Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Surprises Beijing Audience with His Fluency in Mandarin

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Surprises Beijing Audience with His Fluency in MandarinWhat other things can Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg do that may surprise us? During a sit down interview in front of a love audience this week, he amazed everyone as he spoke to faculty members and students in fluent Mandarin.

No, he did not just memorize words to communicate with the audience. He interacted with them in full 30 minutes of the talk in their native language. Zuckerberg seemed as if Mandarin has been his primary language.

The Facebook CEO visited Beijing, China this week. He was invited to talk before an audience consisting of teachers and students at the Tsinghua University School of Economics.

Fluency in Mandarin

So how did he fare in his Mandarin speeches and conversations? According to witnesses, he did very well. He literally did not fumble around for words. In fact, in some point, he even made the audience laugh with his candid comments and answers to some questions.

There were times that he had to explain some parts of the discussion to those who don’t speak Mandarin in the audience. Logically, the audience was able to connect and interact with him more. This opened up a new facet to Zuckerberg’s continuously diversifying public personality.

Part of annual personal challenge

Not known to many, Zuckerberg has a bizarre interest in taking in a different challenge for himself every year. In 2009, for instance, he committed to wear a necktie each
day. It was a challenge because he was naturally down-dressing even during important and formal occasions.

In 2011, Zuckerberg committed to eat meat coming from animals that he had slaughtered personally. It was in 2010, when he took the challenge to himself to learn how to speak Mandarin.

Unlike in many previous years when his motives were unknown as to how he chooses the annual challenge for himself, in 2010, his personal motive for learning Mandarin was disclosed. In December of that year, Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, then his fiancée (now his wife) was set to visit China. That was when he decided to study the Chinese language during the entire year in preparation for their trip to mainland.

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