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Why does Mark Zuckerberg speak Chinese?

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"The superior mind puts all his energy into everything he does" Confucius

Mark Zuckerberg

Did Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook and youngest billionaire ever, learn Chinese for pure enjoyment or does he have other less humble intentions?.  

Priscilla Chan

The family of her wife Priscilla Chan is from China. Her grandparents for instance do not speak English although it is said they are from the South of China hence they are more comfortable speaking Cantonese than Mandarin Chinese. 

Facebook in China

I suspect Mark Zuckerberg would love to see Facebook installed in China successfully thus he wants to impress Chinese citizens as westerners do not dare to learn Asian languages. Am I wrong? I am not completely sure but seeing Zuckerberg speaking Chinese is somewhat outstanding as it is said Chinese is the most difficult language to learn.

Mark Zuckerberg Speaking Mandarin Chinese

As he is an American, Mark Zuckerberg does have everybody begging him for chatting a little bit in English. This is the reason people cheer him up any time he says a complicated word in Mandarin Chinese as you may discover watching the following video.

Some considered his pronunciation to be horrendous because master its sounds is overly complicated but people understood him nonetheless, something remarkable. Mark Zuckerberg has been studying Chinese for more than four years. 

Kinds of Chinese language

Even Chinese citizens do not dominate their language fully as it is really tricky and arduous. Only a few do because you do not need to know all Chinese characters. 


There is even a distinction between traditional Chinese that is used mainly for academic purposes and it is even harder and simplified Chinese that is learnt by foreigners for instance that was established to make this difficult language easier and to unify modern China. This is named Chinese Putonghua that means literally common speech which it is the official language of China and is understood by all its citizens despite regional dialects. 

There are lots of different dialects that are unknown to Chinese people who do not come from the same region. This is the reason all television in China has subtitles on. The subtitles belong to Putonghua Chinese so that make everything understood to everybody. 

Do you speak or study Chinese? What can you say about the most spoken lingo in the world? 

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