As Chinese Craze Sweeps Brazil, Mandarin Course Becomes Popular in São Paulo

[Source] [Time]    2018-02-09 17:30:32 

As reported by, as trade between China and Brazil surges in an unprecedented manner, the demand for Chinese gains constant speed and Mandarin course has become one of the most popular language courses in São Paulo, Brazil.

According to Brazilian magazine EXEAM published on February 4th last year, Brazil’s foreign trade surplus has reached a record high of 66.9 billion U.S. dollars. Apart from being driven by the economic recovery of the country’s economic powerhouse, the surplus is also boosted by China’s economic growth.

Therefore, whether in Brazil or China, demand for bilinguals in Chinese and Portuguese, has seen a boom recently as seen at recent job fairs held by Chinese enterprises in Brazil and jointly organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Estadual Paulista and Associação Brasileira de Empresas Chinesas (ABEC).

“Over the past two years, more than 150 people have been employed by more than 20 Chinese enterprises at these job fairs. In addition to the jobs offered at the fairs, we also see demand for specific talents by Chinese enterprises and we will forward such demands to students of the Confucius Institute,” said Thiago Fernandes, Planning Deputy Administrator at the Confucius Institute at the University of Estadual Paulista.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Estadual Paulista is the first Confucius Institute established in Brazil, which is China’s official institute for overseas Chinese-language teaching. As a non-profit organization, it opens its lessons to the public, which include 50-hour courses. The University of Estadual Paulista also fulfills social responsibility by providing free-of-charge Mandarin lessons for the students of public schools in the state.

On top of basic Mandarin courses, various kinds of lessons including children-oriented, business-oriented and others are also provided by the Confucius Institute for Brazilian students who want to learn Mandarin.

Furthermore, through regular study and participation in tests, Brazilian students who master Mandarin to a certain extent can opt to be exchange students in China. And with the scholarships provided by the Confucius Institute, the students will make their choices among the courses that span 21 days, 1 month, 6 months, 1 year or 2 years in Hubei University.

(, February 6th)


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