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That deaf, dumb,bespectacled Chinese boy sure played a mean game of scrabble!

When the bell rings at noon out we go. I always try to get someone to lunch with if not my classmates some folks I meet in the kiosk at the tea break (Chinese consider solitary dining an antisocial act) . I don't want to be a snob but I don't hang out much with the beginner students because they always speak English (their Chinese is too lousy to carry a intelligent conversation anyway) which I don't need to learn. As a unspoken rule everyone else, including foriegner students, uses Chinese all the time. So we head down to the cafe or kwaican(chinese fast food). These places have plastic tables and chairs outside where I prefer to sit, inside is noisy and dirty. The menu is all from 5-15 RMB and it's all unpretentious basic Chinese fare. When I order I ask for little oil( it never makes a difference) I try to dring alot of hot tea as well, they say it breaks down the oil. Theres also a school canteen which is cheaper (3RMB) most of the Chinese students eat there it looks like a prison mess hall, greasy and rancid, the food there's swill! After lunch if there is no class I often head down to the library. We do huxiangjiayu (mutual exchange) which is basically we find a Chinese student who is interested in learning our native language and we teach them in exchange for Chinese instruction. I only choose female study partners because: women are less domineering in conversation, I actually don't want to teach them  I only want to learn from them so less resistance helps. Women are unlikely harm you physically (unless they're Zhang Zhi or something) so you can get them upset occasionally without fear of injury. Women are better communicators, its a known fact. You can bond better with women because they are emotional as opposed to cold rational men. I had 2-3 such study partners and many more chinese friends whom I spent much of my daily life with. I was on the fast-track to fluency! Removing the language barriers is not hard if you go out of your way and persist.  

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