Participants write Chinese characters on white boards at the final of a Chinese language dictation contest at a Vladivostok Confucious Institute in Russia. Photo: Getty Images
Participants write Chinese characters on white boards at the final of a Chinese language dictation contest at a Vladivostok Confucious Institute in Russia. Photo: Getty Images

Pandemic and politics make learning Mandarin in China nearly impossible, but alternatives are emerging

  • Despite strict Covid-19 controls, Taiwan is proving an alternative for immersive Mandarin learners
  • Online learning is also helping language companies stay afloat until the pandemic subsides

Topic |   Chinese language
Participants write Chinese characters on white boards at the final of a Chinese language dictation contest at a Vladivostok Confucious Institute in Russia. Photo: Getty Images
Participants write Chinese characters on white boards at the final of a Chinese language dictation contest at a Vladivostok Confucious Institute in Russia. Photo: Getty Images
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