Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Gak...

We had our listening, reading, and speaking midterms today. Speaking wasn't bad. But listening... ugh. They had a CD of some people speaking super-super fast, the sound quality sucked, and our teachers played and replayed it really fast, not giving us much time to read the questions in between. We also have our writing midterm tomorrow, then our speaking interview next week. Blechety blech blech.

I'm actually a bit worried since Birth Father bought us our tickets to attend the Chinese wedding and we're going to have to miss more class than we originally thought. Our initial plan was to leave on Thursday the 14th and return Sunday the 17th. But there were no flights returning to Seoul on the 17th... the earliest flight returns on TUESDAY the 19th. So as things are, we're going to miss 4 days of class, which is huge at the speed these classes move.

I'm really flip-flopping on this one. The reason I'm here is to spend time with my birth family, and this wedding will be really special. But missing 4 days of class (especially in light of the most recent listening midterm from hell) completely stresses me out and could hurt my goal of learning the language to get to know my family more in the long term.

So, whoever's out there reading... please weigh in. Should I go to China? Stay in Korea and study?!?!?

8 comments:

Mica said...

Ugh, we have midterms coming up in a few weeks, and I'm pretty sure they'll be bad. Though probably not as bad as what you just described; we don't know enough yet.

I would say go to the wedding, but ask your teachers if there is anything you can do ahead of time or during the trip outside of class.

SaraT said...

GO TO CHINA!!! I'm going to make you work if you don't! Just kidding. Don't miss this rare opportunity.

Erin Folwarski said...

Go to China. If there is any time for you to work with teachers to get ahead in class so you don't miss too much, do that. But definitely go to China. You will be much more happy in long term with the trip. Plus, a vacation is a great way to refresh the brain and come back really ready to learn more.

Julia said...

China!!

Live a little, sister. :)

Hannah said...

Go to China! This is a no brainer. You can study on the plane.

David said...

Learning Korean vs getting together with your family. No brainer. You went to Korea to get to know your family first not learning Korean first

kaypasa2001 said...

Go to China! Unanimous so far ...

kaypasa2001 said...

Go to China! You will continue to study and learn for the rest of your life. How often do you get to go to a wedding in China?