(Original post by jnorton8)
1. Yeah it's at Nanjing University, yeah its really nice here! If you any specific questions on the city just ask because don't know what to describe really! Oh you really have to work alot more here, both in lessons and outside, you have around 20 hours a week lesson time, with homeworks on top of that, and i'm sure you've heard the pass rate here is 60% not 40% so you have to work a little harder.
2. Yeah i was a complete beginner, knew how to say 你好(ni hao/hello) 你好吗(ni hao ma/how are you) and like 我叫(wo jiao/ my name...) and basics like that, but i couldn't write any characters. They don't spoon feed you and expect you to learn and revise these characters from day one. In my opinion keep on top of characters or they will come back to bite you in the arse. My level of Chinese right now i'd say is pretty good, can easily get by and have conversations (as long as they don't get too deep), personally i didn't find first year a great platform into coming here, you really learn your chinese here.
3. Aha it actually was a dish called Jingjiang rousi(京酱肉丝) like shredded pork in a soy bean sauce, absolutely amazing aha, erm in all honestly there is alot of western food on offer if you look, just costs a little more. Definately lots of things i miss though. Erm i would say my diet is slightly better here, but because im smoker the cheapness of cigarettes kinda balances that out aha, you smoke alot more here, part of the culture
4. Hmmm not really sure how to answer this one, obviously theres a lot of nerves when you leave to come here, but everyone is different i guess, just depends on how well you deal with it,
5 STAY ON TOP OF CHARACTERS, they seriously are the biggest pain in the world when it comes to studying chinese aha, I'm sure you'll here many horror stories about the pains of the Red Textbook aha