On the 24th of Oct, Friday, Erik and I had our 3rd Chinese lesson meeting.
Unfortunately I’ve been sick for the previous a few days, so I didn’t do much preparation work for our up-coming meeting, however I didn’t wish to postpone our agenda as I know the more close we keep ourselves up to the schedule, the safer we could be in Dec.
This meeting was quite a casual setting, but nevertheless I believe both of us have gained a great deal of things from each other. We had lunch together in TAMK straight after Erik’s morning Finnish lesson as usual at 11 am. We took our lunch together and started with some “small talks” about each individual’s life. I always appreciated this point about this course. Erik and I are more like friends than the relationship btw a teacher & students. We talked about our respective trips to Norway for the autumn break. Erik had an amazing time in Northern Norway, in a farm where he has worked before and it was a wonderful reunion among him and his acquaintances. I shared with him about my 4 days experience in the capital city of Norway, Oslo also. It’s funny to think that both of us went to Norway in the same period of time, but both us didn’t see each other. one in the north and one in the south. We always enjoyed hearing stories from each other. To be frank, this is so much more interesting than teaching him Chinese traditions/customs or vocabularies.
Nonetheless, this course would have been a useless one if all we do each time is to “blah blah blah” about each other’s life events. along with the joy of chit-chatting, we have to talk about something less enjoyable, which this time, of course, turned out to be Chinese tourism attractions.
I introduced him the major tourism attractions in China, “THE FORBIDDEN CITY” where it is located, why is it called the forbidden city, how big is the forbidden city, the layout of the forbidden city and also even the inhabitants and life-style in this great ‘city’. The forbidden city usually takes a man one full day to visit, for it is absolutely a master piece of work, it is so big that it has 999 individual buildings and 9999 rooms inside. The forbidden city is called ‘FORBIDDEN’ not because it is ‘haunted’ (well of course, there are rumors saying that it is indeed a haunted place, for it is so old and so many innocent lives have been killed within it’s premises) but because it was the Royal palace, ordinary folks were forbidden to touch the gate, or even get too close to the foyer. I also introduced him with the idea of how an emperor used to have so many concubines in the past and how those concubines were living under the same roof with a smile each day but in fact, each day with a new thought or method of getting rid of the others.
Erik was quite shocked, but moreover I saw that sort of “unbelievable” expression from his face. We further continued on this subject as why an emperor had to have so many ‘wives’ and of course this needs more in-depth illustration which I couldn’t possibly make it in light here. Lastly I would like to attach a map of the ‘FORBIDDEN CITY’ in Pekin so that you guys could also have an idea of the way how it lays out.
We also talked about the pollution problems in China which Erik showed special interests in. Shortly after this we talked about the names of the food items in his plate. there were:
Nouns: (note that in Chinese, we do not have a plural form for nouns, the noun remains it’s original form even if it’s in plural)
Potatos: Tu Dou /// 土豆
Carrots: Hu Luo Bo ///胡萝卜
Beans: Dou ///豆
Fish: Yu ///鱼
Water: Shui ///水
Juice: Guo Zhi ///果汁
Verbs:(note that in Chinese, verbs also do not have tenses, every verb remains the form of simple present which is the only form, even if you are describing something happened in the past )
To eat: Chi /// 吃
To drink: He ///喝
It was very nice to see you again after a long while, and I am looking forward for our badminton day : ) see you soon buddy !