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To learn a language, is to build a better world: we global students will share our testimonies

Good morning, afternoon and night, no matter where in the world you’re viewing from, I’m sure you will be interested in this article. For this article, I wanted to include some new people, who have boarded “The Voyage.” Basically I wanted to invite other international students around the world to speak about their experiences studying another language, and talk about why they did it, why they went to, or are going to a different country, and invite them to speak of the difficulties and rewards of learning a new language. This will be a multi-part series, the amount of students who want to share is quite numerous!

So, today, me, and 5 other students will share our testimonials learning a foreign language, or two, or three. Some of them can even speak four and five! We’re not bragging about our language skills, what we are trying to do, is to bridge a gap through cultures, in our own way. Not through other companies, or through other programs; in our way, we will bridge that gap. We are a part of the this new generation, this new trend, new nations. And we want to bridge our gap, our way. So…me first haha.

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My name is Daniel Cooper; Chinese name is Dannier, Korean name is Kim Minjun, and I’m still working on a Japanese name haha. I am a college student at The Lincoln University. I started learning Chinese for two main reasons:

I loved Chinese video games, and two, I loved Chinese kung fu movies. Everyone knows, the best Kung fu movie experience is when you watch it authentically, in Chinese language, with no subtitles haha. I personally loved speaking Chinese, to me, it was an outlet for many things. And i seemed to speak it pretty we’ll according to native speakers. After I attended college, I found that we had no Chinese language program, so I annoyed my school to bring it back, because, I’m special like that right? (Kidding)
And from doing this, I found some confidence in myself.

Confidence in being able to do something unique, confidence to stand out in a crowd, confidence to be a leader, I took charge of this Chinese program. I sang at events, been a master of ceremony for other events, and even went to China a few times.

Recently, I’ve been increasing my Korean language abilities, so that I can go to Korea for my masters degree. I find Korean easy to write, but difficult to speak, but it is such a fun language to speak. The reactions and responses I get from people, by speaking their language, makes all the hours of watching videos worth it. It only takes the praise from one person, to keep us international students going. My last major reason, why I love learning languages is because of the life long friends you make. It’s a small world, really, and the friends which seem countries away, become very close. It was thanks to the meeting many Chinese people in New York, my hometown that I started learning Chinese, and it was thanks to my Korean friends in China, who have made me want to learn Korean as well. We’re doing this thing man.

안녕하세요 ,제이름은 다니엘 입니다; 영문 Daniel. Cooper , 한글로 김민준입니다.링컨대학교에서 공부하고 있어요. 제가 중국어를 배우게된 이유는… 이유는.. 두가지가 있습니다

첫째 저는 게임을 매우 좋아해요, 둘짼? 중국 콩푸영화를 좋아합니다. 하지만 그들이 말하는걸 알아들을 수 있다면 더 리얼하겠죠 . 다 아실거에요 중문을 알면서 영화를 보면 더 잼있다는걸 느낄 겁니다! 맞죠! ㅎㅎ . 저는 원래 중국어를 좋아합니다, 아실거에요, 중국어를 하는걸 보시면 아실겁니다, 제가 중국어를 말할 때 마다 대부분 중국사람들이 잘한다고 칭찬을 해줍니다.

대학교 입학전 중국어를 배운적이 없습니다, 중국사람과 중문수업도 없었습니다. 대부분 제가 대학교 2학년때 매일 선생님과. 대통령 학생들한테 말했죠 :” 우리는 중국어 수업이 필요하다, 우리학교도 국제화가 돼야한다. 중국어 수업을 추가해주세요, 중국어 선생님 등 .그래서 드디어 새로운 중국어 선생님과 중문과, 중국어 관련학목이 소개됐습니다! 이효과를 보고, 저에게 확신이 생겼습니다, 저의 자부심으로 남게 됐습니다. 자신의 생각과 자신의 성격 능력에 대한 확신과 자신감이 생겼습니다, 그리고 중국에서 유학도 몇번 하고 왔습니다.

요즘저는 한국어를 배우고 있어요 이제 저는 서울가서 석사학위를 따러갈겁니다! 한글은 저에게 정말 쉬웠습니다, 하지만 말하는게 너무 어려워요. 하지만 다른 사람이 제가 하는 중국어나 한국어하는걸 놀라는걸 보면 정말 기뻐요. 우리 유학생들은 그놀라는 모습에 기뻐합니다, 그많은 시간을 투자하여 배운이유: 외국어를 배운후 저는 정말 좋은 친구들은 만났습니다, 우리의 세계는 점점 쫍아지고, 친구들은 우리가 멀리떠어져있다고 생각을하지만, 사실 우린 정말 가까이있습니다, 그리고 우린 서로 닮은 곳이 많아요, 저는 제가 어렸을때 알게된 중국친구에게 정말깊은감사의 뜻을 알려주고 싶어요 그 친구 때문에 중국어를 배우게 됐거든요. 그리고 상해에서 알게된 한국친구들 저에겐 한국어를 배우고 싶은 동기입니다. 유학생들 모두들 화이팅!

大家好, 我的名字是丹尼尓;英文名 Daniel Cooper,韩文名 Kim Minjun。我是个林肯大学的学生。我开始学中文因为。。因为。。其实我有两个理由;
第一个是我特别喜欢打游戏, 第二的呢?我超喜欢中国功夫的电影。可是如果我可以听得懂而听明白他们的说话,我以为更真实。大家都知道如果你听得懂中文再看中国功夫的电影,你的看的电影的经验最真实的!是不是!哈哈。 我原来爱说中文,看我的说中文的样子,你当然会知道,在我的想法说中文有几个很好的件事。而且大部分中国人对我说我说得挺不错啊。

我参加大学之前我们没有中文的项目,一个中国人和中文课也没有。所以我差不多是大二的时候我每天都跟我大学的所有的老师,总统,学生等等说:我们需要中文课,我们的大学应该成为一个国际的吧。请给我中文课,中文老师等等等等等。然后,他们终于介绍我们大学的新的中文老师,和新的中文课,新的中文项目!如此看这个效果,我突然成为相信我自己,突然成为我自己的自信。自信我的想法,自信我的性格,自信我的能力,我也好几次去过中国读过书,等等。

最近我在学好多韩文所以我可以去首尔读我的硕士!我觉得写韩字比较容易,可是说话比较难的。但算是我说中文还是韩文看别人的惊讶听听我的说得国语真的让我开心。我们大部分留学生就需要看一个人的惊讶样子,然后我们那么开心,都觉得学那么多小时,那么多月,那么多时间,那么多年都值得。最后的理由:我那么多喜欢学外语因为我会认识很多太好的朋友,我们的世界越来越小,朋友大部分觉得很远,其实很近,还有我们都比较一样啊,只是谢谢我小的时候认识的中国人让我学中文,然后谢谢的我在上海认识的韩国人很让我想学韩文啊。我们留学生加油!

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Hello my name is Kang Nahyun from South Korea. I just got into university this year so I’m a freshman now. When i was young , to be honest, i hated learning English because i didnt like memorizing all the vocabulary and i didnt know the exact purpose of learning it. I just studied it to get better grade on tests. But then I went to study abroad to Canada when i was a middle school student and there, I experienced “live English” directly not textbook English. It was quite hard to communicate with others and to do assignments in English at first, but I got used to it. So now, when I went back to Korea I enjoy learning english because now I know, I can be friends with many other various people and my mindset is also bigger and bigger thanks to English. It helps me to be an international person which can help my competitiveness in the future. I am sure that English will be the key to my success 🙂

안녕하세요 전 한국에서 온 강나현입니다. 올해 대학에 들어가서 지금은 신입생이에요. 솔직하게 말씀드리면 저는 어렸을때 영어 배우는걸 싫어했어요. 단어를 외우는것도 싫어했고 영어를 배우는 목적을 정확하게 몰랐어요. 그냥 시험에서 좀더 좋은 성적을 내기위해 공부했죠. 그런데 재가 중학생때 캐나다로 유학을 갔었는데 그곳에서 진짜 살아있는 영어를 직접 경험했어요. 처음에는 의사소통하고 영어로숙제하는것이 힘들었지만 점차 익숙해졌죠. 그리고 지금 한국에 들어와서는영어배우는것이 즐거워요. 왜냐면 영어로 인해 많은 다양한 사람들과 친구가 될수있고 좀 더 넓게 생각할 수 있단걸 지금 알고있기 때문이에요. 또한 영어덕분에 저는 더 국제화된 사람이 될수있고 그것은 저의 경쟁력이 될수있죠. 저는 영어가 제 성공의 핵심이 될거라고 자신할수있습니다 🙂

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Hello, my name is Changgyoon Rhim, my English name is Lin, so call me Lin haha.
I learned English mostly when I lived in Canada for about 2 years. Before that I could speak a little however living in Canada helped me a lot. Of course it was tough for me at first. I had to spend twice as much time and effort for schoolwork and there were lots of misunderstandings and miscommunications. Fortunately, I think I feel comfortable speaking and expressing myself in English. In my opinion learning a language isnt just about language but learning the culture beneath it. While in army I was a translator and I also enjoyed speaking English. It broadens your experience and opportunities. And a lot of my friends struggle to learn English but I don’t so I can do more stuff that I really want to!

저는 영어를 거의 캐나다 살 때 많이 배운 것 같네요. 처음에는 낯선나라에 가서 힘든 일도 많았고 오해해서 마음 고생도 많았던 것 같아요. 그래도 그 때 고생했던 덕분에 지금은 꽤 편한 삶을 살고 있어요. 남들 취업준비할 때 영어 걱정은 덜해도 되고 영어를 배움으로써 더 많은 기회를 얻었고 더 많은 경험을 할 수 있었다고 생각해요!

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Hello, my name is Lee Meyong Heyon! I’m from Korea! My English name is Makie if you find it hard to pronounce my Korean name call me Makie :p

I am 20 years old who is majoring in fashion design and i love EDM Sports. Especially boxing, riding bike, and making new friends all around world haha so i have many pen pals. I often share my bucket list with them and talk about my dream and their dreams!

i wanna be a DJ like Nicky Romero, Afrojack, or Dimitri Vegas someday. I wanna do rock in tomorrow-land, UMF, and Rio hehe so now i am saving moment, gathering supplies and traveling so i have to increase my english skills because during my travels I was often stuck in some problem, but by using english it helps me a lot :)) and now it’s really fun.

I believe that waiting for your opportunity is important so now i am work at Mexican restaurant which placed in Itaewon as you may know Itaewon is the most of international place in Korea, it has many types of scenes, which I love and it is also a hot place to meet many expats so that I may have many chances to speak English :p haha anyway thanks for reading 😉 have a nice day

안녕하세요 전 한국에서 온 이명현입니다. 영어이름은 makie에요.한국이름 발음 하기힘들면makie라 불러도되요.전 스무살이고 현재 패션디자인을 전공 하고있어요 그리고 저는EDM.운동.을좋아하는데 특히 복싱을 좋아해요.자전거타는것도 좋아하고 다른나라 친구들 사귀는것도 좋아해요 그래서 지금 펜팔들도 많이있어요.전 자주 펜팔들이랑 제 버킷리스트 공유하는데 제꿈 이랑 이친구들 꿈들에대해서 얘기합니딘. 제꿈은 nucky romero.afrojack.dimitri vegas같은 디제이가 되고싶어요 언젠간 tomorrowland.UMF.rio 에서 공연하고 싶어요 그래서 지금 장치살돈이랑 여행갈 자비 모으고 있어요 그래서 지금 영어실력 좀 늘려야 되요. 왜냐면 여행하는동안 곤란한 경우가 종종있었는데 영어가 많이 도움 됬거든요 그리고 재미있는 것 같아요.지금현재 이태원에 있는 멕시코레스토랑 에서 일하고있는데 모두다들알다시피 이태원 은한국에서 제일 이국적인 공간이기도 하고 인기 많은 공간이기도해요 여기서 많은 외국인들도 만나고 영어를 사용할 기회를 많이 가질꺼에요 여하튼 읽어주셔서 고맙고 좋은하루보내세요

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大家好! 我的名字是 Yusuke Tanahashi
Hello everyone, my name is Yusuke Tanahashi

因为有很多差不多的汉字,我们学中文比较简单。可是有些汉字写法、意思不一样。这些需要背出来。日语没有卷舌音,对日本人来说很难发音。还有背不下每个单词的声调,我的声调比较乱,觉得这个可以说很多外国人吧。

我去中国的时候我一个人去,我去那个华东师范大学,一个很美的校园。其实我第一感觉比较怕,我在这了没有朋友,没有家人可是我知道我想学习中文。我开始上课的时候我的班有差不多三十二的学生。几个是韩国人,几个也是日本人,还有几个是西方人。我们的水平都比较一样,所以我突然很舒服。我知道跟他们一起学中文不是那么难,因为我们都互相帮助,互相学习!

Studying Chinese is relatively simple for Japanese people, that is because many of our Japanese characters are similar to Chinese characters. So we can recognize the Chinese character easily. However it is also difficult, that is because many Japanese character is the same as Chinese characters but the meaning is completely different. Also, Chinese is a language with tones, while Japanese language does not have tones, so this is another big difference. When I would pronounce a Chinese word, it would become a big mess, because my tone is weird, in Japan I would say the word and it would be fine, but in Chinese if I say the word with wrong tone, it would be wrong. I feel that most international students also have this problem.

When I went to China, I attended East China Normal University in Shanghai. In fact, it is a very beautiful campus! At first, I was very nervous, that is because I have no friends or family here, but I know that I want to learn Chinese. When I started classes, I noticed that my class had more then 32 students! Many were from Japan like me, many from Korea, and even students from the West! Our Chinese levels were similar so we were put into the same classes and because of this, it was comfortable. I knew that speaking and learning Chinese together with them would not be hard because we each help each other and study together!

私が中国に行った時1人で行った、私が行ったのは華東師範大学、美しいキャンパス。実際第一印象は怖かった、ここには友達もいない、家族もいないが中国語を学びたい。私が授業を始めた頃には私のクラスには32の学生がいた。何人かの韓国人、何人かの日本人、後何人かの欧米人。私たちのレベルはほとんど同じ、だから私は突然とても心地よくなった。私は彼らと一緒に中国語を勉強することがそんなに難しくないと知っていた、なぜなら私たちはお互いに助け合い、学習している!

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Hello, my name is Rino Fujii

我上大学就开始学汉语。为什么要学汉语呢?当时中国经济发展快得很,我认为将来可能会有机会说汉语。
大三的时候我抓住机会在上海留学。我在那里学到了很多东西,认识了很多国际留学生。我们在上课时大家必须要用汉语说自己的看法、每个国家的情况等等。这样的机会使我开眼界,留学给我留下了深刻的印象。
我在中国去了很多地方,觉得每个地方的汉语发音不一样。举个例子说他们讲普通话,可是有时候他们的声调和辞典上的不一样。他们说方言我就没听懂。这是中国语言的特征。

我最近进公司开始工作,今后要么出差去中国,要么在中国驻在。我为了提高汉语水平,还要坚持下去。

I began learning Chinese in college, but why? People always ask how come I wanna learn Chinese. So the reason is China’s economic growth is very fast, and there are many opportunities for people who speak Chinese!

It was my junior year of college when I had the opportunity to go to Shanghai in China! I learned a lot, and met many international students, we used Chinese all the time, to talk about our views, countries and everything.

This was a big opportunity for me, and the other students left a deep impression on me. I traveled to many places in China, and I learned that the pronunciation is not the same everywhere. For example, some people spoke Mandarin, but in different tones, or voices. Overall, I loved my experiences!

私は大学に入って中国語を勉強し始めました。何故中国語を学ぶのでしょうか?当時は中国経済の発展が速く、将来中国語を使うチャンスがあると思ったのです。

大学三年の時に上海に留学する機会を得ました。そこでは沢山のことを学び、多くの外国人留学生と知り合いました。私たちは授業で中国語を使って自分の考えや各国の状況などを話さなければなりませんでした。そのような経験によって視野が広まりました。留学は私にとって深い印象があります。

中国では沢山のところへ行き、場所によって発音が異なると思いました。例えば彼らが標準中国語を話していても、辞書の声調と異なっていること。彼らが方言を話せば私は聞いても意味が分かりませんでした。これは、中国の言語の特徴です。

私は最近会社に入って仕事を始めましたが、今後は出張で中国に行くか、中国に駐在するでしょう。中国語のレベルを上げるために頑張り続けていきたいです。

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Hello, my name is Bryle, I was born in the Philippines and came to the United States in 2002.
Coming to America gave me an opportunity to learn a new language. Since we immigrated here, it was obvious that I needed to learn English. To be honest I don’t remember having major trouble with learning the language. At first, I remember having some difficulty getting my point across, but got better along the way. I was placed in an ESL (English as a Second Language) class with a Spanish-speaking teacher. Although he taught me how to speak and write in English properly, I was also learning some Spanish as well. I feel like being around people who mostly speak a certain language is the key to fully speaking that language. Hence, visiting a country that speaks that language may be the best way to learn!!!

Yes, learning a new language is hard, without a doubt! But, when you experience that first moment, when you can speak with a local, in a different country, in their native tongue, it is an indescribable feeling of accomplishment. Learning a language broadens your thinking without a doubt, you see a different world through language, you experience a different culture, before you even leave your country, your thinking becomes different, you will even dream differently. (My first time dreaming in Chinese, what a trip!)

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    • Thanks a bunch for the comment. It’s was actually a lot of fun putting together this article and letting students from all over contribute. The next part will be coming very soon:)

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  1. Hello from Korea! I like your blog very much and the new blog post too!!!! So cool! 대박요!!!!!! Maybe, I too, can write a new blog post for voyage? I am also study English and Japan language as well!!!

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  2. Oh my god!!!!,,, this is such awesome post! So very cool! Can I send you an email to write a article for the next one? I am studying Chinese too!

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    • Haha, thank you! Sure,send an email, with your part if you want, and if you want, you can put it in your home language took so your friends and family can see it as we’ll my contact info is on the top right side of the blog page 🙂

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