I’m studying Chinese this semester. The only other American in my class dropped out the other day, leaving me alone with Japanese and Korean classmates who are reading and writing characters like there’s no tomorrow. I’m scrambling, wearing out my dictionary, pencilling in pinyin everywhere. aighghayah!!! But I’m learning lots. And tonight I’m going to buy one of those multi-colored pens. You know, the ones that were so cool in middle school where you click the back and can choose red, blue, black, or green? I saw one of my Korean classmates taking notes and underlining important things with one of those. I figure if I get one, it may bump me up a notch. Watch out Da Shan.