The Chinese capital is an ENORMOUS city, with a population twice the size of Sweden. I’m really impressed. Working with marketing of Swedish education abroad, one of the must-dos in Beijing for me was to visit the Swedish class at Beijing Foreign Language University.
There were some 25 Chinese students in the class and they had been studying Swedish for just over a year with their three teachers. Although still beginners in Swedish, they could have fooled me – they were pretty decent already.
We had a nice discussion with the Swedish students about what they associate with Sweden, and they mentioned Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrik Larsson, both famous football players, as well as the famous scientist Carl von Linné.
All of the students had been given a Swedish name by their teachers, and they delighted me by giving me a Chinese name — Mò Lì, which means Jasmine.
I sure hope there’ll be more opportunities for me to meet these students again….