According to a recent survey conducted by the China Youth Daily, more than 80% of Chinese people think that the level of Chinese proficiency has been deteriorating.
One major factor cited by this survey suggests that the information age and internet technology are driving people away from practicing their handwriting and character creation. Another factor is said to be the emphasis placed on learning foreign languages as opposed to continuing to hone their Chinese proficiency.
One interesting point about this poll is that China has taken steps to preserve their native languages. Just recently they developed language translation software to help standardize the use of minority languages.
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