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Superheld des Monats – Chinese Whispers Von Petra Zlatevska
She comes from one of China’s oldest cities, smack bang in the middle of the country. She found her way to Kassel via music and now ain’t nothin’ gonna break her stride…
“Everything is with appointments here – I even need an appointment with my parents-in-law for them to babysit my child!” observes Wen Tomusch on the main difference between German and Chinese cultures.
The Chinese are loud and hectic. Wen notes that this is something that is better explained through drawing out the character that represents a Chinese person – re nao – ‘re’ meaning warm or hot and ‘nao’ referring to hectic in a positive sense. Germans, on the other hand, tend to be distant and are characterised by a lack of communication. “I don’t think language transfer is really about language – it is about a connection to culture and traditions, the background that supports the development of a nation’s language”. Particularly with Chinese, the language spoken by over 1 billion people in the world, it is critical to understand the language in order to understand the people and more importantly, why they behave the way they do.
Having trained in law, Wen Tomusch can articulate herself beautifully. She was trained in commercial and civil law in Wuhan then moved to Xiamen. She came to Germany in 2009. An accomplished pianist, a mutual love of music led her to meet her husband in Kassel.
She’s a Chinese teacher at NATIVES, having started in January 2014 and somehow, in between learning German and teaching Chinese, she has managed to teach herself English in Germany. When she isn’t teaching, or taking care of her toddler, she busies herself with reading, devouring stories about youth and love and bopping away at Zumba classes.
This article was written by guest author, Petra Zlatevska.