—My Second Hometown
Abdrazak Nurzada (Kazakhstan)
My Chinese name is Lingyun (昤昀), which means beautiful sunshine. I am 17 years old this year. I am from Kazakhstan, an inland country in Central Asia. My home town Taraz is a city with beautiful scenery, where I spent my happy childhood and teenage time in school. In 2016,my best friend Michelle graduated from middle school and came to China to study the Chinese culture at her family’s suggestion. She used to introduce her study and life in China tome viathe Internet, which made me really admire. Hospitable Chinese people, Cities with beautiful scenery, technologically advanced industries and everything in China was so fascinating for me that I wished I could also live and study in that kind of country.
After long negotiation with my parents, they finally agreed to let me come to China for education, which made me extremely excited and thrilled. How lucky I am to study in a country I really admire! Michelle is studying in Lianyungang Technical College, so of course I would also apply for the same college. In September this year,after missing her for a long time, I met my friendMichelle, and finally, I arrived in this dream land! Upon meeting each other, we embraced excitedly, for it had been a whole year since the last time I had seen her. She looked extremely confident, speaking fluent Chinese, showing completely no sign of feeling uncomfortablein such a foreign country.
Michelle showed me around the college. Looking at the tall teaching buildings standing in the school, with clean and tidy avenues, as well as the modernized multi-media classrooms, I had a strange feeling of de ja vu upon the first sight on them. Well, this is exactly the campus I saw in my dreams! I couldn’t hold the ecstasy inside, so I held Michelle’s hands, jumping and screaming, telling her, “This place is marvelous! I am beyond happy to study with you here! I am so lucky! Perhaps this is the most correct decision in my life!”Michelle laughed, “Don’t be too excited now, becauseyou will be more thrilled when meeting our teachers!”
Before long, I met our Chinese teacher—Mr. Yan. Learning Chinese is not too difficult for me because I really love China, but what always frustrates me is that it is easy to forget those pronunciation, phrases andgrammar. Our teacher always has a way to encourage us, telling us that language learning is a process requiring perseverance, and success will surely be achieved as long as we do not give up. I think, now that I have come all theway here to China, I must cherish every day and spare no effort in learning Chinese.
Apart from learning Chinese, our college often organizes other activities too. The most unforgettableexperience was that Michelle and I were invited to participate in the “Belt and Road”College Student Knowledge Competition as guests, being broadcasted live by the Lianyungang City TV Station. At that time, we displayed a performance of Kazak folk song with singing, dancing and playing tambura in traditional Kazak clothes. The hail of applause given by enthusiasticspectators deeply inspired us. After that performance, we described our homeland—Kazakhstan and introduced our festivals and customs to the teachers andclassmates in China. Meanwhile, our teacher also introduced us the historical communications between Kazakhstan and China. I rejoiced in listening to these stories, in that hearing the name of my motherland in a foreign country really made me proud.
We have lessons five days a week, among them quite a few are courses for learning Chinese. But I am most interested in theculture course every Friday, and I have learnt about many traditional Chinese festivals in the classes. During my staying in China, we enjoyed the Mid-autumn Festival with the teachers and tasted the moon cake. Moon cake tastes like a kind of food in our hometown, with fillings of different kinds, such as bean paste and beef. It was surprising to see there were also moon cake with yolk or nutlet fillings, but all of them tasted delicious! In China, moon cake in a round shape represents the reunion, when family gather together happily. It reminds me of my family and friends faraway in Kazakhstan. It turns out that all people around the world share the same wishes for the family at festivals, as I also hope that my family and friends will live all healthily and happily. On culture classes, besides language teaching, our teacher also taught us to play Chinese chess. Now all the classmates are having great zeal in playing Chinese chess during the breaks, which provides them with great fun.
Three months have passed, and I become less shy and more confident compared with the first few days I arrived. I have made many new friends, including foreign students from many different countries, just like Michelle and me, and also Chinese friends who live locally in Lianyungang.
Lianyungang is a coastal city with wonderful landscape and a birth place of many great people. Mount Huaguo, the hometown of the famous MonkeyKing, is just nearby our campus. Every weekend, we, a group of students from differentcountries, would go to climb the mountain together. Standing on the Yunyu Peak, which has an altitude of over 635 meters, we could take a bird’s-eye view of the city of Lianyungang and look into the direction of our distant hometown…I have been deeply in love with Lianyungang!
During the three months in China, there have been too many fresh things for my eyes to take in. New campus, new teachers, new classmates and everything else are so novel and beautiful! I really appreciate my parents’support, which made it possible for me to study and live in such a beautiful country, thus I will definitely endeavor to study and cherish this opportunity, leaving a wonderful memory for my own life!