I asked Sit to write my name in Chinese characters the other night. I can't replicate them here, obviously, but in Mandarin, my name is He (lotus flower) Li (pretty). "Li" is common in girls' names. In Cantonese, I'd be "pretty light." Which has a kind of pleasing similarity to the English meaning of my name, which is "holy."
It's not bad, but I could do better. A friend of mine who actually speaks Mandarin got himself named "Start at the Source," with the help of one of his teachers. It's pretty cool and suits him well.
And Sit asked me to house-sit for them again, in exchange for some private sword training. And how! He also said he'd teach me the second half of the longsword form this year. This makes me rather smug, because he hardly teaches the sword form anymore. "It's too hard," he said in class, when someone asked about it. "Nobody can learn it. Everybody quit."
Not me. I may not be progressing fast, but I'm still slogging along. And I'm finally healthy enough to be practicing again, so I'm looking forward to class on Saturday.