Two weeks ago, I was talking to Ken Carroll of Chinesepod.com about an article in Wired magazine titled “The Mandarin Offensive”.
Today I saw this video from CNN about the Mandarin Chinese craze in United States.
(Quicktime 9.19 MB or CNN Video)
International investment guru Jim Rogers, who has a Chinese nanny for his own daughter, says: “China is the next greatest country in the world, whether we like it or not, and the best skill I can give her is the absolute fluency in Chinese.”
"A Chinese nanny with advanced education, who speaks both English and Mandarin Chinese, can make between $60,000 to $100,000 a year. But top Manhattan agencies say they fill only a fraction of requests. It is hard to convince qualified Chinese this is a job worth doing."
Too bad I don't have the patience to deal with children.