Tama Braithwaite-Westoby (left) and Ben Wandivinit launch International Languages Week at Otago University Students Association radio station Radio One yesterday. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Understanding foreign languages and cultures is ultimately
''vital'' for New Zealand trade and commerce, Pat Duffy, of
the University of Otago, says.
Dr Duffy is one of the Otago University organisers of
International Languages Week, celebrations for which began on
The week was launched by an hour-long radio broadcast,
focusing on German language and culture, on student radio
station Radio One.
Other highlights for the week include ''The Cultures Quiz'',
involving secondary school pupils, at the OUSA Evison Lounge
tomorrow at 5pm, and a mass photograph for people wearing the
costume or colours of their respective cultures, in front of
the university clocktower at 1pm on Thursday.
Dr Duffy noted that China had recently become New Zealand's
leading export destination.
''We have to be able to communicate with other cultures,''
University study in foreign languages and cultures played a
key role in enabling New Zealand to communicate more
effectively abroad, both maintaining existing commercial
ties, and developing new trading opportunities.
More than 2640 overseas students from more than 90 countries
attended the university last year.