It’s funny how my last post was about how accomplished I felt after writing my first Chinese essay, but this post is about how little I have accomplished for Chinese class this weekend.
I have a unit test tomorrow, of which I have not begun to study for.
I’ve gone to the gym, cooked dinner, washed and folded clothes, completed paperwork for one of my scholarships and cleaned my room (today alone) but I have yet to start memorizing characters for tomorrows test. I’m even writing this post (which I’m supposed to be doing) but I’m still not studying.
Memorizing. Memorizing is the problem. If I could’ve taken practical Chinese I would have, because having a unit test, two vocab quizzes, and a vocab test every week, essentially just to test if I can memorize writing Chinese characters, is complete nonsense. Not that students in Practical aren’t memorizing. They are, but they’re just not memorizing characters. One less thing to worry about in my book.
I’m getting to the point where I’m over this, but I keep reminding myself that this won’t last forever, and it’s just one more step towards reaching my final goal.
You know what the worst part is about studying for these Chinese unit tests every Monday? We had a take home test for the last unit. I received a C on that test, definitely my lowest grade of the semester. You would think it would make me feel better that I receive better grades on in class exams, but it doesn’t.
I feel like I’m just memorizing for one test, then memorizing for the next, and forgetting everything in between. Someone should’ve come up with a better curriculum for learning Chinese. I heard that it got more difficult for students this year. Apparently students last year were having too much fun. Wish I were living that life. Half of the time I feel guilty for going out.
Why is this so difficult???? I just can’t seem to get it right.
PS: I have a whole new appreciation for the French language now. I would jump at the option to study French, but this is Shanghai. So, no French here, except for the French upstairs and all throughout this city…