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  • Let's talk about manias.

  • Let's start with Beatle mania:

  • hysterical teenagers,

  • crying, screaming, pandemonium.

  • Sports mania:

  • deafening crowds,

  • all for one idea -- get the ball in the net.

  • Okay, religious mania:

  • there's rapture, there's weeping,

  • there's visions.

  • Manias can be good.

  • Manias can be alarming.

  • Or manias can be deadly.

  • The world has a new mania.

  • A mania for learning English.

  • Listen as Chinese students practice their English

  • by screaming it.

  • Teacher: ... change my life!

  • Students: I will change my life.

  • T: I don't want to let my parents down.

  • S: I don't want to let my parents down.

  • T: I don't ever want to let my country down.

  • S: I don't ever want to let my country down.

  • T: Most importantly ... S: Most importantly ...

  • T: I don't want to let myself down.

  • S: I don't want to let myself down.

  • Jay Walker: How many people are trying to learn English worldwide?

  • Two billion of them.

  • Students: A t-shirt. A dress.

  • JW: In Latin America,

  • in India, in Southeast Asia,

  • and most of all in China.

  • If you are a Chinese student

  • you start learning English in the third grade, by law.

  • That's why this year

  • China will become the world's largest English-speaking country.

  • (Laughter)

  • Why English? In a single word: Opportunity.

  • Opportunity for a better life, a job,

  • to be able to pay for school, or put better food on the table.

  • Imagine a student taking a giant test for three full days.

  • Her score on this one test

  • literally determines her future.

  • She studies 12 hours a day

  • for three years to prepare.

  • 25 percent of her grade

  • is based on English.

  • It's called the Gaokao, and 80 million high school Chinese students

  • have already taken this grueling test.

  • The intensity to learn English

  • is almost unimaginable, unless you witness it.

  • Teacher: Perfect! Students: Perfect!

  • T: Perfect! S: Perfect!

  • T: I want to speak perfect English.

  • S: I want to speak perfect English.

  • T: I want to speak -- S: I want to speak --

  • T: perfect English. S: perfect English.

  • T: I want to change my life!

  • S: I want to change my life!

  • JW: So is English mania good or bad?

  • Is English a tsunami, washing away

  • other languages? Not likely.

  • English is the world's second language.

  • Your native language is your life.

  • But with English you can become part of a wider conversation:

  • a global conversation about global problems,

  • like climate change or poverty,

  • or hunger or disease.

  • The world has other universal languages.

  • Mathematics is the language of science.

  • Music is the language of emotions.

  • And now English is becoming the language of problem-solving.

  • Not because America is pushing it,

  • but because the world is pulling it.

  • So English mania is a turning point.

  • Like the harnessing of electricity in our cities

  • or the fall of the Berlin Wall,

  • English represents hope

  • for a better future --

  • a future where the world has a common language

  • to solve its common problems.

  • Thank you very much.

  • (Applause)

Let's talk about manias.

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