Mandarin Chinese – A Language On The Rise

China is sending over 5000 Chinese language teachers abroad in a bid to increase the number of students learning Mandarin Chinese. It is already becoming a popular language to learn around the world. Even developing nations such as Pakistan is to make studying Mandarin Chinese compulsory in their schools.

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Tibetan Students Protest over Language Reforms

Tibetan students in Beijing and Tongren have recently demonstrated against planned education reforms in the Qinghai Province.  The reforms threaten to limit the use of the Tibetan language in schools and many believe the region’s Tibetan population will have to study in Mandarin Chinese in the future, which they see as an erosion of their own language and culture. [Read more…]

China Preserves World’s Only Women’s Language

Nu Shu, or Nüshu, meaning ‘female writing’, is believed to be the only language in the world used exclusively by women and is at risk of extinction.  In a bid to preserve it, China set up the Nüshu Culture Research Center, a special protection zone and museum in the Hunan province of the country.

Linguists believe that it is one of the oldest languages in the world, and that it was passed down from mothers to daughters in remote rural areas.   [Read more…]