Writing a Thesis in Chinese

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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 that young Finnish adults learn Chinese?

Second challenge was to get enough students to answer my survey. For some reason no one from Helsinki University answered, which resulted in having quite a small number of answers for my thesis.

Third challenge was to analyse the date that I got from the survey. It was super difficult to do as it was my first time to do quantitative research. I even lost a day’s work as for some reason the Excel didn’t save what I had done at the end of the day. I also wasted a lot of time by doing all the wrong things instead of taking the time to really learn how to do the analysing correctly.

Fourth challenge is right now when I’m rewriting quite a large part of my thesis. I got feedback from three different teachers and there is still a lot to be done in order to make this thesis better. Luckily I’ve got some great ideas from my boyfriend who also helps me to check the grammar. Besides him, I also have a friend to help me out with grammar and typos too.

This Autumn have brought many changes for me, as I haven’t been taking any classes anymore. Next Spring will be even more different as I don’t have any university responsibilities! That doesn’t mean that the learning is going to stop though, hopefully I’m able to set some new and exciting goals next year.

  • Prachi Tyagi

    Its good to see you working so hard! Your thesis will turn out great!

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    Sara Jaaksola Reply:

    Thank you Prachi, I really hope it does.

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  • Kaiser

    你好!你能用中文写那么长的论文一定格外了不起!你值得称誉!我几次用中文写过两三页的文章,每次写这样的文,我总是觉得我还不知道足够的词汇和我的语法还比较差!我不能想象写一篇和你的论文一样长的研究文章。你肯定费了半天劲!更何况你值得称誉因为你其实收集了新数据。几年前当我在写我自己的论文时我不是收集新数据而是靠着先前收集的数据,即便如此,我仍然一定要工作格外辛苦以便按时完成论文和按时毕业。因此我很佩服你!你甚至收集了新数据!恭喜!

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    Sara Jaaksola Reply:

    你好!我本来也不知道我真的能用中文写一篇论文,以前我最多写过3千字的文章,写过一两个。在写的过程中就发现了,哇,自己真的有进步了!当然我还需要中国人来修改我的论文,但是可以说是我自己研究的自己写的毕业论文。有一些学生找中国人为他们写论文,就是买一篇论文,我认为这是骗人也骗自己。

    写这篇论文真的很辛苦,今晚还要复写总结,但是也学到了不少东西。希望能得到好成绩。

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    Kaiser Reply:

    外国学生找中国人为他们写论文就是作弊!太不像话了!可是我也怪教授因为教授看得出来外国人或中国人其实写一篇具体的论文。比如现在你和我都写很不错的中文,同时你和我都知道我们的中文不像土生土长的中国大学生的那么好,所以就算我们都会通过HSK六级的话,我们还会用中文写论文时也会偶尔犯语法错误。更何况即使中国人为我们写论文和他故意地犯语法错误,一名很负责任的教授还会看得出来是中国人写的。仍然我主要怪外国学生,在任何情况下我一点也不尊重学生作弊。

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    Sara Jaaksola Reply:

    我也不尊重作弊的学生,不管是外国的还是中国的。

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