I was informed that next semester, there'll be an independent study of Classical Chinese, so of course I contacted the professor and asked if I could join. He told that before he could let me, he needed me to come into his office the next day to evaluate my Chinese level. At first I felt confident, but I started to feel more and more unsure as the day went on, so to prepare, I read some of The Analects of Confucius
and Mao's little red book. I even brought them with me should they be needed for some reason.
Next day, after seating myself and exchanging pleasantries, it was time to be tested. The professor pulled out a book from a stack on his desk, opened it to a random page, and set it before me. He then pointed to a single sentence written in Classical Chinese and asked me, "Can you read this?" Now, he wasn't asking if I could understand any of it, he was only asking if I knew the pinyin for the characters. ...I don't know what exactly I was expecting when I walked into his office, but needless to say I ended up feeling silly.
Well, I'm glad I checked out with the professor and will finally be able to study what I've had an interest in for a couple of years now. I'm excited for the class.http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=51048096