Interest in Chinese culture main incentive for Iranians to learn Chinese (2)

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Wang Yue asked the students to make a Chinese sentence by using the Chinese phrase "troublesome," Alidoost raised his hand, and said "Learning Chinese is troublesome," which surprised almost everyone in the class.

Then he went on to say "however, learning Chinese is very interesting," and everybody was amused by his words.

There are many Iranians trying to learn Chinese just like what Alidoost is doing.

Mahdavi, 24-year-old, graduated from university last year. He goes to learn Chinese in his spare time. "I like Chinese culture, and I hope to continue my study in China in the future," he said.

He also expressed his wish to make friends with Chinese people who can teach him Chinese, and he will teach them Farsi in return.

Ehsan, a salesman selling computer related products in his early twenties, has been studying Chinese for almost one year. He said in Chinese that he has been to China for three times and knew some Chinese cities like Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

"Shenzhen is a young city, which was designated by Chinese government as a Special Economic Zone 30 years ago," he said.

Three hours passed unconsciously, and the Chinese class ended quickly.

The Confucius Institute, the first in Iran, is co-founded by Yunnan University of China and Tehran University in Iran, which was officially opened in Tehran on Jan. 1, 2009.

Source: Xinhua
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