Mandarin Chinese

NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports on the increasing interest in studying the Chinese language. Mandarin Chinese is spoken by more people than any language in the world, and the number of American students learning Chinese has more than doubled in the past four years. It's not an easy language to study...the meaning of a word can differ depending on which tone is used. But as China becomes more open to foreign business, understanding Chinese could be very beneficial to future trade relations.



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