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First language lesson

Today I had my first language lesson. Beforehand, I knew very little of what studying here would be like, but it turned out that so far, it is much like home. Except that everything is about twice as difficult. The reason for this is that most of the other students have studied twice as much as I have, and that they have done this in Taiwan. I think my Chinese education in Sweden was very good, but there is a big difference between studying Chinese in Europe and studying Chinese in a Chinese-speaking environment such as Taiwan. There are differences in the language, but at the moment, that does not seem like a problem.

However, even though the level is so high, I do not feel entirely lost, because most of the time I can understand what is said, both by the teacher and by the other students. The problem is that do not know enough words and that I cannot express myself properly in Chinese. Hopefully, this will change with time. Tomorrow, another student has offered to help me find the book shop in which can be found our course literature. Since I have a lot of time on my hands, I plan to buy the previous volumes in the same series, just to make sure I pick up more vocabulary (which might also be needed for volume we will actually use).

These first few months of catching up will be demanding and perhaps also frustrating, but I have no doubt that I will cope. I think this is an ideal situation to really learn Chinese fast, since the course is just on the right level (meaning that it is way too difficult and that I will need to study like crazy to pass). If I would have had other subjects to study, this would not have been such a good idea, but since I have not, I find this an ideal situation.

But wait, am I really so ambitious and optimistic about this? Yes, I am. Of course, I realise that this will be far from easy, but I also think that I stand a good chance of learning very much Chinese. Since that is the whole purpose with my going to Taiwan, it would be pretty bad if I did not take the chance, would it not?I certainly think so.Stay tuned for further updates on language, even though I think it will take a while to even begin moving.

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  1. Martin’s avatar

    Du skulle valt ett lättare språk. ;)

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  2. Martin’s avatar

    (Och eftersom du kommer ge ett seriöst svar, så vill jag bara påpeka att mitt inte var seriöst menat. Jag vet att du vill ha och klarar utmaningar…)

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  3. Olle Linge’s avatar

    Det är ändå ett relevant resonemang. Det tar betydilgt längre tid att lära sig kinesiska än många andra språk, speciellt västerländska, helt enkel eftersom uttal och skrift inte har så mycket med varandra att göra (nästan ingenting). Jag funderar ibland själv över om det vore bättre att satsa på ett annat språk som jag kanske skulle kunna lära mig dubbelt så snabbt. Nu har jag dock kommit igång med det här så det lär förbli kinesiska. :)

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  4. Christoffer’s avatar

    Har själv försökt lära mig kinesiska, det är verkligen inte lätt. Efter en hel termins kvällskurser så kunde jag nätt och jämnt säga “Hur mår du”. Starkt att du försöker.

    Kan du inte ge en mindre språkkurs i kinesiska för oss. Kan tips om http://www.natkurser.se/sprakkurser/kinesiska.php

    Sai tchien (eller hur det nu var :))

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  5. Olle Linge’s avatar

    Christoffer: Det handlar mest om att lägga tillräckligt mycket tid på det och jag tror inte kvällskurser räcker särskilt långt. Jag har pluggat heltid i kanske 12 månader effektiv tid nu och jag börjar kunna prata rätt hyggligt, men det ligger många, många timmar bakom det. :) Lycka till!

    ??? (pinyin: zai4jian4)

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