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Learn Mandarin the Chineasy Way

At FT Magazine, Isabel Berwick introduces Chineasy, a visual-based learning system invented by ShaoLan Hsueh that uses simple illustrations to help people recognize and interpret Chinese characters. “In a nutshell, I take...

Australia Spells Out Asia Blueprint

The Wall Street Journal reports Australia plans to grow business with Asian countries, including China and India, to a third of its economy. This plan comes amid growing anxieties over China’s increasing influence in Australia:...

Father of Hanyu Pinyin Turns Sweet 106

Zhou Youguang, father of pinyin, celebrated his 106th birthday (January 13th) with two cakes, one shaped like a typewriter and the other like a copy of his latest book. Among the enormous changes he has witnessed since his...

Foreign Languages Fade in Class — Except Chinese

The New York Times reports that American elementary school enrollment in Chinese has increased, in part due to the Chinese government subsidizing Chinese language instructors: Some schools are paying for Chinese classes on their...

China Daily: Proposed bill to boost Chinese in US schools

From China Daily: A pair of prominent US senators proposed legislation that would encourage Chinese and American citizens to learn each others’ languages, in an effort to improve bilateral cultural and business ties… The legislation authorizes US$1.3 billion in federal funds over five years to provide for Chinese language instruction in US schools. The bill […]

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