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Myanmar teacher's one-year romance with Kunming

By : InKunming | Published: 2015-July-17

Daw Khin Moe Moe [Photo/ Tracy]

[InKunming--Interview & Polls]  Summer vacation has begun in universities of China, including Yunnan University of Nationalities. As most of the students went back home, schoolyard of Yunnan University of Nationalities is extraordinarily quiet and peaceful. Daw Khin Moe Moe, a Myanmarese teacher of Yunnan University of Nationalities, also packs up her luggage, waiting for going back to Myanmar.

Daw Khin Moe Moe, tall and amiable, 52-year-old, has had 30 years' teaching experience. She came to Yunnan University of Nationalities in July 2014, to teach Myanmar language in one year's expiration.

Beijing and Kunming are the most attractive cities in China to Daw Khin Moe Moe. When hearing the news that Myanmarese government was selecting exchange teachers to teach Myanmarese language in Kunming, Daw Khin Moe Moe submitted application at once, and finally got designation after going through qualification requirement and examination.

It is the first time Daw Khin Moe Moe came to China. Kunming is also the first foreign city she went to. Before coming to Kunming, Daw Khin Moe Moe learned some basic Mandarin expressions from teachers of Rangoon University of Foreign Languages, and once felt proud of it. However, after her arrival at Kunming, she found herself cannot understand any word.

With great confusion, Daw Khin Moe Moe specially went to a supermarket to listen to local people's spoken words, and found herself really understand no word at all. A long time later, a friend of hers explained that many local people do not speak Mandarin but dialects in daily life. By now, she can only express “Thank You” and “Hello” in Mandarin.

Even though having language barrier, Daw Khin Moe Moe said she quite adapted to life here. One day in last winter, it snowed lightly in Kunming. It was the first time for Daw Khin Moe Moe to see a snow. Feeling cold yet excited, she took a lot of photos with her students, and uploaded those photos on her Wechat account.

Daw Khin Moe Moe is an out-and-out indoorswoman. She enjoys reading and writing during free time. Yunnan University of Nationalities has a library that collects most of Myanmarese books in China, which made Daw Khin Moe Moe feel great satisfaction. She was used to borrowing seven or eight books every time and reading them in a month.

Besides reading and teaching, Daw Khin Moe Moe accompanied by her students also visited many places in the city, such as Kunming Zoo, Cuihu Park, Nanping Street, etc.

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