On February 24 the Fr. Jijo has entered the language school at the Beijing Normal University's extension campus in Zhuhai to continue studying Mandarin Chinese. After 9 months of study in Taiwan and various adventures to achieve the necessary student visa in mainland China, Jijo has been admitted to the language school.
Jijo and Alberto at the entrance to the school of languages at the university.
The university, located in the outskirts of the city of Zhuhai is an ideal location: a huge campus, between mountains and lakes and a student population of 11,000 young people from all over China. In addition to classes, the language program director has put a couple of young people, a boy and a girl who are studying to "teach Chinese as a second language", so that students can practice what you learn. Fr. Jijo will continue in college for at least one year. He is free on weekends to return to the community in Zhuhai and Macao. In this environment ... really 'feel like' studying Chinese!
Listen to him:
It is bit of a curious experience for me to feel like a student again on a large campus with 11000 students. Living in the university dormitory familiarizes one with a lot of things that you do not know. The campus is giving me a lot more than I had hoped for! China has learned to simplify characters!!!!!! And I am learning how! The classes start on some days as early as 8 AM in the morning and end at 8.30 in the evening. Yes.. it keeps me busy.