Monday, March 11, 2013

"No Love Without Knowing Each Other"

By Rohana Mustaffa

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 (Bernama) -- "People say when something is being mentioned many times, then it becomes an invocation," said Indah when asked why she chose that name.

Han Xiao, as with the other undergraduates at Beijing University's Foreign Studies, were encouraged to pick a Malay name when they signed up to learn the Malay language and she chose the name 'Indah'.

Indah said she chose Bahasa Melayu due to the beauty of the language.

"When I heard Bahasa Melayu for the first time, I was captivated by its style, rhythm and sway that are sweet to the ears," she said.

And because of these, Indah fell in love with the language and signed for four years of learning Bahasa Melayu at Beijing University. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Malay Literature, she read Malay Language and socio-culture for her Master's degree at University Malaya.

Last year, she obtained her Master's degree and received her scroll at a convocation yesterday (Tuseday). She is currently doing her PhD at the university.

Indah began by learning the alphabets in Bahasa Melayu and was fortunate to have no problems pronouncing the "rrr" as compared to her 20 coursemates who came from all over China. Their lecturers were also Chinese nationals, who were assisted by language experts from Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP).

Now, the faculty has the Bahasa Melayu chair held by Prof Dr Awang Sariyan.

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