Stefan Zimmerman

“Chinese culture, the reason making me high”

Stefan Zimmerman (Switzerland): “We learned many useful Chinese sentences, such as self-introduction, figure and lines that can be used in shopping. Much to our excitement, we went to Xiushui Street to use what we learned just now. Very useful. Some even bought many products within two hours!”

By Cheng Ye
本刊记者 程也
Photography
by Stefan Zimmerman
Hello, everyone, my name is Stefan and my Chinese name is Shi Defan. I was born in Switzerland and now live in Xue Li, which isn’t ‘snow pear’, but Sydney in Australia…” Stefan Zimmerman spoke with fervor and assurance at the graduation ceremony of Chinese language training course. His fluent Chinese and naughty smile made the audience laugh and applaud now and then.

At the beginning, Stefan studied Japanese and became a Japanese teacher after graduation. Later, he discovered that there are many Chinese people learning Japanese. Through exchanges with them, he became interested in Chinese language and culture unknowingly. Then he resorted to original edition of Chinese language teaching materials of Hanban, China. Though he changed his focus from Japanese to Chinese, he feels no great difficulty under strong interest. Training in Beijing enhanced his Chinese language proficiency significantly: “we learned many useful Chinese sentences, such as self-introduction, figure and lines that can be used in shopping. Much to our excitement, we went to Xiushui Street to use what we learned just now. Very useful. Some even bought many products within two hours!”

It’s not Stefan’s first time in Beijing. But walking on the street, he still gazes around very excitedly. He said that his deepest impression of Beijing in the 1990s is “bicycle everywhere”, which is replaced by auto now and “Beijing has become a modern and diversified city.” The courses of traditional Chinese culture are also causes for his excitement. “Teachers are very enthusiastic with rich domain knowledge. We’ve visited the most famous scenic spots in Beijing. I’ll never forget the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. These courses become my enjoyable trip to Chinese culture.”

Stefan Zimmerman

With slow and stretching movement, Tai Chi boxing practice offers Stefan an opportunity to experience Chinese culture. He learns Tai Chi boxing from a master in a serious manner; in addition, he likes practicing Tai Chi boxing with town people doing morning exercises in the park.

Stefan Zimmerman

A Peking Opera class was especially unforgettable for Stefan as the teacher drew facial makeup on his face, making him a figure in the story of Farewell to My Concubine.

Stefan Zimmerman

Colorful traditional Chinese costumes attract people to experience a time travel. Stefan and other Chinese language learners dressed up and took a group photo .

Stefan Zimmerman

Stefan exhibited a strong interest in audiovisuals for Chinese language learning.

Stefan Zimmerman

The participation in Chinese language training course in Beijing improves Stefan’s Chinese proficiency a lot, providing him with an access to learn more Chinese culture.

Stefan Zimmerman

Stefan likes historic buildings in Beijing. Both folk houses made of gray wall and soil eave and magnificent Imperial City impressed him deeply.

Stefan Zimmerman

As the “fan” of Confucius, Stefan hurriedly came up for a group photo when seeing the Confucius Statute in the Grand Forum of Hanban.

Stefan Zimmerman

Chinese elements are Stefan’s best love. His trip in Nantian Temple near Sydney makes him think of his trip in China.


Confucius Institute Magazine 20

pdfPublished in Confucius Institute Magazine
Magazine 20. Volume 3. May 2012.
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