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Birmingham Pupils Say “Ni hao” and “Konnichiwa”

West Midlands

40 keen Y9 pupils from schools across the West Midlands spent three days of their Easter Holidays attending an intensive course in Mandarin Chinese and Japanese at the University of Birmingham. Part of the West Midlands Routes into Languages Project and organized by the University's Centre for Modern Languages, the courses saw the young linguists learning the basics of the language and trying their hand at calligraphy, origami and other cultural activities.

Parents were invited on campus on the last day and were treated to an exhibition of pupils' work and a performance of role plays, tongue twisters and Chinese and Japanese songs.

A similar Y12 event is planned for 28-30 July. For further information, contact Sonja Bernhard at the University of Birmingham , Tel. 0121 414 2564