August 19, 2013

Learning Asian languages a challenge for Australia in the Asian Century

"Australian exports to Asian countries are worth around $250 billion a year, so the region is economically and strategically crucial to Australia's future. But neither state nor federal governments have ever acknowledged that Anglo-Australian kids refuse to spend the 2200 hours needed to get a real grasp of an Asian language - because it's just too damned hard."

Source:Why Asian language studies fall on deaf ears
August 19, 2013
By Geoff Maslen
The AGE newspaper

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