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我与华侨大学的故事 (The story of me & Huaqiao University) | Chinese & English Version

对我来说,中国不是一个陌生的国家。从我小时候,我的家人经常跟我说跟中国有关系的事情,比如中国类中的菜,中国的习俗,中国的文化。有时候我的家人也会教我一些中文词。这些事情都是很正常,因为几乎我所有的家人都是华人,所以中国文化,习俗,和日常用的词,我一点一点可以知道。

从我六岁的时候,我已经开始学中文,因为中文在我的学校是一个被我们必须学的课程。虽然从小时候我每个星期需要学中文,但是我才在十八岁的时候对中文真正感兴趣。因为我一直对中文没敢兴趣,所以学了几乎十二年多都没有用。那么长时间学中文只能让我明白怎么写对的汉字,怎么读拼音,和怎么读基础的汉字。

认真学中文不是我故意做的事情。我还记得那天我决定要学中文的理由是因为我的空闲时间太多了,我不要浪费时间玩儿。我知道我应该学一些事情,但是还不知道要学什么。中文是一个我很熟悉的语言。我把拼音和其他基础的教材都理解了,所以我想中文不是一个很难的语言,但也不是一个简单的语言。这个想法有点儿挑战我,所以我觉得学中文也是一个不错的决定。这样我就开始认真学中文。

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。

如果我现在想一想,那碗面条肯定没有在别的地方的面条好,但是对我那一天,那碗面条真特点。我不太理解真正的原因为什么那碗面条对我来说很特点,可能因为味道跟我一般吃的面条不一样,可是那碗面条是其他的一个原因为什么我对中国感兴趣。我觉得中国菜是很特点的,真能让我相住在中国,每天找时间试试不一样的中国菜。既然开始学中文,我经常想起来那天的一碗面条。那碗面条让我记起来我那一天的又差又让人丢脸的中文。随然我现在的中文也还没那么厉害,但是我确定,如果有一天我想去买东西的时候,我肯定会说,也会听懂。

真好我现在可以在华侨大学学中文,每天跟老师们和同学们学中文。这样的话,我有机会再去中国的时候,或者更好能住在中国,我会跟当地人沟通,不用跟那天一样,只能摇头和尴尬地笑。我希望很快我就能得到去中国的机会。

 

 

李爱妮

 

 


 

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.

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