Rookie Tips: APPs You Need In Your Life!

Long time, no see. I am back with a Rookie Tips video. In this video I discuss the Apps that have been invaluable to my life. I use these Apps on a daily basis while abroad. To find out which Apps made my list, please check out my video. Are there Apps that you think I should know about? Please tell me in the comment section below :-)

 

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Chelsea

Daily Gratitude: 9 Hours and Good Rice

Today and yesterday I am grateful for:

Getting out

Yesterday, my college friend living near my city introduced me to her tutor/friend. We went out to dinner yesterday and then to a bar. My first Chinese bar! I just had a soda, but nonetheless I had a great time and it refreshing just to get out. The bar, which had its opening night, was a foreigner haven. Check out my instagram @rookienotes

Starting my day off with Jesus

God and I spent the morning together and it felt so good.

Dinner

Tonight I cooked a dinner that had me smackin’ my lips :-) For the first time, I cooked rice in the rice maker that turned out well. Previously, when cooked in the rice maker, my rice always turned out mushy. Also, the chicken I made was a big improvement from the last time….

Chinese

I spent the whole day learning Chinese. For about nine hours today I studied with small breaks to clean the house and eat. I learned a lot. Hopefully my hard work will pay off one day :-). I am going to sleep and study more tomorrow.

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Daily Gratitude

What I’m grateful for today:

Dinner

My coworker and I went to dinner together. I appreciated our dinner because I got a chance to hang out and talk to someone instead of going back to my house and having dinner with my laptop.

New Days

Yesterday wasn’t ideal but today was much better. Today showed me that your troubles will pass; each day is a present waiting to be opened. Or, if Annie was here, she would say…er, sing, the sun will come out tomorrow…

Progress

I needed to put money on my metro card; so I told the attendant I wanted 50 yuan on my card. I told her 50 in Chinese and handed her my card. She understood me! I was so excited. When I tried to put money on my card before the metro representative had no idea what I was talking about and a guy behind me had to translate. But today, nope. She understood me :0)

What are you grateful for today?

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Rookie Tip: Booking Excursions

Are you traveling and looking forward to visiting that country’s must see attractions? Well, take it from me and do NOT buy your tickets online. The majority of the time it will be cheaper to buy your tickets at your destination. The locals know people want to come see what their country has to offer so they will have tons of agencies competing for your business.

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Rookie Tip: Lost Luggage

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Chelsea

Daily Gratitude: Surviving the Day

Today I am grateful for:

Surviving:

Today was a rough day for me. I started the day learning about Robin Williams’s passing and I couldn’t get back on the right foot. Culture shock reared it’s ugly head today and I cried at work. No one understands me and I’m an outsider. I have no idea what anyone is ever talking about as I’m always left out of the conversation. I am so grateful that the day is over. I can start fresh tomorrow.

Writing in my journal:

I love writing in my journal and being able to come back to my thoughts that I once held. It’s amazing to see how we progress when we look back at old journal entries.

Fruits:

I taught myself how to say banana, watermelon, peach, strawberry, melon, cherry, and apple in Chinese.

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Celebrating Small Victories #8: Speaking Mandarin

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Daily Gratitude: Finding Chicken Breast!

Hey guys, it’s 11:00 p.m. in China…so that’s why I’m posting my Daily Gratitude” post now.

Today I’m grateful for:

Finding Chicken Breast

When I walk into the store I have no idea what 85% of the products are. For the past month my dinner has consisted of a variation of potatoes, rice, noodles, dumplings and/or vegetable. You can imagine how tiresome that gets. Today, I typed in Chicken Breast into my smartphone and showed it to the clerk and she showed me where it was. I was so happy I was about to start crying. The struggle is real when you can’t even navigate a supermarket. And trust me, China’s supermarkets are waaaaaay different than U.S. When I’m walking in any given aisle there is so much culture shock it brings me anxiety. I need to start taking pictures so you guys can see what I mean.

Meeting a girl from Poland

In China you can spot a “foreigner” a mile away. I met this girl from Poland today at the train station and I asked her if she spoke English. We talked and exchanged numbers. Do I finally have a friend?

McDonald’s

When I go into a Chinese restaurant all the menus are in Chinese with no pictures. I have no idea what anything means. Today, I went to the McDonald’s, conveniently located next to the Walmart (where I bought the chicken) and order a fish sandwich, fries and a coke. I was able to point at the picture and get food. I’m not the biggest McDonald’s supporter, but I thank God there was one I could go to today.

What are you grateful for?

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Chelsea

 

 

Learning Chinese is IMPOSSIBLE

That’s the impression I get from people when I tell them I’m learning Mandarin. “Oh, Chinese is so difficult.” “It is the hardest language to master.” “Chinese is so hard for foreigners.” Blah blah blah. I wish people would stop feeding into the negativity. I have just started learning the language and while it may be challenging, it’s certainly not impossible or as hard as people make it out to be. Yes, there is a completely different alphabet and yes one word can have four different meanings but I’m not going to let it deter me. I have started putting serious hours into learning this impossibledifficult language (my blog’s maintenance might decrease as a result) but I’m determined. Before I came to China, I had no desire to learn. But now, I’ve reached a level of desire and investment which drives my hunger to learn the language. When I leave China, whether that be in a month or in three, I want to be able to have a basic conversation. When I return to the U.S. I plan to keep studying. I want Chinese to become my third language and there is no turning back now…

You can do all things if you put your mind to it. You can do all things through Christ.  I will reach upper beginner or higher. It’s just a matter of time…interrupt

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