卷首语：梁老师寄语 时间过得真快，眨眼之间，2012 “弗大在上海暑期汉语密集项目” 就要结束了， 今夏是我担任项目主任的第七个夏天，也是我们项目的十周年纪念！ 我们的学生已经从清一色的弗大学生逐渐加入了非弗大同学，他们和弗大学生同 样努力好学，也和弗大同学相处和睦；我们的研究生老师们也从清一色的华师大外汉 研究生转变为包括非华师大的外汉研究生团队。 弗大项目的逐渐多元化并没有丝毫改变我们的一贯传统特色。 师生群体的扩大和多元化也将是我们项目未来的发展目标。 项目进行到第八周，弗大留办主任 Dr. Marina Markot 和东亚中心主任 Prof. Charles Laughlin 来弗大项目参观访问。他们旁听了我们的课，和师生们举行了交流， 观看了我们的中文之夜。他们也与各有关单位进行交流，这说明了弗大校方对我项目 的重视。 我也要诚挚地感谢华师大各单位、各领导对我们的支持与帮助，弗大项目的成功 与华师大的帮助是密不可分的。 这本学生特刊由研究生老师储文怡、赵辰晨、 韩强、王叶脉和同学 Elizabeth Watson (华丽）、Robert Koch(高志博)合作编辑而成，记录了我们八个星期的酸甜苦辣， 有汗水、有泪水，当然更多的是欢笑。我谢谢他们在项目的最后两周不眠不休的努力。 今夏的圆满结束也就是我们为明年项目的准备工作即将开始的时候了。 期望明年再聚首。
梁新欣 2012 弗大在上海
Table of Content
How is this summer?- Students’ Comments on the Program 2012UVa-in-Shanghai 学生观点
We Pain, We Gain-All about Chinese Classes
All About Cultural Classes
Along with Happiness
与快乐同行— 一个城市一种印象 16-21
Exclusive Stories About China
Tips from 2012 Students to Future Students
Surprise: Notes from Laoshi to the Beloved Students
Exhilarating and exhausting, overwhelming and wonderful, filled with friends and adventures I would have never been able to have otherwise, this was a program I will treasure long after I leave Shanghai..
The 2012 UVa-in-Shanghai Program was rigorous, difficult, and very rewarding. I’m going to miss hanging around the ECNU campus, having fun in class every morning, exploring Shanghai, and of course, the amazing teachers that made it all possible.
This summer has definitely been an experience I will never forget; I have made great friends, learned a lot about Chinese language, and had my eyes opened to a different part of the world. I am so glad I’ve gotten to come on this trip. China is nearly impossible to understand because it is so full of contradictions. You show up with all of these preconceived notions about what your summer is going to be like, and then China takes charge and proves you wrong all summer.
Everyone in the program both students and teachers work hard together and all the teachers are very friendly and helpful. This program gives me a valuable and unforgettable experience.
It was definitely worth it to come to Shanghai with UVA, as my Chinese improved a whole lot and I got to meet amazing teachers in China and other UVA students who love to learn Chinese. This program was much more than I anticipated. I’ve gone out of my comfort zone exploring a completely different country and soaking up the incredible culture China has. On top of that, I’ve made so many new friends: UVA students I probably elsewise would never have met, locals I’ve randomly struck up conversation with, and even other foreigners whose lives have somehow brought them to China. This was definitely an unforgettable experience. 1
Participating in the UVa-in-Shanghai Program has made this summer one of my most memorable. Not only did I get the opportunity to study Chinese in a fully immersive environment, but also made some really great friends in both my Chinese teachers and the other students.
The UVA-in-Shanghai Program was a fun, exciting way to absorb Chinese language and culture. Not only did my Chinese improve dramatically, but so did my understanding of Chinese history, customs and perceptions.
This summer program has been an incredible experience. Despite the rigorous work schedule during the week, it’s all worth it seeing the great improvements in all aspects of my Chinese proficiency. On top of that, the experiences in the city and interactions with the native people all play a key role in my learning of Chinese, not just the language but the unique culture as well.
I could not have imagined how much I would come to love this program, and how sad I am to leave Shanghai, before I actually got here. In addition to learning Chinese from excellent teachers in the best language environment possible, I’ve also had easily the best two months of my life with people that I hope to stay friends with long after we leave UVA.
This program was an unforgettable experience. I learned more Chinese than I thought was possible, gained a greater understanding of this major world culture, and made friends that I will cherish for a lifetime.
With intensive language classes everyday, homework assignments, a language pledge, and living on a Chinese university campus, my Chinese abilities drastically improved in two months with the UVa-in-Shanghai Program. Though it is an extremely academically rigorous program, the rewards are great – not only with regards to Chinese fluency, but with students’ understanding of China as a whole, Chinese culture, and how to make a completely new city, half way across the world from America, your home.
The program is so well-organized. If you’re looking for productivity & fun for the summer, this is the right program.
The UVa-in-Shanghai Program was a lot of work but also a lot of fun. If I had the chance, I’d definitely do this again!
The classes, the teachers, the cultural activities, the travel – all have contributed to making this an unforgettable summer!
UVA in Shanghai is the single best thing I’ve ever done for my Chinese. I’ve had the pleasure of spending the past 2 months with incredibly dedicated and interesting teachers and classmates, and developed skills and friendships that will last for a long time to come. The UVa-in-Shanghai Program not only provided a serious and effective language-learning environment, with rigorous classes as well as the Chinese-only pledge, but also allowed us to have a complete and enriched experience of China through extracurricular activities and trips to Hangzhou and Beijing. Looking back on when I first arrived in Shanghai, I’m realizing now how drastically my comfort level with speaking Chinese has increased and how accustomed I have become with daily life in China!
UVA’s summer in Shanghai has turned out to be the best experience of my life. I don’t know if there is another program which would enable me to meet as many cool people and have as many unbelievable experiences as I have hadand yet at the same time dramatically increase my Chinesereading, writing, and speaking skills.
I've really enjoyed spending the summer studying in Shanghai! I've learned a lot of Chinese and overall had a great experience!
The 2012 UVa-in-Shanghai Program has been the best experience in my life. During this program, I have not only just learned Chinese, but I have learned how to network with people from all around the world.
UVa’s Shanghai Program is a great introduction to living in China. Over the two months of the program, students are given a balanced schedule of rigorous academics along with opportunities to freely explore Shanghai and other Chinese environments.
What is a normal class day like? 每天早上我们上中文课从八点到十一点，然后跟一个老师一起决定什么时候见面上一对一课。虽然我们得很早起床，但是我很喜欢上中文课。 我不但很喜欢我的同学们和老师们，而且觉得我们的课的内容和活动真的对我的中文水平有帮助。
Every weekday we have three hours of Chinese class, and then an additional one-on-one class with an assigned teacher. Although we have to wake up very early, the classes are always very interesting, and I think the teaching style is very effective. 夏阳 Mock, Melanie What is a normal week like? 在上海，天天有中文课，还有每个星期有中文桌子。你应该知道，这个项目不容易。每天得做功课，看新的课，还有准备上课。要是你学累了， 每个星期四有中文桌子。在中文桌子可以轻松一点，可以跟老师，同学，和中国朋友聊天儿。这样每一个星期能好好儿学习，也能好好儿玩儿。 Every week we have classes and Chinese Table. This is not an easy program: you have new classes to prepare and homework to write every day. If you get tired, Chinese Table is a time for you to relax whiling practicing Chinese with the teachers, classmates and Chinese Language Buddies. 包德伟 Berry,David
Our class is really interesting, the topics ranging
This is our class “Activity Class”. During this
from Chinese college students’ attitude towards
class, we express our opinions related to the topic
sex to whether we should give money to beggars.
we learned that day. I love this class because
陶爱达 Knox, Ida
everyone has a different opinion! 尹有珍 Youn, Eugine
我们上课的时候经常做很有意思的活动，比方给 大家看什么代表美国或中国的文化。一次，我跟 我的朋友要代表美国的“hollywood”文化，还有 一次我们讨论了“虎妈”的好和不好的方面。 Regular class activities were also really fun, two of which involved representing different American cultures and discussing the finer points of what it means to be a“tiger mother.” 魏安德 Webb, Alexander “一对一”课，牟老师教我看手相！我发现很多事情跟我的性格和生活有关系。回美国以后，我就会教我 的朋友们看手相。我跟老师们讨各式各样的话题。从中国文化的特色到现代社会的问题，我们什么都讨论！ Palm reading with Mou Laoshi during ‘One-on-one’ Class. Besides we talk about all sorts of things in Chinese, such as features of Chinese culture, issues of modern Chinese societies and how globalization has influenced us. 姚婷丽 Austin, Eni
In class we start with a dictation, learn new vocab and grammar, and
I believe studying the differences between written and spoken
then practice what we just learned in various games and activities. I
Chinese is one of the language’s most interesting aspects.
have learned how to use Chinese to present and discuss many important
Chinese slang was also particularly interesting. I’ll definitely
continue using the slang when I get back to America. 罗思帝 Rowe, Stephen
何博勤 Herr, Patrick
Open a school in
See who is the most
Virginia? We’ve got
teacher of “Viriceconsin
and souvenirs with
classmates after returning from
presentations by students
Why so focused? Chinese-speaking
Preparing for the first
Having the same three-hour class every morning can be really boring, but the
teachers managed to keep the classes interesting. Since there are only six to ten
Every day students are in for new experiences.
students in one class, each student has a lot of chances to speak in class. Every day
This program has helped me dramatically increase
we had a different activity class, so that kept us engaged also. The classes were
both my Chinese speaking and writing capabilities.
quite demanding, but it was also fun. 崔滋瑛 Choi,Ja Young
安文威 Anthony, Erik
我跟一些朋友参加“唱歌课。 ”我们学会中文音乐，练习怎么唱歌，等等。一天我们认 识一个人，还有他给我们票，让我们参加一个电视剧叫“中国的好声音。 ”四天以后我 们给他们唱“月亮代表我的心。”
Some friends and me attended a class where we studied Chinese music. The TV show, “The Voice of China” came to our school and we attended a show and sang “The Moon Represents my Heart” as our audition.
书法是中国特有的一种艺术，很多中国人都喜欢书法，他们经常会有一些书法比赛、 书法展览之类的。今年在 ECNU，我们也学习书法，虽然学习的时间很短，但是我们 学会了一些字，我们非常喜欢书法课。看我们写的字还不错吧。
Calligraphy is a traditional Chinese art of unique characters. We love it very much.
做饭课 Cooking 来到中国，我们学会了做饭。 我们会做很多种饭，比如， 蛋炒饭，西红柿炒鸡蛋、炒 茄子、包水饺等等。
What to learn how to handle a Chinese cooking pot? And make dumplings and Baozi at local restraints with a secret recipe? This is what we have been doing.
It is a quite a learning process for us, yet we learned fast. We started losing all the time, but after a couple of lessons, we began winning all the time. Hu la!
Paper-cutting 剪纸课 没想到我也能剪那么好。很喜欢，我拿回去给朋友看。
Paper-cutting isn’t all that easy. But look at our delicate work with double happiness. I will show it to my friends back home in the U.S.
Tai-chi 太极拳 在中国，人人都在打太极。没想到课下学的太极，上课也能用上。
This is definitely one of the things make you “look” like being a Chinese. And indeed it is an exercise after all. Who ever thought that you would use Taichi to compete for a job as a Chinese teacher?
Martial Arts 武术拳 真真正正的学上一套拳，强身健体，还能表演呢。真是不错！
Want some really Chinese Kongfu? Well, not only for exercise, self-defense, looking cool, you name it, Just because it is KONG FU !
Along with Happiness 除了学习以外，我们也去很多特别地方旅行。第一天参观上海名胜古迹。两个星期以后去杭州。我们花了一个星期在北京 游玩，为了体验中国人的日常生活，我们还在中国家庭做客一天。
On this program, we visited many places including Shanghai’s scenic spots, Hangzhou, and Beijing. We spent a day with a Chinese family to better understand what the day in the life of a Chinese family is like. 罗思帝
Rowe Stephen 上海、杭州和北京不但有意思而且漂亮。我非常喜欢中国历史和文化，所以去北京和杭州的时候，每天感觉非常兴奋。我 要记得每一个经历，因为我觉得每一个都很特别。
Our group went on trips to Beijing and Hangzhou, and we saw just about all there is to see in Shanghai. All three cities are very beautiful, interesting, and fun.
I love China’s culture and history so the trips to Hangzhou and
Beijing were a special treat. Every day and every memory in China was special so I’ll do my best to remember it all. 安文威
第一站——上海 First Stop Shanghai 中国好声音 the voice of China
参观高考 visit Gaokao
龙舟赛 longzhou race
我最喜欢的课外活动之一是中文桌子。每一个星期，所有学生跟 老师和几个中国朋友去一家离校园不远的餐馆。在餐馆，我们点 菜，然后跟老师们和朋友们一起聊天儿。
I really enjoyed our “Chinese Table” outings, as it allowed us to relax and chat freely with our teachers and Chinese friends. 魏安德
游览外滩、南京路、东方明珠 我和我的同学们第一个周末去了上海最 有名的地方，比如说外滩和南京路。我最 喜欢的地方是南京路，因为那个地方代表 上海的经济的发展。 The first weekend of the program I went with my classmates to Shanghai’s famous spots, such as the Bund and Nanjing Road. My favorite place was Nanjing Lu, because it symbolizes the unbelievable economic development in Shanghai. While there I 七月十四号星期六，我认识一个很好的中国朋友，我也有
bought a lot of things, and ate at an
On July 14, I met a very good Chinese friend. On top of that,
I also met her family members. I saw Chinese daily life. 我和华丽跟中国家庭的女儿丁漾，还有她的朋友一起，
Although this activity was pretty short, I will never forget
this valuable experience and will never forget how friendly
the Chinese friend and her family were.
One of my favorite experiences in China was the home-stay
with a Chinese family.
First, we went to Tianzifang, an
arts and crafts bazaar-like place. After that for lunch, we
went to this well-known Hot Pot restaurant. Finally, we
I had a very good experience with my Chinese home-stay
went back to her apartment and just talked more about each
family. This home-stay experience allowed me to see a
other’s lives and the mother cooked us a whole variety of
Chinese family’s daily life. Also the food that my Chinese
delicious Chinese dishes.
mom cooked was really good, but they prepared so much 韩杰立
food that I quickly became full.
Pearson Neil 我最喜欢的活动是访问一个中国家庭。他们像我的家人一样，对我很体贴。除了给我很好吃的饭以外，我们的中国朋友还教我怎么做饺 子。 这饺子是我自己做的。虽然这饺子的形状很普遍，但是做我自己的饺子很好玩。 My favorite outside class activity was home-stay with Chinese family. My Chinese mom not only gave us so much food to eat, but I also go to learn how to make dumplings. This is a picture of the dumplings I had made. As you can see, they don’t look like the typical dumplings! 尹有珍
Youn Eugine Home-stay with a Chinese Family
七月四日以前，有的学生很难过，很想美国。美国的国庆日快到了，还有没有特别的计划。所以，我们七月四日开了派对。老师同学 在一起吃了蛋糕，喝了可乐和啤酒。在一个房间里，有人跳舞，我们教中国老师“Hokey Pokey,”“Macarena,”什么的。在另一房间 里，老师和学生在一起玩儿啤酒乒乓。我们和老师玩儿得非常好。谁知道在中国过美国的生日会过得那么快乐？ What about celebrating July the 4th in China? We had a great time with all the teachers. There were watermelon, a cake, music, dance and games all around, and most of all, happiness! 包德伟 Berry David
第二站——杭州 Second Stop
我最喜欢的地方是杭州因为我们看了西湖，公园，和很多宝 塔。我们吃了很多好吃的东西！ I really liked traveling with the group; my favorite place we went was Hangzhou because we saw the west lake, a park, and pagodas. We also ate at a lot of good restaurants! 马智琳
我们在杭州旅游的时候，爬高峻的山。虽然从山顶的风光非常漂 亮，因为我们那么累、那么汗津津，什么养眼的照片我们都不能 拍！ Although the view from the mountain in Hangzhou was beautiful, because we were so tired and sweaty, we couldn’t take one good photo! 华丽
杭州是个非常好玩儿的地方。自然的风景，传统的建筑和现代的文 化融合在一起，营造出一种非常有特色的气氛。 Our trip to Hangzhou. The leftmost man in the second-to-the-bottom line in this picture is a random Chinese man, who was fascinated to see so many foreigners and decided to join us for our group picture.Hangzhou is a beautiful city. Our two-day trip felt way to short. 崔滋瑛 Choi Ja Young
去杭州以前，我们都去过一个小城市。这个城市叫西塘，还有西 塘在一个河的旁边。在西塘，你可以吃小吃，买纪念品，还有看 很有意思的地方。 Before Hangzhou, we all went to a small city. The city is Xitang, and it's by a river. In Xitang, you can eat snacks, buy souvenirs, and see interesting sites. 穆莉 Mulhern Mary
第三站——北京 Third Stop Beijing
三年级全体同学 CHIN 3010-3020
四年级全体同学 CHIN 4010-4020 在北京，我们在天安门拍了照片。我们都为人很好，所以没有人被捕。四年级的同学们想去看毛主席纪念堂，但是我们没有时间， 不过我们拍了一张非常好看的合影。 In Beijing, we went to Tiananmen to take pictures. Everyone was on their best behavior, so no one got arrested. The Fourth Years wanted to see Mao Zhuxi’s Mausoleum, but we didn’t have time, so instead we took a very attractive group photo. 任梦婷
这是我跟我的同屋在长城！我 们不在乎下雨，因为下雨让长 城不太热！ 陶爱达
北京的名胜古迹不少，因为历史很长。不过，在我看来，最难忘的地方是长城。爬长城的时候下了小雨，所以天气合适。我们一起 开始，但是很快分开。有的人比赛，谁第一个人到最高的地方，谁就赢。有的人比较小心，因为长城高峻，陡坡危险。大家爬上长城以 后，很累，几乎用光了力气，被迫休息。那天有大雾，让我在看长城的时候，想象着古代的谁也在爬长城。“你认为几百年以前在这个 塔有一些士兵，高管，甚至皇帝吗？”我们真的在跟着历史的脚步走。 Beijing has many places of great significance, owing to its long and venerable history. Among them, I felt that the most unforgettable was the Great Wall. When we climbed the Great Wall, the light drizzle permeating the air was a welcomed relief to the scorching summer of the North China Plain. While we started off together, groups quickly emerged. One group was intent on racing to the top in a fit of competitive spirit. Others methodically climbed, cognizant of the danger of the high incline. Regardless of one's method, it is safe to say that when we reached the summit, we were all exhausted. The fog at surrounding the wall made me think of all the people who must have climbed the wall before us. Do you think a few hundred hears back there were some soldiers stationed on this section? Maybe a high official visited? Maybe an emperor? We really were walking in the footsteps of history. Although China doubtless has other places of ancient beauty, none other gave me such a profound feeling of historical connection. 白博
第四站——蚌埠第七中学 Forth Stop No.7 Middle School
蚌埠七中的老师和学生非常欢迎我们。他们给我们准 备了很多表演，有的学生用传统的乐器给我们听中国 传统的音乐，有的学生写特别漂亮的毛笔字。有的学 生打功夫。还有的学生做纸艺送给我们。他们真的非 常有才！我们也给他们听美国的歌。我们跟他们聊天， 告诉他们美国的高中怎么样。他们可以跟我们练习说 英文（但是因为我们的‘pledge’的缘故，虽然他们有 的时候说英语，我们只用中文！），所以他们非常兴 奋。我们在也一起打乒乓球，打篮球。我不会忘了我 No.7 初中的中国朋友！ 姚婷丽
We were warmly welcomed by the school and
the students. You really have to be there to be with such friendly people!
Here are two stories about shopping in the fake market in Beijing. Want some insiders’ suggestions?
和真的显然不一样。 在假货市场买东西， 非讲价不可, 因为
所以我告诉他： “我们要买很多，让他便宜一点。 ”然后他说： “一个$170
同。 有的时候，不会讲价会上老板的当。 在我看来讲价是很
很中国人来看我们讲价,告诉我们"啊,你们太厉害了。 ” 半个小时以后
老板说四$160 元。 我们的最后的价格是四$150 元，成功!我们觉得很
Buying silk pictures in the fake market
A good way to bargain: pretend walk out the shop
“When were in Beijing a classmate decided it was time for us to
One of the activities at Beijing is going to the fake market. The
get presents for our families, so we headed to a local bargain
fake market that I saw differs from the one that I had expected
market. He found a small stand that was selling silk pictures woven
before. If you want to come shopping here, you better bargain with
by hand. We found four we liked and asked how much. The first
shop owners because they set the price a lot higher than their real
price was 1 for $300 we weren’t about to settle on that price. A
cost. Bargaining here is a new experience for me. Although I have
crowd had formed around us and watched us bargain with the store
some bargaining experience in America and in Thailand before, I
owner for about an half an hour. We finally walked away with the
can guarantee that bargaining in China will give you a different
pictures in hand after paying a grand total of $150 for the four of
experience than bargaining at other places. Sometimes you can
get a very good deal, but many times you pay a lot higher than the
The experience alone was worth the money.”
real cost of what you purchase. In my opinion, bargaining here in 安文威
China is another fun thing that I cannot find it in America. Moreover, I can practice listening and speaking Chinese through it. 溥莉 Pruksaritanon,Saralee
How about getting along with Beijingnese in the capital city? Here are two interesting incidents… 在北京我输给了一个老太太 在北京我和我的同学找到一个游乐场。起先我们以为是小孩子的游乐场，到了以后我们发现是老人的运动场。我们来中国以前，我 记得 Liang 老师和去年夏天参加这个节目的学生告诉我们中老人很喜欢锻炼身体。我们一到，就认识了一位又幽默又厉害的六十五岁女 人。她说她一个星期会来五次。可能她觉得我们怀疑她，她马上做了二十个俯卧撑。然后她让我们也做，她是六十五岁我很不想输，所 以我不得已做了三十个。但是让我非常累。女士说我做得很不错。然后她又做了八次单杠。她想让我做，但我承认她赢了。她就哈哈大 笑。我们要走的时候，她鼓励我们每天都锻炼身体。
A 65-year-old women defeat me in Beijing In Beijing my classmate and I stumbled upon a recreation park for the elderly. us she came here five days a week.
To prove it she did 20 inclined pushups, and then cajoled us into trying it.
to a 65 year old, I just managed to do 30. she won.
The moment we arrived a 65-year-old women told Not wanting to lose
When she then did four sets of monkey bars back and forth without pausing, I told her
She laughed, and before we left she encouraged use to work out everyday so we could be as fierce as she was. 司葛睿
如果你对中国人和气，跟他们做朋友很容易 在北京，我们的酒店的旁边有一家小便利商店。因为天气很热的缘故，我们常常去这家商店买饮料和别的小东西。那里的老板非常 客气，还有每次我们回去我们都跟老板聊天儿。他对我们像朋友一样好。我觉得这个小经历改变了中国人给我的印象。如果你对他们 和气，跟中国人做朋友很容易。 “If you are friendly, it's easy to make friends!” Each day during our stay in Beijing my roommate and I would go to a nearby convenience store to buy drinks and food, and afterwards chat with the store owner. After a day or two, he would treat us like friends every time we stopped by to grab something. Making small friendships like this really made my time in China more fulfilling, and also gave me some great opportunities to speak Chinese. 魏安德
在北京的夜市 我们都去北京旅游，还有这张照片是一个北京的夜市！在这个 地方，你可：以吃蝎子，海马，和海星！可是，我只吃过水果。 Beijing's night markets We all went to Beijing, and this picture is one of Beijing's night markets! At the market, you can eat scorpions, seahorses, and starfish! But, I only ate fruit. 穆莉
Great wall, one of the hot spots in Beijing, here are two legends of it in the rainy days … 下雨的时候,爬长城更神秘
“The great wall of
China looks more impressive
in the rain.”
得小心一点。有一个老师跟我们说：“你们要小心啊！”刚说完这句话，她就滑到了。幸 好的是她没事。所以大家，包括老师，笑一下了。爬长城有一点儿难，特别是因为每一 步都不一样。有的很高，有的很低，还有路也很滑。但是，最后，我们终于爬到最高的 地方。大家都很高兴。我们成功了！在那个地方我们拍照，聊天儿，休息什么的。另外， 我们也爬上了一座小守卫塔。在那个地方看风景，风景特别好看。 包德伟 Berry,David
下雨的时候，长城上全是青蛙 我们在北京的时候，去了长城八达岭。那天，天气非常乱，天空都有阴云，下了细雨。但爬到城上以后，我就发现了，这种天 气也有自己的魅力。四处都有迷雾，看不很远，但其实挺漂亮的。那里的梯级比我想象的更陡峭，尤其是因为下雨，路很湿。不过， 这趟去长城最让我惊讶是那里有很多青蛙。不知道为什么。我们走城上的时候，处处都被小小的青蛙覆盖了。所以我们走路就要很 小心。避免踩到青蛙变成了我们的挑战！
There was a dense fog in all directions In the great wall While in Beijing we made a side-trip to the Great Wall section of Badaling. Although the weather was overcast and drizzling rain that day, by the time we got to the top of the wall, it was easy to realize that the experience was definitely worth the trouble. There was a dense fog in all directions which really made the scenery look all the more impressive – and partially covered the highway we had driven in on. But the most amazing feature of this excursion was the frogs. All across the top of the wall were tiny tiny frogs, thousands of them. Avoiding frogs soon became the greatest challenge of the day, which was made impossible by their sheer numbers. I have no idea how they got there, or whether this is a yearly phenomenon, but this experience definitely set my personal record for most frogs seen in one day.
马钰 Zito Matthrew
What are some interesting encounters with the Chinese culture? How’s cultural shock coming along? 中国的跑道很有趣 在中国锻炼身体可以去跑道。在跑道上，有各种各样的人。有老人，有孩子，有学生，有父母，有朋友，有外国人。他们有时候 向你笑，有时候向你凝视，有时候忽视你。唱歌，吸烟，倒走，拍手，跳舞，打太极，玩棒球。甚至有些人让你跟他们练习英文或者拍 你的照片。在中国，我们也应该每天都锻炼身体。怕中国人，时间不够，大气质量差，这都是你懒惰的借口。根据 Jefferson 说，每天 锻炼身体肯定会让你性格好。
“I like walk on the track.” Lots of people in China go walk on the track. Very few of them run, but there are a lot who walk, old people, young people, students, friends, parents with their children, everyone. Sometimes they smile, sometimes they stare. Sometimes they dance, sometimes they sing, sometimes they do tai chi, sometimes they throw a baseball. They walk backwards and clap, and stand in the corner doing weird exercises. Sometimes they will also try to talk to you because they want to practice their English. But if you are used to exercising every day, it is very possible in China. 毛珍宁 Murray,Jennifer
留一点饭在你的碗里 我们去一个中国家庭做客，主人给我们准备了很多菜。吃饭的时候，她不停的把菜放到我碗里，我停的说谢谢。并且吃完了那些菜， 吃的很饱。中国人请客人吃饭的时候，会给客人很多菜，这是中国人表示热情的方法。你在中国家庭吃饭的时候，为了让主人知道你已 经吃饱了，可以留一点儿在你的碗里。这不是不礼貌的行为 。
“Leave some food in you bowl!” It was during the homestay experience. The lady prepared a nice meal for me and my partner. The lady eagerly kept offering us food, putting some jiaozi in our bowls, and we were gracious for it since the food was really good. But she just offered too much. When she gave me jiaozi, she put one in our bowl first, and then I said “Thanks”; then she gave me another one, which was kind of a surprise, so I said another “Thank you”; there was a little pause, and then she gave me the third one. Whew. I didn’t want to waste any food and I wanted to show them that I really liked their food, so I ate all of them and ended up eating too much. It turned out that I didn’t have to eat all the food that she offered me. Chinese people think that the guest’s bowl should not be empty, so they keep offering food to the guest; it’s their way of welcoming and being polite to the guest. Emptying the bowl can make the host feel uncomfortable because they worry that the guest might not have eaten enough. So when you’re invited to a Chinese home, just leave a little bit of food in your bowl to let the host know that you ate enough. 崔滋瑛
Choi,Ja Young r
Are they just teachers? Or are they just one of us? Or even more? Check out the cool teachers…
教老师玩啤酒乓 7 月 4 日，是美国的独立日。所有的同学和老师，我们一起 庆祝这个节日。唱美国歌，跳美国舞。我们玩的非常高兴。弗大的 同学们还教老师们怎么打“啤酒乓” 。虽然这是他们第一次玩儿，他 们都很有潜力，特别是蒋老师。
Teaching the teachers how to play beer pong! On the Fourth of July, the UVA students taught the teachers how to play beer pong. Although this was their first time playing, they all have serious potential. Especially Jiang Laoshi. 任梦婷 Rank,Mary
我们像兄弟姐妹一样 这是我跟我的中文老师。因为她是很小的中国人，起先，我怀疑了 不能带着我骑她的自行车。后来我很惊讶。我喜欢这张照片，因为这照 片代表我们学生跟老师们的关系很好。我爱我们的老师因为他们像我的 兄弟姐妹一样。
Good Relationship with My Teacher：Just like a family This is a picture of my 5 foot tall Chinese teacher giving me a ride on the back of her bike. At first, I was surprised at how much strength she had. From this picture, you can see my terrified face. I love this picture because it shows how we and our teachers have good relationship. 尹有珍
Get some smart tips from this year’s students for your trip to China in the summer of 2013~ Topic 1： What to bring? •
Pack light! China is a developed country: you can buy really anything you need in china pretty inexpensively if you know where to look, so don’t worry if you forget something.
Bring clothes to go to clubs in. There may be a time when you want to go to one of the nicer clubs and jeans and a top (for girls) or gym clothes (for guys) just doesn’t cut it. Also bring clothes that you are prepared to sweat in; even if you don’t sweat at home, you will here.
Bring very comfortable shoes! Be prepared for lots of walking in China, your stamina will definitely increase!
Bring your own towel. The ones provided are adequate, but once they are damp they smell… bad.
Bring a Shanghai travel guide. When you have free time on the weekends and things are not being coordinated for the whole program, you will want to explore.
If you have an iPhone or iTouch (etc), download a Chinese dictionary app where you can literally draw out the characters and bring it. So worth it.
I am very glad I brought some American snacks with me, it helped while I was still figuring out where to buy the things I missed.
Definitely consider getting a Bank of America credit card since it has an agreement with the Chinese construction bank.
Bring US dollars. Rather than use an ATM and pay usage fees, you can exchange US dollars for RMB at any bank free of charge, courtesy of Chinese law.
Keep copies of your passport and visa in your wallet at all times.
Pack fingernail clippers! They are useful in many situations.
Pack cough drops.
Motrin. It’s magic.
Topic 2: How to prepare for life at ECNU? •
Accommodations at the place you will be staying are great. All the rooms are fairly small but all of them come with AC, TV, internet, shower.
Laundry tickets are about 16 元, and you give your laundry to a 服务员 who will do it for you; you just go back in a few hours to retrieve it
Go to Wal-Mart as soon as you arrive and buy: tissues, water, snacks, fruit, laundry detergent
In the first couple days make sure you go exploring and figure out the nearest places to buy water and your favorite snacks. The hotel has some, but there is also a place right around the corner across from the cafeteria
Don’t leave your windows open in the evening, or else you will be feeding mosquitoes all night! 蚊子山蚊子海！
Topic 3: Food and Table Manners •
It's all right to stab food with your chopsticks. Chinese people do it too, and consider it perfectly acceptable.
There are very few dishes in China that don’t have some meat in them, but also very few with a lot of meat in them. I guess this hint is just here to say that it’s simultaneously impossible to be a true carnivore and a strict vegetarian in China. But the food’s great anyway!
Most meat dishes in China come with bones, even some that don’t look like it. Don’t bite right into a hunk of meat unless you like playing Russian roulette with your teeth.
If you don't know what type of meat it is, it's probably pork.
It is acceptable to yell “fuwuyuan” in a restaurant.
One thing I missed the most in China was salad. Chinese food is just too much of oil and strong spices, and at one point I started to misstep raw veggies with just a little bit of balsamic vinegar. I love Chinese food, so I didn’t think I would ever get sick of it, but I did, eventually.
everyone gets sick of Chinese food at some point. •
Also, coffee is not an everyday drink in China. If you’re the kind of person who needs caffeine every day (like me), you’ll be a little frustrated when you first come to China. But eventually you’ll be able to find a decent vending machine or some instant coffee packets.
Topic 4: Suggestions to Studying and Practicing Chinese What is it like to speak in Chinese 24/7?
In the beginning it will feel very strange speaking only Chinese, especially if you start out as a second year student. But very quickly you will discover your Chinese speaking becomes more and more effortless!
Keep the language pledge. It may seem easy to ignore it when you’re with your friends, but it really helps you learn the language.
The language pledge is hard, and awkward, but worth it. Stick to it.
Any tips for taking classes?
Sign up for the cultural classes
Go to office hours. Talking with teachers in Chinese is good.
Pick a research topic that actually interests you. Trust me, you’ll enjoy it so much more.
Danbanke can be one of the best hours of the day or the worst.
Get to know your teachers and take full advantage of Danbanke; that is definitely one of the greatest parts of the whole program; the teachers are great resources and very willing to help with any problem.
What to expect for doing homework?
Start studying in the afternoon, don't wait until night!
Don’t expect to have time to do anything besides study Sunday through Thursday
Learn to work in the classrooms after class, or in the coffee shop in the 国交, if you work in your room you will soon get very sick of being there
Expect to study. Expect to study a lot. Expect to hate studying, loathe studying, and then realize that you haven’t even started studying yet for the day and you’re already having all of these extreme emotions towards studying.
What is helpful to improve my Chinese?
Don’t be afraid to talk to random Chinese people in Chinese.
Don’t be afraid of getting laughed at. Because they will laugh at you for any number of reasons.
Don’t be afraid to speak Chinese. Think of all the terrible English you’ve heard in America. Join the trend! Spout it out there! Say everything! Even if you mess it up, at least you tried.
Don’t be afraid to practice speaking Chinese with everyone: taxi drivers, shop owners, or even waiters. Don’t be shy; ask what they’d recommend, where the fun places are. It takes people by surprise when foreigners can speak Chinese and they’re generally more than willing to help you out.
If you are feeling more confident in your Chinese and need a challenge, strike up a conversation with an elderly person. Most elderly Shanghaiese speak Mandarin as a second language, and as a result their accent is far more difficult to understand. Since the majority of Mandarin speakers speak it as a second language, this is excellent practice.
For studying new characters I suggest Studyblue, an internet program for virtual flashcards. I’ve used it since last year and it’s helped me a lot when preparing for Tingxie’s.
Topic 5: Dealing with Stress and Emergencies •
Liang Laoshi is God. She knows everything. Literally everything that she said would happen in the pre-orientation meeting (and even the timing of it) was true. Listen to her. Talk to her.
Talk to your teachers and Liang Laoshi. If you are having problems, probably other students are too and they will help you to fix it.
This program requires you to do a lot of work. It’s not an unbearable amount of workload, but having to do so much homework everyday can sometimes be stressful, and eventually you’ll reach a point where you’re hating yourself for applying for this kind of program. The truth is, everyone feels that way at some point, so you shouldn’t feel bad about it. Talk to the teachers, and explore the city with friends during the weekend. By the end of the summer, you will realize how much your language skills have improved over the two months and what a great summer you had in China.
Your Teachers Don’t worry if you don’t know too many people attending the program. I
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didn’t know a single person when the
boarding the aircraft: if you have
program started; when it came to a Your-
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close I had over ten friends that I hope to keep in touch with the rest of my
hospital, that’s just life.
life. Enjoy every second of your time in China!
Your Classmates •
It’s okay to be homesick, but telling someone about it really helps. Just be like “Hey, I miss my Mom today,” and everyone else will be like “ME TOO” and you’ll feel much less alone.
Take some “me time” every day. That’s right. Every single day. It’ll keep you sane since you’re around the same people every day.
If you have a problem, don’t keep it to yourself. Even if you’re just telling your roommate “yeah I have a headache today,” it’s always better that way.
Lower your expectations. Not it a negative “you’re going to hate your summer” kind of way, but you’re definitely going to hate parts of it and that is okay. Don’t worry, every other student does too.
Topic 6: Shopping and Barging •
Make a list of what you want to buy before you get here, who you need to get gifts for, and how much you want to spend. Turnover rate for stores and other small businesses seems to be high, so don’t be surprised if something
you expect to be there is now out of business or demolished. Every non-Chinese brand name costs about the same as it does in the US, if it’s real. This covers
everything from Apple products to McDonald’s. I guess it’s China’s way of forcing you to buy local. •
Haggle hard. Mark-ups can be five to ten times a store's own purchase price.
This can be a small but rather interesting part of your experience in China: the fake markets. I definitely recommend everyone go at least once and experience this aspect, but at the same time you have to be prepared. First off, every owner will try and “play,” looking all sad and saying “they’re making no money.” It’s hard, but you can’t feel bad for them and have to stay strong in your asking price, most of the time their initial price is 5 or 6 times more than what you can get it for. My advice is to try and start talking with the shop owner. It may be more troublesome and/or longer, but from my experiences, if they see you know Chinese and make them laugh or smile, they’ll agree to you prices more easily. Plus, it’s just a fun experience and if you want to come back, you already have a relationship (usually positive) with that storeowner.
Topic 7: Round and About in China •
At the beginning of the trip, make a list of things you want to do in Shanghai and try to do a couple every week or so. Two months seems like a long time, but as this program ends there is still so much that I wish I still had time to do.
Check out The Lonely Planet website, Frommer’s, etc. Also this http://wikitravel.org/en/Shanghai page should be mandatory reading for everyone. Great succinct guide to many aspects of Shanghai.
Bring your passport with you everywhere. While most of the time you won't need it, some venues require it, and others will accept it in place of a security deposit (such as when renting a bike), which would otherwise require as much as 400RMB. Also, sometimes the authorities like to raid nightclubs, checking foreigners’ passports.
Bring toilet paper. It may seem annoying but one day, it will really pay off.
If you’re planning on going somewhere, make sure you write down the location in characters and pinyin before you go. If you don’t, you’ll probably forget the name.
Don’t feel bad if you get lost/are confused once you get to China. You do not have to have everything together and make it perfectly to our hotel as long as you get here.
Pick up a free shanghai map at the information center of Shanghai airport it helps you on travel in the city during the first couple week.
Having the address of the university or the hotel you stay really help you on telling the taxi drivers of the destination you want to go.
Get a transportation card during your first week. (jiaotongka can be used for bus, taxi and metro)
Shanghai’s metro closes at 11pm.
Topic 8: Weekend Ideas
The SmartShanghai website and Time Out Shanghai website have great suggestions of what is going on around town ~ art exhibitions,concerts, parties, etc.
Even if you don’t generally enjoy running around town at night, it is worth going out with a group and checking things out after it gets dark. The city takes on a whole new character.
Go to New Joys Club in Hangzhou. Talk to the laoban. You will get best seats in the house and free drinks simply for being 外国人.
hou men. Make sure to go out every weekend to bars, clubs, shopping malls, restaurants or wherever. Just go out and experience the city, try newthings, meet people, establish networking relationships, and remember to jot down their phone numbers or email addresses. You never know what opportunities they could present to you in the future.
Tianzifang (in the French Concession, subway stop: Dapu qiao) is a really great place to walk around in, it’s like a maze of little shops and art galleries and cafes and restaurants. It is a great place to buy souvenirs. Also, the Dapu qiao subway stop is connected to a huge mall and has a bunch of places to eat, juice bars, etc. It also has a grocery store where you can buy a lot of American things (this is the only place I could find American gum and greek yogurt, for example).
It is perfectly acceptable to do nothing but sleep on a Friday night. And Saturday during the day. And Saturday night.
Don’t feel bad if all you want to do on the weekends is sleep. It’s YOUR Shanghai experience, so do it how you want to do it.
Topic 9: Hot Spots to Check out •
Ask your teachers/Chinese friends about the best local restaurants so you won’t have to always eat at the cafeterias.
Chat up the locals if you need to find something like a cheap restaurant or convenience store, they’ll steer you in the right direction. (most of the time) Plus this is good practice for your Chinese.
If you're craving ice-cream on a hot Shanghai afternoon, head over o McDonald's. Their ice-cream is 3RMB, as compared to 40RMB+ one can
find at American ice-cream chains like Diary Queen and Ben & Jerry's
KFC is 24 hours. One night that will change your life. Just don’t fall asleep there too.
Venture beyond Liwa (the closest dining hall to your dorms) for mostof your meals. There are two other immensely bijiao haochi de cafeterias at ECNU, along with plenty of cheap restaurants outside the gates. You won’t regret it.
Once the Mala Tang place closes, don’t go to the first floor of Liwa cafeteria, it’s just not worth it.Eat at the Korean restaurant above Liwa Canting. It’s way better.
Get some xiaolongbao soon after you arrive, they’re delicious. If you decide that xiaolongbao are haochi shi haochi keshi you’re looking for an even more fulfilling culinary experience, go out in the morning and grab some shengjian. They’re like the xiaolongbao’s even more delicious older brother. Word.
The Muslim restaurant by 后门. Just do it – can’t go wrong.
It is fun to go to hou men after dinner (or for dinner) and walk round: at night it is very lively and there is a dvd vendor where you can buy very cheap and good quality American movies. Also, there is a delicious baozi dian around hou men dou sha (red bean) and hei zhi ma hu (black sesame) are my favorites.
Go to houmen on a Friday or Saturday night for dinner, go later than usual, order randomly off the menu (it will probably only cost less than $5 total, so go for it), have some beers and experience what its to be a Chinese student. You will be surrounded by students our age all going out/hanging out/eating/drinking ~ totally awesome experience.
CHIN 201-202 二年级的同学们: 你们在这短短的 8 个星期一直在挑战自己，虽然很难但是 我们都觉得你们做得非常不错，尤其是看到从北京回来以 后的你们，每个老师都因为你们中文水平的提高而高兴。 你们的用功和可爱让这个夏天非常美丽而且有意义，即使 你们回了美国，每个老师还是会记得你们，因为——做你 们的中文老师是这么快乐而难忘的经历！
快 乐 ~~ 谢 谢 你 给 我 们 的 美 好 记 忆
口语比刚来上海的时候好得多，希 望你以后的中文能够越说越好，成 为一个“中国通”。
(you1mo4)，你的“思帝体”带个 我们很多快乐。你对学习新的 生词和新的文化非常感兴趣，
Thank you all for bringing laoshimen so much laughter in the two months~ 29
三年级的同学们: 你们好！时间过得真快，很快今年夏天的项目就要结束了。你们一定很想和家人早一 点儿团聚，但是三年级的老师们非常舍不得你们！你们是最好的学生！我们会想你们 ~~和你们在一起，给你们上课都是非常开心的事情。你们可能不知道，老师们给你们 取了昵称，你们知道说的是谁吗？“包子，乐天，小可爱，小熊猫，经济学人，小美 马，好妈妈”看得出，老师们非常爱你们！我希望你们的中文会越来越好！我们不说 再见，因为相信你们还会再来中国，也相信老师们会有机会去美国，咱们保持联系， 天天开心！
爱运动让你永远充满活力。尽管 2 个月
是充满乐趣。相信你的中文会越来越好，因为你是一个学习语言的 天才，很高兴能够成为你的老师！ ！！ ！
四年级的同学们: 你们好！两个月，八个星期，就这样不知不觉地过去了。 我们差不多每天都在谈社会、谈经济、谈政治，说穿了，就是在谈不同层面的变化！不知道 你们有了什么变化？ 我看到的变化是：珍宁，笑得越来越多了。滋瑛，独特看法的看法越来越多了；博勤，你越 来越关注别人的看法了；另外，梦婷，汉语真的更流利了，华丽，你的“LIKE”真的变少了！ 马钰，你成功地把“是吗？”改掉了。哈哈哈哈哈，要说的太多，可时间却太短。不知道下 次见面会是什么时候，只能说，希望 2012 弗大上海四年级的你们，独一无二的你们，都将 变成“得体”的人！ ！ ！
迅先生的名言——“人类总 不 会寂 寞， 因为 生 命是 进步 的 ，是
2012 UVa-in-Shanghai 学生特刊 总编：储文怡 副总编：赵辰晨 韩强 王叶脉 学生编辑： 华丽 高志博
2012 年 7 月 27 日
all about the study and life of the students over their two months stay in China to study Chinese in an immersion program
Published on Jul 28, 2012
all about the study and life of the students over their two months stay in China to study Chinese in an immersion program