One of my classmates dyed his hair reddish brown. Paired with glasses, I think the whole look suits him. Better than how he looked before, I mean.
We had our 1-on-1 oral exam with our teacher today. While we waited for our turn, we (my classmates and I) were sitting by the couches and just talking to each other. Looking at my class, I can say that I get along with everyone. There are some people I’m closer to, some people I prefer not talking to, but overall, I don’t have any strong negative feelings about anyone.
I know that there are times when we are quick to judge other people, but only after really getting to know them do we realize that we may be wrong. Other times, we may be totally right about our judgment but being wrong is totally better. That’s what I think. These past few days, I’ve been seeing *braggart* in a different light. Yeah, there are still times when I’d be irritated with the words coming out of his mouth, but I guess in some ways, I’m slowly understanding him more. One of the reasons why he can be such an ass in class is because he is insecure about himself. The ass part is one of his ways of coping… deflecting? I say this because there were times in class when he’d want to explain something but he was stuttering so the teacher was helping him out. When he sat down, he was a bit defeated and he was sort of muttering under his breath, “scolding” himself because he stuttered and all. Also, while we were talking today, he paid me a compliment. Yes, I can be shallow. He told me that he thinks that when I speak English, it’s 標準. This translated means an official, standard. I’m assuming this means that my pronunciation/way of speaking (?) is spot-on! HAHAHA! I feel flattered because I don’t have a lot of self-confidence when it comes to a lot of things – like talking to foreigners in English. I don’t have an “American accent” so I sometimes feel awkward. Silly me!
When it was my turn for the 1-on-1, it wasn’t that bad. It was fun because my teacher and I kept laughing. Although, I wasn’t able to use a lot of the vocabs that we’ve learned in class, simply because I haven’t incorporated them in my vocab list. There are some words that I can use, but others seem unnatural for me. We’ll have to work on that.
It’s funny how 柏木 and 智慧 have the same birthday, and when 柏木 found out about it, he said, “It’s destiny.” So now we’re telling 智慧 to consider 柏木 as her special someone. It’s all just a joke, of course, because we know that she has someone else.
He also asked me when my birthday is, and when I told him that it’s on the 30th of December, he said, “we can celebrate your birthday on the 31st, when we go to 101 for the New Year’s fireworks.” I was pretty surprised because there are no plans that all of us are going to celebrate together.
When everyone was done with their 1-on-1s, we had our chapter test. I got a 100 and a 95! After class, Maria asked me if I wanted to have lunch with her. I like how we were able to talk about a lot of things. One of the things she told me was how she thinks I have a high Mandarin level. She thinks that I’m one of the best in class. Haha, again, I was flattered. I guess all I really need is self-confidence. I wonder why I don’t believe in myself as much as I should. Hmm.