Train­ing in Por­tuguese em­pha­sized by Ma­cao

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The Ma­cao Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion has placed “un­prece­dented” im­por­tance on en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to learn Por­tuguese, lan­guage and cul­ture schol­ars say. They added that the ef­forts by Ma­cao are one an­swer to the coun­try’s call for the SAR to be­come a com­mer­cial and trade co­op­er­a­tion ser­vice plat­form be­tween China and Por­tugue­ses­peak­ing coun­tries. Only 0.6 per­cent of Ma­cao res­i­dents speak Por­tuguese, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial statis­tics. The to­tal pop­u­la­tion of Ma­cao is more than 650,000. Yao Jing­ming, head of the Depart­ment of Por­tuguese at the Univer­sity of Ma­cau, says more seats and schol­ar­ships have been pro­vided for lo­cal stu­dents to study Por­tuguese.

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