And actually managed to have a conversation! I was running, through this village that's a ways away from Songgui (where I live), and this old lady said hello, so I stopped to chat. We only talked about really basic stuff--what I was doing here, my school, which class I was teaching, why I was wasting energy running, etc. but the fact that I could understand her makes me really excited because it means I've progressed with understanding the accent. Old people are always the hardest to understand, so being able to talk to a nice peasant woman was awesome.