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By Tegan Smyth

Is it possible to make learning a new written language fun?

Let’s face it. There are few things more daunting to a language learner attempting to get started in a new language than encountering a writing system so different from their own. Many of the world’s population speak languages that do not use a Latin alphabet or rules that have any similarity to other language groups. It can definitely be disheartening to know that hundreds if not thousands (as is the case with Chinese) of these characters must be understood to bring together the building blocks of… writing an email or reading a newspaper.

There are over 50,000 characters in the Chinese language but only around 2,000-3,000 are required to read a newspaper.

If you haven’t heard of the book and lessons before, Chineasy by ShaoLan Hsueh gets rid of some of the guesswork by breaking down elementary Chinese characters into their basic meaning – pictures.

Here is a great video where she explains the roots of (simplified) Chinese characters:

Really inventive (not to mention creative) way to introduce Mandarin to foreigners!

By Tegan Smyth

What will happen to languages? “The future of language”

We all have different motivations to learn languages. Maybe it is for studies, travel or perhaps for romance. Whatever the reason, there are still global trends that shape the way in which certain languages become sought after and considered ‘languages of the future’. Interesting read from The Washington Post‘s Rick Noack, click the link to see the full article.

The future of language

[…] Which languages will dominate the future? Predictions vary, depending on your location and purpose. But here are a few ways to approach this question.

You want to make money in growth markets? These will be your languages.

In a recent U.K.-focused report, the British Council, a think tank, identified more than 20 growth markets and their main languages. The report features languages spoken in the so-called BRIC countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China — that are usually perceived as the world’s biggest emerging economies, as well as more niche growth markets that are included in lists produced by investment bank Goldman Sachs and services firm Ernst & Young.

“Spanish and Arabic score particularly highly on this indicator,” the British Council report concluded for the U.K. However, when taking into account demographic trends until 2050 as laid out by the United Nations, the result is very different.

Hindi, Bengali, Urdu and Indonesian will dominate much of the business world by 2050, followed by Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and Russian. If you want to get the most money out of your language course, studying one of the languages listed above is probably a safe bet.

Of course, demographic developments are hard to predict. Moreover, the British Council only included today’s growth markets, which says little about the growth potential of other nations that are still fairly small today. Also, Arabic and Chinese, for instance, have many dialects and local versions, which could make it harder for foreigners to communicate.

Despite all that, the chart above gives a broad look into which linguistic direction the business world is developing: away from Europe and North America, and more toward Asia and the Middle East.

You want to speak to as many people as possible? How about Chinese, Spanish or French?

German linguistic expert Ulrich Ammon, who conducted a 15-year-long study, recently released a summary of his research. In his book, Ammon analyzes the languages with the most native speakers and the most language learners around the world. Especially for the latter aspect, there is little original data available, which is why Ammon does not provide predictions of exact numbers of speakers per language.

Here’s his top three of the languages you should learn if you want to use the language as often as possible, everywhere in the world. If you do not have time, however, don’t worry too much: English will continue to top all rankings in the near future, according to Ammon.

1. Chinese.  “Although Chinese has three times more native speakers than English, it’s still not as evenly spread over the world,” Ammon said. “Moreover, Chinese is only rarely used in sciences and difficult to read and write.”

2. Spanish. Spanish makes up for a lack of native speakers — compared with China — by being particularly popular as a second language, taught in schools around the world, Ammon said.

3. French. “French has lost grounds in some regions and especially in Europe in the last decades,” Ammon explained. “French, however, could gain influence again if west Africa where it is frequently spoken were to become more politically stable and economically attractive.”

A 2014 study by the investment bank Natixis even predicted that French would become the world’s most widely spoken language by 2050. The authors of the study referred to were demographic growth prospects in Africa. “French is also widespread in many smaller countries,” Ammon said. However, the study did not take into account a significant fact: Not everyone who lives in countries where French is  spoken is actually fluent in French.

By fylp.com

HKU’s takes new initiative to support Start Ups with the Dreamcatcher Forum

Hong Kong has often been described as a place where China meets the world and the world meets China. This position gave Hong Kong a unique advantage in the business of connecting the two. It is just natural that Hong Kong will have to play a role in Bringing global start-ups to China and Chinese Start ups into the world. The start up infrastructure is growing. New corking spaces, incubators, accelerators and the government initiatives are announced every day and institutions like the University of Hong Kong are getting behind to set up Hong Kong as a start up place. In a level symposium, the University highlighted Local HKU start-ups with global ambitions. One of them, fylp, an app to find your language partner, aims to connect language learners around the world. Using an online language-learning platform it matches language learners of different levels with a native speaker of the particular language the user would like to learn. The application hopes to create an informal setting for language learners to make language learning more effective and enjoyable. The matching algorithm analyses a user’s profile based on the following data: location, language, commitment, application activity and interests. Based on these characteristics, the application is then able to help you find the nearest and most suitable language partner or tutor. Moreover, the application is free and language learning can occur both online and offline where increased activity will ensure that you find your ideal partner or tutor. Michael Guglielmetti, the COO of Fylp Limited also highlights the power of promoting the app to underprivileged or low income families as they can use and practice with a real person for free. “The app motivates students very differently then textbooks, to become more active and social because the language becomes real when talking to real people and getting that this is what language is for.” Fylp Limited was one of the eight start-up companies selected to pitch their new application idea at the University of Hong Kong Dream Catchers Forum on May 31. Besides the Hong Kong market, the company hopes to promote the application in China, Taiwan and throughout Europe.

The companies were vetted by a judging panel of industry experts, professors and entrepreneurs. Professor Douglas So, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Institutional Advancement), HKU, reiterated How good the application is in terms of language learning should be analyzed. “Effectiveness of the app and how you measure impact is a little bit tricky but it is something that needs to be done,” he said. He further said that collective feedback is always good. For him, when learning a language, you are becoming a part of a new community in which members share the same experience thus interaction is important.

Ms Joelle Woo, Director, Business Development & Developer Experience (DX), Microsoft Hong Kong Ltd said that the “matching the right people together, could ensure that people have in fact the same target in mind”. In her view, “Learning with a local is a key ingredient to success, however it can only be complimentary and can not replace official curriculum”. Fylp aspires to connect 90,000 users by the end of the year, by then Hong Kong’s Start up will have moved to a next level.

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