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lozenges for lorenzo?

我叫白立陽。我是美國學生。你呢?
[Amazingly, I typed that out myself]

I asked out Ms. Luo (my Chinese teacher) at the start of the week, but I swear it was unintentional. During a break in my classes I stopped by her office to pick up a homework assignment we had turned in last Friday, and I thought it would be fun to try combining some of our vocabulary words into an original sentence. We know how to ask if something is correct or not (duì bu duì), as well as the word for good (hão), so I put the two together to ask if my homework was any good. It turns out that hão bu hão can also be used as a colloquial expression for "let's go out and do something together". Hmm. Not exactly what I'd had in mind when I paid her a visit that afternoon.

In other Chinese news, the upper level Chinese professor recognized me as we crossed paths in the hallway and Lorenzo made a fuss in class today. The first was a bit unexpected since it's been a year since I took "Masterpieces of Asian Literature" from that professor, while the second probably won't surprise anyone. After our second homework assignment Ms. Luo told the class to avoid simplified characters and only use traditional characters in our writing exercises. When our homework was returned today Lorenzo claimed she had said we should only use simple characters and it was unfair that he had been deducted points for following her directions. Now, our character book includes both types of characters in the examples, but no one else in the class was foolish enough to write in only simplified characters. Tsukasa used both and still earned full marks, so our guess is that Lorenzo had points taken off for something else and wanted to weasel his way into a better grade.

Unrelated to all of the above, a woman brought her fourteen year-old lion to the vet hospital for an exam this week. The first question to cross my mind was how she arranged its transportation. After all, it's not everyday you see a lion stretched out across the backseat of a car. In addition to that, my medical anthropology professor showed up today for just the second time in two weeks. She came down with a strain of antibody-resistant pneumonia - which is a good reason to stay home - but didn't bother to tell anyone that class was cancelled earlier in the week. Even her teaching assistant was left in the dark. You know, I somehow doubt this policy would be as effective if used by a student.

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emma2403
Sep. 2nd, 2006 11:23 am (UTC)
Haha, I knew Lorenzo would be back in your posts :D

And the story about asking your teacher out made me smile as well.
samedi
Sep. 7th, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
I'm glad it made you smile; I thought it was pretty funny myself after I found out what I'd done. :)
heure_actuelle
Sep. 3rd, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
haha that's so hilarious about you accidentally asking out Ms. Luo. In Japanese we learned expressions for asking people out and saying stuff like "my boyfriend is smarter than yours" haha.

fall semester of my sophomore year my history teacher was sick all the time so for the first two weeks we ended up having class something like 2 times as well.

i'm so jealous you're taking medical anthropology! this summer i read a little bit on the history of disease, and then a general overview of the history of medicine, doctors, hospitals, etc. so fascinating!
samedi
Sep. 7th, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
That seems like such an off-the-wall thing to learn in class, but at the same time I'd want to know how to say it too! hehe.

Our reading so far has dealt with the social differences in how treatments and diagnoses are handled in Western and non-Western cultures. It's interesting to see how patients have different expectations based on who they're going to see and which methods are used to cure illness.
lilisullivan
Sep. 4th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
more on Lorenzo please!
This guy is seriously making my day a better one!
samedi
Sep. 7th, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)
Everyone else wants to hear more about Lorenzo, but I wish he'd stay quiet in class and just disappear. ;) However, I'm glad he helped improve your day!
i_phianassa
Sep. 6th, 2006 03:56 am (UTC)
There has been no sign of life from you (at least that I've been aware of) since you left Vancouver! I hope you made it back safely.
i_phianassa
Sep. 6th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
Hi, sorry I was in class and had my phone turned off, but I got your message. I'm glad to hear that you're alive, since you usually update pretty regularly I was worried that something might have happened to you on the drive home! :\

Thanks for calling.
samedi
Sep. 7th, 2006 03:46 am (UTC)
On longer trips I do try to call people when I get home, but since it took so long to cross the border (another hour delay on the way back) and I stopped off in Puyallup to visit a friend I didn't make it home until 1:30 in the morning. I figured that might be a little late to be calling you.

I really appreciate you asking; hopefully my message this morning wasn't a ten minute ramble about why I haven't updated recently. :P
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