I finished my first four-week program at BLCU a few days ago. On August 20th, I'll be going back to America. I haven't blogged in a few days because I've been collecting video to demonstrate our varying levels of Chinese.
Here is Whitney, an American who was in A-level.
I interviewed someone from B-level, but then I accidentally deleted it. Oops. So now we're skipping ahead to D-level, with a guy from my class who's Peruvian-American.
And here's a piece from the worst guy in D-level. I think his was the least grammatical of all of these interviews.
There was one other average American white guy in my class. He's the one I went to church with.
And this is what most of the kids in my class sounded like: The native speakers who were in our D-level class because they weren't fluent at reading.
So for those of you not listening to four hours of Chinese a day, I hope that provides a good introduction to the way Chinese actually sounds. And hopefully all these samples aren't overwhelming, because I had enough of that this last month.