Photography by Sarah Hills
COVENTRY STUDENTS and teachers were given a first taster of Mandarin language last night. As well as the basic ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’, the student teachers were more than happy to translate any phrases and words that were praying on students minds, including ‘wŏ ài nĭ’, meaning ‘I love you’, and ‘ni hĕn piào liang’, meaning ‘you are very pretty’; who said romance was dead?, writes Alex Kersten.
Mark Rainford, Automotive Journalism student commented, ‘the lessons were a lot of fun and I think that everyone enjoyed learning Chinese. Many of us will be trying to use the phrases we learnt during the next two weeks.’ With note books and pads yearning to be filled with Mandarin, more lessons are in the pipeline to ensure that friendships between Chinese and English students will go from strength to strength.