TODAY -

Significance of learning Chinese language (Mandarin) in Manipur

Dr Bishanjit Loitongbam *



It has been propagated in Manipur that learning foreign language other than English is of no use. They are propagating it as if knowing English is the only key to unlock all the problems we are facing with. Knowing English is very important. But there is no loss of learning other foreign language, too. We are now in a situation that we should learn Chinese language (Mandarin) extensively.

Native English speaking countries like the US, the UK, Ireland, etc. are sending thousands of their students to China only to learn Chinese language. These countries have realized knowing Chinese language as important for their future on the global stage. In such a situation, it is not prudent to neglect learning Chinese language in Manipur. Now the question is why should we need to learn Chinese language?

This is the time of developing one's economy and the survival. China's global influence has been growing both economically and culturally. China's influence on the global economy is so strong that if a country wants to develop its economy, she needs to cooperate with China and she needs Chinese investment.

It is expected that Chinese economy will dominate and lead the world economy by at least 40/50 years. It will be hard to believe that no one can oppose China's OBOR (One Belt One Road) ini- tiative. Learning Chinese language means building bridges connecting China with their respective countries and also enables them to take advantage of the OBOR Initiative to promote their economy. So, there is 'Mandarin fever' across the world and a growing number of people are starting to learn Chinese language and culture.

By the end of 2016, 1,073 courses have been offered by 512 Confucius Institutes across 140 countries and regions to foreigners who are fond of the Chinese culture. Both developed and developing countries are introducing Chinese courses in their home countries to meet the demand in the market.

For example. Kensington Wade, a London primary school, enrolled its inaugural class of 15 students in September 2017, offering a total immersive learning in the Chinese language. It was the first of its kind in the country and Europe. In Ireland, Chinese language will be added to the list of languages covered under the country's national exams by 2020. It will also be included as a subject in the college entrance exam in 2022. In France also, the number of students learning Chinese language has quadrupled in the past decade.

In the US, Chinese language is the fourth most widely taught foreign language in the schools and Universities. According to 2016 Census Bureau data by the Center for Immigration Studies, out of 65 million Americans speak languages beyond English at home, 3.4 million of them speaking Chinese. South Africa, Mauritius, Tanzania, Cameroon, and Zambia all included Chinese in their national education system in 2016. In Africa, knowledge of Chinese enhances personal competitiveness in finding jobs. For example, in Nigeria, job seekers who are Chinese bilinguals can get three times the salary of other people in similar job positions.

Similarly, there are lots of advantages of learning Mandarin for Manipur. First, learning Mandarin is not encouraged in India due to different reasons which include English bias, history, difficulties of learning Chinese, etc. Also, there are no proper institutions for learning Chinese language in India. On the other side, China is investing a huge amount of money in India and it is expected to increase it every year. An interesting fact is that Chinese people don't speak English and Indian doesn't know Chinese language. This situation gives our students and youth a lifetime opportunity.

If we master in Chinese language, we can build a bridge connecting India with China. If those Manipuri who are working at different companies and departments in different parts of India and abroad had mastered in Chinese language, they would have get these opportunities. They might get relatively higher salary and promotion. Forget the past. Now is the time to begin with. Many of our youth will go to other parts of the country and the world as well looking for jobs.

Thus, we should teach the present generation particularly students the Chinese language so that they can now grab this opportunity. Knowing Chinese language makes them highly competitive and companies (both domestic and foreign) will prefer them at the time of recruiting. Beyond that, they can easily earn money by doing other service based jobs such as tourist guide, interpreter, middleman in different companies (both for Chinese and Indian companies) as representatives, managers, etc.

In tourist hotspot cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, etc., a tourist guide earns more money than a government official. For that matter, we must not belittle or neglect learning Hindi. It means, given English, if a person is fluent in Hindi and Chinese well, he becomes a hot potato in the global job market.

It is no doubt that India and china, the two most populous countries in the world, will cooperate with each other to develop their economy in the future. As most of the mainland Indian neglects learning Chinese language means our advantages - the advantages that we should create. and take it. If we are fluent in Chinese language or trained as a Chinese expert, it can increase both our trading activities and employment.

For us, learning Chinese language is not as difficult as it has been propagated. Our pronunciation, tone and grammar are very much similar with that of Chinese. Most importantly, if we learn this language right now, it will give us 'first moving advantage' rewarding us with a monopoly-like status in the job market.

Another important reason is that we have to improve our economy and our economic development highly depends on our neighboring countries and China. Most of the business and investment activities in East and Asia Pacific countries including Myanmar are dominated and controlled by Chinese and Chinese descendant businessmen and entrepreneurs. They don't speak English.

They prefer to speak in Chinese language while doing business deal. They have the intensity of promoting Chinese language as an alternative international meahs of communication. So, they give special preference or special treatment to those foreigners who speak Mandarin. These people particularly resided in Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand, are in general not fluent in English.

These are the actual people that we are directly interacted with and doing business with. It is unlikely that Chinese investors don't like to invest in virgin land of North east India. For sure, one day, Chinese investment will come to NE and if we want to lead the region, we must learn Chinese language.

It is impossible to teach Chinese language en masse. It would be better to teach it within a policy framework, say 50 students for the first two years. It is very unfortunate that, in spite of knowing all these facts, government and University authority seems to be not interested in pursuing such an initiative.

Another aspect that we should consider regarding leaning foreign language is Thai language and Burmese language. For our survival and revival of our economy, these two languages will play as important role as Chinese language. China, Thailand and Myanmar are the three countries that can act as the three pillars of rejuvenating Manipur's economy as well as the rest of the NE states. As the saying goes, strike while the iron is hot, now is the right time to act. Opportunity is just like bubbles floating in stream, if you don't grab it in time, it bursts at any moment at any'time.

Thus we should train our young people not only to gain a good command of the Chinese language, but also take advantage of the Belt and Road Initiative and Act East Policy to promote cooperation between China and India.


* Dr Bishanjit Loitongbam wrote this article for The Sangai Express
This article was posted on November 22, 2017.


* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Laija (Film Scenes) #1 :: eRang
  • Ningol Chakouba @ Dubai #2 : Gallery
  • Countdown to Manipur Polo International
  • Education for 21st century jobs
  • The corrupt tiger
  • Can you stop falling rain :: Poem
  • Scholars translate celebrated Nepali..
  • Of harassment at Imphal-Moreh Route
  • Need for a strong Opposition
  • Lamklai Kummoi Maring Fest #2: Gallery
  • National School Games- Fencing: Gallery
  • We want the ring...
  • The Queen's Heart :: Poem
  • Education of heart: Heart of Education
  • Mao - The Revolutionary
  • Discussion on India-Vietnam Relation
  • Sangai of the Sangai festival
  • Jarnail in his element
  • Tough road awaits Sarita in World Boxing
  • ACAUT says NNPGs unable to rein..
  • State has no say in ILP - Conrad
  • Ningol Chakouba @ MBC #2 : Gallery
  • Ningol Chakouba Nga Mela #2 : Gallery
  • Rajkumar Jhaljit : Sahityaratna 2017
  • Gaudiya Vaishnavism in Meitei Nation #2
  • Ningol Chakouba :: Poem
  • World Diabetes Day 2018
  • Bartending as a career option
  • The unintended windfall
  • Issues before the Parliamentary polls
  • Mera Kongchat Mass Rally #3: Gallery
  • Rock Show at X-Jam 2018 : Gallery
  • Bloody Phanek wins at Signs Festival
  • Gender Equality & Development :: Book
  • I am friend of India for life- Japanese PM
  • 2019 Commonwealth Scholarship in UK
  • 55th Nagas' Meet at New Delhi
  • Black money and the dream-merchants
  • What steps to address traffic chaos ?
  • Govt extends ban on seven Meitei groups
  • It won't be easy for Mary Kom - Nieva
  • Ningol Chakouba @ Mysore #1 : Gallery
  • Ningol Chakouba @ Dubai #1 : Gallery
  • Cry of a Dying River - 54 :: Poem
  • Religious education- Part of our life
  • Free Heart Camp at Kakching Bazar
  • Jobs at Gyan Jyoti Foundation
  • Nothing seems change; everything remains
  • Predatory instinct of man: Targeting 'Manipur'
  • Lihaaz- Classical Music at IIT Guwahati
  • Mera Wayungba #1 : Gallery
  • L Modhuchandra : Young Scientist Award
  • Chavang Kut celebrated in Delhi
  • Temple runs for a pilgrim's journey
  • First day of All India Young Writers' Festival
  • Ningol Chakkouba in era of materials
  • Constitutional breakdown in governance
  • Attacked on Environment Defenders
  • Kut festival @ Chandel : Gallery
  • Mega Marathon Manipur #2 : Gallery
  • Karen people's pursuit for survival..
  • Glamorous Maniac & their new single
  • City bus for high end of society- Why not?
  • Youth Leadership Camp at Yairipok
  • Course in Political Science at NEHU
  • Of Indian Constitution
  • Ningol Chakouba @ MBC #1 : Gallery
  • Ningol Chakouba Nga Mela #1 : Gallery
  • NH7 Weekender @Meghalaya #2 : Gallery
  • Gaudiya Vaishnavism in Meitei Nation #1
  • Old Man in the Winter :: Poem
  • Drawing inspiration from Dave Mustaine
  • Condemns attack on Agnes Kharshiing
  • NEUFC Fan Park celebrates
  • Achievement lists of PDA is 'Boring'
  • MPP : Down but not out
  • Ningol - mapam lamdam : Gallery
  • Kwatha Festival #1 : Gallery
  • Ningol Chakkouba: Biggest fest of Manipuri
  • Mizoram Under the British Rule :: Book
  • Dr. Udit Raj: a Crusader
  • Undisclosed #MeToo campaign in Manipur?
  • Drought :: Poem
  • When Money matters, sincerity is out..
  • Detaining two more at Jiribam
  • Ningol Chakkouba : Flash Presentation
  • Ningol Chakkouba Shopping #1: Gallery
  • Chingjaroi, Atengba, Ahongbi :: eMing
  • The Killing Fields 2013-18 : News Timeline
  • Those Sparks and Sounds
  • Manipur from Independence to Merger #2
  • Understanding RSS :: Book Review
  • Cry of a Dying River - 53 :: Poem
  • A take on Freedom of Media
  • Pay of private school teachers
  • Mera Kongchat Mass Rally #2: Gallery
  • Art Festival @ Imphal : Gallery
  • 26 month left to meet AIDS 90-90-90 target
  • Tengnoumanbi- Essential food item ..
  • Dr Abdul Kalam vision of transforming India
  • A Wintry Landscape :: Poem
  • 'Say no to Lead Paints'
  • Completing bigger task
  • Biomedical wastes: Health, ecology at stake
  • NIA files chargesheet against 5 NSCN (K)
  • Ningol Chakouba @ Kolkata : Gallery
  • Mera Houchongba @Konung #3: Gallery
  • Irony of idea of communal harmony
  • Blood Donation at RGU, Arunachal Pradesh
  • Career opportunities in Ecology #2
  • Down the Country Road :: Poem
  • Change of season: Prepare for winter
  • Govt forgotten promises to improve traffic
  • ATC demand: Setback to pluralistic Manipur
  • Mega Marathon Manipur #1 : Gallery
  • Descent & inheritance among Zeliangrong
  • Constituent Assembly Of India & NEFA #3
  • Seminar : Reforming Teaching-Learning
  • Attitude :: Poem
  • Tourism: A key sector in the world
  • NH7 Weekender Meghalaya : Day 2 Report
  • Early solution in Manipur difficult : Army
  • Fabrics of Bangladeshi Manipuri: Download
  • NH7 Weekender @Meghalaya #1 : Gallery
  • Pukning Pothasang: Suicide prevention
  • Where have all the flowers gone? Khurkhul
  • Engaging Failed State :: Book Review
  • eNorth East Award 2018
  • Song of a Tree :: Poem
  • NH7 Weekender 2018 Kicks Off
  • Unsolved case of Pravish Chanam
  • Imphal Jamboree : Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Manipur from Independence to Merger #1
  • A beacon of hope
  • Mishing tribe of Assam
  • Ransomware that made the world cry
  • State Level Painting Competition
  • A suggestion for a strong democracy
  • Issues before Parliamentary polls
  • Kut Festival @ Kangpokpi : Gallery
  • HIV : Gap between research & impact
  • My Tryst With Manipur : A Memoir :: Review
  • Cultural heritage (Kut fete)
  • Bleeding inside Brain treated at SKY
  • Indo-Myanmar Regional Border Meet
  • In Her Arms Of Death :: Poem
  • Pravish Chanam : No Action by CBI
  • Assam Don Bosco : University of the Year
  • NH7 Weekender 2018 in Meghalaya
  • Media that criticize are not your enemy, CM
  • MU limping back to normalcy
  • Mera Kongchat Mass Rally #1: Gallery
  • Happy Kut Wishes :: Flash Presentation
  • November Calendar for Year 2018 :: Tools
  • Weavers training for Mamit , Mizoram
  • Diwali Lagao : Mapugidi Munda
  • Career opportunities in Ecology
  • Jobs at Trueblue, Taxi Service, Imphal
  • CM should not let this opportunity out..
  • Where will Oct 31, 2018 stand ?
  • Mera Houchongba @Konung #2: Gallery
  • Kut Festival :: Series of Articles
  • Comedian Huirem Manglem passed away
  • Constituent Assembly Of India & NEFA #2
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • Overview of Buddha's teachings on Karmma
  • Technological Globalisation and Manipur
  • Initiate disciplinary action against Police
  • 13th Indo-Myanmar Border Committee Meet
  • .....but traffic is still in mess
  • Obstinately silly or immense clout
  • 'Ethnic Conflicts in Manipur: Issues'
  • Mapithel Dam Irrigation Canals #2
  • Kangla is like Ayodhya for Meiteis..Sacred
  • Health Care & Status in North East :: Book
  • Speaker List: Imphal Jamboree- Youth Fest
  • Roars of #MeToo to douse the flame of lust
  • A Welcome Change :: Poem
  • Liangmai community performed at NE fest
  • Immature press statement from NDPP: NPF
  • Our expectation from the government
  • October 31 : Rally and bandh
  • Chalwa Village in Kangpokpi #3 : Gallery
  • NEROCA Vs East Bengal : Gallery
  • Lullaby by This Chord :: Critical Analysis
  • Imphal Jamboree - Youth festival
  • Getting ready for Act East Policy
  • Hey! You're a role model :: Poem
  • Training on Cultivation of Mushroom
  • Yitachu is propagating misguiding facts
  • Naga Talk: Wary yet committed & hopeful
  • Fashion Show: Lamklai Kummoi: Gallery
  • Pukning Pothasang : Bereavement
  • Khong: significance in Zeliangrong culture-2
  • RIST Talk -37 : The Physics of Lunar Dust
  • Cry of a Dying River #51 :: Poem
  • WhatsApp cheating : Unexplained loss
  • Cat :: Poem
  • TSA cautions EMRS School
  • Non-issue turns issue
  • Cong gunning for Governor
  • Mera Houchongba @Konung #1: Gallery
  • Sanjenbam Bhanumati Devi : Kavyabhusan
  • Church and climate change
  • Environmental human rights: Its evolution
  • Developing a database on bio-resource #2
  • Incomplete Love :: Poem
  • Beauty benefits of potato
  • The toddler calls
  • UNC : Acceptable to the Zeliangrongs?
  • Trekking to Dzukou Valley #2: Gallery
  • Constituent Assembly Of India & NEFA #1
  • Can we end tobacco pandemic ?
  • Experiencing Senapati town
  • City Bazaar :: Poem
  • Eepan Thaba #1: Gallery
  • Mapithel Dam Irrigation Canals #1
  • Chumthang Crafts at European Congress
  • A Road Trip to Myanmar #3
  • Narmada Sougaijam - Natl Konkan Award
  • Bor khoiramba @Hiyangthang #2 : Gallery
  • Mera Houchongba : Unity - hill & valley
  • Khong: significance in Zeliangrong culture-1
  • Manipuri Calendar for 2018 : Download
  • Lamyanba Irabot- Floral Tribute #2: Gallery
  • Mera Chaorel Houba #2 : Gallery
  • Anglo-Kuki War 1917-19 : Gallery
  • Pari Imom (Film Scenes) #1 :: eRang
  • Death Anniv - Bhagyachandra #3 : Gallery
  • Jarnail Singh @ MU : Gallery
  • Heikru Hidongba #3 : Gallery
  • AMAND Pune: Cultural evening : Gallery
  • Sizo Festival @Saikot : Gallery
  • Tarpon Sonba : Gallery
  • mtM :: Seireng
  • Front Page Photo 2018 #4: Gallery
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • Manglandasu Nang - OST :: e-pao Radio
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • SPONSORED ADS