2009年 11月 25日, 星期三 - 格林尼治标准时间11:56

Emmet's Student Diary 伦敦学生博客第九周

Emmet Conlon O'Reilly

Wednesday 25th November 2009 – Studying Mandarin

When I decided to start studying Mandarin all my friends asked me why on earth I wanted to study such a difficult language. It’s not an easy question to answer. People study the language for all kinds of different reasons.

I thought it would be interesting to find out why some of my classmates are learning Mandarin. So, this week I interviewed Stephanie and Katharine in the BBC studios in central London.

Emmet with his friends Stephanie and Katharine at Bush House

Emmet with his friends Stephanie and Katharine

You can listen to the interviews here and you can download a transcript of the interviews as well.

Stephanie

Stephanie

Stephanie is from London and is a fellow first-year Chinese student.

She is interested in art, literature and photography.

Here, she talks about the kind of opportunities that Mandarin opens up and what she finds difficult about the language.

Stephanie's Interview

She also talks about her interests and how they relate to learning Chinese.

I started by asking her why she is studying Mandarin.

Listen to Stephanie's interview and see if you can answer the following questions:

Where in London can Stephanie practise speaking Mandarin?

What parts of learning Mandarin is she finding difficult at the moment?

Katharine

Katharine

Katharine is also in first year.

She is from Ashtead in Surrey, to the south-west of London.

She talks about her visit to Shanghai, the exciting prospect of our second year in Beijing and what she hopes to do with Chinese in the future.

Katharine's Interview

Listen to Katharine's interview to find out why she is learning Mandarin.

After listening, see if you can answer the following questions:

What did Katharine do during her school trip to Shanghai?

Does she find speaking or writing Mandarin most difficult?

You now know why we are studying Mandarin. What I’d like to know is why you are learning English? Is it so you can travel around English-speaking countries? Is it to get a job? Do you simply enjoy learning a new language?

Questions and Answers

Where in London can Stephanie practise speaking Mandarin?

Chinatown. She practises speaking Mandarin with the waiters in the restaurants there.

What parts of learning Mandarin is Stephanie finding difficult at the moment?

She's finding it difficult to be confident in speaking Mandarin.

What did Katharine do during her school trip to Shanghai?

She did a cruise on the Yangtze river.

Does Katharine find speaking or writing Mandarin most difficult?

Speaking.

I’d like to say a big thank you to Liuyang, Jacky, Andy, Dora and Zhi Chen, all of whom sent in Mandarin expressions and turns of phrase. I particularly like Andy’s “shào zhuàng bù nu lì, lao dà tú shāng bēi”, if you don’t study hard when you are young, you will end up regretting it later on (or bewailing your failures). That’s something to jolt me back to life when I find my attention waning during lectures.

Due to the volume of replies, I’m going to post them all on next week’s blog along with an English equivalent. So if any more spring to mind keep them coming. I’ll also post up one or two useful phrases and colloquialisms that you may not have heard before.

fellow 同年级的, prospect 前景, jolt 推动/震动, waning 减退, volume (大)数量, spring to mind 跳入脑海, post 登载, colloquialism 通俗用语

Question of the week

Why are you learning English? Is it so you can travel around English-speaking countries? Is it to get a job? Do you simply enjoy learning a new language?

Email me and you might see your answers at the bottom of this page.

Email Emmet at 按键 chinaelt@bbc.co.uk


Your Replies

Note: We do not correct the English in comments posted.
注意:我们对大家的英语留言不做任何修改和更正。

Hey Emmet,

My motivation is very praticle, for English is very useful everywhere in the world. To learn it, l may increase my job opportunity in the future. Moreover, with English, I can communicate with people from different parts of the world. Thirdly, English is bound up with the popular culture, like music, movies and etc. I guess that's another reason for me to learn it.

Zhi Chen

Learning another language and speaking as well is my a goal. Anyway, English is a world language, so I must acquire it.

Gu Chen, China

Hi, Emmet...

It's so interesting that you invited your classmates to talk about the reason they chose to study Mandarin, it's evocative and I really enjoyed the programme. The reason why I am learning English is very simple - I have always had a passion for languages and literature so almost instinctively I want to be good at it.

I do not learn English for its own sake. I was first attracted to English films such as the Sound of the Music, Roman holiday, Fairlady, etc, those classical films shot in 1960s when I was in junior middle school or so. And because of an obsession with those fancy, exotic, romantic stories, I almost thought it a privilege having a chance to study the English language. It opened a new world to me, a world which is entirely different from the Chinese one. And as years rolled on, I fell in love incurably with the English civilization especially literature and art, from pride and prejudice of Jane Austen to Agatha Christie, I remember spending whole afternoons on holiday reading up those gripping stories, watching films and dramas, and I watched the whole series of Hercule Poriot, Sherlock Holms and so on. I used to be a History student in high school and I have an intense interest in western history, art and literature, music (since I play the piano). For me, studying English was so enjoyable that I really felt privileged having an opportunity to get in touch with the treasure of another culture.

And it was in my 2nd or 3rd year after learning English that I suddenly realised the differences in various accents of native speakers. I wanted to speak with an English accent, since I'd been fascinated by the Enligsh literature at that time. So I tried very hard and practised prononciation day after day, year after year, and my confidence was built on the praise and recognition I received at school and also outside school.

So that's the reason why I said your programme was evocative - your friend Stephanie mentioned the Chinese poetry in Tang dynasty and her love for literature and the cultural stuff, which is quite similar to my expericence of learning English.

So here I have all my best wishes for her and wish her "Jia you". I hope you aren't bored with such a long letter anyway. Have a good week and best wishes for your learning Chinese Mandarin.

Liuyang, China


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