Indonesians of Chinese descent pray in a temple in Tangerang, Banten.
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Failing to understand the language will prevent Indonesia from reaping the full benefits of its economic relationship with China.
Learning a language has many benefits. It improves your thinking abilities and enhances your understanding of the world. Knowing another language can give you a leg up in university applications too.
Changing the school instruction language to Mandarin will impact Mongolian children, their families and their communities.
In Inner Mongolia, China’s new bilingual education policy comes at the expense of Mongolian language and culture.
The myth of Asians being good at math both encourages a “blame-the-victim” approach to math failure and imposes significant psycho-social pressure on high-achieving students.
A Vancouver study found Mandarin-speaking girls were more likely to be eligible for university than Cantonese-speaking boys. High-achieving students were from wealthier families who had tutors.
The number of students studying Mandarin in Australian schools nearly doubled between 2008 and 2015.
Even if only 130 Australians of non-Chinese heritage can speak Mandarin fluently, there are many more if you count those of Chinese heritage. And a level of fluency is not the only measure of success.
Leaders use translators during the inauguration of President Mr João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço of Angola.
Raising the status of the African languages to that of official languages in South Africa post-1994 led to an explosion of translation and interpreting work in local and foreign languages.
More and more African students head to China each year to study.
Newly translated Chinese Ministry of Education records shine light on China’s shifting place in the global higher education landscape.
Gabriel Kenny, aged five, gets to grips with Mandarin characters as part of a US school program.
There is a new potential coloniser on South Africa’s linguistic block. From 2016, Mandarin will be taught in schools – and this will see African languages bumped even further down the pecking order.
From left to right. Mandarin employs a different part of the brain.
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Language is traditionally associated with the left side of the brain. But Mandarin speakers are using the right side.
Je ne parle pas Chinese.
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