Speaking Chinese in the real world

By Pat Welsh, contributor

All who have studied Mandarin Chinese in school have had difficulty understanding some of the Chinese you have met. You may find that while your Chinese listeners understand you, you may have difficulty understanding them. There are valid reasons for this. Standard Mandarin is

Aviation Industry Corporation of China delegation visits Minnesota  

The University of Minnesota’s China Center, in collaboration with Link To China, hosted an eight-member delegation from Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) International Aero-Development Corporation in October.

By Greg Hugh, staff writer

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A record group of 48 Chinese students and four teachers arrived in Minnesota on the evening of July 16 from Loudi No. 1 Middle School, Hunan PRC, to start their 10-day visit in Minnesota. Their host families greeted them at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as they began the trip . . .

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University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler returned recently from a highly successful trip to Asia - his first international trip in his two-year tenure at the University. The trip solidified partnerships with key universities and explored research ...

American Councils for International Education is pleased to announce the 2013 Intensive Summer Language Institute in Changchun, China. The Intensive Summer Language Institute provides fully funded fellowships for non-native speakers of Chinese who are teaching Mandarin to spend six weeks overseas studying intermediate and advanced-level Chinese at Northeast Normal University. Fellowships are available to current K-12 teachers and community college instructors of Mandarin Chinese, as well as to students enrolled in education programs who intend to teach Mandarin. This U.S. Government sponsored language program is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and implemented by American Councils for International Education.

By Li Yuan

Over the last decade, the number of Chinese studying abroad has ballooned. Besides providing an economic boost to the host countries, returned Chinese students from overseas are benefiting their own country with newly gained knowledge, skills and experience.

Australia was the first country opening to Chinese students on a large scale. Li Ping, CEO of Aoji Education Group, was an early trailblazer and headed to the country in 1985 for self-funded study. In the following years, as Li went from student to CEO of a study abroad service agency, he bore witness to great changes in the study abroad market in
China.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a few thousand Chinese students went abroad for study each year. Most received government funding. One of very few self-funded students, Li Ping studied in Australia for two years. It was during his time “down under” that he came up with the idea of starting a business serving Chinese students studying overseas.

 

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota’s (CIUMN) executive director, Joan Brzezinski, was awarded a 2012 Confucius Institute Individual Performance Excellence Award. She received the award at a ceremony during the 7th Annual Confucius Institute Conference in Beijing, held on December 16-18, 2012. This honor, given to only 30 people who are affiliated with the 400 Confucius Institutes worldwide, recognizes Ms. Brzezinski for exceptional service and leadership.

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