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How will China confront the language barrier issue when it becomes the next global Superpower?


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I was thinking about how during the Cold War, both the Soviet Union and the United States were able to have a direct cultural influence on their surrounding nations and around the world.In other words, many nations' citizens either learned Russian or English because of the superpowers' influence.But if China were to become the next superpower, how would it export the influence of Chinese culture (in particular, Mandarin Chinese language) to other countries?Wouldn't other people find it too difficult to learn Mandarin Chinese, for instance?
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the Chinese economy is BOOMING !!!and soon or later.. people they gonna begging us to join Shanghai Cooperation Organization and learn our language !!!!!!!=))
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most of the younger generation (the kids who are still in school) speak some sorts of english.mandarin is the 3rd most popular language in the united states right now.
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Speculations:Since it's China, I think a two-tier system there will be likely, with those in positions of power using knowledge of English to maintain the status quo over the workers. (Russian too, perhaps, I don't know enough about those interactions to guess.) Japanese uses the Chinese symbols for words, although the pronunciation is different because they are different languages, (advantages of pictograms over phonetics) and the adaptations to go between the two are already in place.It'll be trendy for western kids to study Chinese at university and Chinese films will (hopefully :-) be more popular.Since China already has a huge workforce, the most interesting thing (I think) could be 1) influx of workers from neighbouring countries and 2) outsourcing from China. So we might have Indian workers gaining fluency in Chinese.The Chinese already have a strong presence in Africa. That's your case study, Samian, go research that. :-)
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There are a few ways:1. English is a required subject for ALL Chinese students . . . that's EVERY student in the nation . . . must study English, beginning in third grade. Most schools start teaching it earlier in first or second grade. Many kindergartens teach English. 2. Every high school student must pass a very rigorous college entrance exam in order to enter university. A major part of this exam is English. 3. Every university student is required to take English reading comprehension for at least one year as an undergraduate. They must pass a "College English Test-4" (CET4) in order to graduate. Many schools also offer a year of oral English taught by a native speaker.4. Every advanced degree student (masters, PhD) is required to take one year of English reading comprehension and must pass CET6 to graduate. Many schools also offer a year of oral English taught by a native speaker.Granted, all this English doesn't mean a person can speak the language, but China starts the exposure to the English language quite early. Next, Mandarin Chinese is the fastest growing foreign language in the United States. madeinchinatalk is more and more demand for Mandarin and "Confucius Institutes" are cropping up all over the nation as well. (Confucius Institutes are sponsored by the Chinese government and are usually at universities and specialize only in teaching language and customs of China.) The number of foreign students studying in China increases each year. In 2006, it was reported that the annual number of foreign students in China was increasing by a rate of 20% each year. China is indeed, positioning itself to become the next superpower. Good luck!
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