A look at some of the cultural references you might be wondering about.
Languages Are Never Wasted On Kids, Even If They Don't Become Fluent “What’s the point of teaching your kids a foreign language
To us, they are very Asian. To them, we are very American. But it need not be “us” versus “them."
Mandarin's addition to the school curriculum appears to be more of a political ploy than a sound educational policy. South African President Jacob Zuma enjoys a close relationship with China's government, which has led some critics to call the Asian powerhouse a new colonial power.
The White House wants 1 million U.S. kids to study the language by 2020.
While learning Chinese has been a challenge, no language is easy to learn. There is this misconception that Chinese is especially difficult to learn. It's difficult for westerners to conceptualize learning a language without an alphabet, or how to speak in a tonal language.
Imagine what would happen if you brought nearly 400 university-age students together -- half from the US and half from China. It would be the start of something pretty spectacular.
Meet Mark Rowswell -- a.k.a. 'Dashan' -- a 48-year-old, non-Asian Canadian who, for more than the last two decades, has been a national performance and media celebrity in the People's Republic of China.
The development of the Confucius Institutes should not be interpreted as a mere linguistic phenomenon, it reveals six of the main features defining the Chinese renaissance.
Carnivals are melting pots of ethnicity, with Mexicans and South Africans leading the way. The globalization of world's labor force hasn't left out carnivals.
Established by the federal government in 2002, The Language Flagship is, today, a national network of 26 intensive programs located at 22 academic institutions and 10 overseas centers.