In Singapore, a country with over 20 counties, there is nothing special in learning Chinese. Not even for the young pupils. Children are fast embracing adding the Chinese language to their repertoire.
Most parent putting their kids to Chinese language schools do so with the through that, Asia is the place to be in the near future. Learning Chinese also gives the kids an effective way for them to better understand the Chinese culture.
Singapore has four official languages namely English, Mandarin, Malay, and Tamil.
After gaining independence back in 1965, the government kept English as the key language suitable for maximum economic prosperity.
Mandarin has also been an essential language too. Citizens with Chinese descent ranks as the largest ethic community making up three quarters of the country’s population.
In 1979, the then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew initiated a Speak Mandarin Campaign which has since been re-launched on an annual basis.
Besides, as Chinese edges closer to becoming a global economic giant, Singapore is further pushing to the usage of the Chinese language. The advancement made by china has pragmatic implication to the community living in Singapore.
The Speak Mandarin campaign has since moved from promoting a spoken language to now engaging Chinese communities to further appreciate the Chinese culture.
Expatriated living and working in Singapore are also signup for Chinese language schools. Demand for the teaching services is increasing by about 20% every year. In fact, every new person in the country is forced by a number of factors to take up Chinese language lesion. Mandarin is proving an essential tool for business owners with over a billion people speaking the language globally. Visitors are forced to learn the language to help them understand the culture of the people they have to interact with every day.
The same eagerness to learn Chinese has been seen across the globe. Countries like India are also introducing Mandarin lesson is government schools while Chinese language is now one of the most studied language in UK’s high schools.