The official language of China is the Mandarin. English is a required course and universal education in China and has great popularity. Nowadays many Chinese people can speak fundamental English, especially the youth, students, and staff of service trades like hotels, restaurants, airlines, banks and post offices.In large cities there are more people who can communicate with foreigners in English than smaller towns & cities. Some may master a second foreign language like French, German, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish. However, in rural or remote areas, few people can speak English or other foreign languages.