Why I chose to study Chinese by Joel Leavitt, Assistant Principal, John G. Diefenbaker High School

 

大家好,我的名字是李仁哲。我在Diefenbaker高中当老师.我很高兴能够谈一谈为什么我觉得学习中文很重要,并且写出我对中文的感觉。我是在19岁的时候开始接触中文。在大学的时候我们需要选择学习一种语言,当时看见中文的文字觉得很美,很吸引我,所以我就选择了学习中文。两年后我去了台湾,在那里一边学习中文一边教小朋友学习英文。大约住了三年,之后我就回到加拿大在加拿大大学继续读书并且学习中文。我学的课程里包括中国文化和中国历史。虽然学习中文不容易,有时觉得很难,但是我觉得对我很有帮助。因为我可以和其他刚移民来的中国人聊天,也可以帮助到不太会说英文的中国人。虽然我的中文还是不够好,但是只要我每天练习,并且不要害怕说错话,我的中文就可以进步。希望大家都能够来试一试,一起学习中文!谢谢大家!

 

Hi everyone, my name is Joel Leavitt and I’m a teacher at John G Diefenbaker High School.  I’m really happy that I have a chance to chat about why I chose to study Chinese, why it’s important to study Chinese and my feelings about Chinese in general.

When I was 19 years old, I began to study Chinese.  In university in the States, I was required to choose a second language to study.  I chose Chinese because I really liked the beautiful characters.  A couple years later, I went to Taiwan to continue studying Chinese and to teach English to some kindergarten kids.  After 3 years in Taiwan, I moved to Canada where I enrolled at the University of Calgary to study Chinese language, Chinese culture and Chinese history.  Even though it was not easy to study Chinese and was difficult at times, I believe that the studies have really helped me in life.  I am able to help newcomers to Canada, especially new arrivals from China that may not have strong English skills.  Even though my Chinese is still not great, I still try to practice everyday.  I am not afraid to make mistake which helps me to improve.  I hope all of you can come and try to practice with me so we can study Chinese together.  Thanks everyone!