Single mother, 51, memorises EVERY SINGLEword from the English-Chinese Dictionary – that’s just the 220,000 entries
A Chinese mother has become a walkingdictionary by memorising the English-Chinese Dictionary from cover to cover,reported the People’sDaily.
Li Yanzhi, 51, from Xi’an, ShaanxiProvince, is able to explain the meaning of every single word in the 2,458-pagebook, which consists of 220,000 entries.
Ms Li, who divorced more than 20 years ago,undertook the mission in order to receive more translating work.
This helps her support her 26-year-old sonwho suffers from autism and is not able to take care of himself.
Ms Li is a lecturer in Financial English atXian Transport University’s Economic and Banking School.
Since August 2013, she has been reading thedictionary six hours every day from 3am.
Within 19 days, she finished thememorisation for the first time.
According to People’s Daily, to succeed inthe College English Test Band 6, which most university students in China arerequired to pass, the candidates need to understand 6,000 words.
In comparison, Ms Li’s vocabulary isextraordinary.
To help her memorising, Ms Li borrowed 465English language magazines from the university library.
‘My biggest dream is to enter The Brain tochallenge myself,’ said Ms Li. The Brain is a popular reality TV show in Chinawhich uses a series of games, such as memorisation, to test the contestants’brainpower.
Ms Li said that son is autistic and cannotlook after himself. Since her divorce more than 20 years ago, she and her sonhave been reliant on each other.
As a single mother, Ms Li had to lock herson in the house whenever she went out for work. She said when she returned thehouse was always a complete mess.
But she said she never gave up.
‘If I can fly I will fly, if I cant fly Iwill run, if I cannot run I will crawl,’ she said.’No matter what you must moveforward.’
In order to improve their lives, Ms Li doestranslation work as a freelancer on top of her regular teaching. Through this,she has earned enough to buy herself a new apartment.
Apart from English, Ms Li has learned tospeak more than 10 different languages, including French, Russian, German,Japanese and Polish.
She hopes that by memorising the 220,000words from the dictionary, she can encourage students to learn English andincrease their vocabulary.
‘Lecturer Li really is a livingEnglish-Chinese Dictionary,’ says Zhang Xinjie, one of her students.
p.s.,south west, United Kingdom, 11 hours ago
what a very hart-warming story of a motherambition to care for her child; much more positive than the majority of storieson here.
MonalisaOak, London, 9 hours ago
I wonder how many teachers teaching Englishin Great Britain could correctly spell, let us say, at least 1000 English words- chosen at random from Oxford dictionary ?