Chinese English is the variety of English spoken in China. With conservative estimates at about 200 million English speakers in China, recent estimates suggest that the number is, in fact, double. A 2012 article in English Today by Bolton and Graddol, quoting a China Daily article, states that around 400 million people in China, approximately a third of the population, are currently learning English. A more precise figure, that of 390.16 million people who "had learnt English" i.e. studied it at school as a foreign language, is quoted by Wei and Su in the same issue. Among the reasons suggested for this increase is, since the early 1990s, China's open door policy, has led to the country's entry into the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2001, its hosting of the Beijing Olympic Games (2008), and the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (CAFTA) launched in 2010.
Mute English (sometimes called "dumb and deaf English") is a phenomenon, especially common in China, where people can read and understand English as a second language but are not capable of oral communication.
- Yunnan English
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- Wei, R. and Su, J. "The statistics of English in China: An analysis of the best available data from government sources" in English Today, Volume 28, Issue 03, Sept. 2012, pp 10-14. Retrieved 6th October 2012.
- Wikipedia, Mute English