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Helen Zhang Yuan, Chloe Wang Youjia and Bei Aixinjueluo are TV presenters from the Shanghai Media Group in China. They speak English and Mandarin. They tell Australia Plus about learning English in China and why learning English is important.

Helen, Chloe and Bei use English daily as part of their jobs even though they are TV presenters for Chinese programs.

They started learning English in China from a very young age.

"I learned it the hard way, meaning the school way. Meaning that I go to class," says Bei.

"I need to remember the [English] words. I write it down, I recite it, you know, slowly accumulate my vocabulary database."

Helen, who started learning English from the age of four, says she used textbooks and a private tutor to help her.

"I have my foreign English teacher very early since... I was seven years old and she's American and we communicate quite a lot."

Chloe says when she was learning English there weren't many English speakers in China, even in the major cities, but she went looking for people to practise with.

"At that time I remember there was an English corner in the park and every Sunday morning I went there to try to find some chance to speak English with other students."

- Chloe Wang Youjia

The presenters, who are based in Shanghai, say that English is a very important language and will continue to remain relevant for everyone in the future.

"I was born in 1980s and at that time China [had] just opened up to the world. I sensed the trend that English [will be] the widely used language in the world.

- Helen Zhang Yuan

Apart from communicating with others, there are other benefits when it comes to learning another language such as English.

"I think it's very helpful for you to learn a second language because it will help you to learn a third language."

- Bei Aixinjueluo

"The language is not only a language you can speak... but also it's a way for you to figure out, to discover a whole new world," says Chloe.

"Through the language you can learn more about the country, the culture and the history. That's really... magic for me."

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