oral exams

Classes are all over, and I’m just giving the kids their evening classes and oral exams now.
I’m done with the first and second-graders, so now I’m interviewing the kids with higher levels of English, and I’m having a lot more fun. Here are some remarks from the paper I wrote the kids’ exam scores on today:

Joy: 90%. Said she was 184 cm. tall, though my guess is that it’s more like 10.


Tina: 100%. No, 150%. I want a keychain-sized Tina.

Kevin: 95%. Upon questioning, admitted that he only said he had a monkey because he didn’t understand the question.

David: 100%. “I am very clever” … “Monkeys is naughty.”

Linda: 100%. “My dream is that someday someone will kill Brendan.”

Comments (5)

  1. megan wrote::

    hahahahaha!! cute. =)

    Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 9:43 am #
  2. gran wrote::

    congratulations, hope to see you soon.

    Thursday, June 26, 2003 at 9:59 am #
  3. Michael wrote::

    I am suddenly struck with a desire to see these kids.

    Friday, June 27, 2003 at 10:44 am #
  4. Tom Yue wrote::


    I have just discovered your two LiveJournals, and I’ve been catching up with your latest entries on http://www.bokane.org.

    You have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA how refreshing it is for me to meet an American in Harbin, who speaks (from what I can tell) perfect Chinese. Heck, I don’t even speak Chinese that good any more.

    And why? Because I’m a Harbin native in Toronto, Canada. The last 3 years, while having given me an opportunity to have intimate contact with the western civilization, disassociated me from the Chinese way of life. As you can probably tell now, I desperately miss my 13 years in China – friends, the environment, and just plain EXISTENCE as a Chinese, a Harbin native. Now, I am being classified as a Chinese Canadian; while I myself don’t like to think that way, I have to admit that I’m not so Chinese any more. I can FEEL that my Chinese culture (along with the language) is flying away from me at an alarming pace.

    Reading your posts brings back sheer memories, pleasurable and painful. They are all coming back to me. Especially the bit about “Revolutionary Struggle Road” and “Red Army Avenue”, because I used to live close to there.

    (And I agree, Chinese – especially Harbin – parents can be VERY cutthroat. Case in point, my parents. I can only fathom a guess that it’s because of their horseback-ridin’, horse-milk-drinkin’ Manchurian / Mongolian ancestors.)

    I’d LOVE to have you as an acquaintance, to perhaps keep my Chinese feeling alive, however bizarre the circumstance may be. This’ll do for now, and I wish you a pleasant time in Beijing (I’d say it probably would be, seeing how Beijing has a WAY larger western influence than Harbin.) My LiveJournal handle is yuethomas.

    Saturday, June 28, 2003 at 10:12 am #
  5. Brendan wrote::

    Tom – nice to meet you. And yeah – Harbiners’ reputation as the hardest drinkers in China is, IMO, well-deserved. Their baijiu tolerance is absolutely lethal.

    Oh, any my Chinese is far from perfect. A cursory glance at my (now more-or-less defunct) Chinese LJ should be enough to reveal that. I’m actually going to be moving da_bizi over to the new version of bokane.org, which will be unveiled as soon as I can find a Chinese translation of “disoriented in the orient” which preserves the pun.

    Thursday, July 3, 2003 at 7:13 am #