A viral video clip at a COVID-19 testing site in Guangzhou shows a particularly talented volunteer speaking not one, not two, but seven languages.
Zhou Jiyuan is part of the Guangzhou Youth Epidemic Control Volunteer Team at a temporary nucleic acid testing site in Dengfeng Ward, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou.
He used his language skills to help expats navigate testing procedures. Zhou can converse in Cantonese, Mandarin, English, French, German, Japanese and Hungarian.
Watch Zhou in action below:
Many regions on the Chinese mainland are currently requiring residents to undergo mandatory nucleic acid testing as the country battles an outbreak of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
Volunteers play a key role alongside medical staff to help implement anti-epidemic measures. Translators are often needed when dealing with expatriate residents.
In March, This is got a glimpse into the daily life of a translator in an isolation hotel for overseas arrivals. Phoebe Peng worked as a sole translator for a quarantine hotel in Foshan, Guangdong province.
She said the job had its benefits, although it could be detrimental to mental health.
READ MORE: COVID-19 and mental health: life in an isolation hotel
[Cover image via Weibo/@青春山东]
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