Why Chinese Can Become a Global Language

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    Most commentators, including those in academia and the media, maintain that the difficulty of its character-based writing system will prevent Chinese from becoming a global language. However, much of this discussion is founded on flawed assumptions about ‘proficiency’, technological advances in language learning and usage, an excessive focus on the challenging features of Chinese characters and linguistics. Contrary to popular belief, a character-based writing system will not stop Chinese becoming a global language.
    Original languageEnglish
    TypeInvited vlog post for The China Story Blog
    Media of outputBlog
    PublisherChina Story Blog
    Number of pages3
    Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2020


    • language learning
    • linguistics
    • global language


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