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Feasibility report

Web based Chinese tutoring

Sigurður Samik Davidsen
Hrafn Jóhannesson
Liang Sun

Index
Introduction......................................................................................................................... 2 Problem ............................................................................................................................... 4 Objectives ........................................................................................................................... 4 Methods............................................................................................................................... 6 Feasibility analysis.............................................................................................................. 7 Summary............................................................................................................................. 7 References........................................................................................................................... 8

Feasibility Report

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Introduction
This report seeks to evaluate the overall importance and relevancy of a website that coherently presents the Chinese language to Icelanders. The website’s target audience would be Icelanders planning trips to China or Icelanders simply interested in learning the language.

Given the combination of airfares constantly lowering and modern technology in communication the distance between the two countries has been reduced dramatically. As a result we would like to make learning Chinese as accessible for Icelanders as possible. It is important to recall that China has one of the oldest civilizations and there is an approximately 1.052.000.000 people that speak Chinese. Table one shows the most widely spoken languages in the world.

Language

ISO 639-2
chi/zho

Population total all countries
first language speakers
874.000.000

Including second
language speakers
1.052.00.000

Chinese,
(Mandarin)
Hindi
Language of
northern India.
English, spoken
105 other
Spanish, spoken in
44 countries.
Arabic, (in various
dialects)
Official language
in 26 countries.
Russian, spoken in
31 countries.
French, spoken in
54 countries.

hin

366.000.000

487.000.000

eng

341.000.000

508.000.000

spa/esp

322.200.000 to 358.000.000

417.000.000

ara

280.000.000

N/A

(figures: UNHCR)
rus

167.000.000

277.000.000

fra

77.000.000

128.000.000

Table 1, from http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/most_spoken_languages.htm, created in 1999

China offers one of the greatest markets in the world which scope is e.g. from studies, business, science to fashion.
Considering the relationship between Iceland and China there has been a drastic change from 1972.

Feasibility Report

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“China and Iceland established diplomatic relations on 8th December 1971. In May 1972, China assigned the first resident ambassador to Iceland.” (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the People's Republic of China. (August 26, 2003). China and Iceland Retrieved September 23, 2005, from

http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/wjb/zzjg/xos/gjlb/3306/t16952.htm) To continue with further quotations from the same reference we see that there is a drastic change in trade between the two countries, see table two for figures. “According to statistics of Chinese customs, the total volume of trade between the two countries in 2003 was US$68.3 million, an increase of 107.5% compared with 2002”. “…The main exports from China to Iceland are coal, garments, textiles, footwear and ships, and the main imports from Iceland are fish products and mechanical and electrical products”.

Year
2002
2003
2004
2005 January - July

Trades in US dollars
32.920.000
68.300.000
73.290.000
128.000.000

Table 2 from http://www.statice.is/?pageid=1260&src=/temp_en/utanrikisverslun/voruskipti.asp

With this web site we will open new doors for those...
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