In-person Chinese classes resume at Kheng Hock Keong in Myanmar – Xinhua

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Students attend a Chinese class at Kheng Hock Chinese Language Center in Yangon, Myanmar, Aug. 14, 2022. (Photo by Myo Kyaw Soe/Xinhua)

This month’s reopening of the face-to-face class at the Chinese language school in Yangon has attracted more local students. Many of them believe that learning Chinese means opening a door of opportunity.

YANGON, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) — The morning bell of Kheng Hock Keong, located near downtown Yangon, is ringing and, as before, welcoming people arriving to attend Chinese classes here.

Kheng Hock Temple has hosted a Chinese language school for over 30 years, and recently in-person classes resumed here after a long COVID-19 hiatus.

“During more than two years of in-person classes being closed, students have continued to study Chinese in our school’s online classes,” an official at the Kheng Hock Chinese Language Center told Xinhua.

“We have reopened in-person classes from this month. Our school has about 600 to 700 students now,” U Sein Win, 73, director of the center, said in an interview with Xinhua reporters. in a room in the temple.

“We are a charitable school and accept people from all ethnic groups who wish to study Chinese for free.”

He spoke of the challenges of running a charity school, such as funding and recruiting qualified volunteer teachers.

Students attend a Chinese class at Kheng Hock Chinese Language Center in Yangon, Myanmar, Aug. 14, 2022. (Photo by Myo Kyaw Soe/Xinhua)

For Win Lae Yee Phyo, a 22-year-old student taking classes at the center, learning the Chinese language means possible jobs like interpreting and teaching, “a door of opportunity to open,” she said.

She told Xinhua that Chinese language skills have already helped her in her career.

“Chinese is my favorite foreign language. By studying Chinese, I got to know Chinese culture better,” said Win Lae, who started studying Chinese more than two years ago and is now taking classes. in college and high school. levels.

Khin Thet Thet Hlaing, 32, became a volunteer teacher at the center about 10 years ago.

From 2016 to 2018, she joined a training program for foreign Chinese language teachers at Shanghai-based East China Normal University after winning a scholarship.

Before working as a teacher, she had spent years studying Chinese at the Kheng Hock Chinese Language Center.

“I have met many Chinese teachers from various countries including the United States, Thailand and Laos, and gained a broad knowledge of how to teach Chinese language while interacting with them,” she told Xinhua.

The teacher also believes that a better understanding of Chinese culture by learning its language could help strengthen the friendship between her country and China. Myanmar and China treat other countries with respect, she added.

Students attend a Chinese class at Kheng Hock Chinese Language Center in Yangon, Myanmar, Aug. 14, 2022. (Photo by Myo Kyaw Soe/Xinhua)

Kaung Pyae Sone Oo, a sixth grade student from a public school, is now attending the 9th grade classes at the Kheng Hock Chinese Language Center.

“I started learning to speak Chinese when I was five or six years old. I want to be an engineer and I want to go to China,” the 11-year-old told Xinhua.

Cho Thet Khaing, 22, has a similar wish: “After learning Chinese, I want to go study in China.”

“We often hear things like former students here earning higher salaries and getting promoted, becoming Chinese teachers in private schools, or working as interpreters in Chinese companies,” she said. .

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