HUAIROU, Beijing Province:
Had to get up ultra early for Korean School as I now need to be in school for 8.30am to cover Sarah's pre-intermediate classes.
They've finally got books sorted for them, so I tried to get them excited about that, but it still felt like I was banging my head against a wall for an hour & a half!
They have to memorise dialogues - it's really boring, and fairly pointless to be honest! This week was 'telephone calls' so I tried to introduce new vocabulary, but the students are just not interested.
Had my usual intermediate class for the last two periods, so much nicer to teach! Went through the script again with them, and they kept trying to replicate my English accent - hilarious!
For lunch we tried out some new street food - these potato wrap things, and some deep fried potato covered in spices and coriander. Scrumptious!
The boys came in the evening - we did a family and friends lesson with them, it went really well. We did a listening activity with a Weezer song! Might try and replicate it for my classes at school!
After the boys left we got ready to go out - I straightened Sarah's hair, and we tried out this spirit thing we bought from Dire Dia - I think it's the most disgusting thing I've ever tasted! It was tasted like glue and sambuca but worse, and the coca-cola didn't take away the taste!
We went to Datang - where Sophie introduced us to last week - and bumped into some members of the Korean department there! They invited us up to their KTV room, where we stayed for about an hour, being serenaded, and then we went back down to watch the rest of the show.
The singer who we'd met last week waved at us on stage, and dedicated a song to us - singing Bryan Adam's "Everything I Do" - so sweet! - he remembered my name from last week too! Impressive stuff.
When the club was closing the same singer invited us to stay and watch his band - they were recording a song he'd written. It was pretty cool to watch, but after an hour of watching them repeat the same song, and the bar had shut so we couldn't buy more beer, we decided to go home.