Date registered: September 15, 2010
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That 9.5-minute video needs a better narrator!
I believe the Second Ring Road transit is going to be BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), not rail, right?
空調 is pronounced kōngtiáo. Better proof the whole list.
I don't think they should increase the number of taxis. There are already too many vehicles on the road. If anything, increase the number of buses.
I get around the city on buses and in general they are quite convenient. In all my time in Chengdu, only once have I seen another 老外 on the bus. There are so many lines going so many places, I don't understand why more foreigners don't ride public transportation. If you have a 公交卡, the fare is only ¥0.50 or ¥1.00 for most lines, plus free transfers!
It's not hard to use the buses. Just use the Public Transit option on Google Maps. Yes, some bus lines stop running too early, but that's been getting better lately, and I've never had trouble getting a taxi late at night.
After years of university learning (various languages), I decided to try something different and go for private one-on-one lessons at a language training center.
The difference was so profound. I was able to learn exactly what I wanted/needed to, no being held back by other students, and the opportunity to speak for the full lesson time instead of once or twice per class session.
Yes, I checked out Mandarin Club (明德書院) after seeing their ads here, and I liked what I saw so that's who I went with. Some of their teachers actually are the same teachers from 川大. I even went and sat in on my teacher's class at the university and that just convinced me even more that I'd made the right decision. Yes, the university students seemed to have more fun in class, but I was learning more (and faster).
The only downside is their lack of ability to sponsor a visa, so I have to fly to Shenzhen every 60 days.
When I was doing a study abroad (留学) in Japan, I made the mistake of mostly hanging around with the other American students. I had a lot of fun and made great friends, but my Japanese was never as good as that of the students who made a point to spend their free time with Japanese.
This being my second chance at study abroad, I am applying my lessons learned. I didn't enroll at 川大 because I knew there would be lots of other English speakers in my class, and I didn't want to get to speak only 1/20th to 1/30th of the time.
I'm now taking private lessons and am very happy with my progress. I can't believe all the words I'm using in daily conversation now that I didn't even know two weeks ago when I started.
I'm very shy and so, yes, I'm paying for people to speak to me, but they are people who can also explain usage and grammar and other such finer points that your average language exchange partner can probably not do.
Now if I can just get the average person on the street to stop using that silly Sichuan dialect and speak textbook Chinese! :-)