More people in the world speak Mandarin than English. But that doesn't help the Chinese communicate with foreigners. The government has stepped up efforts in its programme to teach Beijing citizens English. It will be mandatory for preschools to teach English by 2015, and police, shop assistants and receptions will also be required to learn the language. Read more: News24
While we have your attention...
An increasingly rare commodity, quality independent journalism costs money - though not nearly as much as its absence.
Every article, every day, is our contribution to Defending Truth in South Africa. If you would like to join us on this mission, you could do much worse than support Daily Maverick's quest by becoming a Maverick Insider.
Click here to become a Maverick Insider and get a closer look at the Truth.
"We spend the first year of a child's life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There's something wrong there." ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson