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Learning Mandarin Chinese is Trendy in Paraguay

“There's no doubt about it. In the future, if someone says in Paraguay ‘That’s Chinese to me’, this saying will no longer be a statement about not understanding of Mandarin Chinese. It will reflect the importance of Mandarin Chinese for the 21st century. It is an indisputable fact that globally Mandarin Chinese, English and Spanish are the popular language trends. In fact, they are the three most spoken languages in the world,” says Ms. Tiao.

“For us, to promote the teaching of the Mandarin Chinese language is an essential part of cultural exchange. If people are interested in Mandarin Chinese it is because they want to be connected to Chinese culture. Knowing this language is a tool for their achievement,” said Jose María Liu, Ambassador of the Republic of China-Taiwan in Paraguay.

Professor Chia Ying Tiao has been invited and sponsored by the Ministry of Education of the ROC, to teach Mandarin Chinese at several academic institutions. Miss Andrea Yang, Second Secretary of the Office of the Counsellor of Education of the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan), is in charge of the coordination of these courses. Currently, Professor Tiao is teaching at the National University of Asuncion, Catholic University, Higher Institute of Languages, Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Military Academy. We are pleased that there has been a lot of interest and a lot of demand for learning Mandarin Chinese” says the MOE’s representative in Paraguay.

Is it difficult to learn Mandarin Chinese? Emilia Tiao says theoretically it is not difficult and that the interest level of the students play an important role in their learning process. She considers that a year of study is enough to speak basic Mandarin Chinese.

Prof. Tiao is fluent in Spanish. She has earned her degree in Spanish Language from Tamkang University in Taiwan. Since then she began using Spanish in her work. She began language teaching in 2007 at the Mandarin Language Training Centre of National Taiwan Normal University.