First, we wanted to see what students are thinking about their Chinese learning journeys.
Second, we wanted to celebrate their hard work and get them some prizes.
Third, we wanted these videos to serve as inspiration for students who haven’t yet started learning Chinese and show them how many of their peers from so many different backgrounds are learning Chinese—and loving it.
Additionally, the China Learning Initiatives staff selected a few videos that we think are the most creative, most unexpected, and most fun. Check them out!
You can also check out this mash-up video of all participants. If you entered a video, look closely—you might see yourself!
All videos had to be posted by May 31, 2017. Participants then had until June 30th to get their video seen and liked. Final tallies were conducted in early July. The winner was announced on July 25, 2017.
The follow frequently asked questions apply to the 2017 contest. These will be updated prior to the start of the 2018 contest.
Chinese writing was as ancient to the Roman Empire, as is the Roman Empire to us.
Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig played the Shanghai Panda in 1934. Who won?
Which character on dollar bills have visited China? Ulysess Grant in 1879. What was he doing there? Whom did he meet?
The largest telescope was recently installed in the mountains of southwest China. What is it looking for?
Chinese astronomers recorded a supernova in March–April of 5 B.C.E. which was visible for over 70 days. Did they actually spot the Star of Bethlehem?
Ezra Pound’s prescriptions for becoming a poet: “You read all the poets of the English language in chronological order, you learn Chinese, you learn enough Provençal to read the troubadours.” What will you cover next?
April 14, 2017 | Fortune
April 12, 2017 | Bloomberg
April 10, 2017 | The Climate Group
April 9, 2017 | CNBC
April 8, 2017 | Business Insider
April 7, 2017 | Bloomberg
April 6, 2017 | CNBC
April 5, 2017 | Reuters
April 4, 2017 | South China Morning Post
April 3, 2017 | LifeHackLane
April 2, 2017 | Fortune
April 1, 2017 | Daily Mail
March 31, 2017 | Dezeen
March 30, 2017 | Reuters
March 29, 2017 | South China Morning Post
March 28, 2017 | Tea Leaf Nation
March 27, 2017 | South China Morning Post
March 26, 2017 | CGTN
March 25, 2017 | Xinhua
March 24, 2017 | China Daily
March 23, 2017 | Xinhua
March 22, 2017 | The Washington Post
March 21, 2017 | The Washington Post
March 20, 2017 | The New York Times
March 19, 2017 | CNBC
March 18, 2017 | South China Morning Post
March 17, 2017 | The Washington Post
March 16, 2017 | IFL Science
March 14, 2017 | Asia Society
March 13, 2017 | China Daily
March 12, 2017 | South China Morning Post
March 10, 2017 | BBC World
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Whether you’re new at learning Mandarin or speaking fluently, there is a wealth of online materials to help you support your learning. But another important aspect of learning language is connecting to other learners, sharing you experiences, asking questions, and getting a broader understanding of the culture and country the language evolved in. Learn about some initial resources for enriching your Chinese studies online.
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