Beishatan English Corner: a place for share

2016-10-31 11:33 千龙网

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“Chairman Mao said: ‘you are the morning Sun at eight and night o’ clock.’ But I’m the Sun shining in the evening ,” said Lin Tianjing, a 80-plus-year old , to his audience at an exchange party held at the Beishatan Community, on afternoon of October 29.

On the day, some 40 people, young and old, gathered in the activity room of the Beishatan Community in name of language exchange. The young are members at Beijing-based alumni associations of Harvard University and Cornell University. And the seniors are local residents who share a common passion for foreign language study.

The people of different age groups, careers, nationalities and cultural background talked for hours in groups both in English and Chinese followed by an idea-sharing section. During the section, Lin Tianjing read aloud his English translation of a Chinese poem to the audience. “I increasingly feel that my time is so limited as I’m growing old. In my young age, l learned Russian which was so popular in China at the time,”said Lin but later he chose to learn English. He said he wanted to spend the time on what he likes to do.

Tang Jie, member of the alumni universities shared her unforgettable stories at the language exchange party. She said she chose to join in the party in the hope of sharing her lifetime stories, and found sincere audience here.  

Peter, a Canadian teacher, teaches Canadian history and literature in a Beijing’s middle school. “This is a place that helps me to improving my Chinese. I can teach Canadian history and literature in any other country, but I choose to teach in China. And I come to join in the party.”

Thanks to the students and the founder of English class Zhang Zhenmin, the Beishatan Community has held regular English classes weekly since 2007. the almost ten-year-old activity have grown into platform for idea exchange and share among people who love foreign language learning around the neighborhood.

At a glance of Beishatan language exchange party [Photo/Qianlong] 

At a glance of Beishatan language exchange party [Photo/Qianlong] 

At a glance of Beishatan language exchange party [Photo/Qianlong] 

At a glance of Beishatan language exchange party [Photo/Qianlong] 

At a glance of Beishatan language exchange party [Photo/Qianlong] 

At a glance of Beishatan language exchange party [Photo/Qianlong] 

At a glance of Beishatan language exchange party [Photo/Qianlong] 

At a glance of Beishatan language exchange party [Photo/Qianlong] 

At a glance of Beishatan language exchange party [Photo/Qianlong] 

At a glance of Beishatan language exchange party [Photo/Qianlong] 

At a glance of Beishatan language exchange party [Photo/Qianlong] 

At a glance of Beishatan language exchange party [Photo/Qianlong] 

At a glance of Beishatan language exchange party [Photo/Qianlong] 

At a glance of Beishatan language exchange party [Photo/Qianlong] 

At a glance of Beishatan language exchange party [Photo/Qianlong] 

At a glance of Beishatan language exchange party [Photo/Qianlong] 

At a glance of Beishatan language exchange party [Photo/Qianlong] 

At a glance of Beishatan language exchange party [Photo/Qianlong] 

At a glance of Beishatan language exchange party [Photo/Qianlong] 

At a glance of Beishatan language exchange party [Photo/Qianlong] 

责任编辑:Sun Chi(QN0019)

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