I haven’t used these since Elementary School

I bought some flash cards in the baby aisle at Carrefore today.  They are for ages 3 and up… so that’s the level that I’m on.  Oh well, it’s a starting point, right?

I’m starting with the first 25 words which include how to count to ten and baby body parts complete with pictures of fingers, toes and nose.  I had one of my Chinese students tonight go through them with me and pronounce the words for me so I’m not learning incorrect pronunciation.  If I can learn a few new words every week, I should know quite a few by the end of the semester.

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Stop to Sip the Coffee

Also today I went to my CC’s Coffee which has become my happy place.  It’s a fabulous place for me to get away from the apartment and get some work done on the computer.  I did lesson plans, finished my powerpoint for next week and started a personal study of some questions I’ve been struggling with in the Good Book.

I’ve been getting grouchy lately because I’m not taking any down time for myself.  I love being around friends and doing things with my students but sometimes I just need a few moments for myself to not have to put forth effort trying to be perfect.  So this afternoon I just sat and drank a cappuccino and it was super-fun.  

Also, apparently they are getting to know me there, which as the only foreigner that goes in there most of the time, I guess I’m hard to miss.  Anyhow, they asked me today if I wanted to be on the V.I.P. member list, so I signed up with my name and phone number, (which was the only name on the list that was not in Chinese characters by the way).

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Happy Birthday!!!

This week has been the week for birthday’s.  Edwin turned 67 years old and I won’t say how old Kaila (a woman never reveals her age).   I’ve had a lot of fun helping them celebrate (and eat cake of course).  

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. mars says:

    Chrissi,
    I love the flower on the top of your cappuccino. Do they always make it so fancy? That’s such a neat idea and I’ll bet you could do it with your artistic ability and a little practice. Luv you! mom

    1. I know, right? The cappuccinos there are amazing. I actually had an experience the other day when I forgot I was in China. There was a guy that sat down in the restaurant next to me. He said “Excuse me, do you mind if I sit here” and I was like “yeah, sure. Go right ahead.”
      Then like five minutes later it dawned on me that I’m sitting in a Chinese coffee shop next to a guy who spoke perfect english, so I started a conversation with him. Come to find out, he was a teaching assistant for the Foriegn language department at his university.

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