That's some Chinglish for you, and believe it or not, I wasn't the one to say it - my teacher was! But we'll get to that later. All you need to know right now is that 很 translates to "very".
My weekend was 很 cool, starting out with a trip to the Beijing Zoo Market. This place is known among the local people as a cheap place to get clothing and related items. I think I agree with them. We managed to spend a whole afternoon there, and really only saw parts of 2 floors. We plan to go again sometime in the near future...I can't wait!
On Sunday Pla and I went to the 798 art district with our friends Lexie and Daniel, who have offered to help us with Chinese in exchange for help with English. They've been wonderful with helping us, not just with our language skills but with our also with learning our way around the area and showing us neat things. For example, the 798 district. I'm not sure why it's called the 798 district, but I do know the area is an old factory. It's what I'd call nifty. There are all these nooks and crannies, and it has the feel of being an artistic area in a postmodern sense. One of these days I'll post some pictures (I realize I also have pictures from several other adventures to catch you up on - 对不起！ (I'm sorry!) I'll try to improve on that score...But really, for this area, you need pictures to understand, so I'll try to post some in the next couple of days.
Before visiting the 798 district, Lexie and Daniel took us to a popular hot pot restaurant. Hot pot is kind of like what it sounds: you boil some water with some spices, throw some food in it and let it cook for a few minutes, take that food out, put it in some dipping sauce and put more food in the pot, repeat until everyone is full and happy :) There are so many variations you can do - I had a curry hot pot, with a sesame dipping sauce. It was yummy!
So, the "很 cool" story! Not much too it, except that my teacher needed to borrow my computer for class (the one in the classroom wasn't working, and she had a powerpoint presentation that was very helpful for the lesson we had today, so she used mine). When she found out the screen can turn 180 degrees, her eyes got very big, and she said, "很 cool!!" :)
Today had two other very cool events in it. The first was at dinner. Pla, Rachel and I have found a place nearby that sells Beijing noodles and some other yummy dishes for a very inexpensive price, and that's where we decided to eat dinner tonight. While we were eating, we heard from the entrance to the place, "Do you speak English?" directed to the couple who owns it. We all turned around, because we're not used to hearing it, and the owners, knowing we could speak enough Chinese to get around, asked us to help. The question was asked by a couple who is visiting from Laos for some business training, and they needed some help figuring out what to order and how. It was a great way for me to practice my translating skills (few as they are), and I'm sooo glad I was there!
The second event was a dance class! That's right, for the rest of the semester, I have a weekly class on dancing. I'll be learning some of the dances from the different minority groups and I'm very excited! This pretty much makes up for not being able to take the ballroom dance class at my home university... :-P
This week I have a total of 4 quizzes plus unknown homework...so I'm not sure how much I'll be able to keep you updated on, but I will do my best! Time to get back to studying....