作者：外语系 日期：2013-11-18 12:03:00
我们西苑宾馆集合后打的士到北外，的士时光很享受。三个小伙伴坐在车的后面，高谈阔论着，若不是仔细听着，有时候真插不上话。Janie是那种早上精神充沛而晚上奄奄一息的人，她一张口几乎我们都要闭嘴了。司机大哥会好奇的从后视镜当中看着她们，然后问我她们在聊什么，跟她们在一起就是哪里都要做翻译。纯听着都能学到挺多地道的词儿，像mall, smashing, sticky rice等等。
11点30分左右结束的北外访谈后，我们前往后海观光旅游，计划在那里和Roxana, Susanne, Alisa 见面。那天天气有点阴冷，后海湖面上的风凉飕飕。Robin, Mandy你们是怎么想到要去划船的？不过让Roxana她们在船上感觉下后海风情也好。我只带我的三个伙伴过了黄包车的瘾，她们纷纷表示这才是来北京的真谛。确实，后海这个皇家公园，弥漫着典雅皇室的味道，路边的小店则将人带回到了明清那种繁华时代。不仅我们喜欢，外国友人也不禁被这种气氛所渲染。后海，北京味最足的地儿之一。
购物完毕，我们即将打的回去。Amasha(忘了说明她是黑人)勇敢的面不改色的闯过了红灯，到马路对面“劫车”，因为一辆出租车迎面驶来之后，上一拨人刚刚要下。Janie和Janelle 在后面已经吓得惊慌失色“Amasha,小心!”她们大喊道。为了平抚她们内心紧张心态，我忙解释“It’s OK, it’s ok!’. Janie，Janelle 盯着我，大概是想：你这什么心态，同伴有危险怎么倒是一点不担心啊？我连忙解释道，在中国闯红灯有时候是经常事（确实是 是吧），不像美国交通如此严格管制，人们都非常守法。她们理解了之后先舒了一口气，然后对我刚刚的表现表示狂笑。回到西苑宾馆，各人给我一个大大的拥抱，相信我此刻我们已经难舍难分了。
31日下午和Mandy陪同Susanne ,Alisa, Janelle 到北京建筑大学访谈
Something on my ERDT journey
It was a great time to work in CSCEE and ERDT program for four days, knowing so many American friends and being intimate with them. Before this, I rarely know how to communicate with them, since I have to pay attention to things like social etiquettes, tones, tattoos, and what kind of topics I should talk about and so on.
The moment I made myself to office of CSCEE, I am a little nervous for everything for the next moment what I have to code with is unknown. Mr. Fan, the manager, passed us a document on ERDT program which was about exchange students between china and America. My colleagues read it carefully but I couldn’t focus myself on memorizing most of it, instead, I grasped just the brief.
About 8:30, a bunch of Americans came in, 12 of them, excited and energizing. We (our three interpreters) sat in the meeting room, waiting for our mission. Several minutes later, they came in, and I stood up, shaking my hands with every of them. They were so nice. I tried my first line with them as” How was the flight?” and the next seconds they bursted into conversation.” It was really a long flight, how long? Yes, about 9 or 10 hours, what’s more, it got baby’s cry all night!” The talkative American would never miss a topic they interested in. I talked with Janie who sat next to me and we took pictures. I explained some Chinese etiquette and solved some problems for them and which made me popular.
Americans are talkative which is not new. No matter what topic, as long as you pick it up, they will bring it on. At lunch, I sat next to Roxanna, the president of the program. She is so kind that when I told her that sometimes she spoke too fast that I couldn’t catch her then she would slow down to make me understand. Can’t you believe she is grandma now with six children? With no One-Child policy she really lives in the times of my grandma’s. She is young both outside and inside. So we do have a lot in common without generation gaps, just that she is more sophisticated and professional. She does have the quality of president. Caring, respectful, humorous, considerate and responsible, she understands every point and makes it clear to her team. No wonder their company can develop so smoothly across 38 counties, she must be a great help.
According to plan, I had to show six of them around the zoo in the afternoon. Believe me, it is not an easy job because they want to see different animals and they will and easy to separate with each other and most important I am a rookie. Thanks to my two other friends, without them I would have had a hard day. Janie and Amasha are so into taking pictures and doing all kinds of poses. Susanne kept talking to me about alligators in American and her volunteering work in a forest for animals. She is a Swiss American. She got a sharp mind and showed a lot compassionate to animals especially those locked in the cages such as elephants. At least, unlike most people who were just excited, most Americans care more about animals and more emotional than we do, Susanne and also Katarina, one of my foreign teachers who almost cried when hearing people or animals being bad-treated, etc. They don’t eat cats and dogs, and alligators can hide in their backyard.
The next day I was grouped with Janie, Amasha and Janelle, the three who I was going to spend my later two days with. First, we visited Beijing Foreign Language University. Miss Zhang, director of International Relationship Department met us in a small meeting room. Since Miss Zhang is excellent in English, she talked with the three fluently about the program. Me, instead of being the interpreter for all of them , now I only be it for our manager, Mr. Fan. Later, we were showed around the grand buildings of the department of international relationship as well as being treated with a lunch there. I could smell that they were so interested in the international students’ dormitories and what’s more interesting was that Miss Zhang even asked them whether they want to be a teacher there. All the way around the trip, they acted appropriately; eloquent, smiling to anyone they ran into. Sometimes, when they have any feelings that maybe inappropriate to express to Miss Zhang, they would talk to me. And if they want any help, they would come to me. I felt like being a dispensable part to them, which I enjoyed very much. In the afternoon, we went to HouHai, a loyal park in Ming Qing dynasties. To be frank, I seemed to be a stranger to them yesterday, but now we were intimate friends. Though we came from different nations, as long as we open our hearts to each other, we didn’t have that many misunderstandings. In one of small shops in NanLuoGuXiang, Janie wanted to buy a fan, in fact, she wanted five of them. When I got inside the house, I tried to bargain with salesman, but he treated me really not very good. I felt so bad that I told my team, they just turned around and walked away. I really thought they cared about me that much no matter the case itself was right or wrong. We were more intimate than before. Before going back to the hotel, we actually haven’t been to NanLuoGuXiang as we first planned. Finally, we were about to cross road and take a taxi back to hotel, Amasha rushed across the road without noticing the red light. Janelle and Janie cried out” Amasha, look out!” and they seemed so nervous, but I tried to calm them since so many people would not really put attention to traffic rules in China, and that’s why we have the highest rate of traffic accidents. “It’s OK, It’ OK” I said. They were so surprised at my words. And later I know that in American, you may be in jail if you break traffic rules. But in China, it is not that serious that much. And the words” It’s OK” became my label and laughingstock.
Third day of our trip was to the University of International Economy and Business, director of English department met us in a fancy meeting room. It was really an honor to such person in a high position and I was offered his business card. I was taken as a professional interpreter! I believed that my jobs were becoming more and more advanced. The first two days I was a little rigid but after the trip of Bird Nest I was a half American. Being an interpreter, a bridge of Chinese people and them made me proud of myself. It was an experience of being respected and recognized and relied on. We had our lunch in the hotel we had there the first day we met. As I am not an expert in ordering food, they did the job, and I was only in charge of paying bill. As a result, it was so terrible. The foods we ordered were so disappointed: chicken were consist of legs and wings (American only eats chicken breast), lotus root were cooked (they like it raw), another contains pork (Amasha eats no pork). Only the shrimp were to everyone’s taste. Speaking of packaging, they were so amazed at that, when people finish their eating in the restaurant in China they rarely take away the food left, but American do. “It is for saving face.” I explained. They finally understood. I said when I am with your girls I honestly will not care that much just like what you doing, and I would take the rest when we finished. And they thought we were so close that we speak truth to each other. They even offered to help me to go to American if I want to; I was so moved by that.
Our final destination was visit to Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture. That was the visit with the most pressure because about 20 teachers attend meeting and most of them knows little of English. That meant I and Mandy, my colleague had to translate every word they said. But to our surprise, Jason, the manager of human resource, did much of talking, and we do not need to interpret that. Just a small part of the conversation, I had to stand in front of so many people and did my job. Unlike in the class, I was not nervous maybe because the conversation was not long or because most of audiences were not professional. In a word, I took it really great.
Later that night, was our farewell party. Another team who went to Tianjin joined us and we celebrated our union as well as regretting the separation. We shared a good night together and coincidently it was Halloween that day. Though a short time internship, we are friends with each other. It makes me realize that if you come across a chance, get it, and if you want to do something, just be brave and do it. I always think something or the other are so difficult and can not make it, but when we truly face it, we can get it done.
Thanks for CSCEE, ERDT and Party Secretary Liu WenDong to offer us the chance, and wish them a bright future.