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  • Apr 23, 2012
  • 05:29 PM

The Future of Chinese Language Education

Gaston Caperton / Huffington Post
Every year since 2007, the College Board and Asia Society have joined forces to host the annual National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC). Today it has grown to become the largest conference of its kind in North America, and it has become one of the premier forums for sharing ideas and best practices related to Chinese language and culture education.
  • Apr 23, 2012
  • 05:15 PM

Právo: Czechs learn other foreign languages besides English

Prague Daily Monitor
Almost all young Czechs know some English now compared with the early 1990s and the latest experience shows that the knowledge of one more foreign language is an advantage on the job market, depending on business trends that now put emphasis on Spanish, Russian and Chinese, daily Pravo writes Friday.
  • Apr 22, 2012
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UN celebrates Chinese Language Day

Rebekah Mintzer / Xinhua
Chinese is one of the six official languages of the world body along with French, Spanish, Russian, English and Arabic. The UN Department of Public Information (DPI) introduced language days in 2010 to celebrate each official language and encourage cultural diversity and mutual understanding.
  • Apr 20, 2012
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24% of Web Content is Now in Chinese, Will Soon Surpass English [Infographic]

Steven Millward / Tech in Asia
A new infographic shows that Chinese will soon overtake English as the dominant language online. At the end of 2011, 27 percent of web content was in English, while 24 percent was in Chinese. Despite that, the graphic’s creators, the digital agency Smartling, lament that the web is still not bilingual enough, with “56 percent of online content [being] English-only.”
  • Apr 19, 2012
  • 08:33 PM

In Swahili, they call it ...

Huang Yuli in Shenzhen / China Daily
When Shen Yuning announced he was planning to compile a Swahili-Chinese dictionary, most of his friends thought he was joking. Since that online post in December, Shen has compiled nearly 5,000 words, working at least 15 hours a day in Kenya and Tanzania with help from some Africans.
  • Apr 19, 2012
  • 08:26 PM

Best Apps to Learn a Language

Julie Ashton-Townsend / Literacy News
Learning a new language is something that takes time and effort, but now you can do it on the move. This is a guide to the best android, iPhone and BlackBerry apps to help you learn a new language.
  • Apr 17, 2012
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Mandarin becoming the second language of luxury

Mandarin is slowly becoming the second language of business, according to not one, not two, but three articles in The New York Times over the weekend. A front-page story in Sunday`s paper noted that high-end retailers have begun to employ salespeople who speak Chinese to handle the rising numbers of well-funded tourists from the People`s Republic.
  • Apr 10, 2012
  • 10:16 PM

At home in Chinese

Mei Jia / China Daily
Critic Zhi An believes Arai is probably the only non-native speaker of Chinese capable of writing creatively in the language. Her books, mainly collections of short stories and essays, attract a large readership, cutting across age groups. They love her honesty and insight in describing cross-cultural experiences.
  • Apr 09, 2012
  • 11:13 PM

China to boost overseas Chinese-language education

China Daily
The Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council (OCAO) will cooperate with foreign education authorities to position Chinese-language education as a mainstream education choice abroad, said Li Haifeng, the OCAO director, at a meeting attended by overseas Chinese social organizations from across the world.
  • Apr 05, 2012
  • 11:59 PM

DARPA grant to support research into auto-translation of Chinese

Susan Chaityn Lebovits / Brandeis University
“When you translate one language into another, there are many challenges,” Xue says. “Chinese words, for example, have no spaces between them. One of the first things that must be done is enter spacing that indicate word boundaries, a process called ‘word segmentation.’”
  • Apr 05, 2012
  • 09:35 PM

Cadets of Chail military school to learn Dragon's language

Ajay Sura / The Times of India
CHAIL (Himachal Pradesh): Now the cadets studying at one of the oldest Rashtriya Military School (RMS) of country at Chail in Himachal Pradesh would learn Chinese language. Ministry of Defence (MOD), which is running the schools, has introduced the Chinese language in the study curriculum of the school from current academic session.
  • Apr 05, 2012
  • 12:35 PM

Is It Possible for English-Mongolian Bilingualism?

Siarl Ferdinand / UB Post
Seven years ago, President Ts.Elbegdorj shocked Mongolians by announcing that the nation would become bilingual, with English as the second language. Mongolian is a relatively small language, landlocked between two international giants, Russian and Chinese. As Elbegdorj pointed, English would be the definitive tool to open windows on the wider world.
  • Apr 03, 2012
  • 06:08 PM

Bilinguals switch tasks faster than monolinguals, NIH funded study shows

NIH News
Children who grow up learning to speak two languages are better at switching between tasks than are children who learn to speak only one language, according to a study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health. However, the study also found that bilinguals are slower to acquire vocabulary than are monolinguals, because bilinguals must divide their time between two languages while monolinguals focus on only one.
  • Apr 03, 2012
  • 03:26 PM

Romancing the bone

Liu Xiangrui, Li Yuefeng / China Daily
The excavations carried out at Yinxu and the finding of the oracle bones significantly changed China's historical records. The inscriptions on these bones are the precursor of modern Chinese calligraphy, according to Tang Jigen, a researcher with the Institute of Archeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
  • Mar 30, 2012
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Shanghaihua recorded in studio for posterity
FOUR Shanghai dialect "spokesmen" yesterday stepped into a downtown studio after a one-year recruitment to make audio records of the city's fast-fading mother tongue. They were asked to read words, phrases and sentences aloud after chatting freely in Shanghai dialect for about an hour.
  • Mar 27, 2012
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Facing Challenges as Dual-Language Programs Grow

Eleanor Yang Su / KQED
About 50,000 students are enrolled in dual-language programs in California, state Department of Education officials say, and about half of them are English learners. Ninety percent of the programs offer Spanish as the second language, followed by Mandarin (4 percent), Korean (3 percent) and other languages (3 percent).
  • Mar 26, 2012
  • 08:08 PM

Does This Language Make Me Look Fat?

Daisy Sindelar / RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
One of the first things Regiina Nohova had to learn when she moved to the Czech Republic was how to open her mouth wider when she spoke. As a native-born Estonian, she simply wasn't in the habit. "In Estonia, we speak slowly," she said. "We almost don't open our mouths when we speak. We don't have to articulate the words. It's our nature. It's colder there, and people spend more time inside, and that's why we're like this.
  • Mar 24, 2012
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More to the Story on Dual-Language Immersion

Lesli A. Maxwell / Education Week
...One of those courses is biology, taught by teacher Fan Fang, who, with both a Chinese language credential and biology content credential, is a bit of a rare find. Finding teachers like Fang is one of the biggest barriers to expanding dual-language programs into the upper grades.
  • Mar 23, 2012
  • 11:18 PM

Students learn Chinese via remote teachers in Spring-Ford

Frank Otto / The Mercury
To interact with the remote teacher, such as Liang, students can turn on their own web cameras and click on a button that is the equivalent of hand-raising. At that point, the teacher can “call” on the student and share a split-screen webcam window with the student while they either ask or answer a question or make a statement.
  • Mar 22, 2012
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What foreign language do students most want to learn?

Rebecca Walker / USA Today
A recent USA Today College poll indicated that 44% of students would enroll in a Spanish course for their next foreign language course. The numbers quickly tapper off after that — with Chinese being the second most popular language at 11%, and Arabic attracting 9% of students. Closely trailing are the three languages that are commonly found in universities across the country —- at least at the beginner level: German, French, and Italian all tallied in 8% each.
  • Mar 22, 2012
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Dual-language school programs growing in popularity

Eleanor Yang Su / California Watch
From Chula Vista to Laguna Niguel and Sacramento, public schools are creating dual-language immersion programs at a fast pace. The California Department of Education estimates there are 318 bilingual immersion programs in the state, up from 201 in 2006.
  • Mar 20, 2012
  • 12:08 AM

Can Speech-Recognition Software Work in Mandarin?

Venessa Wong / BusinessWeek
In anticipation of Apple’s (AAPL) introduction of Siri in Chinese this year, I decided to try Dragon, a line of smartphone voice apps by Nuance Communications (NUAN)—the company behind the speech-recognition technology that powers Siri. It comes in a number of languages, including Mandarin Chinese.
  • Mar 18, 2012
  • 09:06 PM

Massive Tibetan student protest again over switch to Chinese language education
About 4,000 students of Tibetan schools in three counties in Qinghai Province have staged demonstrations on Mar 14 to protest against a possible shift to Chinese as the medium of teaching all the non-language subjects, reported (Radio Free Asia, Washington) Mar 14. The protests were reported to have occurred in schools in Rebkong (in Chinese, Tongren), Tsekhog (Zeku) and Kangtsa (Gangcha) counties.
  • Mar 18, 2012
  • 09:01 PM

A language barrier for the 21st century

Lucy Mangan / The Guardian
Why is the BBC trying to teach Mandarin to pre-schoolers when, as a nation, we haven't even mastered French yet?
  • Mar 16, 2012
  • 07:55 PM

Hoa ethnic language put on school curriculum

VietNamNet Bridge
Under the Ministry of Education and Training’s plan, the teaching of the Hoa ethnic language at primary and secondary school levels aims to form and develop communication ability in the Hoa language among pupils of the Hoa ethnic group, as well as help them gain a fundamental knowledge of the language and culture of the group.
  • Mar 14, 2012
  • 11:27 PM

How the QWERTY Keyboard Is Changing the Chinese Language

Chance Kinney / Chip Chick
As computers become more widely used and handwriting is used less, the need to know how to write Chinese characters is decreasing. Computers represent a fundamental shift in the way students produce the written Chinese language, and have led to what is now being termed character amnesia. Some students are literally forgetting how to write. This starts with the most complex, least used characters, and works down from there.
  • Mar 12, 2012
  • 06:09 PM

It's the Wei of the future: BBC launches cartoon Mandarin lessons to prepare children for a Chinese-dominated global economy

Lyle Brennan / Daily Mail
It has been suggested that the decision to include Mandarin alongside the two other 'priority' languages - French and Spanish - was driven by calls for children to be prepared for a global economy dominated by China.
  • Mar 11, 2012
  • 05:03 PM

Regional unity 'lies in sharing languages'

Bangkok Post addition to English, people in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar are interested in studying Thai. Many Thais also express interest in learning regional languages to promote cultural understanding. Consequently, in 2010 the government initiated a multilingual programme in border area schools at the Mathayom (Grade 6-12) level to teach the Lao, Khmer, Myanmar and Vietnamese languages.
  • Mar 07, 2012
  • 08:19 PM

Indonesian Language Schools Note More Diverse Mix of Foreign Interest

Ronna Nirmala / Jakarta Globe
As fewer students enroll in Indonesian language classes at Australian universities, more foreigners are signing up for them at schools in Indonesia. “From my observations from year to year, the number of foreign students who want to learn Indonesian is increasing,” Gumilar Rusliwa Somantri, the rector of the University of Indonesia, said on Monday.
  • Mar 07, 2012
  • 02:52 PM

Is There Too Much English on the Internet? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Zoe Fox / Mashable
The amount of Arabic on the Internet — 3% of all sites in 2011 — has increased by 2500% since 2000. Similarly, Russian’s current 3% share is up 1800% in the last decade. China added more Internet users in three years than people in the U.S. And China, India, Iran, Nigeria and Russia have added the most new Internet users in the last five years.