Tag: mandarin

Hong Kong Dismisses Mandarin Controversy

In May, Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor dismissed a controversy over the use of Mandarin in public schools and whether Cantonese should be considered the city’s mother tongue as a “nonissue,” telling legislators her administration had no plan to change its policy on the language of public instruction.The issues arose after a task force was set up last...

Opinion–Can We Make Chinese Less Graphic?

While many schools are dropping foreign language classes, the number of schools offering Mandarin Chinese courses is rising. In 2001, about 300 schools in the U.S. taught Chinese. In 2011, a con-servative estimate reported the number at 1600, a 433% increase. Schools that cannot afford Mandarin classes may...

Confucius Launches Chinese Online Test and Programs

The Confucius Institute and XuetangX have launched a platform for students around the world who want to learn Chinese and pass the HSK proficiency tests. The courses are available at www.chinesetest.cn. Beginners can register and access the course HSK Tsinghua Chinese: Start Talking with 1.3 Billion People.The most attractive part of this course is the fact that it is...

Bilingual children do find it easier to pick up other languages

It is often claimed that bilinguals are better than monolinguals at learning languages. Now, this hypothesis has found support in a new study of brain activity, conducted at Georgetown University Medical Center and published in the journal Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. “The difference is readily seen in language learners’ brain patterns. When learning a new language, bilinguals rely more than...

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...

Taiwan Launches “Mandarin-on-the-Go”

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Taiwan’s Ministry of Education has announced Mandarin-on-the-Go, a new language-learning program for those wanting to learn Mandarin. Chinese language centers and universities are working with the Ministry of Education to promote study tours where students going to Taiwan can learn Mandarin through interactive study abroad programs. The language...

Mandarin Introduced to UK Schools

Thousands of pupils across the United Kingdom are to be given Mandarin lessons in a government bid to double the amount of Mandarin learners in the UK by 2019.It has been announced that more than 1,200 specialist Mandarin teachers will be trained in the subject to give public (state) school pupils the same opportunities to learn Mandarin, as those...

Lagos Introduces German and Mandarin to Schools

The government in the Nigerian state of Lagos has announced that the teaching of German and Mandarin is to commence in six schools across the region.The state commissioner for education, Olayinka Oladunjoye stated that the pilot program for German language teaching began last year at Birch Freeman Senior High School, through a partnership with a German school.“Our officials have...

400 Million Chinese Still Can’t Speak Mandarin

About 30% of the Chinese population, or 400 million people, cannot speak Mandarin, according to figures recently released by China's Ministry of Education, despite government efforts to promote a common language. Of the remaining 900 million Chinese who can communicate in Mandarin, also known as "putonghua," many do not speak it well, and the country still needs to invest...