Anyways, Chinese studying is still progressing quite fast. I bought a novel, "Sophie's World" in Chinese, and have been slowly working my way through the first chapter. It's really fun and learning new words is kind of like a mystery story. Very entertaining.
I'm trying to make an effort to spend more time with Chinese people speaking chinese than with Europeans speaking English. Tomorrow, I will cook Chinese food with my language partner. In other good news, next week, I get to help a grad student build a new reactor for his microbial fuel cell project, and the week after, I will babysit his entire project (feed the beasties substrate every day).