“We students who are learning Chinese have a broad developing space in the future,” a student in the Department of Chinese Literature of Ljubljana University said, “At least we don’t have to worry about hunting jobs.”
When talked with some students of Department of Chinese Literature, a student named Nina told me that she is now in 4th grade, and she is deeply impressed by the profoundness of the Chinese culture with the further study. Now, many Chinese educational departments and universities offer scholarships to foreign students, so that many students go to China to learn Chinese. Nina went to Anhui Province in China to learn Chinese last year, and she also traveled many cities in eastern China.
When asked about the purpose of learning Chinese Nina said, at the beginning, she just was interested in Chinese culture, but later she realized the benefits of learning Chinese. On the one hand, with the increase of the economic exchange and cooperation between China and Europe, many Slovenian companies are looking for employees who can speak Chinese in order to conduct business in China. On the other hand, more and more Slovenian want to learn Chinese and many students choose self-paid study, some learn Chinese online. So in the future to be a Chinese teacher at the university is also a good choice. What is more important is that China’s status in the international community and its impact in the international affairs have been further enhanced, many government agencies and research institutions of Slovenian also need staffs who can understand Chinese.
Some students are interested in Chinese calligraphy and painting. There are several students went to China to study martial arts, and now they teach martial arts in other countries. The Chinese courses also satisfy various needs of students. What is most interest is that “Chinese input method” is also a compulsory course. A teacher name Mega said: “It is Internet age now; students are not only good at listening, speaking, reading and writing English, but also have the ability to search for Chinese data, so they can understand China better.”
Stella said: “My mom and dad are Chinese, they can speak fluent Chinese, and I was born and grew up in Japan, so I cannot speak Chinese. In order to remember my mother tongue, my mother taught me Chinese nursery rhyme when I was three years old, and sent me to the school for overseas Chinese. Now I can read Chinese books and write Chinese characters.
Through years of study, I think there are many benefits to learn Chinese, for example, when I grow up, I will go to China to study, work, travel and know more about China. There is another advantage is that I can chat in Chinese with my grandmother and other relatives. I have made up my mind to study hard to learn Chinese.”