Yang Dan, President of Beijing Foreign Studies University.
As for foreign language learning, a teacher once asked me since everyone is good at English and translation, why we should learn other languages. I remember that Nelson Mandela once said, “If you speak to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head; if you speak to a man in his language, that goes to his heart”. Therefore, compared with communicating in foreign languages, native languages can better promote heart-to-heart exchanges.
BFSU has a mission to connect China and the world, We should do our best to finish our mission, that is, to improve cultural exchanges and mutual appreciation between China and other countries, and provide a public good for global language preservation cultural exchanges, and mutual appreciation.