Mandarin Chinese Learning is A Must– by Governors of Utah and Delaware

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/knowledge-bank/articles/2016-10-25/teaching-mandarin-chinese-should-be-a-priority-for-american-schools

by Jack Markell (Governor of Delaware) and Gary Herbert (Governor of Utah)

Oct. 25, 2016, at 7:00 a.m.

America’s economic growth is inextricably tied to the strength of its bilateral trade and investment relationships around the world, but we will fall short of achieving our full economic potential if we fail to prepare the next generation to manage those relationships.

Tomorrow’s leaders must be able to compete, work and thrive in a globalized world with diverse, multilingual consumers and economies in which China and the U.S. will continue to be major players. By offering American students early education opportunities to learn Mandarin, we can prepare them for careers in a world and workplace in which our country’s bilateral ties play a consequential role.

We are encouraged by the growing number of American students who have begun learning Mandarin in school in recent years. The U.S. Department of Education reported that after Spanish, Mandarin was the most popular dual-language education program implemented by individual states in 2013.

Still, we have a lot of ground to make up if we are to equip our students with the necessary language tools to engage with the world’s second-largest economy. While China boasts more than 300 million English-language learners, there are only 200,000 K-12 Mandarin language learners here in the U.S. Further, English classes are mandatory for Chinese K-12 students, but less than 0.4 percent of American K-12 students are currently studying Mandarin.

 

Type Chinese characters (Hanzi) on Computers

Pinyin, the alphabetical system used for helping people to learn the Chinese language, consists 26 alphabetical letters, except v, which allows us to use the standard QWERTY keyboard to input Chinese characters.

There is a special letter in Pinyin, ü, which does not exist in English writing and the standard keyboard. To type ü, use v on the standard keyboard.

Learn more about Pinyin from

https://chinesepod.com/tools/pronunciation

http://www.pinyin.info/index.html

Option 1:  Type online:

Comment: Work on any computer, NO need for downloading, but need the internet connection

http://www.chinese-tools.com/tools/ime.html

https://www.google.com/inputtools/try/

Option 2: Change settings on your computer:

Comment: No need for downloading

For PC,  refer to the tutorial at http://www.pinyinjoe.com/windows-7/win7-pinyin-setup.htm

For MAC, refer to the tutorial at http://pinpinchinese.com/blog/how-to-use-pinyin-to-type-chinese-mac

Option 3: Download Google Pinyin (on PC)

http://www.google.com/intl/zh-CN/ime/pinyin/

Comment: only work on Windows system.

China from above

http://natgeotv.com/uk/china-from-above

China is a land of immense scale and diversity, an ancient civilization with a fascinating history dating back thousands of years.

From the monumental engineering feats of the Great Wall, to innovative and unique farming techniques, and a massive water splashing festival, you’ll discover how China has transformed its cities and infrastructure so much in three decades while still retaining its strong traditions, and how these strong traditions have shaped China’s landscape to make it uniquely recognizable and truly magnificent, especially from the air!

http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2015/11/china-from-above/416424/

Nice and Free Documentary films on Chinese Culture

A Bite of China:
Martial Arts:
Design for China:
Experiencing China:
 
The Road to Discovery: Wonders of China
Documentary films

屠呦呦 (Tu Youyou) , the first woman scientist from China wins the Nobel Prize in medicine (physiology)

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2015/tu-facts.html

http://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/simp/science/2015/10/151005_chinese_tu_youyou_nobel_prize_medicine

The name of her name, Youyou, comes from the poem from Shijing, a collection of poems and lyrics of songs, written/compiled 3000 years ago.

http://wengu.tartarie.com/wg/wengu.php?l=Shijing&no=161

呦呦鹿鸣,食野之苹。我有嘉宾,鼓瑟吹笙。吹笙鼓簧,承筐是将。人之好我,示我周行。

呦呦鹿鸣,食野之蒿。我有嘉宾,德音孔昭。视民不恌,君子是则是效。我有旨酒,嘉宾式燕以敖。

呦呦鹿鸣,食野之芩。我有嘉宾,鼓瑟鼓琴。鼓瑟鼓琴,和乐且湛。我有旨酒,以燕乐嘉宾之心。