Studying a third language through a second: Senior Yue Huang on her BU experience

Senior Yue Huang (COM’11) traveled from her home in Beijing to Boston University, and quickly learned that although she knew English, her American slang could use some work. She didn’t stop there — using her second language to learn her third (Spanish), and eventually her fourth (French). In Points of Departure, Huang talks about growing up in the newsroom, and how languages help her break down barriers to communicate as a journalist:

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3 Comments

Pamela Dalby posted on May 18, 2011 at 7:48 am

Yue is exactly the student profile that we look for here at BU’s international graduate campus in Brussels – BU Brussels offers Leadership and International Relations graduate programs in the capital of Europe. Our students are multi-national, outgoing, global nomads, and for the most part are multi-lingual.

Mladen Grujic posted on May 21, 2011 at 10:36 am

This is something our kids somehow neglect. Foreign languages. I mean, yes, more than 50% of population speaks English, and those who don’t, you probably don’t want to visit anyway, but staying on only one language, considering you already know one “for free”, is pretty much waste in my opinion.
Yue here was concerned about her American slang, and I haven’t heard about American who is worried for not knowing French “slang” if there is such thing. And since she is going to be journalist, languages will only help her in her future job.
Go get them Yue!! :)

Cynthia posted on May 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I agree with Mladen, learning foreign languages is something that many students here in the US view as a chore.. Yue has shown that learning languages is a gateway to connecting with other cultures. I have no doubt that she will be successful in her journalistic endeavors with her abilities in 4 languages.

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