In late July, the William & Mary Confucius Institute (WMCI) hosted a three-part seminar on Pinyin, the Romanization system of the Chinese language, for the Office of International Students, Scholars, and Programs at the Reves Center for International Studies.
Through Pinyin, Chinese characters are “translated” into Western letters, allowing Western learners to more easily understand the language. After initially learning the sounds of the Pinyin letters, ISSP staff members learned the correct pronunciation of popular Chinese names and locations, as well as a number of commonly used words and phrases.
“It was important for our team to attend the Pinyin workshop because the majority of our international student population is Chinese,” said Emily Hogge, ISSP Services Associate at the Reves Center and coordinator of the seminar. “We want our students to feel at home while they’re at William & Mary, and one part of this is for our office to work on more practiced pronunciation.”
The WMCI will host similar workshops for William & Mary staff in the future, since the number of Chinese students studying at W&M in both graduate and undergraduate programs has been growing year to year.