[Learn a New Language Today!] 【學習語言的樂趣】

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[Learn a New Language Today!]

By: Riddhi SUKHIA (Jockey Club Academy Hall)

Image: LIU Ho Yi, Sharon (Hall 10)

What did you do during your summer break? Did you have a long, relaxing time with friends and family? Or did you work hard in the summer term? I had a good time at home, but soon realised that I would get bored and would not have much to do to keep me busy. I heard about some summer Japanese classes being held nearby and decided to give it a shot. I’d always loved Japanese people and culture, so I was interested in the language as well. My classes are almost finished now, and I’ve come to realize that learning a foreign language is a great idea.

Although I might not need to use the language anytime soon, I feel that it is always good to have some knowledge of a foreign language, which might someday help you out in future, or in your job. Also, my learning experience was enlightening and showed me so much more of the culture, lifestyle, and thinking of Japanese people themselves. After acquiring new language skills, one tends to see and think about day-to-day objects with a different point of view. I also learned about the history of Japan and China, and how the script was passed along through centuries.  Most importantly, I felt productive and stimulated throughout my holidays, having to articulate and remember new vocabulary.

The key to learning a new language is interest. So don’t be afraid to take up that language you always wished to be able to speak next time you get the chance. It is a challenge, but with some effort and passion, you can acquire the priceless gift of communication and understanding.

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【學習語言的樂趣】

文: Riddhi SUKHIA (賽馬會群智堂)

譯: 高路延 (陳瑞球堂)

圖: 廖澔沂 (舍堂十)

你的這個暑期是怎麼度過的?或許你和朋友家人度過了一段長而休閒的時光?又或許你選了暑期的課程並且為之奮鬥了一個假期?以我為例,我先在家放鬆了一段時間,但很快意識到沒有事情做不能讓自己保持忙碌的狀態,進而我會厭煩這種平淡的日子。因此當聽說附近有一些暑期的日語課程時,我決定去試一試。我一直很喜愛日本的民眾和文化,所以我自然而然地對日語產生了興趣。到現在,我的課程已經基本結束了,我也愈發認為學習一門外語是一個很好的絕不會讓你後悔的想法。

也許我近期並不會用到這門語言,但我堅信了解一門外語總不是壞事。日後,也許在工作中,有一天它會幫上忙。整個學習的經歷給了我很大啟發,它讓我接觸到了非常多日本的文化、生活方式以及日本人對自身的思考定位。在獲得了一門新的語言技能之後,一個人便可以從更多其他的角度去看待以及思考當今的事物。同時我也了解到了日本和中國的過去,以及在世世代代這段歷史是如何被記錄與傳承的。然而最重要的,學習日語的過程中,學會發音並且記憶新的詞語使我的假期充實而有動力。

我認為,學習一門新語言的關鍵還是興趣。因此,如果下次你有機會去學習自己一直希望可以掌握的語言,請不要再有所畏懼。確實,這過程佈滿挑戰,但是只要你有熱情並且心甘情願去付出,終有一天你會得到這門語言所帶來的溝通與理解共存的無價之寶。

(歡迎參與報名語言夥伴計劃,學習一種新語言和新文化!詳情請參與海報。)

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