I have heard rumors about English shifting in importance as the world’s official language of business. Where? I don’t remember…but I’ve heard it "around". The idea sort of makes sense if you think about population numbers…
But one quote I found to be fascinating:
"Cheung of Executive Mandarin estimates a non-native would have to study Mandarin full time for five years to pass the securities exam."
I don’t know about you and your language school: but that kind of honesty is absolutely beautiful. I know a lot of schools that could learn a thing or two about being real with regards to answering the FAQ "How long’s this goanna take?" - How about you?
So…just curious: do you think English will fade in importance? Should we begin Mandarin classes?
Learning Mandarin now mandatory for Western executives - International Herald Tribune "An executive can probably get by without speaking Mandarin, but the one who does will have a much better chance of succeeding," says Helen Cheung, a director at Executive Mandarin, the language school where Image studies. "It makes you seem more intelligent, more involved than the foreigner who just sits there and smiles."