• Sun Yat-Sen University

    Getting ready to start a Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages

    This morning I saw the Confucius Institute Scholarship’s results on their website. I was almost sure that they wouldn’t be updating anything during the weekend, but I still had to continue my daily habit of checking the results site. And there it was! 申请进度:“奖学金资格评审中”- 授予奖学金 (意见:授予2014年度孔子学院奖学金,请学校及时联系推荐机构或申请人办理相关手续)2014年度获得全额奖学金。 接收院校:中山大学 I was awarded a full scholarship for Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages aka MTCSOL! I knew that my chances were good as I graduated from the same Sun Yat-Sen University last December and had both good grades and good relationships with the teachers. But I couldn’t believe it not until I saw it in writing this morning. So…

  • My Life,  Studying Chinese,  Sun Yat-Sen University

    Thesis defence in Chinese and on the doorstep of graduation

    It’s been a hectic week here in Guangzhou, can’t believe it’s Monday again! Those days last week before Friday all let to my thesis defence on the 29th. It was one of the most nervous days of my life, making me almost faint at the classroom! I arrived early to the campus as printed out two pages of my thesis that had a terrible error on them. I wanted to show the teachers, that I had noticed the mistake my self which is better than wait for them to point it out. Of course I have noticed several small typos as well, wondering how tired my eyes were when I…

  • My Life,  Studying Chinese,  Sun Yat-Sen University

    Writing a Thesis in Chinese

    This semester I’ve been busy with my thesis writing and the last week of rewriting is about to start. As my major is Chinese language, my thesis is also in Chinese. Writing such a long academic text have been nothing but easy to do in my second foreign language. The first challenge was back in June when I had to come up with a topic for my thesis. After going back and forth I finally decided to find out why Finns are learning Chinese. More courses are offered in Chinese language in Finland and our country will need more Chinese speakers in the future. But what are really the reasons…

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    Studying at Sun Yat-Sen University: Spring semester’s grades

    I’ve been studying at Sun Yat-Sen University for four semesters now. As many of you know, my major is Chinese language and I’m specializing in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL). On Spring 2013 I had my last compulsory courses and in this post I want to share my grades and final feelings of those courses. You can also read about my other previous semesters here: Autumn 2012 Spring 2012 Other posts about studying at Sun Yat-Sen University I hope these posts are helpful to anyone who plans to study their bachelor’s degree at SYSU. But lets take a look how I did last semester: 综合 Comprehensive Chinese Last…