"If you need the tax refund, please show us your passport and shopping receipt", "You can enjoy various delicious seafood in Sanya, and many seafood restaurants around the shopping mall"...Recently, Zhang Xuan, an international student from Uzbekistan answered the questions from tourists in fluent Chinese at the service center of a mall in Sanya.
With slim figure, bright eyes and smile on his face, Zhang Xuan leaves the first impression of sunshine and self-confidence to people. In October last year, Zhang Xuan came from Uzbekistan to the Hospitality Institute of Sanya to learn Chinese. After the study of language learning, Zhang Xuan is going to start the three-year study on hotel management from this September.
At the age of 19, Zhang Xuan not only masters Uzbek and Russian, but also can speak English, Turkish and Chinese. He told the reporter that he started to watch the animation Journey to the West since he was young, in which he was really obsessed with vivid characters and interesting plots, "I also can sing the song White Dragon Horse."
Zhang Xuan made many Chinese friends during the period when he studied in Uzbekistan and he have learned some Chinese culture and stories from these friends, "then I am more looking forward to studying and living in China."
When first arrived in Hainan, Zhang Xuan felt warm by Hainanese's hospitality. Zhang Xuan was not so familiar with the institute’s environment at the beginning, "One day, I went to the dining hall in the institute for lunch, but there weren’t enough money in my card and I had no idea about where to recharge.” Then his Chinese teacher Chai Min passed by and gave him a hand. Zhang Xuan was really moved by such a small thing.
“Teachers and classmates are very kind to me, and I am very happy to study here,” Zhang Xuan said, studying in Sanya is like having a holiday, which enjoys beautiful scenery, bright sandy beach and the blue sea.
Zhang Xuan told the reporter, “I like Chinese language very much, and I really enjoy the process of learning.” According to Chai Min, Zhang Xuan studied Chinese quite hard, and often asked the teachers and classmates related questions. In less than a year, Zhang Xuan passed the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK-4) and awarded Hainan provincial government’s scholarship for the international students.
“Pronunciation is quite a barrier for foreigners to learn Chinese,” Zhang Xuan said. After class, he will also go to the library to transcribe Chinese characters. In addition, singing Chinese songs is one of the methods for him to study Chinese.
“I love you, China, for your flouring seedlings in the spring, and your golden fruits in the autumn...” Zhang Xuan keeps dozens of Chinese songs in his cell phone, and the song I love You, China is his most favorite one. “At the first international students graduation ceremony in the institute, we sang this exciting song together,” Zhang Xuan said.
Zhang Xuan also said, there are many top international hotel brands in Sanya, which is one of the most concentrated areas of high-end resort hotels in China. In Sanya, he doesn’t only learn the knowledge of hotel management, but also can have an opportunity of internship in high-end hotels, which is the main reason for him to continue his study in Sanya.
This summer, Zhang Xuan doesn’t return to Uzbekistan, but goes to a shopping mall in Sanya to work as a part-time Russian translator. During his work, he often introduces Sanya's delicious food and beautiful view to foreign tourists, and he hopes that more people can feel the charm of Sanya and Hainan. "I will try to learn Chinese well, and promote Sanya and Chinese culture to more people," Zhang Xuan said.Responsible editor： 刘娉
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