I remember awhile back when Japanese translator were desperate needed. Pretty much all of the software that were written would be localized to Japanese. Japanese translator, teacher and engineers were definite on demand. I even managed to learn Japanese but sadly I have given them back to my teacher and friends. But now …
With China has captured majority of the market shares, what do you think the next must language would be? What would us, the parents, do to prepare our next generation for this new wave?
You have probably guessed it by now ...
In fact, ,I just read an article on The Wall Street Journal—“To improve Kids’ Chinese, parents Head to Asia.” And we are talking about Western parents with no Chinese ancestors in their bloodline—Chinese has becoming a MUST learn language!
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Able to speak Chinese would give one an ability to communicate with roughly 14-15 percents of the world population. And from the economic stand point, it would definitely enable someone's wing to spread much wider than you could imagine --think 1.3 billion!
An immersion Mandarin language has been slowly capturing parents in the US --and we are talking about Chinese parents and beyond. I personally have met many non Chinese descendants kids and adults who are pretty fluent with Chinese and they are amazingly good!
Chinese language is definitely a different animal to tackle, with its thousands of characters to learn and not to mention its five tones that one has to master. According to The Wall Street Journal, "But this time, after-school classes aren't enough for some people. Families are enrolling their children in Mandarin-immersion programs that are springing up from California to Maine. They are hiring tutors, Skyping with teachers in Beijing and recruiting Chinese-speaking nannies. Some are stocking their playrooms with Disney videos in Mandarin—not to mention the iPhone apps aimed at making kids into Mandarin speakers."
Now the question is Are you keeping up with the wave yet?
Be thinking about that question and I hope you enjoy this little journey with me visiting the "Next Must Learn Language!"
Until next stop,