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  1. News - China Insider - LANGUAGE

    Number of Chinese speakers in US rises 360pc in 30 years

    Posted Aug 09th 2013, 04:59pm by Audrey Yoo

    ... Census Bureau report, “Language Use in the United States: 2011”, released on Tuesday shows that there were nearly 2.9 million people speaking Chinese in 2011 – up almost 360 per cent from 1980. After English and Spanish, Chinese was the third most commonly spoken language in the country – a status it has held since at least 2007 – according to data collected about people who speak ...

  2. Roseanne Thong

    Posted Jan 09th 2004, 12:00am by David Watkins

    ... not picking up the local language, but motivation has to work both ways. It's not a supportive language-learning culture in Hong Kong. Everybody speaks English, and if you try to speak in Chinese ... occurred to me to write children's fiction,' she says. 'I had mainly written for myself as a hobby. My daughter is half-Chinese- my husband is Chinese. When she was three, I wanted ...

  3. Saying it loud

    Posted Jun 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Paul Moon, Paul Mooney

    ... courses which can seat up to 300 students, with some sitting on windowsills or standing in doorways. Many Chinese newspapers have English pages for language learners. The 21st Century, published by state-run China Daily, targets English-language students with news articles accompanied by Chinese explanations of key English terms. The newspaper carries numerous advertisements ...

  4. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Doubts raised about using Putonghua as medium of instruction for Chinese language

    Posted Aug 17th 2014, 09:47pm by HEIDI CHIK WISEMAN

    ... they are on display," says Wong. Wong is among the top scorers at this year's Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination. Besides Chinese language, Chinese history, and Chinese ... the past 10 years," says Gary Lam, her Chinese teacher at St Paul's Co-educational College. "Language is purely a means to an end, which is acquiring knowledge. It is an empty ...

  5. News - China Insider - GAMING

    'Give us a Chinese-language version of Pokémon', China's passionate gamers proclaim

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 07:13pm by Jeremy Blum

    ... the newest entries in the series, Pokémon X and Y, officially translated into the Chinese language. Addressed to Tsunekazu Ishihara and Junichi Masuda, overseers of the Nintendo subsidiary ... unofficial Chinese-language bootlegs, such efforts are few, and most players settle for playing imported versions of the games in either Japanese or English. “Enthusiastic Pokémon fans from ...

  6. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Hong Kong's ethnic minority students lag in Chinese language skills

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 10:22am by AAYUSH NIROULA

    ... Aayush Niroula life@scmp.com Mind your language: how minorities are being left in the margins The Chinese proficiency level of 60 per cent of ethnic minority students in Hong Kong aged ... March and July this year and asked them to evaluate their Chinese language level and their experience and perceptions of how Chinese language education affects their opportunities for further ...

  7. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Students with poor Chinese-language results can find study options abroad

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 09:44am by Linda Yeung

    ... Linda Yeung Linda.yeung@scmp.com Those who can't make the grade in Chinese-language exams can still find many study options abroad, writes Linda Yeung Home truths Joining hordes ... failing to make the grade in Chinese language in this year's Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education examination, the results of which were released two weeks ago. If a youngster makes ...

  8. News - China - EDUCATION

    People's Daily spars with New York Times over reported 'meddling' of Chinese language institute

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 04:30pm by Angela Meng

    ... language and culture institute after a New York Times report featured concerns it was “stifling” academic freedom in US universities. The New York Times on Wednesday reported that the American ... choosing the curriculum and restricting teaching material”. “Confucius Institutes function as an arm of the Chinese state and are allowed to ignore academic freedom,” the group said. However, ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    For new Chinese-language curriculum to work, teachers have to show us respect, say ethnic minority pupils

    Posted May 04th 2014, 05:41am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shirley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com Ethnic minority pupils offer views on scheme to teach Chinese as a second language 'Teaching Chinese starts with respect' A Chinese-as-a-second-language curriculum will work only when teachers learn to respect the unique identities of non-Chinese-speaking children, a group of ethnic minority pupils and parents has said. At a meeting ...

  10. News - China - CULTURE

    Foreign lingo like Wi-fi, VIP threaten Chinese language's ‘purity’, state newspaper says

    Posted Apr 25th 2014, 07:37pm by Angela Meng

    ... mixed with a large quantity of English words? How much have foreign languages damaged the purity and vitality of the Chinese language?” the People’s Daily report said. “Scarcity of talent is one of the reasons,” said Wu Bo, an English professor at the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing. “There are many foreign-language-to-Chinese translators, but few Chinese-to-foreign-language ...




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