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Thai Students Learn High Speed Railway Tech in China

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Added On September 11, 2018

China is marking its 34th Teachers' Day today, which falls on Sept. 10th every year. 
 
More and more students from countries along the Belt and Road are coming to China. This year, Thailand has sent its first 28 students to south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to learn about Chinese high-speed railway technology. 
 
Let's take a look at their stories in China. 
 
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE) TANG YUNSHENG, Teacher
"I am a teacher in Guangxi Liuzhou Railway Vocational Technical Institute, and I recently started teaching students from Thailand." 
 
The institute is located in Liuzhou City of Guangxi, which is famous for its well developed  rail industry. The 28 Thai students majored in railway signaling and railway engineering attended the school and started their one year and a half study in China this March. Tang teaches railway signaling at the institute. 
 
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE):TANG YUNSHENG, Teacher
"It's impossible to teach them in Chinese the same way I would teach Chinese students. For example, I need to guide the students to the exact position of the combines to make sure they don't misunderstand the word 'combine'."
 
After several months, Thai students have made significant progress in learning Chinese. 
 
Tang attached more attention and patience to the Thai students. He strives to improve his teaching methods to help the students better understand the classroom content. 
 
SOUNDBITE(male):TANG YUNSHENG, Teacher
"Some Chinese-Thai translation Apps are used in my class. I would love to show a student's operation on the screen and tell the others whether he or she is doing it right and why."
 
SOUNDBITE(Thai): SUCHAWADEE BUATHONG, Thai student
"High-speed railway signaling is my favorite course. And Mr. Tang is one of my favorite teachers."
 
SOUNDBITE(Thai): PEERAPONG RUNGRUEANGKHAMKAEW, Thai student
"I want to be a high-speed railway technician. I have traveled by train in Thailand but never taken a high-speed train. I used to hear from my friends that high-speed trains in China are comfortable, fast and steady. I really want to try one for myself."
 
Thailand will build 2,506 km high-speed railways by 2036. Tang believes that cooperation programs like this will provide Thailand with more professional high-speed railway technicians.