"Oh the Places You'll Go!" linwei66's Profile
I am an ESL teacher in China. Duties include nstilling my mother tongue into the impressionable minds of Chinese youth and teaching my "pennsylvania hua" to my adult classes.
I live in Tianjin, a large port city in northeast China. The city doesn't have much to offer in terms of tourism but this is my home away from home. Tianjin people are warm and friendly, the city is close to Beijing so its easy to get away if I want, and the food here is the best.
When I'm not teaching or preparing lessons (this doesnt actually consume too much of my time so I have loads of spare time) I spend all my time studying Chinese and Hindi.
Although my hometown is in Pennsylvania, I don't think I can really call any one place home. I feel connected to everyplace that I go.
My current interests include: exploring backstreets, eating strange meats on sticks, battling the cockroaches in my apartment, practicing my chinese with every person I meet on the street, and pointing out lao wai's (westerners).
After being in China for so long, I, like the Chinese, can't help but stare and oogle at other foreigners. ...sometimes I forget that I too am foreign to this place.
Did I mention that I grew up on a farm? My family is from Spring Mills, Pennsylvania in the USA. The area is so beautiful, calm, and remote. Although I'm happy where I am, I think of home everyday and miss it dearly.
I have a degree in French, only God knows why.
I studied/lived/worked in Lille.
I do love the language and the friends I have made in France are dear to me still, that goes without saying.
But I'm living in China and plan to spend some time in back in India and the Middle East. So, why did I study French and not Chinese? I have no clue. But someday, my French will come in handy, and then all those years of studying will have paid off..........but I have no idea when or where that's going to be. Probably not here in China :)
So I'd like to see how many languages I can learn at once until my head explodes...
Current endeavors: I have just started to study Arabic and Hindi.....please help me!!! I learn languages quickly but it's no fun to just look up words and use them to have a conversation with myself!
!!!Everyone, check out this website Couchsurfing.com It's an interesting site where you can find people all of the world who are willing to let you into their homes for a night or two...maybe more, as you're traveling or just passing through the area. You can post your own profile and host traveler or just meet up for a drink or a tour around town. I think it's a great idea!
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