In Pinyin, Chinese pronunciation, the picture above would say, “Wo ai Zhong Wen”. In phonetics it says “Whoa eye Zhahng Wun”. The bottom line is, that Chinese has been the spark to my mornings since classes have started here at Concordia.
“Chinese?! You want to take CHINESE? Rachael, I read somewhere that Chinese is the hardest language to learn in the world! How could you take Chinese, are you sure? Why don’t you take French or German?”, is what my mother said to me after class registration at summer orientation. Now, it’s not that my mom didn’t have faith in me, it’s just that well, Chinese is one of the most difficult languages to learn in the world. I can imagine why she would be concerned, Chinese is something that’s so foreign to us here in the valley, and it would be heartbreaking to hear your oldest daughter struggling with such a “difficult” class in her first semester of college.
Fortunately, I’ve had the greatest experience I could’ve asked for. Every morning at 7:00 AM I practically jump out of bed to get ready for my 8:30 class with Tao Ming and my Chinese 111 classmates. From the beginning, we were told that Chinese may be listed as one of the most difficult languages in the world, but only because its time consuming. It is a very disciplinary subject that I feel gives freshman, and upperclassmen alike, well developed study habits.
Not to mention, as the focus of the world economy slowly starts to shift from Europe to Asia, and we start to rely on China more and more, learning their language is something very relevant to our new society. Many high schools across the country, including Moorhead High School have ended their German, French and Spanish programs to hire Chinese teachers.
Concordia is probably the best place to take Chinese over pretty much, anywhere else. We have atleast 6 NDSU students in our 111 class and a student from Oak Grove High School. Not to mention, Toa Ming is a native speaker of Chinese who has been teaching for almost twenty years across the country, Meg Ryan was even one of his students!
So, before you get that tattoo that you think means “love” on your back in Chinese characters, you should sign up for a class next semester to make sure it doesn’t mean “garbage”!
再见 (Zaijian) Bye!