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Chinese Language Growing popular among Indians

The Chinese language is becoming more popular among Indians with increased interaction between the two countries, said Mao Siwei, consul general of China in Kolkata here Wednesday.

‘It is very important to eradicate the language barrier between India and China in the face of the increasing interaction between the two countries. Besides, the popularity of the language is also growing among Indians in recent times,’ Siwei told IANS at the inauguration of ‘Zhong Wen Xue Xiao: The School of Chinese Language‘.

‘There is a misconception that Chinese is the most difficult language which is unfit for this information technology generation. But, actually it is the second largest language used on Internet,’ Siwei added.

The school, set up at Ballygunj area in south Kolkata, is an initiative of Royal Bengal Group – a non-government organisation.

One of the directors of the school, Madan Saraff, said there is a plan to set up a Chinese centre where people after completion of the course will be able to practise the language.

‘We have requested the West Bengal government to help us with a site for the project. It is essential to have one here so that not only our students but also all the Chinese-speaking people can come together and interact,’ said Saraff.

The school has started a three-month crash course for working people as also a full-fledged three-year certificate course.

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  1. gaurav khandelwal says:

    want to learn chinese language.

    1. leon says:

      go ahead .. there is one institute in cal itself .. so you are luck .. all the best !!

  2. hellcat says:

    actually Chinese is not so difficult as you thought

    Chiense could be the easiest language in the world so long as you have a simple heart as the child

    and a lot of Chiense culture was originated from india so it should be easier for indian to learn Chinese

  3. Gloria says:

    Here is an article about learning Chinese as popular trend among Indians.

    Courtesy: The Telegraph, Kolkata

    Chinese whispers

    With China becoming the “new world”, executives who are boning up on Chinese are likely to have an edge in tomorrow’s job market

    Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has earned the princely sum of Rs 2,400 by renting out its Language Lab Complex (LLC). This establishment in New Delhi is the examination centre for students of Japanese and German languages in India.

    Actually, the amount is misleading. It is more a matter of the dons being bad businessmen. While languages like German, Russian and French are no longer hot subjects, Chinese, Japanese and Spanish have become all the rage. “Knowing Chinese can take you far in this world,” says H. Mishra, CEO of Orind, a refractory manufacturer that has large interests in mainland China.

    Yesterday, it was a different set of jobs that foreign language skills opened up. You could become a translator, a tour guide, an interpreter or even a teacher. A clutch of new professions has opened up today. Some continue in the downmarket fringe. A person knowing, say, French can command big bucks at a call centre. But he or she is hardly a role model for those looking for a successful career.

    Besides, there is a danger. As salaries here rise and good jobs become scarcer in their home country, Frenchmen will be descending in droves to take up call-centre jobs in India. When it comes to the spoken language, you can’t compete with a native speaker.

    “If you want to parlay your language skills to the maximum advantage, you should not be using them as the core skills for your job,” says Mumbai-based HR consultant D. Singh. “A Chinese translator or teacher can go thus far and no further. A language makes a huge difference when it is added to other skill sets.”

    STRAWS IN THE WIND
    Learning Chinese is catching on

    • A Confucius Institute has been opened in New York to improve Chinese language teaching and learning
    • A Confucius Institute is on the anvil at JNU in New Delhi
    • Over 3,000 US students are currently studying in China
    • Over 5,000 Indian students are currently studying in China
    • Chinese is offered by more than 1,000 colleges and 200 schools in the US
    • Only a handful of Indian colleges offer Chinese as an elective. There is no information on schools offering Chinese. It is likely that there is none

    Take management. An Indian manager posted to his company’s China operations can expect nearly 10 times his local salary. Salaries are, of course, higher still in the US and some other Western countries. But in many of these countries, there is no language issue; everyone talks English. And the demand for Indian professionals in places such as France and Germany is too low to merit attention.

    China is the new world. And the people who are boning up on Chinese are CEOs in the making. In many business schools in India Chinese is being introduced as an elective.

    The Hyderabad-based Indian School of Business (ISB) has tied up with the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business of Beijing for a student exchange programme. According to ISB Dean M. Rammohan Rao: “ISB and the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business make ideal partners for exposing our students to each others’ expertise, heritage and culture.”

    At the lesser-known Great Lakes Institute of Management in Chennai, courses on offer include Mandarin, and Chinese history and culture. Some Mumbai-based B-schools have also taken the plunge. Up north, Punjab University is offering diplomas in Chinese and Tibetan.

    “China and India are the superpowers in the making,” says Singh. “Executives who are comfortable with both the cultures and languages will be the stars of tomorrow.”

  4. Gloria says:

    An article about Indians Eyeing on China Education with around 6,800 Indian students now studying in China.

    Courtesy: The Telegraph, Kolkata

    Eye on China education pie

    OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

    Degree deal

    New Delhi, March 18: A pact India and China will soon finalise to recognise each other’s higher education degrees will run for five years, after which the two countries will have to review it.

    Either government can withdraw from the agreement during the five years “at any time, giving three months’ notice in writing”, the draft says.

    A standing expert committee, consisting of officials from both governments, will be formed to supervise the implementation of the agreement.

    Around 6,800 Indian students are now studying in China, according to statistics available with the Indian consulate in Shanghai.

    The cheap fees are the biggest reason, say experts. “A course in China will typically cost about a half of what it will cost in a private university in India. But the degree in China is not automatically valid here. This agreement will bring a big relief to Indian students,” said Piyush Bahl, CEO of the India China Alliance Centre, a non-government organisation here that helps to facilitate ties between Indian and Chinese universities.

    Medical students, who form the bulk of India’s outflow to China, now have to appear for a test with the Medical Council of India on return, before they can practise here. Once the pact comes into force, this test will not be needed.

    Courses in humanities, sciences and engineering are now not equivalent either.

    But the plight of Indian students is only a part of the reason behind the deal.

    According to a recent study by IDP Education, Australia’s biggest student recruiting agency, more than 350,000 mainland Chinese went to study abroad in 2005.

    But less than a thousand of those students are currently studying in India, according to officials at the Indian consulate in Shanghai. On an average, between 400 and 600 Chinese students apply for visas to India every year, an official handling education at the consulate said over the telephone.

    “Most of them come to India to study engineering, computers and information technology,” D.P. Kothari, vice-chancellor of Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), told The Telegraph.

    VIT receives the maximum number of Chinese students in India, according to the Shanghai consulate.

    Human resource development ministry officials said India wanted a bigger share of the Chinese foreign students’ “pie”.

  5. Gloria says:

    An article on Chinese Language Growing Popular Among Indians

    Courtesy: the Telegraph, Kolkata

    China calling
    Learning Chinese will open a new vista of opportunities, says V. Kumara Swamy

    When Kadambari Chitre decided to enrol for a Chinese language course after graduation, her friends and classmates were quite baffled by her decision. They could not understand the significance of learning a language at a time when they themselves were queuing up for management courses. But Chitre knew exactly what she was doing.

    “In a few years, Chinese will be the second most important language in the world. And with China dominating global economic and political affairs, people proficient in both English and Chinese will be in great demand,” says Chitre, now a fourth semester student of the two-year Chinese language diploma course offered at the Delhi-based Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. On completion of her course, Chitre will become an interpreter.

    Chitre is not the only one keen on pursuing Chinese as a career option. The number of students learning the language has been steadily increasing over the years. Whether it is the certificate course at Calcutta University or the diploma course at Delhi University, even the profile of students learning the language is changing. “Now we get students who come from business families with professional interests in China and also mid-level executives from various companies,” points out Sreemati Chakrabarti, head, East Asian Studies, University of Delhi.

    Authorities at the Chinese Embassy too say that they now receive an ever-increasing number of enquiries from various people. “Increased trade interaction between the two countries has definitely added to the interest. The urge to learn the language is set to grow even further,” says Sun Xinquan of the education office of the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi. According to Xinquan, if plans to set up a cultural centre materialises in the future, the embassy can directly offer courses.

    In the corporate sector too, the demand for Chinese language experts is hotting up. Indian companies are looking for people who are well versed in Chinese. “Many big Indian players have set up establishments in China and a few more are in the pipeline. We too plan to set up an office in China soon,” says John Irudayaraj, a recruitment consultant at ABC Consultants, New Delhi.

    Besides increasing opportunities, the main attraction for youngsters is the money. “Jobs are aplenty in this field and the salary packages too are very lucrative,” says Chakrabarti. A young freelance translator and interpreter can easily earn up to Rs 50,000 a month. “Recently a friend was recruited by an organisation in China to teach at a nursery school. She is currently getting a salary of Rs 1.5 lakh a month,” says Chitre. Students can also look forward to working in traditional fields such as research, defence and intelligence establishments with their knowledge of Chinese.

    There are several study options as well. While Visva Bharati University at Santiniketan and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi offer full-time BA (honours) and MA courses, Calcutta and Delhi Universities offer diploma and certificate courses. The Delhi-based Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan offers a postgraduate diploma course. The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Calcutta, also offers a three-year diploma course in Chinese language. You also have the option of doing short-term courses in Chinese. These courses offer basic language skills that can help you to manage day-to-day conversation, business terms and so on.

    However, since Chinese is a character-driven language, learning it is not an easy task. Each symbol in Chinese represents a meaningful unit of the language. Of around 50,000 characters, an average Chinese is expected to master around 7,000 characters. And a person learning Chinese is expected to recognise at least 5,000 characters. “It takes at least two to three years, if not more, to know about 5,000 characters and to reach a certain level. It is, thus, very difficult for working professionals and students to devote so much time to it. However, we meet their requirements by adopting the Pinyin method to teach them. This basically involves using English alphabets to teach Chinese,” says Purnima Garg, director, the Chinese Language Institute (CLI), New Delhi.

    While the tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and certificate courses offered by the universities are similar to those for other courses, the private institutes are a tad more expensive. While Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan charges around Rs 4,500 per semester, CLI’s crash courses of two levels (with each being a 40-hour module) cost Rs 8,500 per level. But is money a constraint when a flourishing career awaits you at the end of the road?

  6. Ra says:

    Due to China “new world” identity, many Indians are catching up to learn Chinese language for interpreter job skills.

    However, for those local Chinese new generations in India, it is reported that most regreted to be able to speak their mother tongue and wished they were never taught at all.

    What’s happening to this world ? Strange.

  7. ycl1688 says:

    Ra,

    You question will be answered here, one simple answer the world is responding to Chinese century. It is a matter of livelihood to some.

    My analyst to chinese not want to learn their own language goes like this certain parents of chinese youngsters in India have the thinking that wasted close to 7 years on pure chinese language schooling is foolish thinking. To make matter clearer, here is what happens in ‘pure chinese’
    school such as Mei kuang school, say you start going to school at age 6 joined KG, then spend another 6 years from class 1-6. Then join english medium school, say from class 4. Wasting a lot of time.

    So the reasoning goes this way, say you are lucky to join the english medium school, having nightmare with not only Hindi, bengali and english. That is what make a tought person tougher under those situation, the reward is after having those tough times, good time would be after class 9, you are allowed to take chinese as second language for the board exam, there everything is virtually going your way, you do not have to struggle with Hindi, like some Chinese students without going the ‘pure chinese’ school. Anyways it was a survival game, the ‘pure chinese’ school products would end up with bilingual. The other ones will not. The ‘pure chinese’ schools have limited english and non of the Hindi language to learn.

    Here is the strangeness to this world. Your are born under chinese you are still chinese.