Victor Mair wrote on Language Log last month about a test in what appears to have been a third-year class in Chinese at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School, in New York. What made it news in China (see in particular this story in the South China Morning Post) was that the test involved giving synonyms for a number.. read more →

Mandarin makes you more musical – and at a much earlier age than previously thought. That’s the suggestion of a new study from the University of California San Diego. But hold on there, overachiever parents, don’t’ rush just yet to sign your kids up for Chinese lessons instead of piano. In a paper published in.. read more →

Close your eyes, and you can’t guess her nationality. Lu Qiyu’s English is meticulous, sculpted over years of careful study. Though it remains slightly accented, the merest hint of a twang is difficult to place. Switch to Mandarin, however, and her southern Chinese accent emerges. In China, “north” and “south” are universally recognized as highly distinct.. read more →

The Eugene School District is looking to implement a Mandarin Chinese language immersion program next school year. The Register-Guard reports ( that the program would first be offered to students in kindergarten and first grade at Crest Elementary School. District officials say the program would expand to the next highest grade level each year until.. read more →

In Ziyan Liu’s first-grade classroom at Madison elementary, students play a game called “little translator.” One student says a phrase in Chinese, then another student repeats the phrase in English, or vice versa. A student proclaimed during “little translator” that she liked Chinese better than English because it’s easier to understand. For some students, the pictures and.. read more →

To the untutored ear, the Beijing dialect can sound like someone talking with a mouthful of marbles, inspiring numerous parodiesand viral videos. Its colorful vocabulary and distinctive pronunciation have inspired traditional performance arts such as cross-talk, a form of comic dialogue, and “kuaibanr,” storytelling accompanied by bamboo clappers. But the Beijing dialect is disappearing, a victim of language.. read more →

About a dozen kindergartners gathered around tiny tables, each grabbing at crayons, scissors or glue, on a recent Monday morning at Sunrise Drive Elementary School. The children were learning how to use the color green in a sentence using those items on a worksheet. Only, they were learning that in Chinese.Sunrise Drive Elementary is one.. read more →

America’s economic growth is inextricably tied to the strength of its bilateral trade and investment relationships around the world, but we will fall short of achieving our full economic potential if we fail to prepare the next generation to manage those relationships. Tomorrow’s leaders must be able to compete, work and thrive in a globalized.. read more →

The first school in Europe to teach all its students in both English and Chinese is to open in London next year. Founders of Kensington Wade, a dual language independent prep school, say children as young as one will be taught in Chinese, and all those who attend the school will leave fluent. Provisions for the school’s opening come amid renewed emphasis.. read more →

U.S. State Department Chinese language program opens in Taiwan Twenty university students selected under a U.S. State Department scholarship plan embarked on an eight-week intensive Chinese-language program at National Cheng Kung University in Tainan on Monday. National Cheng Kung University said the U.S. State Department launched the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program in 2006 to nurture.. read more →