Language event to encourage residents to learn English
A citywide event aimed to encourage Shenzhen residents to learn English was launched and joined by almost 320 residents and government officials. The English learning initiative was called Shenzhen Speaks Foreign Languages and would hopefully help improve the language skills of the residents.
The city Foreign Affairs Office was one of the organizers started handing out English learning books, and common English greetings were also taught in the event such as “Welcome to Shenzhen, “Enjoy your stay in Shenzhen, and “Can I help you?” Resident English skills is very important for an international city where foreign visitors come and visit or do business with local companies and people. Organizers also hopes that foreign expats living in the city would also learn Chinese so they can communicate better with other residents in the future.
Event organizers also ask other organizations and business to give English tests to their staff and those who excel learning English will be awarded by the government. A participant in the event said that English is very important nowadays, speaking English creates a good impressions to visitors if they can get help on the streets when someone can speak even a little English.