Enthusiastic, friendly, and life loving, as MI student of this month, Sihem is exactly the Italian beauty as we can imagine. Since 2020 with us, Sihem’s Chinese level has been up to HSK 3. In addition to the joint efforts of the teacher and herself, holding curiosity about new things is also one of the reasons for her to keep learning.
Q: Is there any problems to live in Shanghai caused by language?
A: Sometimes I cannot use applications because they are only in Chinese. When I travel, I meet local people who cannot speak English. They show in their eyes that they are curious and want to know me, but language is the only difficulty...because of this I am learning Chinese.
Q: As a good student, how do you learn Mandarin?
I prefer to keep it as secret. Otherwise, they will do better than me, lol! Well, actually I have no secret tips but to learn mandarin we need to review. The simple thing like homework, to review all the mp3, listen to the recordings. Maybe if you have time, to listen to Chinese music or news, see some films, to get used to the language, understand and absorb.
Q: The first time I saw you, I think you are a very sociable person and may not have much time in studying, but now I am so surprised that you have been with us for a long time and reached Level 3! May I know what makes you to keep studying Mandarin?
A: This nice and interesting country and culture push me to discover them a lot. Every time I learn something, I will know more. Another thing I like is the Chinese character. How to write Chinese is a little bit artistic for me, even if I don’t understand the meaning of what I am writing, as it is completely different from Latin language. The culture, history of the country, also people that I met here make me to try to speak their language and have more contacts with them. Mandarin is not boring at all because every day I learn something new, learning and reviewing at same time.
It is something excited…if you put it as a goal, and I have to attain my goal. Chinese is nice but at the same time, difficult. I share this with my classmates, all of them excited! We have really nice relation between us, also with teacher. The teacher keeps the ambient nice inside the group.
Q: Do you think Mandarin Inn meets your requirements of Chinese course?
A: Yes, the timing, the teacher, the atmosphere all very good. Staff here are so nice. I think the hospitality inside the school is important. I feel I meet friends here just like family. I like the building as I want to feel I am in old Shanghainese house. I like to be in old everything…
Q: What kind of teacher will encourage you to learn Mandarin?
A: My teacher is very nice. She knows how to “deliver the messages” and how to explain the information. She always asks if there is something with misunderstanding and she would explain more. She does not go to the second point without we understanding the first one. When she gives chance to speak, she makes all of us to participate, to read or answer the question. We are in the group but it is like private lesson as we speak directly to her.
Q: Now you are doing group and private at the same time. Is there any difference you feel between the two types?
A: The group class allows me to do the conversations with classmates. In private lesson, I just do all the things with my teacher. I have my time to ask all questions, to ask how to say anything. It gives me something more than the group class. I like both as I keep the group and private class.
Q: What is your favoutire Chinese sentence and why?
A: Yeah, this I can use it for my life. “Xiào yí xiào，shí nián shào。” My friend taught me this. Happiness inside and smile is the best cosmetics even I like to put on makeup sometimes. :) (End)