Chinese language learning on the rise

DPA Beijing | Updated on August 29, 2014 Published on August 29, 2014

The number of foreigners learning Chinese is on the rise, as counted by those taking proficiency exams in the language, a news report said Friday.

In 2013, an estimated 372,000 people took the three main Chinese proficiency tests around the globe, more than twice as many as in 2010, the China Daily said.

The number was expected to reach half a million in 2014, and 1 million in 2019, it said.

China has established 459 Confucius Institutes across 122 countries to promote Chinese culture and language learning.

The main standardized Chinese language test is the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK), or Chinese Proficiency Test, introduced in 1984.

A HSK pass is required for non-native speakers who want to study at a Chinese university.

Published on August 29, 2014

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