Chinese growing popular among Indians: consul general

July 16th, 2008 - 9:13 pm ICT by IANS  


Kolkata, July 16 (IANS) The Chinese language is becoming more popular among Indians with increased interaction between the two countries, said Mao Siwei, consul general of China in Kolkata here Wednesday. “It is very important to eradicate the language barrier between India and China in the face of the increasing interaction between the two countries. Besides, the popularity of the language is also growing among Indians in recent times,” Siwei told IANS at the inauguration of ‘Zhong Wen Xue Xiao: The School of Chinese Language’.

“There is a misconception that Chinese is the most difficult language which is unfit for this information technology generation. But, actually it is the second largest language used on Internet,” Siwei added.

The school, set up at Ballygunj area in south Kolkata, is an initiative of Royal Bengal Group - a non-government organisation.

One of the directors of the school, Madan Saraff, said there is a plan to set up a Chinese centre where people after completion of the course will be able to practise the language.

“We have requested the West Bengal government to help us with a site for the project. It is essential to have one here so that not only our students but also all the Chinese-speaking people can come together and interact,” said Saraff.

The school has started a three-month crash course for working people as also a full-fledged three-year certificate course.

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