The Shenzhen MSU-BIT University (SMBU) officially launched a bilingual podcast in Chinese and Russian during a ceremony held yesterday at the university’s Longgang campus.
The bilingual podcast is the first original Chinese-Russian bilingual podcast launched by universities in China, according to SMBU.
Russian teachers from SMBU art center stage a performance during the launching ceremony of the Chinese-Russian bilingual podcast yesterday. Courtesy of SMBU
The podcast’s launch was designed to ignite citizens’ enthusiasm toward Russian culture by providing interesting content.
As scheduled, teachers and professors from SMBU will record 11 episodes that each will last about 20 minutes this year. The episodes will focus on different topics such as Russian literature, movies, history and economy.
“Culture can serve as a bridge to enhance mutual trust and understanding,” said Ivanchenko Sergei, first vice rector of SMBU, who believed that the launching of the podcast could further promote exchanges among young people of the two countries and allow more Chinese young people to learn about Russian culture and admire the charm of the Russian language.
In the first episode, Chinese and Russian teachers from the Faculty of Language of SMBU delivered a program spotlighting Russian literature.
Pan Shiying, a postgraduate student from SMBU majoring in Russian language, told Shenzhen Daily that the podcast offers a new channel for her to learn the language.
“I think it (the podcast) can help me learn more about Russian culture. There is not much audio Russian learning material available. Now, with the podcast, I can learn easily while walking on campus. I think it is a very convenient study tool,” Pan said.