By Ilias Karagiannis.
Her picture has come to be common in current months on Greek tv channels. “Sweet Hope,” Yawen Wu, is a youthful Chinese lady from Beijing, who speaks Greek better than lots of of our compatriots.
This actuality was a pole of attraction for a number of media organisations, who ended up curious with the impression of the youthful journalist, who determined to understand a complicated language like Greek.
And not just to study Greek but also to sing common songs by Dionysis Savvopoulos to present day kinds, this sort of as Elli Kokkinou and Tamta. Her tale aroused the curiosity of The Greek Herald and we made a decision to stick to her path on the “Silk Street.”
The to start with problem was the just one everyone would question. What created her learn Greek?
“Because the west wind blows in the East! I’m kidding,” Sweet Hope tells us playfully through her interview with The Greek Herald.
“I 1st listened to of Greece from mythology and from the Aegean Sea, which I have connected with romanticism.
“In China, at the time I was ending faculty (that is, about 8 many years ago), there were 2 or 3 universities which presented classes of analyze in Greek literature. I chose the specialty to get to know Greece and its language better…”
In Greece, we typically jokingly say when some thing is tough to comprehend that these are “Chinese for me.” Sweet Hope knows each languages and we requested her which appeared far more tricky to her.
“Greek. And I say this without the need of hesitation,” she tells us in impeccable Greek.
“I am Chinese, so my mother tongue is not at all hard for me. I need to say that Chinese and Greek are two absolutely diverse languages. Greek is less difficult than Chinese, which has symbols. But as much as grammar is anxious, I confess that Greek is quite, pretty sophisticated.
“There are so numerous alterations in inclinations and periods. Finding out the Greek language tends to make it tough for me but I will not give up. Immediately after all, now my perform has to do with Greece,” Sweet Hope, who functions in Beijing as a journalist in the Greek language services of the Intercontinental Chinese radio (CRI), says.
Browsing Corfu and Journalism:
Born in the southern province of Chiangsi, she researched at the Office of International Reports at Shanghai University and was enchanted by Greece, which she has visited once.
“I went to Corfu for two semesters as aspect of a university student exchange software among the two nations around the world in 2015 to 2016. My encounter there was so very good that it gave me the dedication to offer with Greece by way of my do the job,” she suggests.
“Clear sky, blue sea, mountains and architecture. It’s like heaven. Greeks are friendly people and are living next to mother nature.
“In addition, background and lifestyle are outstanding. Of study course I also went to Santorini, it was wonderful but it appeared to me like I was in China. A lot of my countrymen have been just about everywhere. I prefer Crete that does not have so many travelers and has a lengthy history.”
The problem of learning a foreign language results in being tricky when you have no people today to discuss it. The identical – more or a lot less – might be the situation with some Australian Greeks, who are seeking to study Greek in a region in which English is the fundamental language.
“For studying and composing it is not so challenging. I locate resources. But in the matter of speech there are complications. I try out to locate chatters but it’s not the least complicated matter. Of class, there are Chinese who know Greek as perfectly as Greek in China but I really don’t have the chance to meet up with them. It’s possible my function will assistance me,” she states.
“I get the job done as a journalist at China Media Team, which is like ERT in Greece and which has an intercontinental area with about 60 languages. I work in the Greek Section and there we commonly report news about China and Greece, aiming to deepen the awareness and conversation involving the peoples of the two nations around the world.”
The pandemic in China and the aims:
The pandemic is regularly existing on the world. Sweet Hope provides a reaction to The Greek Herald from the nation, wherever it all started.
“The situation of the pandemic in China is substantially improved and lifestyle has returned to normality. Individuals go out, retailers open up normally. But we even now put on a mask indoors,” she points out.
“I went by means of a really “difficult” time because of to the pandemic. I could not go out at all, I had to get the job done from property, but I generally thought it was a vital measure to fight the virus. In the finish we produced it.
“More and more persons in China have been vaccinated, I think that we will quickly dwell a basic but satisfied lifetime.
“I want to do my postgraduate scientific tests in Greek or in the media and in addition to acquiring a better awareness up close about the daily daily life, historical past and customs of this charming region.
“I, a Chinese female who knows Greek, will be a bridge concerning the two peoples, wherever there are lots of similarities. I would like to add to the being familiar with that the two peoples are extremely very similar and to bolster their cooperation and conversation,” Sweet Hope concludes.