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Students in Daviess Co. breaking new ground in the classroom

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This year, both the Daviess County Public School System and the Owensboro Public School System are offering Chinese, taught by native speakers. This year, both the Daviess County Public School System and the Owensboro Public School System are offering Chinese, taught by native speakers.

New Thursday night, it's an education first in Owensboro.

This year, both the Daviess County Public School System and the Owensboro Public School System are offering Chinese, taught by native speakers.

Thursday, 14 News shared the classroom with sixth graders at OMS South. Right now, they're learning Mandarin Chinese.

"When I saw Chinese I was like "What?!'" said Veronica Allison.

Sixth graders Damion Phifer and Veronica Allison decided to take Chinese as their foreign language class this year.

"A lot of work jobs you know," Damion said. "Got to learn Chinese and get a lot of money."

"To learn how to talk to my uncle," said Veronica, when asked why she wanted to learn Chinese. "He lives in china."

This class is taught by Linda Wang.

"I think it's a wonderful experience," Wang said. "Many Chinese people think the US has the best education. It's a good chance for me to lean how to teach."

Students are learning the basics.

"We learn how to say numbers 1-31 and we're learning how to say my birthday is," noted Damion.

Right now, they're trying to learn Happy Birthday in Chinese and let us tell you, it's is not easy.

"The most difficult thing is how to write, because our Chinese characters are made of strokes not like English made out of letters," said Wang. "It's not the same English pronunciation. Sometimes it's hard for them to pronounce some words."

Thirty three Chinese teachers have been placed throughout the state, all helping Kentucky students to learn the Chinese language.

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