When class ended, he casually tossed out: Y'all might want to learn Chinese....
Too right. By the time our kids are having kids, Chinese will be the lingua franca, or the lingua chinoise!
Caitrin is studying Chinese—ahead of the curve as all homeschoolers of blog writers are. Every day she puts on her little headset, stares at the screen that features happily married couples in red headresses, Chinese cats that look remarkably like tiger kitties and not the evil twins of "Lady and the Tramp" fame from the Siamese variety and a big blue balloon. She listens raptly and then erupts into what sounds like bad English through too much chewing gum: she-shi ni how wa shi shi kung pao chicken.
And in case you don't believe me that Chinese is the language of the future, check out Russia's change of heart from ESL (English as a Second Language) to Chinese as the best way to suck up to a big economy:
China to set up Confucius institutes in Russia
Xinhua, Oct. 18, 2006 - Chinese Education Minister Zhou Ji said on Tuesday that China will set up several Confucius Institutes in Russia next year to cope with the growing demand from Russian people to learn Chinese. The Confucius Institute is a non-profit school specializing in Chinese language education and cultural communication. Zhou said the Russian government also attaches great importance to Chinese language education and the two governments have signed an agreement specializing in supporting language teaching in both countries.
According to Zhou, there are about 10,000 people in Russia learning Chinese, up 40 percent on last year. On the upcoming China Year in Russia, Zhou said, the two sides will strengthen cooperation in language education. China will provide different types of textbooks and reading materials for different levels of learners and teaching staff will also be provided with extra teaching materials, Zhou said. A Chinese language competition will be held in Moscow next year, the minister added. China has helped to introduce Chinese as a degree course in Russian universities and supported the establishment of a Chinese language center in Russian universities, Zhou said. China will also provide audio-video teaching materials and a Chinese testing service to facilitate teaching and learning Chinese in Russia, he added.
"Language is the bridge of friendship. To expand Chinese teaching abroad is conducive to stepping up understanding between China and the world," Zhou said.
From: China Today