By now, you’ve probably seen the news that the world’s top Chinese language learners will soon be able to learn Chinese in under an hour.
The initiative, called “Achieving Mandarin,” was announced by the government of China last week.
It’s the largest international Chinese language initiative ever, and has the potential to help millions of students across the world learn Mandarin as part of the Chinese language immersion program at American colleges and universities.
And for the first time, a Chinese speaking person will be able take part in the program.
“What we’re going to be doing here in the United States is opening up the opportunity for hundreds of thousands of people to learn Mandarin in just 10 minutes or less,” said Richard Kohn, professor of language at Cornell University, in a video announcing the plan.
This means that, theoretically, even if you are a native speaker of Chinese who has spent years learning the language, you can now do the same for a fraction of the cost of a full-time language instructor.
I’m going to show you how it’s done in 10 minutes, Richard Kessler, President of the Mandarin Institute at Cornell said in the video announcing his plan.
And it’s going to cost $1,000 to join the Mandarin immersion program.
“That’s an absolute bargain compared to the $300 to $500 a year that an international language instructor can charge for the same thing,” Kohn said.
Kessler is also the founder and CEO of the American Association of Mandarin Language Teachers (AAMLT), a nonprofit organization that trains Mandarin speakers and gives them hands-on training in the language.
A recent report by the AAMLT found that more than one million people across the U.S. already speak Mandarin, and that number is expected to grow by 10 percent in the next 10 years.
To learn Mandarin, a native English speaker must first complete the standard English language test.
In China, Mandarin is spoken in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Students who are not native speakers of Mandarin and do not have an English teacher can participate in the Mandarin program for a few hours a week.
After the program, they can switch to a full immersion program for three months, which lasts until they are approved for admission to an American college or university.
While the U to Z program in the U, a study published last year found that American students are spending an average of $10,000 a year in language training fees on textbooks and other materials, and are spending a total of $2.5 billion a year on their Chinese learning.
So what’s the downside?
In China, learning the Chinese languages can be extremely expensive, and students can end up spending more than $20,000 in total in just a year of the program.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)The program was launched in June 2015 by China’s State Council, and is the largest and most comprehensive Chinese language training program in history.
Its goal is to help students learn Mandarin at an affordable rate, and Kessler says that, for students who have not yet learned the language but are passionate about it, it could pay off in the long run.
Chinese language immersion programs in the US are a dime a dozen.
But with the announcement, Kessler and AAMLS are hoping to change that.
They plan to launch an additional program in 2021 that will take a small group of Chinese students and give them an opportunity to learn the language for the rest of their lives.
They also hope to expand the Mandarin language immersion training program to all public and private colleges in the country.
Currently, only about 10 percent of college students in the world speak Mandarin.