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Mastering the Chinese language

Sherita Sharma
Thursday, December 06, 2012

MORE than 100 students have graduated from the Confucius Institute this semester.

The institute, which is based at the University of the South Pacific's Laucala Campus, celebrated its second graduation at the Vine Yard Palace restaurant in Suva.

Institute director Joan Yee said the response from the community was very positive.

"The first graduation took place last semester and had about 70 students and this is the second one, which has a lot more," she said.

"All the Mandarin language courses taught this year were conversational. Next year USP will be introducing more formal courses in which students will also get to focus on the writing aspects of the language, which is harder."

Ms Yee said with Fiji being a multilingual country, the students found it easy to learn the language, especially pronouncing it.

Kavindra Nand, an intermediate graduate and bank teller, said he was delighted with the course and planned to take it to a higher level.