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乘搭中国经济快车
Riding the dragon
叶琦保(译)(2002-10-19)



Now that Chinese has become a business imperative, it is time that Chinese Singaporeans start to appreciate it more, urged the Editorial Board of the Nanyang Chronicle, a students' newspapers of Nanyang Technological University in its editorial “Our Say!”.


  During the National Day Rally this year, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong touched on young Singaporeans' pessimism with regards to the economic situation.

  According to a press report on a dialogue session with junior college, polytechnic and university students in May this year, more than three-quarters of them expressed pessimism about Singapore's future.

  Rather than just being pessimistic about Singapore's future, perhaps we should adjust to the global trends that will affect Singapore and rise to challenges that we may face.

  One such trend would be the rise of China. Undoubtedly, China will grow to become one of the world's greatest economies.

  Recently, NTUC Income went into partnership with a Shanghai company, eBao Technology. Such business deals will be even more common as China develops into an economic powerhouse.

  This could mean treading on unfamiliar ground and acquiring new skills that could steer us well in the times ahead.

  NTU students can take up lessons at the Centre for Chinese Language and Culture which offers courses on Chinese culture, language, history and business writing that will strengthen their understanding and appreciation of the language.

  There are already plans to improve the teaching of Chinese and to develop a core group of bilingual Chinese elite who understand China's culture, history and contemporary developments.
(来源:http://www.EnglishCN.com)
  Even if the government or the university gives us opportunities to improve our proficiency in the Chinese language, it will be useless if we do not involve ourselves in the process.

  Most young Chinese Singaporeans have been learning Chinese as a mother tongue for at least 10 years, without really understanding why.

  Now that the language has become a business imperative, it is time that we start to appreciate the language more.

  Just learning the language is not enough. There should also be a basic understanding of the culture behind it.

  It would be useless if you possess the language ability, but insufficient cultural knowledge to have a proper conversation with the Chinese nationals.

  It is no longer enough for us to be just effective in one language, or to limit our Chinese language to that of a conversational level.
 
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