Ao Ieong Ka Hou, a fourth-year student from the University of Macau (UM) Department of Portuguese, recently received the Best Student of Portuguese Award from the Casa de Portugal em Macau (The Home of Portugal in Macao), for finishing Portuguese studies with the best result.
The award ceremony took place in Casa de Portugal em Macau. The award was presented by Victor Sereno, consul general of Portugal in Macao; and Maria Amélia António, president of Casa de Portugal em Macau. Ao Ieong says that he enjoys studying Portuguese in Macao because Portuguese is an official language in Macao. He adds that studying Portuguese at UM has helped him develop a strong interest in language studies and he plans to pursue further education in Latin in the United Kingdom after graduation.
In addition, Ao Ieong says that Portuguese is a poetic language, so he focuses more on sentence structures and intonation. He loves the novel O Mandarim written by Eça de Queiroz and poems written by Fernando Pessoa.
Source: Communications Office