This is a story of Rachel Cheng, an English/Chinese bilingual learning French, Japanese and Spanish
I am currently a Freshman going on Sophomore in High School in the United States. I was raised bilingual in English & Chinese and language is an important part of my identity—a gateway into an entirely new world.
As a toddler, I would dread the Saturdays on which I would have to attend Chinese school. Little did I know that the language my parents equipped me with is the real-life equivalent of the Closet to Narnia. As I matured into my teenage years, I discovered a new-found well of love for this talent of communication that is taken for granted by so many people in their daily lives.
Little did I know that the language my parents equipped me with is the real-life equivalent of the Closet to Narnia.
I began to discover the joy of finding a word that transcends language barriers, such as komorebi, the Japanese word for the light that filters through trees. And the joy of polyglot jokes. For example, the Japanese kanji for “okay” -大丈夫(daijoubu) directly translates to “big husband” in Chinese.
Currently, I am studying French and Japanese on LinguaLift.
I first started studying Japanese casually in middle school because the new girl in 8th grade was from Japan and I really wanted to talk to her. As I delved deeper into the language, I felt that there were many similarities between the kanji in Japanese and the characters in Chinese and that Japanese is a truly beautiful language with an intriguing cultural background.
I am studying French with the short-term goal of skipping French 2 in high school. I am taking Spanish at school in addition to French. I find them both to be mesmerizing and beautiful languages.
As for what to do with all this accumulated information. I would like to work in the U.S. Embassy one day, because I would love to travel and see the world. After college, I would like to participate in the JET program, a teaching program that allows students to teach English in Japan, or the Peace Corps.
Thanks for making dreams a little easier to reach,
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