CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — April 20 is Chinese Language Day. It is intended to highlight the impact the language has had in global culture. At Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, the instructor for the Basic Chinese Language course said students learn by speaking Chinese during class. Teach you something that you don’t regularly learn on your own. That’s what Wen-Yen Yang, an instructor at Texas A&M University, is aiming for.
“For American students to learn a second language like this class where they learn Chinese. It’s not just about learning the language, but also learning the culture,” Yang said.
From middle school students in Taiwan to those looking to learn the language in a university setting, Yang teaches Chinese and her goal is to teach students how to have a conversation rather than writing.
“When we learn new vocabulary, we learn where the words come from and we learn what life is like in Taiwan and China,” said one student.
Charlotte Day and her classmate Savannah Cantor are freshmen at TAMUCC and have spent their last two semesters getting to know the language. They said there was still so much to learn.
“Any language is a good skill, and you can’t maintain it without practice,” Cantor said.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization encourages people to celebrate Chinese Language Day by joining a class or visiting a museum to better understand Chinese culture. Researching #ChineseLanguageDay usage on your social media is a great way to see what the holiday means to others around the world. You can also use #ChineseLanguageDay by visiting the Texas State Museum of Asian cultures where they will be celebrating Chinese Language Day by teaching the public the story behind Chinese lettering from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday.