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Why Teach Chinese?

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Chinese foreign language classes are all the rage in some districts -- Chicago, Palo alto to name a couple. But, according to this video, the Chinese are learning English faster and in greater numbers than we could ever match up.

I'm all for rigorous courses, and loved taking Chinese in college, but should setting up Chinese language programs really be a priority?

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I think not, and I've posted about this topic on my blog at http://creativeu.wordpress.com/2007/08/14/should-you-learn-mandarin/

Here's the thing: Mandarin takes years to master, and your Chinese friends are likely to be way ahead already in learning English. Go with it.

Focus less on mastering the Chinese characters and more on learning the culture and creating connections with individuals. Oh, and going there trumps all.

Learning a language? Fabulous.
Talking to people around the world--even if it's only in English? Priceless.

I think not, and I've posted about this topic on my blog at http://creativeu.wordpress.com/2007/08/14/should-you-learn-mandarin/

Here's the thing: Mandarin takes years to master, and your Chinese friends are likely to be way ahead already in learning English. Go with it.

Focus less on mastering the Chinese characters and more on learning the culture and creating connections with individuals. Oh, and going there trumps all.

Learning a language? Fabulous.
Talking to people around the world--even if it's only in English? Priceless.

I think not, and I've posted about this topic on my blog at http://creativeu.wordpress.com/2007/08/14/should-you-learn-mandarin/

Here's the thing: Mandarin takes years to master, and your Chinese friends are likely to be way ahead already in learning English. Go with it.

Focus less on mastering the Chinese characters and more on learning the culture and creating connections with individuals. Oh, and going there trumps all.

Learning a language? Fabulous.
Talking to people around the world--even if it's only in English? Priceless.

Yes...better late than never. I visited China in 1984. We visited schools where English was taught...mandatory for the first six grades.
Take care...be aware,
Nancy Lee

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