Tag: mandarin

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...
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