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ork, it’s been possible to immerse them deeply in Chinese language and culture.”
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al Pre-K at the age of 4, both of them easily passed the Chinese test but failed in the assessment of English.
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ging the political, economic and cultural landscapes of the world in th
e past decades, said Berat, who has been to more than 120 countries so far.