Since it’s been brought to my attention that a lot of people are drooling over all the food I post about, I will take a break and talk about…talking…in English.
English Corner is a set time each week where anyone can come to converse in English. The university sponsors it but people from outside the community here are allowed on campus to participate. I’ve met students from other schools who prefer the English Corner at our university over their own.
Most of the participants are college age and at different levels of competency. I’ve come to admire the very basic speakers who are brave enough to come and listen and try to say what little they know. I am at that same level of Mandarin and am very challenged to sound as intelligible. They are my hero’s.
All of the English teachers are required to be at the Corner each week. It’s part of their work week. When the university has a holiday from classes, some of them need to be made up for on Sundays; also expected as part of the teacher’s work week.
All in all, it’s a fun two hours. We meet outside the school rooms under a covered court. Last night it was rainy and very windy. It gave us a taste of what it will be like trying to keep warm in the coming months. The first night was hot and humid but in one week’s time we have lost 20 degrees. Brrr. They tell me it will warm up again before the final cold settles in.
It’s a great place to meet new people and make new friends…like me and Lee.