I didn’t know registering for classes at Xiamen University = leg day.
Check out my calves!
(Confession: Although these ARE steps at Xiamen University, they aren’t THE steps-I couldn’t find a picture of the ones I’m talking about. The actual steps climb at least three times as high as these.)
I wish I had my Fitbit then. I’m pretty sure I would’ve scored a minimum of 20k steps each day during the grueling three-day registration process.
Have you ever registered for anything in China? Or had to go through any other official process requiring multiple queues and a myriad of stamps?
Renewing a visa, residence permit or signing a lease on an apartment….
The word of the day here friends is 麻烦 （mȧ fan).
Learn it. You’ll use this one a LOT. Trust me.
The first climb up that massive set of stairs to the International Student Department was to start filling out the paperwork. Next you have to pay.
Down the steps and to the bank. Up the steps with the receipt.Get our newsletter & THE FREE eBOOK!
Once you’ve shown proof of them taking your money you must go register with the police.
Down the steps to the police station. Up the steps with an official red stamp. Are you seeing a pattern here?
You MUST have these red stamps on all documents in China in order to get anything done.
Did I mention it’s about 95 degrees F (35 degrees C)?
It was kind of like hot yoga. Only we weren’t doing yoga….
Language tip: You can put 好 (hǎo) in front of most adjectives as a way of saying “really” or “very”.
So if I want to say “it’s really hot!” I would say, “好热啊“ (hǎo rè a) The “a” is pronounced “ah”–like at the dentist. It’s a sound Chinese use at the end of something when complaining or as an expression.
(Maybe I’ll have my husband turn this into a YouTube video!)
Between testing to find my level (Zero. Maybe even negative. BEGINNER.), getting a schedule, books/materials, and getting any questions answered, we went up and down those steps many, many more times.
But hey–at least we got a great leg workout right?
Oh yeah. And I did eventually get registered for classes. Level 1 baby! Bring it on!
What other ways do you use 好 (hǎo)? Let me know in the comments below!
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