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2/7/2006


by Bonnie on 2002-07-20

Carl,
Wang laoshi does not speak any English. Sorry, but no sorry about this. You will HAVE to communicate in Chinese with almost everybody while you're in China. That'd contribute partially to the lonliness you may feel at the beginning.
Unless you start making new friends as many as possible using your not-so-perfect Chinese, that loneliness might stay with you even though you are making progress in other areas. You would not be able to run away from speaking Chinese.
What you can do is to absorb as much Chinese as possible when other people are talking AND ask questions when you cannot understand. In that way, you will feel free and not afraid of speaking Chinese in just a couple of months if not a few weeks.
Use your hands to gesture or draw pictures if you cannot make yourself understood. Be creative! Of course you could use Rachel as your crutches at the beginning as you will be in the same class. :) Don't be afaird. You will learn fast! Language itself will not be an issue for long.
Bonnie
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