish it was more than once a week. Every class we will have a test over what we learned the class before and our homework will be due.
During our first class we went over Chinese grammar (tones and the 38 Finals and 21 Initials), pronunciation and stroke order. The school gave us beautiful calligraphy sets that we have no idea how to use but they are pretty. So far the only thing that seems familiar to English are the vowels which are A O E I U Ú. There are four different tones in Chinese and my voice does not fluctuate for anything. The teacher laughs every time its my turn to repeat the phrase on the board and says "You need more practice" in her lil Chinese accent. So funny lol.