LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||24/ABR/2006 5:18 PM|
|Assunto:||English as an international language|
I believe Brazil's major trading partner is China, não é? Wouldn't learning Chinese actually make more sense and be more useful for budding business-people? In Australia I believe many people in business must speak Chinese, as the Chinese are famous for not liking to learn English and do much business in Australia. There are more Chinese-speakers than English-speakers in the world, and there will be increasingly more and fewer native English-speakers.
I have worked a number of times at trade fairs in Hong Kong . I never met /saw
any 'business westerner' at those fairs who could speak Chinese. I met loads who spoke haltingly English. What I know, contrary to what you say, is that the interest of the Chinese to learn English is huge, like it is appears to be in all of Asia.
Business people may well see an advantage in speaking English, as non-natives, together in dealing with each other, because no-one has the upperhand as far as the language is concerned.
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