An American man “scolding” his daughter in Mandarin has become an online sensation in China. Videos from Kuaishou user @Evazhang1688 show David attempting to discipline his daughter Breanna, who apparently hates learning Mandarin.
A group of scholars from China has recently claimed that the English language is actually a dialect derived from Chinese. Scholars from World Civilization Research Association (世界文明研究促進會) have reportedly put forward the idea that Western civilization originated from China and all European languages are mere dialects of Mandarin.
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, Marvel’s first Asian-led superhero movie, is already generating controversy in China just days after its cast was announced at Comic-Con in San Diego. /center> Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced the film’s casting at Hall H on Sunday, revealing that Hong Kong star Tony Leung has been tapped to play the villain “the Mandarin.”
A Singaporean man shared how he was berated by a Chinese tourist for not being able to understand Mandarin. On Tuesday, 22-year-old Timothy Bon wrote in a now-viral Twitter thread how a female tourist from China asked him for directions but lashed out at him for clarifying her question.
To better pave the road for trade and connection with China, Kenya is preparing to teach Mandarin lessons in classrooms starting next year. CEO of Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), Julius Jwan, recently spoke with Chinese state media Xinhua News, revealing the design, scope, and sequence of the Mandarin syllabus that is now finished and ready to roll out sometime in 2020.
A Black Youtuber has recorded videos of himself surprising Chinese speakers once they learn he speaks fluent Mandarin. In one video, which was posted on the YouTube channel laoshu505000 last month, a man enters a Chinese restaurant and places a few orders. It started off as like a pretty regular clip, but as it hits the middle mark, things began to shake up a little when he casually started speaking Mandarin.
In a heartfelt letter posted on WeChat, Jeremy Lin wrote about his struggles with his recovery, his faith, and his plans for his Chinese fans. The letter was in response to a forum post that went viral on Chinese social media after his knee injury during the season-opening Pacers game.“谢谢你们在这段时间以潮水般涌来的各种安慰、代祷、祝福、鼓励的话语、贴心的礼物等等来支持我，我真的是被你们深深的鼓舞和激励。前段时间我有时会很麻木，但是当我看完你们的评论，以及“你才不会就这样完蛋”那篇文章时，我受到了深深的鼓舞。在职业篮球里，我們习惯于把粉丝对我们是否喜爱和我们在场上的表现联系起来。但是这么多年来，不管我表现如何，中国的粉丝，你们都一直不离不弃的支持我，谢谢你们！
Ivanka Trump posted a photo to her Instagram on Tuesday showing herself with her 1-year-old son, Theodore, learning Chinese characters on a set of educational building blocks. Little Theodore seems to be following his 5-year-old sister Arabella who has become a viral sensation in China after her mom posted a series of videos on Instagram showing her singing and reciting poetry in Mandarin.
China has announced plans to increase the rate of citizens speaking Mandarin, the country’s official language, to 80% by 2020. The current figure of nationals who speak standard mandarin Chinese is at 70%, with millions of people speaking other languages, the government said, according to the BBC.
Russia’s Federal Service for the Supervision of Education and Science plans to make Mandarin Chinese a mandatory foreign language in state testing across the nation by the year 2020. In 2018, 9th graders in Russia will be given the option of taking Chinese on their final exams to help them prepare for the Unified State Exam, a college entrance test that 11th graders must pass in order to enroll, reported Shanghaiist.
John Cena, an American professional wrestler signed to World Wrestling Entertainment, recently gave a flawless three-minute speech in fluent Mandarin. Cena, 39, represented his company during the WWE press-conference in Shanghai, China on Thursday to announce a multi-year distribution deal signed with Chinese streaming service, PPTV. The actor and reality television host, who starred as the boyfriend in Amy Schumer’s romantic comedy “Trainwreck”, delivered the address in front of audience members and media outlets.