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Mandy's pursuing quality of life through language learning.




What does it mean to pursue a high quality of life? Is it about accumulating wealth, living in a luxurious home, or indulging in frequent vacations and travels? These are often the metrics we use to measure success and happiness. However, in a recent class about this very topic, we got so engrossed that we lost track of time.

A truly enriching language class goes beyond just learning new vocabulary and mastering grammar rules. It's about discovering the ability to engage in fascinating discussions with intriguing individuals in another language. Every moment spent in such conversations feels like a quality experience.

For me, the essence of a high-quality life lies in the pursuit of diverse experiences. It's about immersing oneself in the richness of life, continuously exploring the known and the unknown. It's not about chasing more holidays or seeking more work, but rather about embracing the opportunity to engage deeply with life's intricacies.

The concept of "learning through practice" is key here. By combining the sharing of knowledge (teaching) with the exploration of new territories (learning), one can truly embody a life of quality. This philosophy applies seamlessly to both language learning and the pursuit of a fulfilling existence.

People often ask me why I choose to learn a new languages such as Hindi, or why I continue to attend English classes despite being proficient. While Hindi may not be completely widely spoken in India, and my English skills may be adequate, the joy of learning lies not just in the acquisition of knowledge, but in the process itself. As Confucius aptly said, "Learn and practice from time to time is the great pleasant" Continuous learning brings profound fulfillment and happiness.

I consider myself immensely fortunate to have the freedom to pursue knowledge, aided by the guidance of exceptional teachers and the camaraderie of fellow learners. In this pursuit of quality, both in life and in language learning, I find true contentment.

#Quality is a choice #Gratitude to my teachers and students


所謂的生活品質是什麼?

更多錢,更大的房子、更多的休假跟旅行?

剛剛在語言課中討論到這個問題,

我們聊得幾乎忘了時間。

一堂好的語言課,不只是學習生詞跟語法,

當你發現自己透過另外一種語言,

可以跟有趣的人討論有趣的話題,

分分秒秒都讓你覺得很有「品質」。

對我來說,或許生活的品質來自於「體驗」。

既然是體驗,前提當然是「投入」。

我既不追求更多的假期,也不期盼更多的工作,

我追求的品質是自己能夠從生活抑或是生命中,

持續地體驗或是探索已知和未知。

分享已知(教)和探索未知(學)結合在實踐(行)中,

這樣的品質,其實可以在語言的教與學當中相互實現。

我的印度朋友問我,你為什麼要學Hindi?

我的學生也會問我,為什麼還要上英文課?

我知道Hindi不是印度通用的語言,

也知道自己的英文還算堪用,

事實上每週的上課量會讓人有時只想耍廢。

但孔子說的「學而時習之」,

確確實實能帶給我們人生至大的快樂。

能夠這樣隨心而學,

同時遇見優秀的老師和可愛的學生,

我想自己真的足夠幸運。

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