Michael is still a full time language student and Cara is taking 9 hours a week.
Michael is now capable of taking about the current economic conditions within China and the possible impact of Schwarzenegger's visit to China.
Cara can now ask for your name, birthday, and what you like to eat and drink. It is quite exciting to hold a conversation with her right now. As an interesting counterpoint, her English is getting worse. This is probably to make more room for the Chinese.
This exciting sentence says, "today I went to the 'bridge' school."