Ok, stop the presses! Someway, somehow I pwned my Chinese speech! I mean, I honestly didn’t see it coming. Everything went wrong from the start with dad waking me up early for some unkown reason, then realising at 10.10am that I had a class at half past which resulted in me dashing out the door and leaving my speech behind. Luckily I had set out my lucky underwear last night otherwise all would have been lost. At first I thought that leaving my speech behind wasn’t too much of a biggie, I knew it all anyway. But by the time my Chinese class started at 12, my brain was quickly being drained of anything Chinese. Watching everyone else didn’t help either, as some were so confident that they just stood up and used gestures, visual aids etc, while others who seemed completely fine and are way ahead of me in terms of Chinese knowledge relied a lot on their notes and forgot bits resulting in awkward silences.
I was the last person in the class to go (I usually am unless I absolutely can’t help it) and I was fa-reaking out! We’d moved upstairs to another room because we’d run over time, but luckily in the new room we could sit behind a desk and since one of the assessors had left I don’t think the other could see my face which was fortunate – since I just sort of stared at the desk the whole time while wringing my hands and trying to picture my script. I still don’t know how it happened. I don’t recall saying much of anything at all. I think even while I was doing it I didn’t even know how it was happening. It just seemed really easy to remember unlike all the times I’d practised, even this morning, and I just breezed straight through. (It was a slightly high-pitched, sweaty breezing, but breezing nontheless). It was a Chinese miracle. At the end the teacher said “非常好!” (pretty much the best praise I’ve gotten for Chinese, ever) and went on to say that she thinks it’s really good the way some students have progressed and are realising the importance of tones and working hard on them. *glows*
The lucky underpants triumph again!