Date registered: May 13, 2008
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Hi guys, I'm travelling around for a while and have picked up some good titles (all in English) upon my travels.
1. Red Sorghum by Mo Yan 40RMB
2. Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro 40RMB
3. The Dark Road by Ma Jian
4. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marques (This one is a rough-ish copy but totally intact and readable) 15RMB (p.s. give me another week for this one, I haven't finished it yet)
5. Empress Orchid by Anchee Min 40RRMB
Contact me through gochengdoo or email me at email@example.com and we can arrange to meet up!
Yay! I'm a vegan in Chengdu for another 2 weeks and have been visiting some of the places listed here. Vegetarian Lifestyle on Qingnian Rd is awesome. I like the canteen style feed at Aidao nunnery by Wenshu monastery too (everyday around 12for 5yuan donation). There are also one or two Taiwan-style veggie places dotted around Sichuan Uni (Wangjiang campus) which are not bad at all. Must try Loving Hut though!!
Would definitely be on for a meet up at some stage in the coming days!
I was in a similar situation...and will possibly be again very soon. I did an undergrad in Chinese with one year spent at Sichuan Uni. I had spent a few years in China previous to that and had managed a HSK 6 before I started my undergrad or studies at Sichuan Uni. I took advanced 2 and 3 there. Both teachers were excellent and the course material...well, the books were good in terms of grammar and vocab explanations but pretty static in terms of content (i.e. What is Chinese Culture...cue the usual generic script). I also had a tutor on the side. That was good... we printed out news articles or watched discussions online etc. One tutor charged 50, then the next term I found a Chinese language teacher training school where they give free one-to-one lessons. It worked out pretty well... and I am planning on doing the same again.
Since money seems to be an issue, I suggest you look into the Confucius Institute and Chinese Gov Scholarships, both of which are quite generous. I also had zero problems finding part time teaching work in Chengdu and ended up making 180Yuan per hour. Between that and my scholarship, it was a very cushy year.
I was wondering if you guys had some ideas on studying Tibetan at some of the local unis. I know Southwest Minorities Uni does Tibetan language courses, anyone have comments on how the course went down or what the quality of teaching is like there? What about in Sichuan Uni? I studied there myself for a year and seem to remember there being Tibetan language classes... but am not sure.
Also, I am wondering if it is possibel to study Tibetan under a Chinese Gov Scholarship or Confucius Institute Scholarship. Has anyone tried that? Presumably you have to show up to 2/3 of Chinese classes and pass all exams to continue received the scholarship... or maybe even that doesn't matter?
Any ideas on all of this would be much appreciated!