August 19, 2008 by pothin
The Chinese obsession for English will be finallly revealed to the world in this long-awaited documentary. I don’t know exactly when it will be launched but I will certainly be checking the Internet to find out when it will happen.
What really catches my attention is not the maddness of a country in teaching a foreign language to millions of people in months or years, but some people’s belief that they will be happier just because they know English. Of course I can understand (and applaud!) the sense of achievement and the enthusiasm of these people in being able to communicate in a different language. I’ve experienced it myself. I’m also aware of all the political and economics aspects of this rush to become fluent. What worries me though is how English has become such a valuable commodity, especially in China. I have to confess that watching a crowded stadium with people shouting “I can’t stand my poor English! I want to change my life!” not only scared me out but also made me laugh.
Ps. You can watch another part of the documentary here.
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