Student Interviews!

July 5, 2016

As the schedules returned to usual today, students from the Chinese Academy got reacclimated to the their routine of meals, classes, cultural exploration courses and afternoon activities.

Amidst their return to the daily routine, two students were asked for a brief interview. Here’s how the interviews went:

Mac:

What’s your overall view of the Academy, so far?
“So far, the Language Academy has been pretty good! I’ve noticed that this week, I have used words in conversation that I know I didn’t know last week. Feeling yourself getting better at a language as hard as Chinese is pretty exciting.”

What’s your favorite part of the Academy?
"My favorite part of the Academy is probably a tie between the intense ping pong games that go on during free time and the “wen-hua-ke” (culture class) activities that we do, like 'shu-fa' (calligraphy) or 'guo-hua' (Chinese painting). I now have a big piece of paper that says, 'dui-niu-tan-qin” that I got to write in Chinese cursive. (It’s used to describe people who don’t understand the artistic integrity of something.)”

What’s the value in learning Chinese?
“People learn Chinese for lots of different reasons. Personally, I think it will be a very useful language in the future, and I think it’s a good language to know to get into college. Also, when someone doesn’t know Chinese, they’re always super confused when you start speaking in it.”

Maylin:

What’s your overall view of the Academy, so far?
“So far, the Academy has been challenging. It’s been pretty hard to communicate what I want to say, but I am surprised how much better my comprehension has gotten in just this first week. Being in an immersion environment is really the best way to learn a language.”

What’s your favorite part of the Academy?
“My favorite part of the Academy is meeting new people. I know that sounds cliché, but people come to these Language Academies from all over the country and some internationally. It’s been really interesting hearing about how other people want to learn Chinese.”

What’s the value in learning Chinese?
“Learning Chinese is important to me because there are so many opportunities that come with knowing it—for business and recreational use. China also has a very rich culture and you can’t understand the culture to its fullest extent without knowing its language.”

 

The Chinese Academy in the middle of their Tai Chi session