访谈:张老师/ Interview: Teacher Zhang – Cherry Chung (DB)

告诉我们一些关于你自己: 

你好!我叫张阿梅,我是一名中文老师,我在拉格比学校教中文。我非常喜欢我的职业,因为我喜欢教学生。跟学生在一起,我会觉得我年轻了很多。 

你为什么要在这个学校教书呢? 

作为一名教师,能在一个有活力和挑战的学校工作是无比幸福的事情。由于拉格比学校历史悠久,校园的气氛和谐,老师们都很尽职,而且学生们不但非常努力,态度也很端正。 

当你是我年龄的时候,你的理想是什么? 

当我在中学的时候,我希望中学毕业以后我能去一个好的大学,学习我想学的专业,然后有一个好的工作。 

你为什么决定当老师呢? 

我觉得老师是一个很神圣的职业,因为做老师可以教书育人,尤其当看到学生有进步和取得好成绩时非常开心。当老师不仅能传授给学生知识,而且也可以让自己的知识发挥得更好。 

学中文重不重要? 

我认为学中文非常重要,因为中文现在是世界上说的最多的一种语言,而且中国是一个具有五千多年历史的文明古国。中文对学生来说是一个用处非常广的一门学科。在将来以后的选择工作上,应该会有更大的发展空间。 

在将来,你最想做的事情是什么? 

在将来,我希望去很多不同的国家旅游,这样让我了解更多国家的风俗习惯和历史。

Tell us a bit about yourself: 

Hello! My name is Amy Zhang, I am a Chinese teacher, I teach Chinese at Rugby School. I really like my job because I like to teach students. When I am together with students, I will feel that I am a lot younger.  

Why did you want to teach at this school? 

As a teacher, it is extremely happy to work at such a vibrant and challenging school. Due to the long history of Rugby School and the harmonious atmosphere on campus, the teachers are very dedicated, but not only do the students work very hard, but they also have a good attitude.

When you were my age, what was your ideal job? 

When I was in high school, I hoped that I could go to a good university, and study the major I want to study, after that, have a good job. 

Why did you decide to become a teacher? 

I think that being a teacher is a very sacred profession because being a teacher can teach and educate people, especially when I see students make process and get good grades, I am very happy. Being a teacher can not only teach students knowledge, but it also expands your own knowledge even more.

Is learning Chinese important? 

I believe that learning Chinese is very important because Chinese is now one of the world’s most spoken language and China is an ancient civilization with a history of more than 5,000 years. In terms of students, Chinese is a very broad subject. In the future, there should be more room for development in future selection work.

In the future, what is something you most want to do? 

In the future, I hope to travel to many different countries, so that I can learn more about the customs and history of the countries.

THANGKA — Jerry Zhang (XX)

Thangka with Green Tara Goddess Mandala in the middle and surrounded by Mantra in gold

Thangka is the name given to this family of artifact created for religious purposes by Tibetan artists.

It is traditionally intended for aiding the process of meditation for monastic students to engage in deepened consolidations. It is also used for elaboration and demonstration of buddhism ideas.

In terms of its artistic value, it is one of the most prestigious south-eastern asian art works that exists with a ritual background whilst possessing a cultural importance, whose existence had been unprecedentedly taken care thoroughly by the most superior preserver of buddhism — dharma-rājas and the last Chinese royal family in the history.

Since Tibetan buddhism was embraced by the last empire existed in the history of China — Qing清朝, Thangka as a form of art and religious artifact was been introduced by the emperor to his people, since then a reputation of Thangka developed gradually as being an extremely sophisticated and detailed artwork from a mysterious divine region of Qing.

JiangJinJiu – Jerry Zhang XX

Have you not seen –

that the waters of the Yellow River come from upon Heaven,

surging into the ocean, never to return again;

Have you not seen –

in great halls’ bright mirrors, they grieve over white hair,

at dawn like black threads, by evening becoming snow.

In human life, accomplishment must bring total joy,

Pour liquor in and do not leave an empty goblet to face the moon.

The mighty divine made me – my abilities must have a purpose;

I gave thousands of golds to this world, but I believe they will be returned to me.

Boil a lamb, butcher an ox – now we shall be joyous;

we must drink three hundred cups all at once!

Master Cen,

Dan Qiusheng,

bring in the wine! –

Tonight, cups of liquor will run through our blood with no stop.

I will sing you a song,

I ask that you lend me your ears.

Bells, drums, delicacies, jade – they are not luxurious only in my eyes;

My only wish tonight is to be forever drunk and never sober again.

Since ancient times, sages have all been solitary;

But only a drinker can leave his name in the history,

The Prince of Chen, in times past, who held a feast;

ten thousand cups of wine – abandon restraint and be merry!

Why would a host speak of having little money? –

you must go straight and buy it – I will drink it with you!

my furs worth a thousand golds,

call the boy and have him take them to be swapped for fine wine,

and together with you, we will wipe out the tears and cares of ten thousand ages.

When the love from the monarch departs, may my wisdom prove enough

中秋节/Mid-Autumn Festival – Cherry Chung (S) DB

中秋节快到了。。。可是,什么是中秋节呢?

今年,中秋节是十月一日。中秋节是中国新年之后另外一个最盛大的节日。这节日是在农历八月十五日庆祝的,是每个月中月亮最圆,最明亮的时候。中秋节是为了纪念嫦娥(中国上古神华中的仕女)。全中国的人在节日期间享受一天的假期。

在这一天,有两个主要的活动,吃月饼和赏月。通常,人们会留在家里看月亮,或者到外面去看。大家会收到礼物,人们给朋友送月饼。除了这些活动,有些晚上会有些有趣和有意思的表演,因此这节日很热闹。

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Mid-Autumn Festival is near…however, what is the Mid-Autumn Festival?

This year, Mid-Autumn Festival is on the 1st of October. The Mid-Autumn Festival is another large festival after Chinese New Year. This festival is celebrated on August 15th of the lunar calendar when the moon is the roundest and brightest in each month. The Mid-Autumn Festival is to commemorate Chang’e (the Chinese goddess of the moon). On this festival, people all over China experience a day of holiday.

On this day, there are two main activities, eating moon cakes and watching the moon. Usually, people stay at home to watch the moon, or they go outside to watch. Everyone will receive gifts and people will give mooncakes to friends. Apart from these activities, some evenings will have some special and interesting performances, therefore this festival is very lively.