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Is it Time to Adopt English as China's National Language? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2011-2-8 14:34:33 |Display all floors
Originally posted by 468259058 at 2011-2-8 14:22
Chinese is a language whose speakers are noticeably disinterested in spreading its use outside their own people. Although Chinese is not really one but several language held together by a common sc ...


Thats very interesting, ive thought for sometime some races are happy to keep their own language to themselves to keep out intruders in a sense.  If they also know the English language rather well they can understand us but we cant understand them in their own tongue.

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Post time 2011-2-8 14:40:45 |Display all floors
"Top Ten Languages Used in the Web( Number of Internet Users by Language )"       
                       
Language          internet users by langauge               % of Total
English        .      .        536,564,837        .      .        27.30%
Chinese        .      .        444,948,013        .      .        22.60%
Spanish        .      .        153,309,074        .      .        7.80%
Japanese        .      .        99,143,700        .      .        5.00%
Portuguese        .      .        82,548,200        .      .        4.20%
German        .      .        75,158,584        .      .        3.80%
Arabic        .      .        65,365,400        .      .        3.30%
French        .      .        59,779,525        .      .        3.00%
Russian        .      .        59,700,000        .      .        3.00%
Korean        .      .        39,440,000        .      .        2.00%
WORLD TOTAL         .1,966,514,816        .      .        100.00%

Source: ww w.internetworldstats.com/stats7.htm

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Post time 2011-2-8 15:53:20 |Display all floors
Originally posted by petera at 2011-2-8 08:06
Shoudn't smartarse be kicked off the forum ?


good to hear from you, petera

no planes on this thread btw
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Post time 2011-2-8 16:01:32 |Display all floors
Originally posted by St_George at 2011-2-8 16:04


Thats very interesting, ive thought for sometime some races are happy to keep their own language to themselves to keep out intruders in a sense.  If they also know the English language rather w ...


+1

I doubt the idea of English as a lingua franca in the PRC would be ever accepted, but it is true that language unifies a group of people, no doubt. It strongly influences the character of logic, feelings and shapes thought itself.

There is probably some science behind the idea that learning a second language improves intelligence, for it literally creates new ways of thinking.

When Kevin Rudd was our Prime Minister in Australia, one of his promises was to promote Asian languages in our schools. He promised to make learning an Asian language compulsory. I fully agree with him.

He did not keep his promise. I would strongly support a bilateral arrangement for Westerners to learn an Asian language and for Chinese to learn a European language. It would make the world a better place.
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Post time 2011-2-8 16:03:10 |Display all floors
To get back on the topic... I don't think english should be a national language or even THE national language of China, for various reasons:

1. Most people don't speak it - even in the country's elite, education level isn't all that high and many Chinese leaders are not proficient in english.

2. For Chinese natives, learning english is much harder than learning Chinese.

3. The whole culture builds on Chinese language. While moste European languages have a lot in common and were build in a common cultural environment, Chinese is totally diffrent - it's backed by eastern philosophy, so more compatible to Japanese and Korean, but not to English.

4. There's no reason for that. It would be totally useless to introduce english as a national language in China. It's enough to use it as a business language.

I'd rather support the idea of introducing english as the national language of Europe, rather than translating all documents into 20 diffrent languages... because Europeans mostly already know it, it's easy for them to learn and they can still implement all cultural references as they will be also understood in english.

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Post time 2011-2-8 16:15:58 |Display all floors

Reply #10 kongque's post

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Post time 2011-2-8 16:21:55 |Display all floors
Originally posted by St_George at 8-2-2011 15:40
Good idea, where can i learn English ?



a good place to start george would be to stop reading the stuff on the mens toilets you frequent looking for overnighters and nooners.............
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