CIUD completes Chinese language training
Dubai, January 21, 2013
The Confucius Institute at University of Dubai (CIUD) recently handed certificates to employees of Dubai’s Department of Economic Development (DED) for completing its basic business Chinese language course.
The course will help them to communicate, understand and respond in Chinese to basic conversation during DED business activities, a statement from the university said.
Mohamed Ibrahim Sultan, Abdulla Hussain Turkey, Adel Ahmed Al Majid and Khalid Ali Al Youha attended the 10-week course to develop basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills using both the Pinyin phonetic system and simplified Chinese characters.
They can now identify the sounds and tones of Chinese Mandarin in the Pinyin system and recognise around 500 words which introduce the social and cultural background of the Chinese language.
In addition to basic language skills, the course focused on commercial communication to enrich the participants’ general business Mandarin vocabulary, aimed at enhancing language skills in a business context.
They also engaged in real-life topics so students can easily understand and respond to basic conversation such as greetings, self introduction, exchanging business cards, trade licensing, company visits and arranging appointments.
Hemmat Lashin, local director of Confucius Institute at University of Dubai, said: “Most Chinese-language learners are eager to learn and it is not as difficult as many think. We at the Confucius Institute at University of Dubai are striving to play an important role in changing the impression that Chinese is the hardest language on earth to learn.”
“By providing easy teaching methods and involving our students in various Chinese cultural programmes and activities, we make the path to learning Chinese easier and more enjoyable.”
Since 2004, the Confucius Institute has been promoting the development of multiculturalism and seeking to deepen friendly relations between China and other nations through educational exchange and understanding.
There are now more than 300 Confucius Institutes in 105 countries and regions operating around the world. The Confucius Institute at the University of Dubai became the first one to be established in the GCC in 2011. – TradeArabia News Service