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SISU students fight conronavirus with professional translation skills


24 March 2020 | By Liu Keyuan, Chen Tairan, Xu Mingchen, Zhou Jiawen | Copyedited by Li Lei

  • Video translated by SISU students

  • He Aini doing online voluntary work

  • Vocabulary handbook by SISUers

    The vocabulary handbook made by teacher & students of Faculty of Persian Language

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acing the spread of coronavirus around the world, the risk of virus introduction becomes serious than ever. SISU students exerted their advantage in the knowledge of languages and communication to join volunteer services to defend Shanghai against the attack of virus.

Youthzqw, China’s largest mainstream youth website, recorded the journey of the governmental expert team dispatched to Rome on March 12 to support Italy's epidemic prevention. SISU students translated this video and posted it on Facebook and other foreign websites. In the name of Chinese youth, they showed to the world that China will work with the international community to fight the epidemic and help build a community with a shared future for mankind.

He Aini, a fourth-year student majored in Italian, signed up to become a volunteer translator in the Foreign Affairs Office of Changning District the moment she saw the information about recruitment of volunteers released by SISU. She has involved in the translation and communication with Italians at the quarantine area and provided daily online translation support. “Seeing so many peers doing what they can to help fight the virus, I really want to use what I learned to make a difference.” she said.

Gong Tiantian, a third-year SISU student majoring in Persian language, also served as a volunteer in the Foreign Affairs Office of Changning and Pudong New District in Shanghai. Coronavirus is now raging in Iran, but there’s a shortage of translators. As SISU’s Persian major only recruits students every two years, the translators are more badly needed. On order to alleviate the problem, Gong gave up a high-paying part-time job and turned to the free voluntary job. "Not for anything else, just because I am a member of SISU and a resident of Shanghai," said she.

Besides Gong, students and teachers of Persian major have translated and produced a Chinese-Persian Anti-epidemic Medical Dictionary. It contains 213 terms, including important medical terms relevant to diagnosis and treatment, as well as the common vocabularies for communications between China and Iran. In addition, all the students and teachers of the major have joined the Sino-Iranian Mutual Aid Group to help Iranians learn  the correct methods of epidemic prevention and control more quickly.

SISU discussed with the concerned departments and set up the first volunteer team for Anti-epidemic City Hotline on Jan. 2020 in accordance with the requirements of the municipal government. 298 students signed up in two days after the recruitment notice released. 32 of them was finally taken. Up to now it has been added with multiple languages including English, French and German to serve the foreigners in Shanghai for consultation needs together with the 12345 government service hotline. 

To assist the prevention of coronavirus introduction, Shanghai Foreign Affair Office coordinated SISU March 5 to join foreign language services on as required by the  epidemic prevention headquarter. SISU followed the experience of CIIE and provided quality foreign-related language services.  1173 teachers and students have signed up for jobs to assist the communication for the quarantine of foreigners from ‘key countries’ including Japan, Korea, Italy, Iran, US, German, France and Spain.

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