Living abroad in China and studying Chinese. What is it like? 在中国留学生的生活 part 2

Living abroad in China要是你能看得懂我现在写下来的东西,你肯定进步了。你可以放一天假,给你好久没说一句话的朋友打个电话,出门儿呼吸点新鲜空气。你看,刚刚下雨了,你甚至都没发现,因为你一天到晚忙着学汉语!

 

Last time I wrote few words about what prompted me to leave simple life in Europe behind and set out on adventure of a lifetime. 

 

上次在我帖子上我写了什么促使我出国留学。扔下平淡的生活然后着手准备新阶段. 一旦开始学汉语那就是你一生的冒险。

 

But I assume the more Chinese you use or simply you are exposed to, the shorter way to become good at it.

 

代替说英文来,多用汉语,那肯定对你的学习有帮助。

 

我说实话都忘记了什么事情促使我出国留学,到底在哪里找到灵感,有可能是在读书的时候一位老师,他汉语的水平如同当地中国人一样,其实他是中国人 :) 原来如此,你佩服你的老师,向往跟他一样,买张机票,到中国去。

 

Today, after a conversation with my friend who has just moved to China and started learning Chinese, I recalled everything I was going through while picking up this great language in recent years. Poor guy, he is only at the beginning, probably doesn’t realize how long road he is heading off. But, at the same time he is extremely lucky. I can imagine what he will feel when for the first time he can order a meal without any help or doesn’t get ripped off by taxi drivers any more. This entry is about your attitude. If you undertake any task make sure you set about it the right way.

 

在中国呆了几个月之后,和开始学汉语的时候相比,我的经验更丰富了。首先,我交了几个友善的朋友。他们告诉我每件事情的开始都很难,慢慢地学习,耐心地等。他们常常对我说:“你放心吧,而且多享受学习汉语的过程,少关心结果。”我没有别的选择,只有听从他们的建议。他们毕竟是中国人,如果我说从那时候起我就完全变成了另一个人的话,那一定不是真的。在夜里我仍然无数次失眠。不过我开始喜欢留学生的生活,在开学时我按时来上课,现在有的时候我逃课,但是突然我发现我学会说汉语了。虽然不知道这是什么原因,但是我不在乎。

 

vocab

 

dāi

to stay

和。。相比

hé... xiāng bǐ

to compare

丰富

fēngfù

rich

友善

yǒushàn

friendly

听从。。建议

tīngcóng.. jiànyì

to listen to advice

毕竟

bìjìng

all in all

仍然

réngrán

still

失眠

shīmián

sleeplessness

逃课

táokè

to skip classes

不在乎

bùzàihū

don’t care

 

 

怎么样才是最好的态度呢?当然是像我上面一样!你不止一次会看不见结果想要放弃。 赶快消除那样的思维吧。 享受过程,一天比一天进步,试着每一个新学会的单词实用在日常生活当中吧。如此一切都会慢慢来。然后你一眨眼功夫就会发现,你能跟当地人沟通。比这个更好的回报很难想象。 千万不要半途而废。在学习外语,尤其是在学习汉语的过程。

 

more vocab

 

着手

zhuóshǒu

to undartake sth.

甚至

shènzhì

even

说实话

shuō shíhuà

to be honest

灵感

línggǎn

inspiration

如同

rútóng

like

原来如此

yuánlái rúcǐ

this is how it goes

千万不

qiān wàn bù

absolutely not

半途而废

bàntú'érfèi

give up halway

一眨眼功夫

yī zhǎyǎn gōngfu

in the blink of an eye

Read Part 1 of Living abroad in China and studying Chinese. What is it like?

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Comment by Arkadiusz Kobylański on October 12, 2012 at 5:54pm

It really depends, sometimes I just  feel like I can spend all day learning Chinese but sometimes spending an hour seems too much. But what is the most important to keep you going? I believe it is good learning materials from the beginning becasue it's very common to give up in the early stage. I think the most difficult is to jump into level you are able to understand Chinese speaking to Chinese. It's not easy but this is where the fun of learning should lead to.


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Comment by Grace on October 12, 2012 at 4:14am

It is really exciting to read something so interesting and well written by someone that didn’t grow up speaking Chinese. Persistence does pay off, that’s what I’ve learned from your story. Everyone has his/her own darkest moment on the learning road. Only the ones that never gave up can reach their destiny.

May we know on average how much time you spend on speaking, listening and reading Chinese per day?

欣赏你的勇气和毅力!

Comment by Momo A. on October 11, 2012 at 7:52am
yes, please write this article. it would be really inspirational, and I'm speaking from a learner's point of view.. =P
Comment by Xie, Qilu on October 10, 2012 at 12:44pm

中文水平已经非常流利了,交流写作表达意思都很清晰~哥们,你很牛!


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Comment by Shu on October 10, 2012 at 6:00am

This article of yours is really nice, honestly:) The way you used certain phrases is very smooth and precise. It is hard to imagine that you only learn this language for two years only. How you did to get yourself write so well? You certainly can share it with other learners here. That would be very helpful:)

Comment by Arkadiusz Kobylański on October 9, 2012 at 4:57pm

Do you think so? Then it's look like I do not have other option but write this inspirational article. Inspirational, I like this word :)


Teacher
Comment by Shu on October 8, 2012 at 3:41am

你的文章写得比很多中国人还好 (I am speaking from a Chinese language teacher's point of view)。你应该写一篇文章谈谈你是怎么学习写作文的。It is going to be very inspirational:)

Comment by Arkadiusz Kobylański on October 7, 2012 at 9:46pm

太过奖了,如果有"天天二十四小时"学汉语这种机会我已经会像中国人一样了。 :)

Comment by Momo A. on October 7, 2012 at 5:47pm

哇,你这么厉害... 0.0 ...我也是一段时间在中国读书的。其实我九个月在北京上学了。我每天都上中文课,但我那时候不太注意课... 回到了美国以后才开始觉得很“想家”。现在我很热衷于一直练习我的中文。但是.... 你的故事... 我还没达到你的中文水平。你启发了我..我希望向你学习...! 加油~


Teacher
Comment by Shu on October 7, 2012 at 2:03am

你的文章写得真是好啊!用词非常精准,语意流畅,你一定是天天二十四小时都在学中文!! Keep up the great work!

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