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Entry #64

Going to Asia for eight months!

2014-06-03 10:35:42 by BlazingDragon
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Hey guys, major news update: I'm going to China! 

I received a full-ride scholarship to intensively study the Chinese language in Xi'an, China this Fall. Between that and other scholarships, my airfare, tuition, room, board, and all other expenses will be covered. After the program, which lasts from September through December, I'm planning to spend the following four months backpacking through Asia to practice my newfound linguistic skills.

As awesome as this is, it means that I probably won't be on Newgrounds or making music between September 2014 and May 2015. That's seven - eight months...I'm going to try composing and uploading more music this Summer before I go.

Are you from that region of the world? Or do you have any suggestions having been to Asia yourself? Let me know in the comments. :D


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ChrausnerChrausner

2014-07-09 00:21:25

The first step into learning Chinese (to be more specific, Mandarin) is the most frustrating one. It took me around a year to grasp the basics - although I was unwilling to learn it, as it was forced upon me. Now I can speak fluent Mandarin after learning it for 6 years. Hopefully you can manage to master the basics in a few months time. Learning Chinese will be one of the greatest linguistic gifts you can hope to get, it's really useful.

And a few things to put in mind. Try not to use sarcastic remarks while in China, because most people cannot understand sarcasm - they take words literally. The Chinese language isn't designed to make sarcastic remarks like Germanic languages (English, etc). Also, some dialects of Chinese will be hard to understand or nigh impossible (Guang Dong Hua, per example).

Last, be careful of the people there. There are some citizens who disrespect foreigners just because they are not Chinese. And if you can't understand Chinese, they will sometimes make insulting remarks on you while you remain oblivious to their words. Of course, not everyone is like that, and some Chinese people like foreigners. Also, if you see beggars, do not give them money. I'm not saying it because I'm heartless, it's because most of the beggars are fake. I've seen many blow their cover on some occasions.

I've lived in Beijing for six years and been to Xi 'An on one occasion with my classmates. Xi 'An will be pretty HOT, and the air there is pretty DRY. I got sunburned in just 3 days while visiting there. And, of course, a moderate level of pollution (although not as bad as Beijing and Shanghai). Prepare yourself, both mentally and physically.


SpikeVallentineSpikeVallentine

2014-06-30 16:18:44

wow.........make as much as you can before you go!

This sounds fantastic for you man.


BubbowrapBubbowrap

2014-06-13 21:39:27

That sounds awesome and I'm completely jealous! I have friends who went to Hong Kong to study for ten weeks, and they made a lot of "jokes" about avoiding the Triad--especially at night.

Have fun, dude!


UnknownOneUnknownOne

2014-06-08 20:20:39

If you go to any of the bigger cities, I'd say that good restaurants and cultural highlights should be your target. Beijing is the epitome of this, with the Forbidden City and vast numbers of restaurants.

Also, a bit on the Chinese language: grammatical cases are built up by adding words, and it's very different. Plural pronouns are made by the singular noun + "mén" after. There's a shitton of individual symbols, and a certain order each part of them are written. Also, when pronouncing Chinese words, you must have the right intonation, speaking monotonically will break any sense you're trying to make of your sentence.


KatMaestroKatMaestro

2014-06-04 20:24:23

Hope the smog isn't gonna kill you by then... I'm kidding. Well, not really. Just don't stay in the city, you should travel to rural areas because these where the beauty is. Don't get so comfy in the place because you're gonna encounter shit tons of weird things, if it's gonna be your first trip in China/Asia. Also, Watch Out for pickpocket at crowd places, they have some very shady tactics, especially in Southern China.

I'm a former expatriate for several East Asian countries including China. I'm also a backpacker. Dependind on which region you want to travel to. For example, S Korea and Japan is all about modernity, while Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Philippines is all about simplicity, oldness and hustle culture. China has both of these. If you're seeking for place with a lot tourist locations such as ruin beauties or landscape; I suggest you visit Vietnam, Cambodia and/or Thailand. A lot of locations from those countries worth every penny to visit.

China is special. About landscape, Southern is all about the richness of fields and natural, and rich of people's culture, Foshan is an example. East is forest and coast, Hangzhou is an example. West and North is mountain, desert and tundra. Xinjiang is ideal for the wilderness that you're looking for similarity as Alaska (kinda) and Tibet is where the epicness is.

I'm an open book for a lot of stuff in East Asia. From how to take transport, where that worth going, to cheap and economic living places. Including what to watch out and what to avoid... :)


Tichondrius12Tichondrius12

2014-06-04 19:43:47

Thats awesome man! I always wondered how it looks the Forbidden city, theres also the temple of Heaven, the well know Great wall and the Terracota army. I wish i could go to China, though i was born in Taiwan :(

But anyway, Enjoy your trip!


PenePene

2014-06-04 01:27:11

Awww C: you're awesome bae
Love you so much boo dont let them get to you always stay true to your dreams <3


LunacyEchoLunacyEcho

2014-06-03 20:35:16

As someone who's lived in China for quite a while now and has been to Xi'an multiple times, I'd advise you to LOOK OUT. Chinese culture is extremely different from Western culture. I'm sure you knew that already, but you really do have to change your behavior and expectations enormously. Most members of the public are absolutely ruthless. No more polite gestures from strangers, no more friendliness from employees. I'm half convinced the national sport of China is spitting on the streets.

However, that's not saying you shouldn't have a good time. If you learn to ignore China's weird underbelly (which more often than not is the people), you'll find that it has a charm that you can't find anywhere else. It's got amazing scenery, a rich history, and is not that bad of a place to live in if you can get used to some of its flaws. There's always more to explore.

PS: The first few days of learning Chinese is probably going to test your patience. It wasn't rated the second-hardest language to learn (second only to Arabic) for nothing. Speaking from experience, the first push into Chinese was definitely the hardest. Good luck and have fun!


LoatharLoathar

2014-06-03 18:56:50

lotsa hot chicks in china mate

BlazingDragon responds:

That's what everyone has been telling me!


EctisityEctisity

2014-06-03 12:13:00

Lucky you :(. China is one of the top 5 countries I wanna travel to before I die XD.

BlazingDragon responds:

What are the other four?