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0412_4Name and place of origin:

My name is Siyun Huang and I’m from Guangzhou, China.

Why do you want to learn English?

Before I came here I knew that English is the language I have to learn.  When I was a child I had to start studying it when I was eight years old.  Now kids in China start learning it when they’re three years old.  After I was in the United States for a few months I just fell in love with English.  I love the accent so much.

Tell us a bit more about your home country and the culture there.

In Guangzhou, a city in South China, the culture there is so diverse and there’s lots of delicious food.  Everyone there knows the saying “eat in Guangzhou”.

What do you like to do for fun in the Bay Area?

I really love the nice weather in the Bay Area and there’s lots of nice food here.  Hiking is the most wonderful activity I love here because the view is stunning.


What are some differences you notice between San Francisco and your home country?

San Francisco and Guangzhou are two big cities.  Both have lots of companies, shopping malls, restaurants, and opportunities.  I thought that life would be easier here because the government and environment is different from China’s, but, for example, if you want to go to the hospital to see a doctor it is a slow process.

What is your favorite English word/phrase you’ve learned thus far?

My favorite English word is  wedding.  To me a wedding means something that will last forever.  Marriage does not mean the end in a couple’s life.  So beautiful.  I also like the saying “down-to-earth”.  0412_2


key words and phrases

accent:  pronunciation of a language

saying:  an expression that is easy to remember because of its meaning

stunning:  very amazing or attractive

opportunity:  a chance

process:  a series of actions taken in order to achieve an end

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