“I Wanted to Introduce My Friends from Different Countries to the Serbian Language”
It’s been some time since PetrSU hosted its first Language Fair on the International Mother Language Day. Still, the international students look back to this event and discuss it every day at lectures, during breaks and in the dormitories. The participants of the fair reflect on the role of one’s mother language and share their impressions.
“Today people travel with ease, so each of us can meet someone who is not a fellow countryman. Usually, we do not think what these people feel when called foreigners. While I lived in my homeland in Serbia, I haven’t thought about it either, but life has changed. Now I am an international student. When the homeland is far away and there is no opportunity to speak mother language every day you realize how important it is. I am the only Serbian student in Petrozavodsk, so I wanted to introduce my friends from different countries to the Serbian language,” says PetrSU student from Serbia.
On the International Mother Language Day in PetrSU, the students from over ten countries told about their homeland, their languages, and writing. The visitors of the fair particularly liked the national clothes the students wore.
One could not only see the traditional dress but try reading in a foreign language, take part in a calligraphy master class, talk to the international students, find new and meet old friends.
Enayat Surya (Afghanistan):
“Students from Indonesia, Vietnam, America, Ecuador, Serbia, Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, and Japan came to the Fair. I, too, was a part of it: I’ve made a video about Afghanistan, told about my mother language and Afghan culture.
The Fair also had Russian students. We taught them to write their names and favorite sayings in different languages. Of course, the head of the Preparatory Faculty Elena Titova and our teachers visited the Fair. All the students who organized the Fair received certificates. It was an amazing evening.”
Geovanna Ludena (Ecuador):
“The Fair was interesting, I’ve learned about different cultures and languages. I’ve enjoyed Serbian calligraphy.”