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[CHINA DAILY] Chinese classes take off in France
2019-03-26 08:00:11
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来源:CHINA DAILY
编辑:刘 镇

More French students are learning Chinese thanks to increasing economic and cultural exchanges between France and China.

Chinese classes are now off ered at more than 46 primary and middle schools in France, the first Europe an country to include Chinese in its national education system.

More than 110,000 people in France were learning Chinese last year, and 17 Confucius Institutes have been established at French universities, and three Confucius Classrooms set up in French schools.

Paul Marcq, 21, has been studying at Renmin University of China in Beijing for three years, majoring in foreign applied languages.

“I just felt very interested in Chinese culture and history, music and Chinese characters, so that’s why I started to have a passion for China and the Chinese language,” he said.

Chinese is a difficult language to learn, Marcq said, because it is written in characters, which students need to learn how to read and write, and the pronunciation is very different from French and other European languages.

“Chinese is a very hard language when you start learning it, but it will become much easier when you already know a lot of vocabulary because some Chinese characters may have the same parts as others, so it will get easier and easier when learning new vocabulary,” he said.

“More and more French are learning Chinese because, at least in France, we keep hearing about China and it’s rising globally. So, this may attract more and more people to give a try.”

Honorine Goueth, 27, who is studying international politics at Yenching Academy of Peking University, only started to learn Chinese after she arrived in China in September 2017.

“I learn it by myself, and by living in and exploring Beijing on my own,” she said. “I am studying Chinese culture in order to understand by myself or in my own terms what China is today.

“Chinese people love traveling; they are visiting Paris in massive numbers every year.”

China has showed great interest in becoming globalized and inviting foreign scholars to learn about its culture, she said.

“My program at Yenching Academy is an illustration of it,” Goueth said. “My bet is, as long as China continues to open itself, we will see more foreign students in China.”

Tahel Garion, 24, a second-year graduate student at Yenching Academy majoring in economics and management, said being brave is the key to learning Chinese.

“My tip for learning Chinese is don’t be afraid to speak and listen,” she said. “I think it’s important to just go out there and talk to people — it works faster than any book and it also provides a cultural insight if you’re open to it.”

Thanks to the good diplomatic relationship between the countries, more French universities have encouraged exchanges with China, Garion said.

“However, I think that the interest in learning Chinese is not specific to France, but it’s rather a growing global phenomenon which follows the increasing prominence of China as a global power,” she said.

(原文刊载于 CHINA DAILY 2019年3月26日02版)

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