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Too Cool For School (?)

The last week starts and my blog has been in quite bad shape for previous 2 months. Partly the reason is in myself but also I can blame this school`s Internet about that (it is too slow!). Three months has gone so quickly and I almost forgot my whole blog. These last seven days I really try to best to help you explore all the things what I have experienced in last three months.

Now as I am here on EXCHANGE is should maybe write something about school here in China. Although school is already ended. I passed my all courses, which where Chinese language, Chinese economics, Chinese culture& history and E-commerce (or everyone passed all courses that they took).  I changed my learning agreement and took little more credits than I should have to take. I have to be honest that some courses` information where quite unnecessary but in the other hand the other courses where so interesting. Here is some in list a little bit information about the courses which I have taken and what I think about it after school is finished.

Chinese language: The horror course which everyone was so afraid of. After all Chinese is not so difficult language if you pronunciation is right. There are not hard grammar rules in Chinese language. This was our biggest course by credits (9 etc) which basically meant that we studied Chinese almost 9 hours per week. In the middle of course the participation started to decrease a lot! I have to admit that the most of Finns were lazy students and as a result the international office made up this rule that people have to participate 2/3 of classes in order to get grades (is was a new rule for all the courses). Our teacher was called Lana. After we get to know her better we found out that she was a very good teacher and nice woman also.

I have to clarify that we studied Chinese spoken language not the written one! Three months was also too short time to really learn how to speak Chinese. Everyone passed our Chinese test because actual exam situation was epic (I am not going to write more about that…). But I am still proud of myself that I almost learned to spoke Chinese. I also think that if I stayed here for more I would have really learned it.  Now I can surprise Chinese exchange students in Finland and for example ask how they are and if I come back to China I can discuss about some prices and weather. In the other words I can speak Chinese small talk and I think that is helpful in my future business career.

Chinese economics: I really loved our economics teacher. He was a big surprise for us. He talked very straightforward about China, it`s past and it`s government. This course was for me the most interesting one! His English wash also very good and it was easily shown that he knew what he was talking about. Sometimes he was too excited and we was not talking about economical topic but he taught me the most about the Republic of China and maybe little bit also about Chinese culture.

Chinese culture and history: I hoped that this course would have been interesting but it was not. In this course I really understood what propaganda is in China. Subjects of this course were quite boring. We were taught how good things are in China and how everything is so wise and beautiful. Arght! Only thinking of this course makes me irritated. I have learned more about Chinese culture and history in school in Finland.

E-commerce: This course was also a little bit unnecessary but I liked a lot about our teacher. He was trying so hard to satisfy our information needs about this subjects but he almost all the time talked about 3 D technologies. After all we discovered that he was actual selling them by professional. His English was quite poor but I still give him blessing about trying and also teaching to us something about Chinese E-commerce.