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    (Original post by Ambitious1999)
    Chinese has so many dialects it would be too difficult to learn.
    Not really, you just teach them Standard Mandarin which is what all Chinese, Taiwanese, Chinese Singaporean, Chinese Malaysian people learn in school anyway.

    The grammar is also extremely easy compared to other languages, even Germanic and Romance ones, it's very similar to English.

    China also provides a lot of funding and teachers towards TCFL so the costs of implementing it would be relatively small, certainly cheaper than other languages.

    It's also been suggested that learning Chinese as a child will improve mathematical abilities due to how counting is done in Mandarin, so you kill two birds with one stone.
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    ... if anything, we will need MORE brits speaking eu languages as there will be a shortage of eu immigrants filling jobs that involve languages (teaching, international business, translation, foreign affairs)
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    (Original post by Ambitious1999)
    When schools stop teaching French, German and Spanish after Brexit what modern languages should take their place?

    I think: Japanese Russian and Arabic could be taught in our state schools. What languages do you think should be taught?
    Good options, French was so boring I had no interest in learning it but I would have liked to have tried one of rarer languages like Russian or Chinese.
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    (Original post by Ambitious1999)
    But Japanese is taught in Australian schools as their main foreign language.
    Of course it is. Japan is one of Australia's main trading partners because it is close by. We learn French, German and Spanish because they are our close trading partners. Businesses in the UK are more likely to need people who can speak French, German or Spanish than people who can speak Japanese.
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    I'm impressed at the stupidity of this thread. It manages to capture all the very dumbest ideas of Remoaning all in one go.
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    (Original post by kilner)
    ... if anything, we will need MORE brits speaking eu languages as there will be a shortage of eu immigrants filling jobs that involve languages (teaching, international business, translation, foreign affairs)
    this is actually quite true OP
 
 
 
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