Skip to comments.Irish secondary students to learn Chinese
Posted on 05/04/2012 10:04:30 AM PDT by wheresmyusa
A growing number of students in the Republic of Ireland are studying Chinese culture and language.
As Ireland struggles out of a deep recession, it is looking to adapt to a new world order.
The subject is being offered to younger pupils and will be included as a final year subject in due course.
The new study module has been piloted in 20 schools in Ireland. More than 50 schools have signed up to deliver it.
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my daughter took Chinese for 3 years. It is a very trendy addition to a school’s curriculum, designed to make it seem open and global, but there is very little to be gained from taking Chinese.
In my experience, the study of foreign languages sharpens the mind and brings an insight into and an appreciation of one's own language. In addition to facilitating communication in the Chinese-speaking world, the study of Chinese can also provide insight into Chinese culture as well as other Sinic languages such as Korean and Vietnamese.
If learned from the writing, Chinese is one of the toughest languages for an English-speaker to acquire. If she mastered it or came close to doing so, that is quite an accomplishment.
The only phrase Americans need to learn in Chinese is:
“Will you finance our debt?”