Great to see everyone writing blog posts. It's really interesting to read about how each individual person felt about the days activities and what they did. If I had more time, I would comment on everyone's posts.
One thing I wanna say though is speaking in English is a key part of this program. Mike has noticed, and I agree entirely, that when you're with me or any other students you tend to speak in Chinese. I believe that this inhibits your ability to learn spoken english and American culture.
So from now on I request that during class and preferrably outside of class as well, you speak in only English. This will be difficult and I realize many will have a hard time, but this is a trip about learning; not only having fun. Do not be shy about saying the wrong thing, the more mistakes you make, the more you learn!
So I will do my best to not speak in Chinese, and I hope you will do the same. I hope that this will enhance your experience here in the United States and also help you to learn more spoken English!
P.S. I might even have a prize for a few students who I feel have tried exceptionally hard to communicate mainly in English.