Tag: China

Bringing Chinese to Preschoolers

Lauren Cortinas presents a  solution for the youngest learners of MandarinIn October 2014, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a speech at Tsinghua University in Beijing entirely in Mandarin Chinese. While his delivery was not perfect, the speech itself was a nod to what so many business and community leaders already know: Mandarin Chinese, the most widely spoken language in the world,...

Russian, Ruslan Ustinov, Crosses Chinese Bridge First

Russian student Ruslan Ustinov won the 17th Chinese Bridge Chinese Language Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students last month in Changsha, in central China’s Hunan Province.Over 150 students from 118 countries took part in China-based heats. Five—Ruslan, John Gardner (U.S.), Anthony Ebuka (Nigeria), Guan Huimin (Indonesia), and Theodore Joseph (Australia)—made it to the championship round.All five were crowned champions...

Chinese Celebrations and Inaugurations

The United Nations celebrated its ninth Chinese Language Day last month at its offices worldwide.Celebrations in New York included lectures on Chinese culture, film screenings, panel discussions on education, and art exhibitions. Lectures on Chinese poetry, calligraphy, and painting attracted UN staff from around the world. The event also offered them an opportunity to practice Chinese calligraphy, draw in...

Grants to Fully Fund Chinese and Arabic Teachers @ K-12 Schools

U.S. K-12 schools can host a fully-funded teacher from Egypt, Morocco, or China with the help of Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) grants. TCLP is fully-funded grant sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Through TCLP, schools can start new critical language programs or expand existing programs by hosting teachers of Arabic...

The Rise of Women through the Birth of Languages

Jenna Lau reveals the secrets of Nushu, a language  emblematic of Chinese female empowerment and sisterhood. History is rife with accounts of gender inequality and discrimination, be it through politics, economics, or education. Nonetheless, in the face of scarce educational opportunities, women have risen to create their own opportunities when learning languages.Originating from a remote county in the southern region of...

Chinese Dialects Honored in Film

Last month’s Zurong Dialect Film Festival, one of China’s campaigns to preserve language diversity, received 582 entries featuring various dialects in just its second year. The number of entries doubled from last year, coming from all over the country. Zhao Yuhe received the Best Actress Award at the festival hosted by Zhanjiang, in south China’s Guangdong Province, even though...

U.S. Team Wins ” Chinese Bridge ” Contest

A team from the U.S. has won the 15th "Chinese Bridge" language proficiency competition for secondary school students in Kunming, the capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province.During the final round on Saturday evening, U.S. team beat out the winning teams from each continent: Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Mozambique, and Australia.The...

Xi Jinping Promotes Chinese Language Learning in London

During his visit to the UK, the President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, attended the opening ceremony for the annual conference of Confucius Institutes in London, stressing the importance of maintaining UK-China relations through language and cultural understanding. The Confucius Institute is an organization affiliated with China's Ministry of Education that was created to promote the...

Chinese Language Films for a Growing Middle Class

The market potential of China's rising middle class is bringing big attention to the filmmaking world and the demand for quality Chinese language media. CNN reported that Warner Brothers recently struck a deal with China Media Capital (CMC) to create Flagship Entertainment Group in order to tap into a growing market for premium content in China. Warner Bros. will...

Internet Censorship Influences Chinese Language

It has already been established that social media speeds up language evolution, but as the Chinese government actively censors online communities, the country's language has been changing even more quickly. Recently, China drafted a new online surveillance law, further regulating digital censorship, making it required that upon the discovery of, "information that the law or administrative regulations prohibits...