我校2020届学生石润安（Noah Seltzer）正在北京度过夏天，他通过普林斯顿参与了浸入式的汉语学习课程。他最早在高中开始学习中文，并在高三的时候第一次来到了中国。“我对中文本身有着很大的兴趣，”石润安说，“我写的每一个字，唱的每首歌，说的每一句带语调的话，都像是在进行艺术创作。中文简明而有逻辑。名词也很易懂。当我高中来中国时，我几乎不能进行简单的对话，但是我立刻对中国的一切感到着迷 – 文化、历史和饮食。我结识的人有着多样而独特的思维和经历，而这我很少在美国遇到。”
Noah Seltzer ’20 Spends a Summer Studying Chinese in Beijing
Noah Seltzer ’20 is spending his summer in Beijing, enrolled in a language immersion program through Princeton. He first began studying the language in high school and took his first trip to China his senior year. “I was intrigued purely by the nature of the language,” says Noah. “It felt like I was making art every time I wrote a character and singing a song every time I spoke a word with a tone. Chinese is logical and concrete. Nouns make sense. When I traveled to China in high school, I could hardly maintain a simple conversation at that point, but I was instantly fascinated by the country — its culture, its history, its food. I discovered a people, diverse and unique in thought and experience I had seldom encountered in the US.”
The language class is intense. “I am in class five days a week strictly learning Chinese. It is grueling, but I know that every new word I learn brings me closer to connecting and understanding a fascinating culture, history, and people.”
Despite the hard work, Noah is having an incredible time immersing himself in the culture and geography, too. In the photo above: Noah, along with fellow students and professors, is visiting Shilin Gorge, a scenic spot in Beijing’s suburbs. Noah is wearing a shirt, which says “Long Lane Farm”, Wesleyan University’s student-run organic farm.