From US President Donald Trump's granddaughter Arabella to Jim Rogers' daughter Happy Rogers, quite a number of foreigners have either started to learn Chinese or prefer their descendants learn the language in recent years.
Meanwhile, as an increasing number of foreigners are now looking towards the East, many Chinese words have become a familiar sight.
The China International Publishing Group (CIPG) released a report on the most recognized Chinese words overseas. According to the report, Shaolin, from the Shaolin Temple – the most well-known Buddhist Temple internationally for its martial arts training – tops the list of the 100 most recognized Chinese words. According to the CIPG, the report was based on surveys in eight English-speaking countries including the US, UK, Australia, Philippines, South Africa, Canada, Singapore and India.
“Yuan,” China's currency, is third on the list, while "gugong," the Chinese for the Palace Museum or the Forbidden City finished in fourth place. Chinese words about the martial arts, such as "Qigong," "Taichi" and "Wushu" are also included on the list.
Many Chinese festivals, such as the Double Ninth Festival, the Lantern Festival, Dragon Boat Festival and the Spring Festival have also become familiar to foreigners.
Dumplings (Jiaozi), hot pot (Huoguo), pancake (Jianbing) and steamed bun (Mantou) are among the eight food words that foreigners recognize the most. Many foreign students were inspired by Chinese pancake vendors and launched their own start-up catering businesses after returning to their own countries.
Chinese words related to the country’s politics and economy have also found their places on the list; for instance, the Chinese words for the Belt and Road and China’s well-known high-speed railway. Also, the names of the traditional fairy tales that are used for the Chinese spacecrafts Wukong and Chang’e, have made the list.
Zhifubao, or Alipay, the online payment mobile application under China’s tech giant Alibaba, was listed in the science and tech category.