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Woman Teaches Chinese, Spreads Chinese Culture in Brazil

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Liu Xiaojuan, a native of Tangshan, in North China's Hebei Province, has been living in Brazil since 1997. She established a Chinese-language school in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2006. By the end of 2016, she had taught more than 4,000 Brazilian students. Some of those students have become diplomats in China or experts on China-related issues.

来自河北唐山的刘晓娟已经在巴西生活了20 年。2006年,她在里约热内卢创办了一所中文学校。截止到2016年底,刘晓娟已经培训了4000余名巴西学生,其中不少人已经成为巴西驻华外交官或中国问题专家。

Liu visited Brazil for the first time in 1994, as a member of a delegation of entrepreneurs from Hebei Province. She was impressed by the hospitality of Brazilians. Three years later, she moved to Brazil.

"When I first arrived in Brazil, I was not sure what kind of work I could do. I had experience in foreign business, from when I worked in China. So, I established a China-brazil International Communication Center, with the purpose of promoting cultural exchanges and business trade between the two countries. But I eventually realized language was the biggest barrier in terms of communications between Chinese and Brazilians. So, I decided to establish a Chinese-language school," Liu says.

In the beginning, Liu rented a house near Copacabana Beach, in Rio de Janeiro, to house the school. Her friends recommended people who were interested in Chinese to sign up for classes. In the classroom, a Chinese proverb, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step," was

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