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Should British students ditch French and learn Mandarin?   [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2013-12-9 10:24:39 |Display all floors
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David Cameron, who has notoriously poor schoolboy French, is urging today's youngsters to abandon the language of Molière and Voltaire to concentrate on the tongue of the future – Mandarin.

Do you think it's the right thing to do?

However, Learning Mandarin can be very difficult.
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Post time 2013-12-9 10:58:49 |Display all floors
Mr Cameron is a foresighted gentlmen, his calling for learning Mandarin will push British people find  new horizon.

Come to China and then learning Chinese langauge will be easier,but speaking with a pure and fluent mandarin is indeed has a little difficult, even for a Chinese college student.

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Post time 2013-12-9 12:32:06 |Display all floors
You'd better improve your english: Cameron said that mandarin studies should be encouraged in UK, just after french or german. french and mandarin both are important language for anglos, but differently. France is the neighbour of england, china is an important economic partner. No matter how many anglos learn chinese, there will be more anglos learning french, just because it's not all the anglos who make business with china.

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Post time 2013-12-10 08:12:48 |Display all floors
That is a good point, some schools in Australia have Chinese as part of their curriculum.
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Post time 2013-12-10 08:36:52 |Display all floors
It is a good idea but sadly the quality of all language teaching in the UK is appalling and the idea would only work if better quality teachers were found

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Post time 2013-12-10 08:46:09 |Display all floors
yasawakic Post time: 2013-12-9 12:32
You'd better improve your english: Cameron said that mandarin studies should be encouraged in UK, ju ...

Absolute gross Misquotation.
Potentially deliberate one.

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Post time 2013-12-10 08:50:50 |Display all floors
Yes, that's a great idea ,in the near future we can talk witheach other with more languages

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