Many old people were also learning English. On September 25, 2011, Xue Shengli, a 57-year-old Beijinger, invented English Mahjong and attracted lots of addicts. Many people began to love learning English due to this kind of Mahjong.
On November 3, 2008, Shanghai International Studies University held the opening ceremony for a “Buddhism English Training Class”. Yan Xu (first from right), a registered student, was looking up for words in an English dictionary.
People spent great amount of money to learn English well. When Li Yang’s Crazy English got popularized in China, people bought loads of Crazy English textbooks and tapes. Li Yang promoted the idea of reading out English loud during his speech to thousands of middle school students in Beijing.
English score takes up quite a part in the college entrance examination, so students and parents all treat this very seriously. According to some newspapers, more than 60% of parents say that they would pay no less attention on their children’s learning English even though the points of English exam will fall. Around 5% of parents even said that they would lay more emphasis on English.
On Jun 8, 2013, a the gate of the High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China, parents were holding cameras and cellphones to record their children, who just finished the English exam.
In the afternoon of June 8, 2012, outside Nanjing Ninth High School, parents were standing in a line and directing the flow of passing vehicles to ensure that their children won’t be affected by the noise during the English listening test.