Se­cu­rity guard learns English at age 63

Changjiang Weekly - - SOCIETY - By Chen Qix­iong

Fan Xiao­quan, a 63-year-old se­cu­rity guard at the Cen­tral China Book Trad­ing Cen­ter, set­tled in Wuhan with his daugh­ter af­ter re­tir­ing from his job as a Chi­nese teacher at Su­gang Mid­dle School in Haokou Town, Qian­jiang City. While work­ing, he no­ticed that three or four for­eign­ers a month would come to pur­chase books. He de­cided to learn English to com­mu­ni­cate with those cus­tomers.

For more than two years, Fan has been learn­ing English with his grand­son and of­ten con­sults English teach­ers from the school where he once worked through com­mu­ni­ca­tion apps. Now, he can flu­ently com­mu­ni­cate with his for­eign cus­tomers in Amer­i­can English. Many for­eign­ers who work nearby have be­come friends with him, and they ask for help with trans­la­tion and learn Chi­nese from him.

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