No, not anytime soon. But it looks very likely that our school will be starting a Beijing graduate program, followed shortly by BS and MA programs in Singapore. (Oh, and keep this under your hat, or something, it’s not really public. It’s not like anyone actually reads this blog or anything.) This means that I will likely get a chance to teach, for short periods of time, in each of these cities, something I am very excited about. Mind you, senior faculty have dibs on the snowiest months, but I can live with that.
Because of this, I was especially taken by this article on 10 things the Chinese do far better than we do. I also need to start learning Chinese, something I’ve wanted to do for some time. I speak absolutely none.
I’ve thought about taking a summer class, but I’m thinking it might be better to just study on my own, in the standard graduate student style. If I can learn to read and write well, I can rely on some of our many Chinese-speaking grad students to coach me on pronunciation. Anyone know of a good introductory Chinese text?
(There are other exciting developments in the program I direct. I know I promised to be transparent about this — and I will — only it takes time even to get a core of faculty members to agree on change.)