Living in Beijing with a great family
25.01.2009 - 27.01.2009 -2 °C
My host family has been great to me since the moment we met at the airport. My host family consists of: Miles, my host brother, Ms. Xiao, my host mom and Mr. Zhang, my host dad.
Miles is in 9th grade at Jingshan school and in a special advanced class. He is a great student as he studies a lot. Unfortunately he is not taking biology, he is taking chemistry and physics, so I can't help him. His English is very good so I am lucky to have someone to converse with. Miles has been helping me with my Chinese, especially my pronunciation, and I will feel a bit more confident when I am out on my own. Miles is very outgoing and easy to talk with. I have been teaching him English idioms and he is sharing their Chinese counterparts with me.
My host mom has been really great. Her English is good and we talk about shopping and prices of items. On Tuesday we went shopping at a large mall. The clothes in Beijing are more expensive than in the US. The shoes are more expensive as well. When you make a purchase, the sales clerk gives you a slip and then you get your item later. The exchange rate was also tough to wrap my head around as I had to divide all the prices by 7. Ms. Xiao makes sure I try everything and always serves me food first. I have enjoyed everything I have eaten. She also makes sure I feel at home and don't have to worry about making a mistake in doing daily chores.
Mr. Zhang and I have lots in common. He is into computers and photography. Every morning during and after breakfast we have been talking about business and the economy in China and America. Mr. Zhang has been very generous and makes sure that I feel comfortable in Beijing.
During Chinese New Year, CCTV has a program that is a variety show that runs from 8pm-1am. The excitement was to watch this program. Even though I did not understand a thing, it was fun to watch the Zhang's enjoy the costumes and skits. They kept explaining the jokes to me to make sure that I felt included. It is moments like this that make me feel so comfortable in Beijing and have eased my transition.