The Chinese Students Celebrate Their First New Year in Russia
The students from Anhui State Normal University (ASNU) had their final class of the year in a festive atmosphere. Together with the teachers of the Department of Russian as a Foreign Language, they learned about the Russian winter holiday.
In October the students came to Petrozavodsk State University to study the Russian language at the Institute of Philology under the Double Degree program.
According to the senior teacher of the Department of Russian as a Foreign Language Olga Semenova the students already have achieved impressive results:
“The students already can communicate and express their point of view. There are no problems with communication.”
The course on linguistics and country studies is read by the Associate Professor of the Department of the Russian language Natalia Shubina. She introduced the students to the traditions of celebrating the Karelian New Year, told about Ded Moroz games in Olonets. At the Russian language class, the teachers explained how people usually celebrate the New Year in Russia, what films they watch and what dishes they cook for a festive table.
At the final class of the year, the students recited poems, sang New Year songs, played games, wrote wishes and of course had some tea.
The Chinese student Wu Zhenyu told what he knows about the Russian New Year:
“When it is snowing outside, all family members gather around the table and wish each other a happy New Year, children receive their much-anticipated gifts. Families eat Russian salad and drink champagne. It is all very Russian.
Russia has the New Year speech of the President of the country, in China, the General Secretary too delivers a speech. He congratulates the Chinese citizens on the New Year. We too watch the TV that has a New Year program featuring popular singers. Of Russian New Year films I have seen The Irony of Fate, it is very funny.”