As an international student in Xinyu University


Published: 14-05-17 On: From: : Hits:

I begin my article with this quote:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” —- Mark Twain

These words were what a friend wrote to me as I left Ghana for study in China, getting acclimated to my new life as a study abroad student in Xinyu , Jiangxi China, including Asian toilets, boiling water, chopsticks, and culture and customs has a really been intriguing. First of all I would like to talk about how I deal with the language difference:

Generally Chinese people are very open and offer you a good environment to practice your language. I keep talking, asking, watching movies, listening to the Chinese music, and making many friends. I also practice Chinese writing through SMS, QQ, Weixin and so on... Chinese people are often shy when they approach foreigners but they like talking, playing with foreigners using their “Chinglish”. I really love it. “Chinglish” means “Chinese-English”, which is a mix of Chinese and English. For example: In Chinglish they say “I very love china”, in English we say “I love china very much”. hehe... they are friendly, interesting and lovely people.

My teachers and the program directors are not just exposing me to new cultures, teaching me a new language, and offering me adventures; I have realized they are helping me to become better acquainted with and more comfortable with myself, as well as constantly surrounding me with a group of people as passionate about learning and cultural exchange as I have always been. China is a place where I laughed, loved, and lived as a life I never had before.                                                                                                     

Every day life is just new and fulfilling. Living and interacting with local Chinese and immersing myself in Chinese society provides me with a new way of visualizing the world and giving me the kind of insight that just doesn't come from textbooks.

In Xinyu University, students are expected to stick to their timetable and attend every class. Good manners are important and it’s traditional to raise your hand to answer questions – one benefit of this is that teachers never randomly ask you anything! However, professors also promote and avidly participate in class discussions. A lot of teaching is delivered using Power Point presentations which really helps a lot in understanding.

Chinese food is also one of the great cultural shock experience.The Chinese eat nearly everything with chopsticks, in the case of soup, something resembling a small ladle is giving. the food on campus are mainly spicy and I personally like the "hot" taste.

During my leisure times, I spend time with my Chinese friends or watch some Chinese movies and of course they are in English subtitles. This is also one way to improve my Chinese. “Baoshi Park”, “Yantiangan Mountain” “Shidi Park” and other places are where I sometimes visit with my Chinese friends to play and have fun.

 Studying and living in China is not only academically and culturally fulfilling, but also fosters personal growth. I never regretted being here.

To sum it all up, choosing China, specifically Xinyu University for a higher education is a way to expand your horizons.

 

我在新余学院的留学生活

20年后,让你觉得失望的不是你做过的事情,而是你没有做过的事情。所以,解开帆索从安全的港湾里扬帆出行吧。乘着信风,去探索,去梦想,去发现!——马克·吐温

这段话是我离开加纳前往中国留学时一位朋友给我的离别赠言。作为一名新余学院的留学生,我目前正在适应着自己的新生活。亚洲式的厕所、开水、筷子,以及地方特色的文化与习俗都让我很感兴趣。

首先,我想谈论一下我是如何处理语言差异和我的学习过程的。

通常,中国人都非常大方的给你提供一个良好的锻炼口语的环境。我一直坚持和他人交谈,问问题,看电影,听中国音乐,当然还有交中国朋友。同时我也通过短信,QQ,微信等方式来锻炼我的中文写作能力。

在和外国人接触时,中国人总是显得很害羞。但他们喜欢用中式英语和外国人交流。我很喜欢这种方式。中式英语其实就是中文和英文的混合。比如说,他们在表达“我非常爱中国”时会说 “I very love china”,而在英文中应该说 “I love china very much”。呵呵,他们都是友好、可爱、总能给人带来快乐的人。

我的老师们并不仅仅是教我新的语言,引导我学习新的文化,给我带来新的奇妙经历;更多的是在帮助我更好地了解我自己,享受生活。同时我身边围绕着一群像从前一样可以畅所欲言地进行学习与文化交流的人们。中国是一个从未生活过的地方,更是让我欢笑、热爱的地方。

每一天的生活都是崭新的而且让我感到满足。跟当地人居住在一起,互相影响,并且融入到社会当中,这一切让我用新的方式去观察,给我展现了教科书上没有的另一个奇妙世界。

在新余学院,学生们都需要严格按照课表上课。每个学生都要有礼貌,在课堂上如果有问题要先举手。这样做的好处之一就是老师不会随意地问你。同时,老师们也会组织学生讨论,并亲自参与到激烈的讨论中来。上课的讲义都会用幻灯片展示,这也帮助我更好的理解所学知识。

中国食物也是一个让我印象很深的文化因素,中国的食物几乎全都是用筷子吃,只有喝汤是用一种类似长柄勺的餐具。学校里的食物大都很辣,但我喜欢这种“火辣”的感觉。

在业余时间,我大多数时间都是跟我的中国朋友在一块儿,或者看一些带有英文字幕的中国电影,这也是我提高中文水平的一种方式。抱石公园、仰天岗和湿地公园是我和中国朋友们经常去的地方。

在中国学习和生活,不仅让我在学习和文化上获益颇多,也让我自己成长了。我从来没有后悔来到这里。

总之,选择中国,尤其是选择新余学院接受更高层次的教育,是开拓你的视野的一个很好的方式。

/Eben(慕容彬) /单倩倩