Last week was another great week! I got my midterm results back for listening and speaking - 95% and 96% respectively. That put me third for listening and top for speaking so I can't complain! I was somewhat annoyed with myself when it came to my listening though, as I could easily have gotten a better score. The teacher graded something that I had dismissed as unimportant, although that wasn't the case (at least not for this test) - which vowel you place the tone mark over on the pinyin! It's annoying because we learned it and I could have studied it, but I didn't really think it mattered. So even though I got the correct tone with a few word like 'jiu', jue' etc., I put the tone mark over the wrong letter and got penalized hah! I am happy that after our final exam there will be no more pinyin anywhere! This coming Thursday is our reading/writing midterm, and then that's all 4 out of the way, and we just have finals in January to look forward to!
Last Wednesday was a really fun day in our speaking class - we were on a topic which involved clothes, and so the day before our teacher told us to prepare some items of clothing in Chinese, and she would split us up into 3 groups the following day and we'd have a competition writing as many different items of clothing on the board as possible. Not overly surprising at this point, but there were only enough students there to make 2 groups, but all in all the groups got 63 and 64 separate things written on the board. I don't think I know that many in English, let alone Chinese! My list of 12 that I had prepared seemed somewhat inadequate, but it was great to pick up lots of new clothing terms, and by the end the board was crammed with Hanzi, written by 9 different people, and so it looked awesome (our group actually had to wipe some off to make room for more)! I also picked up a couple of new words in class, and then some more from my own personal study. Some personal vocabulary highlights from the week were 发抖，浮躁，后悔，激动，抽象 和 承担后果。
As I write the almost mandatory update on the ongoing student saga, it might become clear why I wanted to know the final phrase! There was an incident with a Russian student in the 3rd year of the program I am studying. At a bar, ironically named Russian Size, he had a fight with another Russian student at 3am in the morning. Damaged the tooth of the other student, was arrested and is spending 7 days in prison. My assumption is he'll be deported after that. Regarding the students in my year, this week 9 of them were told they won't be allowed to take the final exam, they will have to resit it next year. Furthermore, they all had to sign a statement declaring that if they fail to attend 10 or more classes (one week's worth in total) between now and Dec 30th, without any good reason for doing so, they will be expelled. It seems the hammer has finally been laid down, and now they have to 承担后果！