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beijingbabe

Beida Fall 2007

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beijingbabe

Hi guys,

Anyone heard back from beida about the fall semester? And does anyone know whether there are a couple of days off for Christmas/New Year?

Thanks!

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magnusgren

I received my letter of admission last week. Except one week for National Day vacation 29/9-7/10, there are no scheduled holidays. The last week of instruction will be during the first 10 days of January.

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beijingbabe

Did you get it by post or email?

Thanks,

Liz

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Shadowdh

I am still waiting to hear if I am going to Beida or one of my other choices... hope to hear in the next few days...

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magnusgren

No e-mail, even though they told me they would send one. I got it by post, but then I had an aquaintance in Beijing pick it up for me and send it to me herself, so may take a while longer for Beida to send them out.

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PinkxMinkx

beida was too cheap to send mine out, :roll: made my guarantor in beijing go pick it up from the office.

off the topic, where are you guys planning on staying ?

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beijingbabe

Finally got mine! Not entirely sure where I'm going to stay, I'll probably go to beijing a week before registration to flat hunt. I guess around wudaokou as I don't really want to commute too far.

Currently trying to work out which (western) airline has the highest baggage allowance - anyone know?

Where are you guys all coming from?

Liz

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josephine

Hi guys,

I'm in as well. No idea where I'll be staying yet, but I'm planning on going in August to sort it out and get my bearings.

Will everyone be there just for the semester or for a whole year?

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PinkxMinkx

im there for the semester, they say i could prolong the stay if wished though so ill see how i go.

I think im going with homestay..:oops: I was all set to stay in foreign students dorm, then they sent me the form saying there wasn't enough room and I'm a bit iffy about renting an apartment short term.

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Shadowdh

I have heard that our forms etc are on their way and should arrive early this week. Not sure where I will be staying at the minute, but I understand there will be a place in the dorms for me but I may also look at renting a flat for the year... I will be there for a year (minus a few weeks over Christmas as I have to return home to the family)...

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PinkxMinkx

Shadowdh: are you attending the short term chinese program? hm, when they received my application, they made my guarantor sign a form stating that I would find my own accommodation as there was no room for me in the foreign dorms....

so, what sort of level chinese is everyone at? interested to see if I will be in the same class as anyone.. I'm probably intermediate, can understand pretty much everything (as long as you don't get into politics etc) speaking and writing is pretty shocking...

Also , how old is everyone ? And where are you all coming from ?

:)

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josephine

PinkxMinkx, I'm in exactly the same boat as you: same Chinese level, being preemtively kicked out of Beida dorms etc.

I'm 23, from London (and slightly scared you're going to post exactly the same thing now...:wink:)

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PinkxMinkx

lol, im 21 from melbourne, australia. wished i was in london though...

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magnusgren

I'm 22, from Sweden, and have studied Chinese for 1 year now at my Swedish university. Not sure exactly about my level, but I'm going to Beijing on June 17 for a summer course at Beiwai (BFSU), so hopefully I could improve some before the Beida placement test. I'm planning to stay for the whole year, and will be staying in a one room apartment relatively close to Beida.

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Shadowdh
Shadowdh: are you attending the short term chinese program? hm, when they received my application, they made my guarantor sign a form stating that I would find my own accommodation as there was no room for me in the foreign dorms....

so, what sort of level chinese is everyone at? interested to see if I will be in the same class as anyone.. I'm probably intermediate, can understand pretty much everything (as long as you don't get into politics etc) speaking and writing is pretty shocking...

Also , how old is everyone ? And where are you all coming from ?

I am there for the year. An opportunity arose (more on that later) which meant I can do the year abroad... I have been told that should I get a place in Beida then I should also get a room but depending on the details of the opportunity I may yet look for an apartment.

I have just finished year 2 of my degree and would say that I would be at lower intermediate to intermediate. I live in London (at the moment but will be moving more south east in a few weeks) and am 35, I also like walks through the forest and movies and reading... :mrgreen:

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beijingbabe

I'm 22, also from London. I'm there for only one semester and also had to sign the you're homeless form. I'm not entirely sure what my chinese level is, just took a HSK and found it impossibly difficult, so probably lower intermediate?

Liz

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PinkxMinkx

lol :lol: are you tall, dark and handsome as well? :wink:

on a more serious note: how long does everyone think it takes to be fluent in mandarin ? (is it possible to speak like a native? )

also,, how do i quote: ???????????

I have just finished year 2 of my degree and would say that I would be at lower intermediate to intermediate. I live in London (at the moment but will be moving more south east in a few weeks) and am 35, I also like walks through the forest and movies and reading...

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Shadowdh
lol are you tall, dark and handsome as well?

on a more serious note: how long does everyone think it takes to be fluent in mandarin ? (is it possible to speak like a native? )

also,, how do i quote: ???????????

:mrgreen: how about tall, darkish and not too ugly... :mrgreen:

as for fluency... varying levels but to speak like a native then perhaps a lifetime... or maybe a bit sooner if youre dedicated...:wink: )

and for the quote just copy the text and then when you reply there is a symbol that looks like a speech bubble with words in it, you just click on that and then enter the text between the quote marks... presto...

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Quote:

lol are you tall, dark and handsome as well?

on a more serious note: how long does everyone think it takes to be fluent in mandarin ? (is it possible to speak like a native? )

also,, how do i quote: ???????????

how about tall, darkish and not too ugly...

get your arse (and your personal ads) over to thatsbj, Shadowdh! :mrgreen:

Anyway, I am native Chinese (moved abroad when I was a kiddy) so the stuff I knew growing up I am fluent in, but the stuff I've learnt since studying Chinese I apparently pronounce with a Brit accent (and a look of intense concentration) :oops: According to unkind 'friends' this makes me sound like I have multiple personality disorder... does that help any?:wink:

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PinkxMinkx
Anyway, I am native Chinese (moved abroad when I was a kiddy) so the stuff I knew growing up I am fluent in, but the stuff I've learnt since studying Chinese I apparently pronounce with a Brit accent (and a look of intense concentration) According to unkind 'friends' this makes me sound like I have multiple personality disorder... does that help any?

yeah I did a quote! :D

oh, so no chance for me to speak perfect chinese :(

my parents can both speak perfect chinese but I'm told i have an australian accent when i talk :(

so when is everyone arriving in beijing? i haven't organised flights yet, I still have to quit my job....

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