Is English Widely Spoken in Shanghai?
Shanghai is an international metropolis, employment opportunities are not only rich in quantity, but also have a full range of levels. You can sit in your office and analyze global financial markets every day, with tens of millions of orders going in and out every day, or you can deliver takeout, sell your strength, and run off your legs with dozens of orders every day.
Because of its developed shipping industry and financial industry, Shanghai is an important window for China’s opening up to the outside world, so it provides more foreign-related employment opportunities. Many jobs and jobs in foreign-funded enterprises can be found in Shanghai. English is a necessary skill. Although it is not necessary to use English often in many foreign enterprises, English is always a stepping stone.
If you learn one more language, you will have more opportunities. In Shanghai, if you learn English, you will have more opportunities and job opportunities. If you are proficient in English, your horizons will become more spacious. Education in developed countries in the world advocates learning multiple foreign languages in order to have a broader field of vision and space for communication.
However, not every Shanghai student can learn English well, or even learn English. Although high school students have been able to communicate with each other on a daily basis, it is impossible for many high school students to use it fluently as their own language. English is not good, there are few opportunities, perhaps some students do not have any ambition, casually find an enterprise to dawdle along, or take an examination of a civil servant or something, but this can not deny the role of English in value. Moreover, even domestic enterprises, as long as the scale is slightly larger, will make requirements for English, such as limiting the number of CET-6 points to enter, even if the company never uses English from top to bottom, or there is no overseas market at all.
Why is English the threshold and Chinese not? Because companies don’t need poets and writers, and they don’t need you to make mistakes in every Chinese grammar, they need people who can communicate internationally.
In addition, English is indeed the most important subject that Shanghai students need to pay attention to in middle school. English is a language, which takes time and time to accumulate. The senior high school entrance examination in Shanghai requires a very high vocabulary of English subjects. In addition to vocabulary, we also have to remember a large number of grammatical uses, fixed collocations and so on. English can not be broken through in the short term, but can only be learned in the long term.
It is precisely because of the heavy investment in English learning, hard learning, and the fact that middle school students do not have an objective environment for English communication, this subject has become a nightmare for many lazy students. Not working hard and not being careful is the problem of most students, but those who do not work hard, but those who are lazy can not learn English well, unless they are particularly interested in English.
For schools, they pay more attention to math results, because mathematics reflects students’ thinking, but for Shanghai students, they should pay more attention to English subjects, because this is the easiest to lag behind and the most prone to problems. and it’s really a very difficult subject.
Even without talking about future employment, career selection and other issues, the English subject is still an obstacle in the way for many students to move forward. After the college entrance examination changed from one to two, the importance of this subject has been highlighted again, and students have to pay more attention to it.
Now in Shanghai, with the wide use of English, speaking fluent English has become a symbol of the status and taste of many white-collar workers in Shanghai. However, language experts and education experts in Shanghai have pointed out that there is excessive use of English in some industries, especially in the industrial and commercial circles in Shanghai. Some experts say bluntly that what is behind this phenomenon actually reveals a mindset of blind obedience.
At the middle-level meetings of some foreign companies in Shanghai, even if all the participants are Chinese, they are still required to speak English. The written communication between all Shanghai employees is also required to write in English. However, in contrast to this, the foreign staff of the company write one in Chinese and one in English.
The excessive use and worship of English has also penetrated into the daily lives of people in the industrial and commercial circles in Shanghai, for example, parties are called parties instead of parties. Experts explicitly object to this. He believes that in China, except for closed English training or speaking English when facing foreigners, Chinese should be used for communication on other occasions.
What on earth causes white-collar workers in Shanghai to overuse English? According to expert analysis, in addition to some IT high-income white-collar workers with poor Chinese expression skills and professional habits, it is mainly the mindset of blind obedience.
The craze for English in society has also affected schools, and now English ranks first among all courses in many schools. by contrast, the position of Chinese is in jeopardy. What is most unacceptable to experts is that many schools blindly carry out the so-called bilingual teaching, and even teach Chinese in English in the first grade of primary school. “A foreign language is important, but its status must not surpass that of its mother tongue.”