Southeast Asian language training program offered through new app

The program offers free lessons in Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese languages

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(By Taiwan News)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) --- Radio Taiwan International (RTI) and Chunghwa Telecom Co. launched a Southeast Asian language program to meet the demand of these languages in Taiwan.

According to the radio station, the language program is meant to benefit Taiwanese people who are interested in investing, traveling or studying in countries like Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia.

The program offers free lessons of the Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese languages. RTI is producing 10-minute video segments that will be aired by Chunghwa Telecom's multimedia-on-demand (MOD) system.

Anchan Songphut, the host and teacher of the Thai segments says that in addition to the language lessons, they will also include important Thai festivals and customs such as traditional greetings and different hand gestures.  

"More and more Taiwanese people are interested in learning Thai, especially young people, some of whom want to invest in Thailand, travel there as backpackers, or find a job there," she said.

Indonesian rituals of Ramadan and the traditional technique of applying dye to fabric will also be included along with language lessons says Maria Sukamto, host of the Indonesian segment. She will also introduce topics such as arts, travel information, lifestyle and traditional food.

Starting on Aug. 8, the program will be available on RTI's website. People can watch the videos from their mobile phones, tablets or computers through the Chunghwa Telecom MOD app starting Sept. 1.