The New Language

Untitled designAfter my internship ended in Bali, the thought about “adult life” fill up my thought, “What should I do in my life?”, “What I want to do for my life?” many more questions come and make me uneasy. My plan was to become an educator for early childhood in Jakarta or go back to Singapore and find opportunities in the education field. But, life is unpredictable and too many surprises came. While waiting for my job applications, I decided to take some Mandarin class in Indonesia. Honestly, Mandarin is something that I will never commit to taking it. At that time, I just want to have something to do during my free time. Maybe, the universe wants me to take Chinese class more seriously, rejection by rejection came through my email and saying “we prefer an educator who can speak mandarin” or “ I need a person who can speak mandarin for my company”. I wasn’t convinced at first, but it sealed the deal when all rejection pointing at “Mandarin”.


Travel by myself to china was totally different from going to Singapore in 2014. In Singapore at least I know the language, but in China, I know tones of problems will slap my face. Standing on my current position wasn’t easy, I work really hard with blood and tears on every step of my journey. I still remember the first day in China, I can’t even order or ask for my own bill. How can I survive? Even I’m not capable to ask a glass of water.

IMG_07149 months. The duration I’ve spent learning Mandarin become fluent and I able to use it in working space. 9 months I put effort to learn and have mastered Chinese skills. God is good, when you put your maximum effort, you will get desirable results. August 2019 I manage to get my HSK 4 certificate. Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) is an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency, assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives.

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