Watch Mark Zuckerberg Give A 20-Minute Speech In Chinese

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg Shows Off Improved Chinese With 22-Minute Speech.

Instead of rush to make quick money, young entrepreneurs should focus on having a strong sense of mission when starting a business, said Mark Zuckerberg in his speech at the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing, as the Facebook founder and CEO tries to expand his business into the world’s largest Internet market.For what Mark Zuckerberg said was his “first real speech in any language” sharing how he started thinking about Facebook’s mission, the company’s co-founder chose Chinese. Zuckerberg, who was appointed to the advisory board of Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management last October, gave a speech entirely in Mandarin at a student dialogue event at the university on Saturday, which immediately generated a buzz among Chinese netizens who praised him for his fast-improving Mandarin Chinese skills. “When you have a mission, it helps you focus,” said Zuckerberg, who first impressed the world with his language skills last October when he conducted a short question and answer session in Mandarin at Tsinghua University. Zuckerberg’s previous efforts, while impressive for someone not living in China and coping with the demands of running a multi-billion dollar public company, were described as being akin to a seven-year-old child.

More distinctively, the school will also provide its students health care services from birth to graduation. “I’m so proud of Priscilla for starting The Primary School – a new kind of school that brings education and healthcare together,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post. “Health and education are closely connected. But they are eager to gain access to the world’s most populous country, which has had a sharp increase in Internet users despite widespread censorship. But he added that one billion — roughly China’s population — was just “a number,” and that the company’s real ambition was to connect everyone in the world. “There is a good Chinese saying, which says that if you work at it hard enough, you can grind an iron bar into a needle,” he said. “If you keep working hard, you will change the world.” Indeed, Mr. I’m not a Chinese speaker myself, but I talked to a number of people who are and the general consensus is that Zuckerberg’s progress is impressive — in particular his vocabulary is wide-ranging given his stage of learning — but his tones need some work.

Zuck isn’t about to step into a Chinese boardroom soon, if he could, but the fact that he can find the time to become suitably proficient with a challenging language like Chinese will give other would-be language learners a boost in their own quest. The entrepreneur’s determination to master Mandarin has also be regarded by pundits as an effort towards softening China’s stance against the social media giant.

Given the Chinese government’s increased crackdown on methods for climbing its Great Firewall internet censorship system, I wonder what VPN Facebook’s CEO uses to get Facebook to work in China? The marked improvement in Zuckerberg’s Mandarin skills over the last year did not go unnoticed by Chinese netizens. “[Zuckerberg] has attained this level of speaking after learning Mandarin for just a year … it is obvious his achievements today are definitely not by chance,” said one user on Twitter-like Chinese microblogging platform Weibo. Zuckerberg clearly exhibits the qualities most important in a successful language learner: solid work ethic, acceptance of inevitable mistakes, and irrational audacity. (It bears mentioning that these are not unlike the qualities of a successful startup founder.) After last year’s Q&A at Tsinghua, we said that Zuckerberg’s enunciation “was roughly on par with the clarity possible when someone’s stepping on your face.” Since then Zuck has made impressive strides, particularly in vocabulary and grammar. Even with frequent pauses and grammatical mistakes, his Chinese appeared to have improved from last year, when he was mainly able to talk about simpler topics such as family and Chinese kung fu movie stars. “At the time, there were so many websites on the Internet and you could find almost everything—news, music, books, things to buy—but there was no service to help us find the most important thing to our lives: people,” he said. Before going to medical school, she ran an after-school program and taught elementary school science in Boston. “My experiences of running an after school program in a low income housing project and working as a pediatrician in a safety net hospital has shown me first hand that we need a better way of caring for and educating our children,” she wrote in her own Facebook post. “The effects of trauma and chronic stress create an invisible burden for children that makes it very difficult for them to be healthy and live up to their academic potential.” Health and education have long been intertwined as a social issue.

According to the 2010-2011 National Survey of Children’s Health nearly one in four children are reported to have been diagnosed with at least one of a list of 18 health conditions thought to be chronic. At the end of June 2015, China has 667 million Internet users, representing about a fifth of global online users, according to statistics by China Internet Watch. He frequently mixes up the tone for “heart,” for example, making it sound more like “belief.” This doesn’t mean his message is totally lost, but the Mandarin speakers at Quartz and many users on Weibo agreed that understanding Zuck requires some extra focus on the part of the listener. He said some people worried Facebook might only work in the U.S. for connecting people, but the company will keep going, expanding to other countries. Chan’s holistic approach echoes the modus operandi of “whole-child” education programs, in which every factor outside of K-12 school is considered pertinent to education as a whole.

And while his usage has improved, he sticks to relatively uncomplicated platitudes like “If you know your mission, you don’t need to know the entire plan,” or “With each step, you can do new things.” The splash Zuckerberg makes each time he whips out his Mandarin reveals an odd linguistic double standard. The Harlem Children’s Zone, for instance, is an ongoing community project that encompasses every stage of education starting from early childhood as well as offering an array of community programs, including ones designed to that promote health.

While there have been mixed reviews of their subsequent academic impact, early childhood education programs like HCZ’s Baby College still serve the community in ways that had been lacking previously. “There’s a lot more to learning and development than test scores,” W. Steven Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, tells NPR in May. “And so if it only has modest impacts, it’s probably worth it.” In short, Zuckerberg is a long way from doing the Mandarin equivalent of an interview with Charlie Rose, as Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, gave in English at Davos this year. During a visit to the US, Chinese president Xi Jinping reportedly spent more time with Zuckerberg (paywall) than he did with other top US CEOs, because the two were talking in Chinese.

Xi’s U.S. visit, even though it couldn’t be easily accessed from China, where Facebook’s website remains blocked. “This was the first time I’ve ever spoken with a world leader entirely in a foreign language,” he wrote on his Facebook page shortly after the meeting. Introducing the company’s products and services into China will almost certainly mean Facebook will have to cooperate in some way with the Chinese government or a Chinese corporate partner to censor what its Chinese users post.

Facebook last year leased office space in Beijing to establish an ad sales office and, possibly, to provide a headquarters for the “thousands” of developers it has there. Xi than other American entrepreneurs because he was speaking Chinese. “To find a foreigner who can speak Chinese is always a shock, so they spoke the longest,” Mr.

LinkedIn, the professional social network, has been able to introduce a service in China by working with two well-connected Chinese venture capital firms and censoring sensitive content on its network within China. Uber, which has experienced huge growth in use in China during the past year, has moved quickly to ensure all its customer data is stored within China to comply with regulations there. Not only did Zuckerberg conveniently leave his copy of The Governance of China, a collection of Xi’s speeches, on his desk for all to see, he said he was suggesting that all of Facebook’s staff read it, too. But the choice of the venue, Tsinghua, a state university often nicknamed the M.I.T. of China, puts Facebook’s philosophy in front of a diverse audience, albeit one without much power to change policy. “Over all, I think Mark Zuckerberg’s speech has little substance,” Mr. State-run news outlets have taken to Facebook, even though their own citizens can’t see their posts, Xi Jinping’s US trip was publicized on the social platform, and Zuckerberg’s appointment to a board at Tsinghua suggests he is trusted by normally wary authorities.

But even with all of this, it remains unlikely that the government will unblock access to Facebook too unless it, like some other US internet companies, agrees to conform to China’s strict censorship rules.

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