Class - Day One
The first day of class I found to be quite interesting. I was happy to see that the professors here, like in the US, use Powerpoint for their presentations. Professor Qi Yue was very easy to understand and was very personable. I was very happy to meet some of the Chinese students for the first time today. They all seemed a bit shy, but opened up once we started asking questions. I was a little disappointed that they weren’t as interested in us as we were in them, but I think that will come as we all spend more time together. Speaking of interaction, today was the first day that the language barrier really hit me. When talking to the Nankai students the language barrier isn’t so bad because they have studied some English, but I was in the City Planning Expo today and tried to speak to one of the high school students and had no luck. She told me that she spoke some English but wasn’t able to understand the question I asked her, even after I repeated it several different times in a multiple of ways. Also, in the Expo, I noticed that English was not displayed much. The Beijing City Planning Expo had everything in English and Chinese so we could understand what we were looking at, but today no English. Without Dr. Li, I would have been lost. It has definitely come to my attention that Tianjin is not nearly as integrated with the English language as Beijing. Chinese is a very unique language and I think I would like to learn more in the future!