Published On: Mon, Oct 27th, 2014

Mark Zuckerberg Wooing Chinese to Facebook by Speaking their Language

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Watch Mark Zuckerberg Blowing Chinese Crowd’s Mind in Fluent Mandarin

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed students of Tsinghqua University, according to Bloomberg, in Chinese. Zuckerberg said,  “My Mandarin is not so good, but I want to speak Chinese today.” Jeff Wang, director the Asia society, told Bloomberg, “At first, I thought he was just another American trying to show off (he spoke in perfect English), but then he went on for 30 minutes. That was really impressive. Mark’s accent was unmistakenly a foreigner speaking Chinese.” But since there are so many dialects in China.  “We are used to hearing accents … we should hear a foreign accent.”

Wang said 300 million people in China “cannot communicate effectively in Chinese. “So give him a break. I would rate Mark at 9, because he achieved far more to the trust and communication by doing it in Chinese…and plus I want him to keep on learning.”

Facebook is almost entirely censored in China. He spoke about Facebook’s presence in China while avoiding any reference to the recent conflict between the government and Hong Kong. Zuckerberg apologized for his Chinese, but says he learns every day at home. Perhaps his wife, Priscilla Chan, who grew up in a Mandarin-speaking Chinese American family is helping him study. The New York Times reports that during their Chinese lessons, Mark asked Priscilla, “Why is my listening comprehension so bad.” and she replied, “Because your listening comprehension in English is also bad.”

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