Cambria Press series editor Victor H. Mair (Cambria Sinophone World Series) recently made a brilliant post on the Language Log regarding this image of President Obama speaking Chinese because the teleprompters were hacked! According to Professor Mair, President Obama could have most certainly spoken the Chinese words had these been in pinyin instead of Chinese characters. Professor Mair is a long-time advocate of the useful pinyin system for teaching Chinese and has demonstrated that certain methods of learning/teaching Chinese are ineffective. For more discussions on this captivating topic and other related items, follow Professor Mair’s posts on the Language Log!
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