Nebraska Confucius Institute: Community Classes
Nebraskans across the state have the opportunity to learn more about China through the Confucius Institute. The institute offers Chinese language classes and other cultural experiences to those interested in learning more about China.
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[00:00:04.137]For the Hendrickson children,
[00:00:05.903]lessons around the dining room table include Chinese.
[00:00:09.829]Lynette and Greg Hendrickson decided
[00:00:11.560]to take advantage of classes offered
[00:00:13.355]by the Confucius Institute after
[00:00:15.840]spending time in China, teaching English.
[00:00:18.748]So we came back and we heard about
[00:00:20.949]the Confucius Institute and were
[00:00:23.269]excited to add to our knowledge and
[00:00:27.115]continue learning Chinese so that we
[00:00:29.728]could take more trips and have a better experience.
[00:00:33.299]Where we're at in Lincoln, there's a large
[00:00:36.299]Chinese student population.
[00:00:37.977]We see a lot of Chinese students at
[00:00:39.659]our church or even just casually
[00:00:43.125]in the neighborhood, or what not.
[00:00:44.807]And then we had been there and it
[00:00:47.304]just seemed like a good choice.
[00:00:49.527]At the University of Nebraska,
[00:00:50.847]Lincoln, low cost community classes
[00:00:53.528]for adults and children provide a
[00:00:55.363]look into Chinese language, music and dance.
[00:00:58.909]For Zachary Hendrickson, the classroom
[00:01:00.979]experience even provided a taste of China.
[00:01:04.509]Sometimes, we would have random foods,
[00:01:08.069]then we had to have to say the Chinese name to get it.
[00:01:10.837]The word dumpling in Chinese is Jiao-tse.
[00:01:12.947]The Confucius Institute
[00:01:14.618]also offers classes at the University
[00:01:16.618]of Nebraska at Omaha, Bellevue University,
[00:01:19.517]and Southeast Community College, in Lincoln.
[00:01:22.099]Classes in Chinese culture, history and other topics,
[00:01:25.688]provide enrichment for toddlers at UNL's
[00:01:27.979]Ruth Staples Child Development lab,
[00:01:30.789]and for older adults through the
[00:01:32.437]Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
[00:01:35.237]Do you know what this means?
[00:01:36.469]The Hendricksons believe
[00:01:37.897]learning a second language, opens doors for the future.
[00:01:41.869]The way globalization is going,
[00:01:43.379]Chinese is gonna be just as useful
[00:01:45.819]a language as German or Spanish, or anything, really.
[00:01:52.607]With the language, comes the knowledge
[00:01:53.977]of the culture you're dealing with.
[00:01:55.997]And when you have that knowledge,
[00:01:57.229]it positions yourself better for
[00:01:59.767]understanding their perspective.
[00:02:01.208]Understanding where they're coming from.
[00:02:03.127]A lot of what we do at the Confucius Institute,
[00:02:04.967]is to prepare Americans in dealing
[00:02:06.899]with their Chinese counterparts,
[00:02:08.539]so they can be successful in their dealings.
[00:02:10.949]For the Hendricksons,
[00:02:12.008]Chinese will continue to be part of the family lesson plan.
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