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  • Feb 29, 2012
  • 02:00 AM

Shanghai dialect fights to survive in modern China

Bill Savadove / Windsor Star
SHANGHAI — When professor Qian Nairong published his dictionary of the Shanghai dialect in 2007, he was in some ways documenting a dying language. The number of people speaking the rapid-fire language — a badge of identity for residents of China's commercial capital of more than 20 million people — is shrinking.
  • Feb 17, 2012
  • 02:20 PM

Siri may get Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Russian language support in March

Rue Liu / SlashGear
According to a report by Chinese technology website DoNews, Apple is preparing its Siri intelligent voice-controlled assistant feature to support Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. The update is expected to arrive for the iPhone 4S sometime next month.
  • Feb 16, 2012
  • 01:02 PM

CBSE drops Chinese after teachers fail to learn it

Manash Pratim Gohain / The Times of India
NEW DELHI: CBSE introduced Chinese as a third language in 2011 but none of the teachers could pick up the language, prompting the board to withdraw the language from the syllabus for the time being. Interested students, it added, may be sent to a private online educational firm to learn Chinese as a hobby and each has to pay Rs 1,600 for it.
  • Feb 15, 2012
  • 02:32 PM

Only in America? Republican candidates on hot seat for knowing foreign languages

Lee-Anne Goodman / Winnipeg Free Press
WASHINGTON - America's long-held distrust of intellectuals is legendary, but the already perplexing national trait has moved into overdrive in the Republican presidential race, with Mitt Romney facing heat for knowing French and Jon Huntsman viewed with suspicion because he speaks Mandarin.
  • Jan 12, 2012
  • 12:27 PM

Omron smartphone app comes close to instantaneous text translations

Minoru Matsutani / The Japan Times
Omron Software Co. has developed a smartphone application that translates short English, Korean and Chinese written phrases into Japanese in less than a second.
  • Jan 09, 2012
  • 12:19 PM

Schools turn to Chinese language classes with help of Chinese government (audio)

Susanna Capelouto / CNN
The Chinese Ministry of Education started the Confucius Center program in the United States in 2005. Kung says there are at least two dozen universities with Confucius Centers now in the U.S., and according to the National Association of Independent schools, there are at least 70 Confucius classrooms in U.S. schools, and the numbers are growing.
  • Dec 27, 2011
  • 11:53 PM

China to open 251 schools in Tibet to teach Mandarin, Tibetan

K J M Varma / MSN India
According to the plan, Tibet will enroll 15,000 rural children into bilingual kindergartens in 2012, said Chen Quanguo, secretary of the Tibetan Regional Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC). By 2015, the two-year bilingual preschool education shall cover most of the region''s rural areas, Chen said.
  • Dec 22, 2011
  • 11:29 AM

Chinese is the new English
It seems there is a sudden interest among people in the city to learn the Mandarin script, for many reasons, one of them being China’s lead in the race to become the next super power. With the global business focus shifting from the West to China, India may well lose its edge as the largest pool of English speaking population.
  • Dec 20, 2011
  • 05:58 PM

Chinese immersion schools growing in popularity

Bryna Godar / Downtown Journal
Research shows benefits of language immersion extend beyond bilingualism. Learning a second language helps students’ overall learning ability at school, Gent said. In addition to the advantages of bilingualism, immersion learners benefit cognitively, exhibiting greater nonverbal problem-solving abilities and more flexible thinking, according to the Center for Applied Linguistics...
  • Dec 20, 2011
  • 04:57 PM

Guangdong Media Told to Apply to Talk Cantonese
The Guangdong provincial government in south China issued a new regulation on Monday, requiring radio and television stations to apply to regulatory authorities for permission to broadcast in the indigenous Cantonese dialect instead of Mandarin, Southern Metropolis Daily reports.
  • Dec 17, 2011
  • 12:01 PM

Learn tourists’ languages – Masidi

Jenne Lajiun / Borneo Post
...“I am proud of my language, but if I were to use the Dusun language to sell to foreign tourists, I won’t go far,” he cited, as an example. He urged those in the industry to perfect their command of the English language and not be shy to learn and use it.
  • Dec 14, 2011
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Making a world of difference

Chen Jia / China Daily
More than 400 institutions from 76 countries are looking for ways to cooperate with the Confucius Institute, Xu Lin, the institute's chief executive, told China Daily on Tuesday. The institute is a nonprofit organization aiming to promote the Chinese language and culture. Its global presence is viewed as a barometer of China's "soft power".
  • Dec 08, 2011
  • 11:44 PM

Gujaratis know the language of business; learn Chinese, Japanese

Yagnesh Mehta,Bharat Yagnik / The Times of India
In Gujarat, good economics decides which language Gujaratis speak. As chief minister Narendra Modi looks to China and far-east countries, including Japan, for investment, youngsters from the state are queuing up to learn Chinese and Japanese in big numbers. While private Chinese classes are running full batches for the first time, Gujarat Vidyapith has started its first-ever Japanese course, giving into its growing demand.
  • Dec 07, 2011
  • 12:48 AM

City dialect to get voice on subway

Dong Zhen / Shanghai Daily
THE public is giving mixed responses to whether Shanghai dialect should appear along with the current Mandarin and English broadcast announcements on the city's public mass transit.
  • Dec 06, 2011
  • 12:35 AM

Why teaching Chinese is a priority in Delaware

Larry Nagengast / DFM News
Adding Chinese language instruction at a handful of Delaware public schools isn’t merely an effort to beef up the curriculum. It’s also part of the state’s economic development strategy.
  • Dec 05, 2011
  • 01:46 PM

China to standardize sign language, Braille

China Daily
BEIJING - China has begun to create national standards for sign language and Braille to be used by more than 30 million deaf and blind people, authorities said on Friday. The standards are being jointly created by the State Language Commission (SLC) and China Disabled Persons'Federation (CDPF). Officials from the two institutions said they will make a more "scientific and user-friendly" Braille system based on the existing system.
  • Nov 30, 2011
  • 11:47 AM

The lost decade: learning Asian languages

Greg Jericho / ABC Online
As someone who has not always been Julie Bishop's biggest supporter, it was rather intriguing to find myself nodding as she put forward the idea that the teaching of Asian languages be made mandatory in schools. This desire for Asian language education is a rather interesting position for a member of the Liberal Party to take ...
  • Nov 24, 2011
  • 06:58 PM

50, 100, 1000 words for snow: Does the language we speak affect how we think?

Natsuki / Psychology in Action
While it is now largely known in the academic community that the Eskimo language did not actually have that many words for snow–what they had a few words for snow that was modified in various ways (e.g., wet snow, icy snow, fluffy snow)–this new Kate Bush album has resurrected interest in popular questions about the relationship between language and thought: Does the language we speak affect how we think? Or do our thoughts affect our language?
  • Nov 24, 2011
  • 01:00 PM

Rescue it, or let it run its course?

Lim Mun Fah / Sin Chew Jit Poh
Ironically, after 30 years of practice, the status of Chinese language in Singapore has been falling instead of rising. According to a survey, 61% of Chinese children who have just started primary school predominantly speak English at home. In Johor, however, Mandarin has replaced all Chinese dialects and become the home language of the new generation.
  • Nov 23, 2011
  • 11:22 AM

Expats enrol in popular dialect course

Liang Yiwen / Shanghai Daily
Every week around 30 expats pack a classroom at Shanghai Tongji University to learn practical, "survival" Shanghai dialect.
  • Nov 23, 2011
  • 11:22 AM

'Speak Shanghainese' wins recruits

Alexander Gladstone / Shanghai Daily
Hu is a local expression for Shanghai, and a new group Hu Cares aims to preserve Shanghai culture, especially colorful dialect, against the waves of "speak Mandarin." It's pressing for all Metro announcements to be in dialect. Alexander Gladstone reports.
  • Nov 21, 2011
  • 02:58 PM

Lee Kuan Yew tells of his struggle with Chinese language

Goh Sui Noi / Straits Times
...Entitled My Lifelong Challenge: Singapore's Bilingualism Journey, the book is the story of Mr Lee Kuan Yew's 50-year struggle to transform Singapore from a polyglot former British colony into a united nation where everyone, while knowing English, knows at least one other language, his own mother tongue.
  • Nov 17, 2011
  • 04:45 PM

Economics and linguistics merge in study

Dan Stein / Yale Daily News
According to a Yale professor’s recent study, high savings rates in certain countries may be due to how citizens speak in the future tense. In a working paper published in August, Keith Chen, an associate professor of economics at the Yale School of Management, argued that speakers of languages with a “weak,” or less distinguished, future tense are more likely to save money for the future.
  • Nov 12, 2011
  • 08:22 PM

Picking Brand Names in China Is a Business Itself

Michael Wines / Tuscaloosa News
After a hard day’s labor, your average upscale Beijinger likes nothing more than to shuck his dress shoes for a pair of Enduring and Persevering, rev up his Precious Horse and head to the pub for a tall, frosty glass of Happiness Power. Or, if he’s a teetotaler, a bottle of Tasty Fun. To Westerners, that’s Nike, BMW, Heineken and Coca-Cola, respectively.
  • Nov 01, 2011
  • 08:37 PM

At 105, Chinese Linguist Now A Government Critic (audio)

Louisa Lim / NPR
Zhou Youguang should be a Chinese hero after making what some call the world's most important linguistic innovation: He invented Pinyin, a system of romanizing Chinese characters using the Western alphabet. But instead, this 105-year-old has become a thorn in the government's side. Zhou has published an amazing 10 books since he turned 100, some of which have been banned in China.
  • Oct 31, 2011
  • 05:38 AM

Language school opens to ease business communication

Kingsley Jassi / BNL Times
Business activities between the Chinese and Malawians continue to grow with the increasing presence of Chinese business people in Malawi and also locals travelling to China for business purposes, but the challenge remains the language barrier.
  • Oct 31, 2011
  • 05:31 AM

Translators are pushing for more literary focus

Lu Yanyu, Zhu Xingxin / China Daily
BEIJING - The Translators Association of China is pushing for more promotion of China's classic literature to the world by improving translators' Chinese language skill.
  • Oct 24, 2011
  • 04:20 AM

Expats speak highly of learning Shanghai dialect

Liang Yiwen / Shanghai Daily
AT a time that local children have grown more accustomed to speaking Mandarin, many expats are showing great interest in learning and speaking the Shanghai dialect.
  • Aug 22, 2011
  • 03:14 AM

Should My Kid Learn Mandarin Chinese?

Tom Scocca / The Wall Street Journal
I started to truly appreciate the power of early childhood Chinese-language education when our son, at the age of two, started speaking English wrong. “The blue of cup,” he would say, meaning his blue cup. This wasn’t a random preschool linguistic hiccup, we realized. He was trying to use Chinese syntax: “of” was standing in for the Mandarin particle “de” to turn the noun “blue” into an adjective.
  • Aug 17, 2011
  • 02:45 PM

Academic calls for greater acceptance of Chinese-English (audio)

Radio Australia
An leading academic has called for Chinese-English, a variety of standard english spoken by native Chinese speakers, to be embraced as a new dialect all of its own.