有一天我听说了一个句子说，“学一门语言，就是多一个观察世界的窗户“，大概的意思是只从学习一个国家的语言，才能了解那个国家的一切。我自己跟这个句子很同意，因为我经历过了。通过学中文，我对中国越来越感兴趣。我一直觉得中国是一个独特的国家，但学习中文以后，我觉得中国是一个很特别的国家。虽然跟其他国家真不一样， 因为不能打开 Instagram，Google，Facebook，等等，但是中国有自家的技术。中国对其它的国家这么严格，但是因为要保护自己的文化。尽管看起来中国是一个很心窄的国家，可是真正的中国也没有那么关闭。中国的发展又快又大，但是人民还想保护文化。这些让我吃惊的事情是几个种的一个让我更想了解中国的理由。
除了语言，我还有为什么我对中国感兴趣的其他的原因。在 2017 年，我去了中国四天三晚。因为那天是游学，所以我只能去到深圳和香港。我还记得，有一晚我们住在深圳的时候，所有的学生们都被老师们给了空闲。我跟一些朋友就去酒店的周围，看看那边的小摊。那天我觉得特别好，激动极了。走一走，我就决定要买面条。那时候我还没真正学中文，所以买什么东西的时候，我都不会说。摊主一看我就开始说中文，我什么都不明白，所以我向摊主说，“我不是中国人，不会说中文“。那个阿姨又说一些句子，我只能一边尴尬地笑，一边摇头，意思是我不明白。虽然那时候我没有说任何句子，只举手指，指向东西，但最后我终于买到了那碗面条。这一些故事不是让我对中国感兴趣的原因，但是那碗面条是。
My story with Huaqiao University
For me, China is not an unfamiliar country. From when I was a child, my family often told me about things related to China, such as Chinese dishes, Chinese customs, Chinese culture. Sometimes my family also teaches me some Chinese words. These things are normal, because almost all my family members are Chinese, so I can know little by little about Chinese culture, customs, and everyday words.
I have been learning Chinese since I was six years old, because Chinese is a compulsory subject in my school. Although I needed to learn Chinese every week since I was a child, I only became really interested in Chinese when I was eighteen. Because I have never been interested in Chinese, it is useless to study for almost twelve years. Learning Chinese for so long can only help me understand how to write correct Chinese characters, how to read Pinyin, and how to read basic Chinese characters.
Studying Chinese seriously is not something I do on purpose. I still remember that the reason I decided to learn Chinese that day was because I had too much free time and I didn’t want to waste time playing. I know I should learn something, but I don’t know what to learn yet. Chinese is a language I am very familiar with. I understand Pinyin and other basic textbooks, so I think Chinese is not a difficult language, but it is not an easy language either. This idea challenged me a bit, so I think learning Chinese is also a good decision. So I started to study Chinese seriously.
One day I heard a sentence that said, “Learning a language is
One more window to observe the world”, which probably means that only by learning the language of a country can we understand everything about that country. I agree with this sentence, because I have experienced it. Through learning Chinese, I have become more and more aware of China. The more interested I am. I have always thought that China is a unique country, but after learning Chinese, I feel that China is a very special country. Although it is really different from other countries, because I cannot open Instagram, Google, Facebook, etc., but China has its own technology. China is so strict with other countries, but because it wants to protect its own culture. Although it seems that China is a very narrow-minded country, the real China is not so closed. China’s development is fast and big , but the people still want to protect the culture. These things that surprised me are one of several reasons why I want to know more about China.
Besides language, I have other reasons why I am interested in China. In 2017, I went to China for four days and three nights. Because it was a study tour that day, I could only go to Shenzhen and Hong Kong. I still remember that one night when we lived in Shenzhen, all the students were given free time by the teachers. I went around the hotel with some friends to see the stalls over there. I felt so good that day, and I was so excited. After walking around, I decided to buy noodles. At that time, I hadn’t really learned Chinese, so when I bought something, I didn’t know how to speak it. When the stall owner saw me, he started to speak Chinese. I didn’t understand anything, so I said to the stall owner, “I’m not Chinese and can’t speak Chinese”. The aunt said some more sentences, I could only laugh awkwardly and shake my head, which means I don’t understand. Although I didn’t say any sentence at that time, I just raised my finger and pointed to something, but finally I finally got that bowl of noodles. These stories aren’t what got me interested in China, but that bowl of noodles is.
If I think about it now, that bowl of noodles is definitely not as good as noodles elsewhere, but to my day, that bowl of noodles was really special. I don’t really understand the real reason why that bowl of noodles is special to me, maybe because the taste is different from the noodles I usually eat, but that bowl of noodles is one of the other reasons why I am interested in China. I think Chinese food is very characteristic, it really allows me to live in China and find time to try different Chinese food every day. Since I started learning Chinese, I often think of the bowl of noodles that day. That bowl of noodles reminded me of my poor and humiliating Chinese that day. Of course, my Chinese is not that good now, but I am sure that if one day I want to go shopping, I will definitely speak and understand.
It’s great that I can now study Chinese at Huaqiao University and learn Chinese every day with my teachers and classmates. In this case, when I have the opportunity to go to China again, or even better to live in China, I will communicate with the local people, and I don’t have to just shake my head and smile awkwardly like that day. I hope that soon I will have the opportunity to go to China.