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Today we saw some more of Beijing. We went to a shopping center that was a little bit like Luchao in Changzhou, but bigger. It was immense. There was so much stuff! And literally an entire floor was bags. Purses, handbags, suitcases, wallets, you name it. It was ridiculous. I had some successful conversations. Short, but successful. The jet lag is wearing off and I'm finally able to semi-function in my third language. I understand a fair amount of what's going on around me. Admittedy, I thought I was kind of a hot-shot in class because I had no problems understanding anything. That's because I forgot that real people speak a lot faster than my professor or the people in the recordings. Plus they don't enunciate well. I'm slowly adjusting to that. The bigger problem is that my vocabulary is the size of a teaspoon. I can pick out what I understand when people are talking, but it's mostly function words and a few content words. Other than that it's complete jibberish. I'm also working on that, but it'll take a long while.

I also got bubble tea and street food :) That was exciting. I got the tianbing (I think that's right pinyin...), which is super good. The lady making them looked at me, then turned to Christina and said, "Your friend is really white. Where is she from?" So I told her I was American. Funny part of this story? I got a tan in California.

Anyways, that's about it. So far we haven't done anything particularly interesting, so I'll probably wait until I have a good story to post again. But I'll try not to wait too long so that no one worries.

Posted by MAx1992 02:55 Archived in China

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