Introduction

Starting from August 2020, the Chinese-Portuguese Bilingual Teaching and Training Centre (CPC) of Department of Portuguese of Faculty of Arts and Humanities will publish a series of Chinese-Portuguese bilingual theme-based articles on this page that will cover topics including Portuguese language proficiency tests, Chinese-Portuguese classical stories, Chinese-Portuguese poets, Porto wine and Chinese tea, Portuguese Tin-glazed Ceramic Tile and Chinese Porcelain, Fado and Classic of Poetry, among others. The articles will be published on a monthly basis and aim to give an introduction on the Chinese-Portuguese traditional culture, history, literature, art, language, music, etc., so as to promote cultural knowledge exchange between China and Portuguese-speaking countries.

[February 2021] Tea: The Joy to the Palate

Author and translator: Xu Ke

Revisers: José Lino Pascoal (Portuguese) and Sónia Ao Sio Heng (Chinese)

Coordinators: Sónia Ao Sio Heng and Cindy Koon

 

In the last theme-based article, the Chinese-Portuguese Bilingual Teaching and Training Centre offered readers a journey through the wines produced in Douro. In this article, we are going to change our focus. This time we will travel to China, the largest country in the east, and explore the most consumed drink here: tea. We also try to give an idea of the role that tea plays in the lives of the Chinese and in global society.


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[JANUARY 2021] MEMORIES OF RIO DOURO

Author and translator: Ho Cheok U

Revisers: Sónia Ao Sio Heng (Chinese) and José Lino Pascoal (Portuguese)

Coordinators: Sónia Ao Sio Heng and Cindy Koon

 

We give each trip a unique theme and meaning: we go to Switzerland to ski in the endless snow-capped mountains; we go to Germany to drink beer and to visit the castles; when we go to Spain, we will eat paella and melon wrapped in Iberian ham; when we go to Porto and along the Douro River, the traditional and unforgettable Port wine is, of course, indispensable.


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[DECEMBER 2020] WINTER SOLSTICE AND CHRISTMAS

Author and translator: Xu Ke

Revisers: Sónia Ao Sio Heng (Chinese) and José Lino Pascoal (Portuguese)

Coordinators: Sónia Ao Sio Heng and Cindy Koon

 

On December 21st, we celebrate the first day of winter and the longest night of the year in the Northern hemisphere. This date marks the beginning of the coldest season. We find the Sun at its lowest position in the entire sky. Although it is the coldest period, we celebrate its arrival with warmth and love, warming the body and cuddling the soul. People like to spend quality time with beloved ones. They show affection and nurture a deep sense of gratitude for the good things in life. On this beloved winter date, we would like to present our warmest season’s greetings. We wish you happiness, peace, joy and prosperity. May all your dreams come true and all your wishes be achieved. Happy Winter Solstice! Merry Christmas!

[NOVEMBER 2020] CAN FILM ART CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE?

Author and translator: Xu Ke

Revisers: Ricardo d´Almeida and José Lino Pascoal (Portuguese) and Sónia Ao Sio Heng (Chinese)

Coordinators: Sónia Ao Sio Heng and Cindy Koon

 

Everyone loves to hear stories. With the technological development at the end of the 19th century, the first cinematic projection of the Lumiere brothers was invented. Twenty years later, the sound was synchronized with the image and cinema changed to the form we know today. Cinema, or cinematography, is also known as the seventh art. It is a powerful art that is intended to entertain, thrill, subvert and question. However, are cinematographic works really so influential that they change our perspective? Does what we watch change our lives? To answer these questions, the Chinese-Portuguese Bilingual Teaching and Training Centre (CPC) invited professor Ricardo de Almeida, a Portuguese filmmaker with 15 years of experience, to conduct a series of workshops “Can Film Art Change Your Perspective?”. Today, to discuss the subject, we will try to outline the impact that films can have on the perception of everyone. And what will be the answer? You decide…


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[October 2020] The Impossible Love II


(Figure: Bath of the Concubine, by Qiu Ying, Dynasty Ming)

 

Author and translator: Ho Cheok U

Revisers: Sónia Ao Sio Heng (Chinese) and José Lino Pascoal (Portuguese)

Coordinators: Sónia Ao Sio Heng and Cindy Koon

 

The Love stories. Stories of possible and impossible love. Last time, we talked about a vivid love story in Portuguese’s imagination, which is the story between D. Pedro I and D. Ines de Castro. Today, we are going to talk about the story of “Pedro and Ines” from the Orient—the Emperor Xuanzong of Tang Dynasty and his noble concubine Yang.


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[October 2020] The Impossible Love I

(Figure:The Death of Inês, Karl Briullov, 1834)

Author and translator: Ho Cheok U

Revisers: Sónia Ao Sio Heng (Chinese) and José Lino Pascoal (Portuguese)

Coordinators: Sónia Ao Sio Heng and Cindy Koon

 

“The horrible Hangmen hurried her before

the King, now moved to spare her innocence;

but still her cruel murther urged the more,

the People swayed by fierce and false pretence.

She with her pleadings pitiful and sore,

that told her sorrows and her care immense

for her Prince-spouse and babes, whom more to leave

than her own death the mother’s heart did grieve.”

(The Lusiads, translated by Richard Francis Burton, Canto III, 124)

From reading the poem of Camões, let’s enter the world created by him.


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[September 2020] Q&A with Professor José Pascoal: CAPLE-ULisboa Examinations

Author and translator: Xu Ke

Revisers: José Lino Pascoal (Portuguese) and Sónia Ao Sio Heng (Chinese)

Coordinators: Sónia Ao Sio Heng and Cindy Koon

 

CAPLE-ULisboa exams are the Assessment and Certification System of Portuguese as a Foreign Language. They certify the general communicative competence of young and adult speakers for whom Portuguese is a foreign language.

With a view to promote the Chinese-Portuguese bilingual training and the development of Portuguese teaching, the Chinese-Portuguese Bilingual Teaching and Training Centre (CPC) of University of Macau has invited the co-founder of CAPLE-ULisboa, professor José Lino Pascoal, to conduct a webinar in which he answered questions raised by the participants regarding CAPLE Examinations. Professor José Lino Pascoal was a member of its management board between 2012 and 2019. He is also test-item writer, oral examiner and rater of written performances. He is an individual expert member of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) as well as a member of the Standing Committee and the Board of Trustees.

In the webinar, professor José provided information about CAPLE-ULisboa examinations and answered frequently asked questions regarding those examinations. For more information, please watch the videos below:

Other Resources:
CAPLE: https://caple.letras.ulisboa.pt/
IPOR: https://ipor.mo/clp/oferta-formativa/exames/exames-caple/
Referencial Camões PLE: https://www.instituto-camoes.pt/activity/centro-virtual/referencial-camoes-ple

[August 2020] Introduction to the Chinese-Portuguese Bilingual Legislation and Juridical Translation in Macao

Author and translator: Ho Cheok U

Revisers: Sónia Ao Sio Heng (Chinese) and José Lino Pascoal (Portuguese)

Coordinators: Sónia Ao Sio Heng and Cindy Koon

 

The Chinese-Portuguese bilingual legislation of the Macao Special Administrative Region (Macao SAR) refers to the simultaneous use of Chinese and Portuguese bilingual drafting, adoption, promulgation, implementation, revision and abolition of laws, and the two texts have the same legal effect. Article 9 of the Basic Law of the Macao Special Administrative Region stipulates, “In addition to the Chinese, Portuguese can also be used in the executive, legislative and executive and judicial authorities of the Macau Special Administrative Region, which is also the official language.” There are two models of legislation in Macao; one of them is used for approval, promulgation, execution, amendment and repeal of laws that are done simultaneously in both languages. When writing legal texts, the Chinese text follows the style of the Chinese language while the Portuguese text is done in the style of the Portuguese language. During this process, attempts are made to minimize the differences between texts in the two languages. In the other model, one language is mainly used to draft the legal texts, and translate to the other language and will then be approved simultaneously….


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