New Year, New Journey—Chinese Director of Confucius Institute at the University of Yaounde Ⅱ Visits UY II Campus Radio Station

[Source]    onfucius Institute at the University of Yaounde Ⅱ [Time]    2011-01-17 11:03:18 

Yaounde, 2:00 p.m., local time—the studio of the University of Yaounde Ⅱ (UY II) radio station resounded with laughter and cheerful conversations in English, French and Chinese. Zhao Youhua, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at UY II was invited to the radio station.

At the interview

The program began at 2:00 p.m. with elegant guzheng music. The host first introduced the guests who were present at the occasion. In addition to Director Zhao Youhua, there were also 7 teachers and students from Yaounde International High School as well as some students from UY II. During a 50-minute interview, some words such as “China”, “President Hu Jintao” and “Confucius Institute” were mentioned in French or English from time to time. Vice Premier Hui Liangyu’s visit to Cameroon a few days ago was also noted during the program.

In a relaxed atmosphere, the host had a special interview with Director Zhao. The director first extended his festival greetings to everyone and conveyed Vice Premier Hui Liangyu’s and Cameroon’s Prime Minister Philemon Yang’s high approval of the Confucius Institute’s achievements. He then invited those who have interest in Chinese language to learn Chinese at the institute. He continued on by giving an introduction to the institute’s course schedule for the New Year, including not only various Chinese language courses but also cultural courses such as tai chi and calligraphy. He stated that in the New Year, the institute will further strengthen cooperation with its partner schools and develop exchanges with other schools to carry out more cultural activities with Chinese elements. Director Zhao also invited teachers and students present at the occasion to attend the “Chinese Food Culture Experience” that will be held by the institute on Jan. 29th.

When the one-hour interview came to an end, Director Zhao warmly renewed his invitation to Chinese language enthusiasts.

The interview concluded with melodious Chinese music and then the people in the studio went over greetings such as “hello” and “nice to meet you”. At the doorway, a Cameroonian young people ran to a Chinese teacher and asked, “Hello, madam. Could you tell me how much the tuition fee at the institute is?”

Group photo of Director Zhao with teachers and students from Yaounde International High School

In recent years, Cameroon has witnessed an increasing number of people interested in learning the Chinese language. Although the Confucius Institute is located in the capital of Yaounde, there are also teaching sites set up in colleges, primary and secondary schools in other cities such as Maroua, Douala, the economic center in Southwest Cameroon, and Buea, so as to provide more learning opportunities for more Chinese enthusiasts. At the same time, the institute is making efforts to increase cooperation with more schools and we believe that more choices in Chinese courses will be available to the Cameroonian people in the near future.

(Contributed by Peng Luying at the Confucius Institute at the University of Yaounde Ⅱ)