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Foreign Language Teaching Declines While Chinese Increasing

With change comes opportunity. The NY Times has posted an article on how Chinese language learning is growing in American schools. And not just at the college level. Primary (K-12) schools are adopting Chinese teachers at increasing rates.

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As children, many of us had the option of learning Spanish, Italian, or French. Times have changed in the last few decades. For one, Eastern European schoolchildren are no longer learning Russian after the fall of the Soviet Union. And while that has happened, China has emerged to be a major player worldwide. Not only are more people learning Chinese for geopolitical reasons such as bankers, investors, and businessmen, but many are learning for cultural reasons.
Young students learning Chinese today will have a wealth of possibilities open to them when they grow up. Chinese music and movies will be exported in the future as American Hollywood has in the past.
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