The thing I most dislike is aproaching, which is just the end of a special period. It's june already. I have nearly finished my exams and classes have been over for a week. What I didn't expect was to be so sad to stop teaching myself and having to say goodbye to my students. After one academic year with them, we just started to share a special bond... I was teaching at two different places. Once a week 3 hours at the International Translation School and another 3 hours at Shandong University.
The first one gathered students who's level wasn't high enough to go to uni, at least as far as the entry exam was concerned. I had 34 of them in my class, and although they were not always as attentive as a teacher could wish, they had these little details that made me like them. For example, Victor once would send me a message with looked something like this...
and they´ll bring you a lot of happiness
A fish in Chinese is called 鱼 (yü), which actually sounds the same as the character 余, meaning surplus, extra. Chinese in fact eat fish and way too much food on New Year´s eve meaning "年年有余" (nian nian you yü), let each year have leftovers, have a surplus...
The Shandong University (Shanda in short) students were a lot more active in class, the conversation would go from future expectations, politics, hapiness to love and not merely be about shopping, going to the hairdresser or football. Although... Veronica´s dream was one of Italian football and Blanca decided to study Spanish because of -or should I say thanks to- Raúl!! @_@ Three of my students -Gabriela, Isa and Daniel- had the opportunity to study in Logroño, in the famous wine province of La Rioja, Spain from octobre to march. Their higher level of Spanish was a big incentive for their classmates to improve even faster. Whereas for me, it was great to finally be able to share experiences with Chinese that had gone to the same process as me, only just in the other geographical direction. They're vision of Spain was different for each one of them: Daniel liked it and would like to go back; Isa valued the experience but realized she loves her country more and Gabriela...well...she came back with a Spanish boyfriend! ;-)
poesía, para tí, para este día, para esta
tarde, para esta noche y te la dejo para
mañana. No sé si te dejará pensativa ésta
poesía que anda por todas partes: Saca
tierra, lluvia, frutos y tierra, lluvia,
frutos, luchas, esperanzas.... Te las dejo.
Son para tí. Y ahora me voy: hasta mañana,
hasta siempre, amigo, amiga, compañero,