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The Latest Linguistic Colonizer: Mandarin In South African Schools

The Conversation Africa | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
The Conversation Africa

Mandarin's addition to the school curriculum appears to be more of a political ploy than a sound educational policy. South African President Jacob Zuma enjoys a close relationship with China's government, which has led some critics to call the Asian powerhouse a new colonial power.

Hundreds Of Thousands More Students Will Be Learning Mandarin Soon. Here's How.

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics

Can 1 million American schoolchildren learn Mandarin over the next five years? Carola McGiffert, the woman charged with the task, is betting on it. I...

3 Fun Ways to Learn Chinese This Summer

Nick Norton | Posted 06.13.2016 | College
Nick Norton

While learning Chinese has been a challenge, no language is easy to learn. There is this misconception that Chinese is especially difficult to learn. It's difficult for westerners to conceptualize learning a language without an alphabet, or how to speak in a tonal language.

Zuckerberg's Mandarin From a Chine IV student

Murray Rosenbaum | Posted 01.19.2015 | Teen
Murray Rosenbaum

I am also nowhere near fluent, but I've been studying the grammar, tones and speech of the language for a while now. Here are a few observations I've made about the 30-minute interview.

Why Am I Speaking Chinese in England?

Grace Li | Posted 09.15.2014 | Travel
Grace Li

It has been months since I have spoken to anyone in Chinese. And it was just one conversation, so maybe I'm thinking too much into it. But in that brief period of time, I was no longer in a stranger in a foreign country.

On Being a Foreign Correspondent

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.04.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Rachele Kanigel's "10 Tips for Training the Next Generation of Foreign Correspondents" immediately drew my attention but her headline didn't quite mat...

US-China Student Summit Creates Tomorrow's Relationships Today

Carola McGiffert | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Carola McGiffert

Imagine what would happen if you brought nearly 400 university-age students together -- half from the US and half from China. It would be the start of something pretty spectacular.

In Defense of French

Zack Simon | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Zack Simon

While political leaders in some U.S. states continue to bicker about whether creationism should be taught alongside evolution in science classes, 61 percent of children in Europe are currently learning two or more languages in school.

A North American Celebrity With 1+ Billion Fans Who You Probably Never Heard Of!

Saul Gitlin | Posted 02.16.2014 | Entertainment
Saul Gitlin

Meet Mark Rowswell -- a.k.a. 'Dashan' -- a 48-year-old, non-Asian Canadian who, for more than the last two decades, has been a national performance and media celebrity in the People's Republic of China.

A Tour of the Future in Hong Kong

Peter Mandel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Names of cities are not just collections of letters. When you read "Rome" or hear "Hanoi" you get a firecracker flash. A row of mental lightbulbs pops on, you see a private marquee picture of the place, and then, when you think of something else, it's gone.

The 'Long March' to Learning Chinese: Top 5 Tips

Saul Gitlin | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Saul Gitlin

From one long-term student of Chinese, to all those who aspire to achieve a working knowledge of this fascinating language, here are my top five insights.

400 Million Chinese Can't Speak National Language

Reuters | Posted 11.05.2013 | World

BEIJING (Reuters) - More than 400 million Chinese are unable to speak the national language Mandarin, and large numbers in the rest of the country spe...

The Confucius Institutes and the Chinese Renaissance

David Gosset | Posted 10.27.2013 | World
David Gosset

The development of the Confucius Institutes should not be interpreted as a mere linguistic phenomenon, it reveals six of the main features defining the Chinese renaissance.

Carnival Crew Melting Pots: Mexicans, South Africans not "us"

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 10.10.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Carnivals are melting pots of ethnicity, with Mexicans and South Africans leading the way. The globalization of world's labor force hasn't left out carnivals.

America Meets and Greets the World... in Mississippi!

Saul Gitlin | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
Saul Gitlin

Established by the federal government in 2002, The Language Flagship is, today, a national network of 26 intensive programs located at 22 academic institutions and 10 overseas centers.

Movie Review: Iron Man Three

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.03.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

So is the third film the decider in a series? Two out of three good enough for immortality? In the case of Iron Man Three (as the closing credits have it), I'd say it's probably too close to call.

India Ascending: Hot Hindi Vs. Mandarin/Shmandarin

Victoria Lautman | Posted 12.08.2012 | Chicago
Victoria Lautman

Considering that India is on track to eclipse China's economy in the next few decades and is the second most populated country on our small planet, you'd think a language spoken for centuries by hundreds of millions would get a little more respect!

American Mother-Daughter Duo Sketch 888 Taiwanese Faces

Jim Luce | Posted 09.02.2012 | World
Jim Luce

I met the most amazing mother-daughter duo the other week. Americans, they were speaking at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York (TECO-NY).

Learning The Lingo: The 5 Hardest Languages To Master

Ben Colclough | Posted 12.06.2011 | Travel
Ben Colclough

What makes Tuyuca so unique is its use of evidentiality: Each verb must contain a suffix that describes how the speaker knows the information they are stating.

Pakistan's Mandarin Love Affair

Saad Khan | Posted 11.08.2011 | World
Saad Khan

Schools in Sindh, the second most populous province of Pakistan, may start teaching Mandarin Chinese beginning in 2013. The suggestion, which may soon turn into a decision, has created rifts between the provincial government and teachers.

Chinese Teachers On An American Mission

Los Angeles Times | Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times | Posted 10.01.2011 | Education

The large ballroom in UCLA's Covel Commons resembled a bustling day-care center one recent day, as laughter rang out across the room. A boisterous ...

Students Don't Have Perfect English? Try Mandarin

The Boston Globe | Akilah Johnson | Posted 09.04.2011 | Education

Mandarin teacher Li Wang sat in a chair small enough for a 4-year-old, her enthusiastic students sitting on the classroom carpet in a separate square....

Cold Fish: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Anthony Lassman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Anthony Lassman

If we are expected to eat our fish lukewarm, we would prefer to be forewarned or, better still, given the choice. Heston Blumenthal, celebrity chef be...

你说啥?Three Guesses at a Global Chinese Language Future

An Xiao Mina | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
An Xiao Mina

Just as Globish, a simplified version of English, has spread around the globe, so would a simplified form of Chinese. Here's a guess at what might change should "Globese" become the world's next lingua franca.

Welcome To The Year Of The Rabbit

Michael Ho | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Ho

The Chinese New Year Festival is a time for family and friends to pay respects to gods, spirits, and ancestors, as well as wish each other good fortune in the upcoming year.