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Craze of learning Chinese spreads across world

(People's Daily Overseas New Media)    13:36, March 19, 2019

It is boom time for Chinese language learning across the world, not only because of China’s higher profile in the global community, but also because of the increasing economic and cultural connections between China and other countries.

As one of the latest countries to welcome Chinese language lecturers, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) plans to open Chinese language courses in some 200 public primary and secondary schools, and experienced Chinese teachers are eagerly needed.

The UAE’s Ministry of Education will provide a competitive salary – about $4,500 monthly that is exempt from tax, according to the Confucius Institute, which has reached the cooperation agreement with the UAE.

The recruitment advertising went viral on Chinese social platforms. Some netizens were excited to see further popularization of Chinese language and culture, and others commented that more Chinese courses opening across world show China’s increasing influence and the huge demand of Chinese-speaking talents.

In March, Russia included Mandarin as an elective foreign language in the country’s college entrance exam. Following English, German, French, and Spanish, Mandarin has become the fifth elective test item for the exam, according to Sergey Kravtsov, deputy minister of Russia’s Ministry of Education and Science.

Thanks to China’s increasing influence in the global community, talents with fluent Chinese language skills are welcomed in the labor market.

Spain, for example, has more than 40,000 people learning Chinese, and last year some 8,000 have taken the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) exam, ranking first among the member states of the European Union, according to Xinhua News Agency.

In the US, Chinese fever has been thriving for a number of years and is now a popular choice for American children, especially those who are born in elite families. These children are exposed to the language at an early age as their parents believe mastering Chinese will help them build successful international careers, Guangming Online reported.

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