With a view to enhancing linguistic cooperation and encouraging academic exchanges, the Institute of the Estonian Language (EKI) here organized a “Belt & Road” Estonia and China Languages seminar.

In his opening address, EKI Director Tonu Tender said that although Estonian is spoken by much fewer people than Chinese, each language, like the sea, carries the history and wisdom of a country or nation, no matter the number of its speakers.

He also hailed the two countries’ cooperation in offering Estonian and Chinese language courses at their secondary schools and universities.

Liu Danqing, dean of the Institute of Linguistics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, underscored the important role languages play in communication between two countries.

He said he believes the cooperation projects and achievements between China and other countries in the economic and cultural fields will become more and more with the advancement of jointly building the “Belt & Road” Initiative.

Peeter Pall, EKI’s chief language planner, and Li Hui, professor at China’s Fudan University, also delivered academic lectures at the seminar.

Gao Jingyi, who works at both EKI and China’s Beijing International Studies University, introduced a dictionary containing basic Estonian and Chinese vocabulary.

It includes more than 5,000 Estonian words with Chinese translations. The volume was published by EKI’s dictionary publisher EKSA.

Around 100 representatives from the Chinese embassy in Estonia, the Estonian ministries of education and foreign affairs, and EKI attended the seminar.

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