Due to the trip to Bangkok, I already missed two of my Mandarin class sessions. I was suppose to go on last Thursday but I did not. So all in I have missed three lessons not counting the one I missed when I had my teeth extracted. Lets just say that I was lazy. There was some homework to be finished. I know that I have to get it done. Otherwise I would be missing another session again.
So on Sunday, I texted Mr. J. I needed his help because I probably would take a long long time to finish the homework unaided. We had dinner. We adjourned to a drinking joint and I started doing my homework with his help.
He is a good teacher. Mr. J did not give me the answer directly. I was made to think. Just the way it should be. We spent more than two hours on probably four pages of homework.
Mr. J was very patient. I can see his frustration with my inability to get the intonation right. My biggest problem. That is why my score in dictation is so poor. I think Mr. J was really very nice. I would have exploded if I was him.
Like a doctor, Mr. J diagnosed my problem. He told me to practice my intonation and pronounciation of the vowels and consonants right. He is so right. If I do not get the basics right I would not be able to progress as well as I would like to.
Thank you for your time Mr. J
Thanks for the help on that evening Sir.