Learning Chinese Again

Today I went to meet my old Chinese professor, James Hargett, who also happens to be the head of the Department of East Asian Stuides at the University at Albany. The reason for my visit: I wanted to get back into the swing of the Chinese language. However, having already taken Chinese 101/102 and 201/202, AND having graduated from SUNY already, I didn’t know what my options were. Well, he laid them out for me.

There were a couple that were completely NOT realistic at all, like going to China for a year. While I would love to do this kind of “dive in at the deep end approach,” I can’t…because of my kids.

Another option was to do some kind of 8-9 week course during the summer, but again…I need to stay working. Got kids to support.

Then finally, we got to the option that I could do. It is still tricky, but I will find a way to make it work…




About Steve Grogan

I am 40 years old, divorced, and a father of four kids. I am a practitioner of a self-defense system called wing chun kung fu. My other hobbies include writing, playing guitar, reading, watching movies, and listening to music. Recently I have gotten back into fitness, and this time I am DETERMINED to get the washboard abs...whether my metabolism will cooperate with me or not! The purpose of this blog is to write not only about my hobbies, but also about whatever crosses my mind, whether it is something I don't understand or something that aggravates me. So join me as I indulge my tendency to think too much about topics that don't usually cross anyone else's mind!
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