Tag: speak

Links that Speak

A new study mapping the flow of information online, and through book translations, found the languages that reach the most linguistically diverse readership tend to be the ones most connected by multilingual speakers.“Links that speak: The global language network and its association with global fame” (Ronen et al) published in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy...

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...