Breaking news! In a dramatic policy change, the legislative branch of Nicaragua, the National Assembly, confirmed today that Mandarin will become the official language of Nicaragua. An amendment to the Nicaraguan Constitution requires all foreign residents and nationals to pass a Mandarin proficiency test.
In expectation of thousands of Chinese immigrants entering Nicaragua to work on the proposed Nicaraguan canal, the spokesperson for the President of the National Assembly states that the rule change is a result of concerns that national and foreign residents will not easily assimilate into local communities where the Chinese immigrants will settle. Without a solid foundation of the Mandarin language, it will adversely affect the local populations.
In a prepared statement being distributed to foreign embassies, consulates, and the Nicaraguan embassy, as well as immigration offices in Managua, the National Assembly states, “We recognize that Mandarin proficiency will be a major predictor to adapt to Nicaragua and a new Chinese culture. We have become increasingly concerned about recent clashes between the Chinese and local residents. Language problems may be causing the clashes due to cultural differences and misunderstandings.”
The National Assembly statement continues,” It is our belief that all Nicaraguan and foreign residents wishing to stay in Nicaragua should assume the responsibility of learning our country’s new official language. Therefore, in the best interests of Nicaragua, all school texts will be reprinted in Mandarin, including official documents of the state, and all other documents. We believe that most current nationals and foreign residents will understand and support this position.”
In addition, the National Assembly statement says, “You are encouraged to learn and practice Mandarin. Soon, all local media sources will be changing their formats to the Mandarin language. We understand that this transformation takes time. Therefore, you will have six months to become proficient in Nicaragua’s new official language.”
Residents and citizens who do not pass the beginner’s Mandarin test the first time, can retake the test twice. Those who don’t pass can voluntarily move to Costa Rica or be deported to the country of their choice at their expense.
Below is the practice test for Mandarin Chinese proficiency. Are you proficient?
This new regulation is effective today, April 1st, 2015. Happy April Fool’s Day.
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