Mika is from Japan and came to Shanghai in 2022 Sep as her first time. She had not prepared for language before moving to Shanghai，but after arriving she realized Chinese is definitely necessary to enjoy life here. So she choosed private class and her goal for time being is to have daily conversation. Let's see what she has said about her Chinese learning journey!
Q: Do you think it is useful for foreigners to learn Mandarin? Why? And why you’d like to learn Mandarin?
A: I think it is. It will bring us more opportunities to know about this country. And of course it makes us having life easier, less stress!
Q: As a good student, how do you learn Mandarin?（could you give an example） Would you like to share your tips?(like How you encourage yourself when you learn Chinese? How do you keep interest to learn Chinese?
A：I just started learning Chinese, so I’m not sure if I am a good student or not but I can share how I enjoy learning Chinese. In classes, not to just go through textbooks but try to apply new words, grammar, or sentence structures to assumed daily conversation. Then bring it home and use it in our daily life as much as I can.
Q: Would you like to talk something about your teacher, do you like him/her? And What kinds of teacher’s behavior will encourage you to learn Mandarin?
A: I like her much!!! I learn Chinese characters not just as language but also culture. In classes, we sometimes expand our conversation from my grammatical question to culture differences. (Now I know Chinese people thinks time flows like a river, from top to the bottom. So “上” indicates past, and “下“indicates future.)
Q: Do you have any interesting thing during your Mandarin study or the problems （details should be good）you meet in your daily life as the language to share to us.
A: I’m still a very much beginner. I seldom understand Native Chine speakers are talking yet.One day just after the class, I was with my children playing in our neighbourhood. I overheard a kid saying to his mother“ 什么时候回家？”and his mother said"5分钟后", which exactly I learned in the class that day and I could catch it.
Q:Finally, please say a your favourite Chinese sentence, and why.
A:My favorite Chinese sentence is “怕什么来什么”, which is told by a friend of mine when I was anxious about covid. This phrase helped me to think in positive way.