Interest in Chinese culture main incentive for Iranians to learn Chinese

21:16, August 31, 2010      

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With his head lowered, Alidoost wrote Chinese characters carefully on his exercise book, and from time to time he looked up and read the words aloud following the Chinese teacher of the Confucius Institute at Tehran University.

It is Monday afternoon when a group of Iranians are learning Chinese at the Confucius Institute at Tehran University.

When asked why he came to learn Chinese, the 56-year-old Iranian, who could write Chinese characters well, said, "I've already retired. I learn Chinese solely out of my interest in Chinese culture."

Alidoost told Xinhua that he is also fond of Chinese calligraphy, and insisted that Xinhua reporter write some Chinese characters on his Chinese book, adding joyfully "it is very beautiful, and I love Chinese calligraphy."

During the break, Alidoost expressed his interest in China's Oracle bone scripts, saying he is fascinated with these mysterious symbols. Talking about the history about Oracle bone scripts, he asked curiously whether average Chinese people know something about the ancient Chinese characters incised on animal bones or turtle shells, and if universities in China have majors related to Oracle bone scripts research.

Lots of interactions were seen during the class between the Iranians and their Chinese teacher, Wang Yue, a volunteer teacher of the Confucius Institute at Tehran University, and the latter answered patiently the questions put forward by the students during the class.

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