國際學生心得分享

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Beat of a Treasure/Marie Guilbaud

A French girl speaking English and German coming to Taiwan to learn traditional Chinese, challenge accepted! An adventure was to be lived there on this island, who was I to say ‘no’?
With two classmates, I left everything I knew – family, home, French customs – for the Unknown, and saying that I was not nervous would be lying. How would I manage and survive in this foreign country I knew so little about until I could form some decent sentences? Well, I surely did not know of the incredible helpfulness and generosity of the Taiwanese! As soon as I arrived, my host university introduced me to a student who greeted me with open arms and helped me around, easing my worries with lightning speed. And everywhere I go, there is someone to ask me if they could be of some help, always with a smile, ready to take on their time for a complete stranger. I could not have felt better after a couple of days! Besides, I am a tutor at my university, which is the way for making friends with curious, interested students asking thousands of questions about me and my country – is it not the best way to feel welcome –? Students constantly come to me in class, chatting and enquiring, friendly in more ways than one.
I have been visiting quite a few places already, planning to see as much of the country as my time of stay allows me, and I have also been tasting some oddities and delights – most memorable of all are, for the moment, the stinking tofu and the fried crickets eaten at a night market –. But these experiences would have been nothing without the wonderful people I have met in Taiwan and with whom I shared these moments. I am proud to be able to call them my friends. Among them, there are not only natives and they come from all over the world, but we all got to know one another in Taiwan – even the two classmates I came with!
That is the magic of this island. Taiwan is, compared to France, a small country at the other side of the world, with a culture completely different from mine, where a language I barely understand is spoken – even though I am improving quickly –. It is full of surprises and sometimes it is hard to adjust, and yet I could not be anywhere else because this is where some of the greatest people I have known live, or are living for a certain period of time. With them I eat, I work, I laugh, I am myself. I am happy.
I am a French girl speaking English and German and learning Chinese in Taiwan, but I discovered that kindness and friendship need no language and know no barrier. The treasure of Taiwan really is richer than gold and jewels: it is composed of the more than 23 million people living on it.