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UK parents keen for children to learn Chinese

Skill likely to prove increasingly valuable in the future. Parents in the United Kingdom are increasingly showing an interest in their children learning Chinese at school, ahead of other more common language options. According to a survey of 2,200 parents carried out by eco-friendly building company Modular Classrooms, 30 percent said they would like their children to learn to speak Chinese, “perhaps thanks to the growing economic power of the East”. The survey also found that 36 percent would like their youngsters to learn to speak Spanish, followed by French at 18 percent, then German with 10 percent, with six percent of parents opting for Russian. Parents from the East of England were mos

More than a quarter of Scottish parents prefer children to learn Chinese over other languages

Results of a new report show that 27 per cent of parents in Scotland are in favour of opting for the Chinese language for future prospects. Scottish parents would prefer their children to learn Chinese over Spanish, French or German. Results of a new report show that 27 per cent of mums, dads and guardians in Scotland are in favour of opting for the Chinese language for future prospects. The survey was conducted by Modular Classrooms, who were keen to find out what language is being considered most important when making education choices. A statement reads: "As the world expands, and with it international career opportunities, it’s clear that learning a second, or third language is increasin

Why do so many people try to learn Chinese?

When one sets out to learn a language, different considerations run through one’s head, and for just about all of those considerations, China ticks a box: How many people in the world speak this language? Mandarin Chinese is spoken by more people in the world than any other language, so in terms of the sheer number of people, Mandarin is an obvious choice. How important is the deeper understanding of the particular country or region that language proficiency will bolster? In the case of Chinese, almost irrespective of what your native country or language is, it would be easy to argue for the tremendous importance of understanding of China. It is, after all, soon to pass the U.S. as the world

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