Stanford undergraduates continue to take language courses out of interest rather than to fulfill a language requirement, according to the latest annual report from Stanford University Language Center.
Like many other students, I spent this past week travelling with friends. But instead of going on a cruise or relaxing in some other warm, sunny region of the world, we ended up in Greece. A cold, windy, closed-for-off-season Greece. Not quite what we had envisioned when we made the impulse decision to buy tickets after watching a certain movie with Meryl Streep singing and dancing on Greek islands.
“Bidà xī mén.” In theory, after you have said those words, your Beijing taxi driver should nod his head and begin driving. If said incorrectly, as I managed to do every single time I get in a taxi, a more precise “Běijīng dàxué” should do the trick…