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Warm greetings from Israel Pavilion

05-07-2010 09:32 BJT Special Report: Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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There's no language barrier for Chinese visitors at the Israel pavilion. Over 20 young Israelis who are all fluent Chinese speakers, greet visitors every day at the "Seashell," making the tour as easy and fun as a stroll along the beach.

It's only natural for visitors who want to take something home after the tour. And a stamp on the Expo passport is hotly pursued. This girl had an unusual request, but it's OK with this 28-year-old Israeli tour guide.

"Here? Really? Ok, No problem". "You're welcome."

And see the smile.

At Seashell, there are over 20 fluent Chinese speakers like him. Most of them study Chinese in famous Chinese universities or Chinese language departments in Israel. Some have studied as long as five years. And the Expo offers multiple chances for them to use their skills.

Israeli Guide, said, "This is a chance of a life time, isn't? I'm very happy to greet you here."

"I'm very interested in the Expo."

"I've heard a lot about Chinese culture and history. Fabulous."

"My name is Du Tingting. I'm very happy to able to represent Israel here in China."

According to vice-director of the Israeli pavilion, Lan Tianming, Chinese was first taught in Israel in 1958 at Hebrew University. Israel has always held to its heart that China offered shelter to Israeli refugees during the world wars. And now as the countries develop closer economic and cultural exchanges, Chinese is becoming more and more popular in Israel. This year, Israel has included Chinese in middle school, and from next school year, students will be permitted to take tests in Chinese.

Lan Tianming, Vice Director of Israel Pavilion, said, "Now more and more Israeli young people begin to study Chinese. I'm not young, but I also study Chinese at University. Now three out of the five universities in Israel teach Chinese."

During the Expo, the young Israeli students greet about 20,000 visitors each day, most of them Chinese. This means, each day, they have over 20-thousand opportunities to practice Chinese. It's a tough job, but to them, it's also a job full of pleasure.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: CCTV.com

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