In year 2004, I was sent by my employer to
The rise of China brings along the interest in learning the language of the Middle Kingdom, long considered the most difficult to master among Westerners. It is believed that proficiency of Chinese will give us advantage when doing business in
In my country,
On par with English? I am afraid he will be disappointed.
There is no doubt Chinese is becoming more widely spoken, but the same goes for English. People in former French Indo-China now learn English as their second language. I haven’t been to
We are now living in a globalized world. We need a lingua franca in order to communicate with people from all over the world. English fulfills the need.
The writing system of Chinese is its Achilles’ heel. It is difficult to learn, and typing characters on QWERTY keyboard is a hassle. Over the decades, a Romanization standard, known as Hanyu Pingyin has been developed. Under Hanyu Pingyin, Peking became
As a Chinese Malaysian, I encourage my fellows to learn their mother tongue. But I also remind them, “Don’t be handicapped by your English.”