It is amazing how Facebook's CEO finds the time to learn to speak Chinese. He is soon going to be a dad, so this is as good as he will get.
31-year-old Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a hobby. He learns to speak Mandarine. He showed off his skills at the Tsinghua University, where Zuckerberg has been a board member for a year. He spoke for 20 minutes in front of students in Chinese.
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Zuckerberg shared the video of his speech on his Facebook page. "I just gave my first ever speech in Chinese at Tsinghua University in Beijing -- on why you need a strong sense of mission to change the world. This was also my first real speech in any language sharing how I started thinking about Facebook's mission, what has kept me going through challenging times and what our mission means now looking ahead for our community of 1.5 billion people," said Zuckerberg about his Chinese speech.
It is amazing to me where he finds the time and passion to learn one of the most complicated languages on earth. I am pretty sure this is how good as he will get. He is going to be a dad soon. In July he and his wife Priscilla announced that they are pregnant with their first child. I speak from experience, having kids changes everything, including our free time and priorities.
Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman and CEO of Facebook and his wife, Priscilla Chan, arrive for a State Dinner hosted by US President Barack Obama for Chinese President Xi Jinping at the White House in Washington, DC, September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOLLY RILEY (Photo credit should read MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images)
Mark Zuckerberg's daughter birth date is likely still coming up this year. He already got just the baby on his mind already. At a White House Dinner last month he reportedly asked Chinese president Xi Jinping for the honor to name his unborn daughter. Xi declined saying it was too much responsibility according to Page Six.
Below you can watch Zuckerberg's speech in China. The video has english subtitles.
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I just gave my first ever speech in Chinese at Tsinghua University in Beijing -- on why you need a strong sense of mission to change the world.This was also my first real speech in any language sharing how I started thinking about Facebook's mission, what has kept me going through challenging times and what our mission means now looking ahead for our community of 1.5 billion people.This video also has English subtitles and you may find it interesting if you're thinking about building something or are interested in Facebook's history.The themes of believing in your mission, caring more deeply than anyone else and always looking ahead are relevant to anything you might build.Last year I joined the board of Tsinghua's School of Economics and Management. This is a great center of innovation and many of the students here will become global leaders in technology, business and government. It's an honor to have the opportunity to help this university and talk with its students. I look forward to coming back again next year!Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Saturday, October 24, 2015