[lg policy] Publication of Chinese-Latvian Dictionary is first step in creation of new Confucius Institute

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 30 14:41:26 UTC 2010

Publication of Chinese-Latvian Dictionary is first step in creation of
new Confucius Institute

Nina Kolyako, BC, Riga, 30.09.2010.

The newly-published "Chinese-Latvian Dictionary", created by Peteris
Pildegovics of the University of Latvia's Asian Studies Department, is
the first step in the creation of a Confucius Institute in Riga, LETA
was told by University of Latvia Rector Marcis Auzins.
 The institute will be a place offering teaching in Chinese language
and culture, operating in a similar way to Germany's Goethe Institute.

The "Chinese-Latvian Dictionary" is a great investment in both
education and in the future cooperation between the two countries.
There is already great interest in studying Oriental languages among
students of the University of Latvia, and the new dictionary will not
only be a great help to those learning Chinese, but may also further
increase the interest of the general public in Chinese language and

At the presentation of the dictionary, Education and Culture Minister
Tatjana Koke (ZZS) expressed hope that, thanks to the new publication,
Latvians and Chinese citizens would soon communicate with each other
not in English, but in Chinese.
The release of the dictionary is a significant event not only for
Latvia, as this is the first academic dictionary in this language in
any of the Baltic States, stressed Koke.

The dictionary was compiled by Pildegovics alone over a period of
eight years, and has been released in an edition of 1,000 copies by
the Chinese publisher "Commercial Press of China".


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