Foreign Media: Nigeria “Falls in Love with” Chinese Language, a Possible Mother Language in the Future

[Source]    cankaoxiaoxi.com [Time]    2014-02-28 16:11:28 
 

Core message: “Seize the opportunities brought by Chinese language on its way to becoming a common language in the future”.

(Report from cankaoxiaoxi.com on February 24th, 2014) English is gradually being considered as a mother language in Nigeria. Compared with over 600 local languages of around 250 ethnic groups, English is preferred by most Nigerian people as a means of communication. Putonghua, another foreign language which Nigerian people pay close attention to nowadays, may become another mother language in this country in the future.

According to a report from Nigerian punchng.com on February 21st, 2014, if you want to explain why Nigeria falls in love with Putonghua recently, it is because of the economic prosperity in China.

Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, Governor of Lagos State of Nigeria, mentioned this in an activity commemorating his being in office for 2000 days, “Whether you admit or not, Chinese people have gradually dominated the world economy. What we could do now is to get our students well-prepared so that they could seize the opportunities brought by Chinese language on its way to becoming a common language in the future”.

At present, public schools in Lagos State haven’t offered Chinese courses and relevant issues are still in discussion. However, some universities in Nigeria have already established Confucius Institutes, which are centers for Chinese language learning. Not long ago, the University of Lagos enrolled 25 students into its Chinese degree program.

There were also reports that this measure was under wide criticism by supporters of local mother languages, especially after the Federal Ministry of Education in Nigeria introduced a policy recently which set three major languages in Nigeria, namely, Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa, as optional courses in senior high schools.

 
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