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DILSHAN:A Friendly Foreign Student From Sri Lanka
  • Choi Jung-youn, Post Reporter
  • 승인 2009.05.29 14:44
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 Have you ever heard of Sri Lanka? We know it is as a Buddhist country. Sri Lanka is located just below India and it looks like a tear drop, so it is said that it is India’s tear. In Dongguk University(DU), there is a Sri Lankan student, ADHIKARI LALANA DILSHAN. His major is English language, interpretation and translation. The Post met him and interviewed him about his life in Korea and DU. Let’s hear about him.

His Life In Korea

The Post : How did you come to Korea? Sri Lanka is very far from Korea, isn’t it?
DILSHAN :
In the past, I visited Korea as a buddhist volunteer and toured around Korea. At that time, I felt drawn to Korean culture, so I decided to study here. Korea’s food is especially very attractive. In Sri Lanka, we usually eat curry and rice. But, in Korea, they eat stew. It is very exciting. I like every kind of stew, especially kimchi stew very much.

The Post : What do you remember about Korea’s life?
DILSHAN :
I was a volunteer interpreter for Sri Lankan workers when they went to hospital or a court of law. When I was a buddhist priest for a while, a Sri Lankan priest introduced me to this mission. It was a very worthwhile work, I think.

The Post : You speak Korean fluently. What is your key in learning Korean?
DILSHAN :
Before I came to Korea, I studied basic Korean letters. And when I came to Korea, I studied in the DU Center for Korean Language Education for one year. When I entered DU, I got along with Korean students and used Korean on purpose. Sri Lankan and Korean languages have a similar word order, so it is not difficult for me.

His life in DU

The Post : Why did you choose DU and English language, interpretation and translation?
DILSHAN :
When I was a Buddhist priest, I became interested in Korean buddhism so I entered DU. In fact, I wanted to enter the Department of Computer Engineering but I wasn’t good at Korean. By helping Sri Lankan workers I became interested in interpretation, too. So I entered English language, interpretation and translation. My major is great fun!

The Post : But, it is not easy to hear the lecture. What is the hardest thing in your lecture?
DILSHAN :
Korean is made up of Chinese characters so much. I can pronounce but I don’t know what they mean. It is a little hard but there are some very interesting lectures. Professor Chals’s major lecture on English language, interpretation, and translation and Professor O’Sullivan’s lecture are very interesting. I find study enjoyable.

The Post : You have many friends. Why do you have so many Korean friends?
DILSHAN :
Many Korean students are curious about me, so they come to me first. They are very kind and good.

The Post : Do you have any special activity at DU?
DILSHAN :
I take part in Eum-Sam. It is a rock band circle. My part is base guitar and I have practiced about two months. In the coming days, we have a concert but I can’t play my guitar. Maybe next year I can play my guitar on stage.

The Post : What is the main difference and similarity between a Korean University and a Sri Lankan University?
DILSHAN :
In Sri Lanka, university tuition fees are not as expensive as Korea. Some Universities don’t have tuition fees and have government grants. But the lectures and university atmosphere are the same as Sri Lanka.

The Post : What is DU’s strength and weakness?
DILSHAN :
I don’t feel discomfort with DU yet. I receive a foreign scholarship so I don’t care about high tuition fees. I think, DU’s strengths are the various programs for foreign students. DU has a Center for Foreign Student so I can go and experience Korean culture every weekend. When I run into difficulty, I can get help from there.

The Post : What is your future plan?
DILSHAN :
Through my interpretation volunteer work and other activities, I want to enter the Sri Lanka embassy in Korea. However, it is difficult, so that I want to go Australia where my aunts live and become a graduate student.

 After the interview, I thought, DILSHAN was a very sincere man. If you want to study abroad, you must prepare rigorously and make an effort. He has many friends. It is said that he makes a lot of efforts and prepares so much. After all, he said to another foreign student, “It is very difficult to study abroad. But if you study and work hard, you can be successful in the future and accomplish what you
want.”

By Choi Jung-youn, Post Reporter

Choi Jung-youn, Post Reporter  lillasgo@dongguk.edu

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