Video: Mark Zuckerberg speaks Mandarin at Tsinghua University
October 23, 2014 by Blog Editor
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently visited Beijing’s Tsinghua University and impressed his audiences when he managed to answer almost the entire 30 minutes of the Q&A session in Mandarin Chinese, which he has been learning. This is his fourth visit to China, having visited Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou in the past.
Zuckerberg, who is married to Chinese-American medical doctor Priscilla Chan, began studying Chinese in 2010 so that he could better communicate with his in-laws, who spoke only Chinese at home. He also told the audience that he likes Chinese culture, and he enjoyed the challenge of mastering the notoriously difficult language.
Despite a few tonal slip-ups and awkward syntax along the way, and having stressed that his Mandarin was “terrible” from the outset, he carried his weight well throughout the Q&A session. Issues that he touched on during the interview included Facebook’s presence in China, future developments in technology, and advice to entrepreneurs. Watch the full interview here (no subtitles):