Why do We need to Learn Chinese?
1 Communicate with the world
Speaking Chinese gives you the opportunity to communicate with over a billion new people, enabling you to gain insights into another way of living, thinking and looking at the world. Chinese is the world’s most widely spoken language and the second most widely used language on the internet.
2 The language of the future
China’s economy is one of the largest in the world and still one of the fastest-growing.
As trade and investment continue to expand, so do the opportunities for speakers of Chinese.
3 Become an expert on China’s history, culture, and society
Studying Chinese at university will show you which aspects of history and culture have helped make China what it is today and will enable you to explore China’s fascinating contemporary culture – from flourishing hip-hop scenes and hit TV costume dramas to Sherlock Holmes fan fiction.
4 Challenges and rewards
The Chinese script is not alphabetical and the strokes and pronunciation of characters need to be memorized individually. But characters are fun to learn, Chinese grammar is much simpler than grammar in European languages, and the sounds of Mandarin are not challenging to learn.
5 Career prospects
Proficiency in Mandarin Chinese is a highly regarded skill by employers in the UK and around the world in international trade, diplomacy, education, translating and interpreting, financial consultancy, the cultural industries, journalism, law, advertising, the civil service, policymaking, event management, security, tourism, and many more areas.
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The 10 Reasons to Fall in Love with Chinese
1. China is the most widely spoken language in the world
Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world, with approximately 1.197 billion people speaking Chinese, of whom 873,000 million speak Mandarin, according to
infoplease.com Therefore, 14% of the global population speak Chinese.
2. Countries that speak Mandarin
As well as China, Mandarin is spoken in countries such as Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Phillipines and Mongolia. Therefore, it would be beneficial to
converse in their language, if you do business in these countries.
3. Increased job opportunities
As Britain's links with Europe lessen, due to Brexit, and businesses continue to develop links with China, it is important to be able to communicate in Chinese, rather than expect
Chinese counterparts to speak English, or rely on interpreters. This especially applies to those important business executives in China. In fact, there are many top CEOs that now speak Chinese as a second language. Hence, there will be increasing job opportunities, at all levels, for students and employees who can communicate effectively in Chinese.
4. Learn about the history and culture of China
Chinese history and culture is one the richest and certainly the oldest in the world. China is renowned for producing beautiful novels, short stories, poetry, and more recently excellence in film. Reading great Chinese biographies and watching short films about the history of China provides a greater understanding of the language.
5. Make friends with different cultures
China has the biggest population in the world with approximately 1.28 billion people, so learning the language gives you access to communicate with many people and connect on a
deeper level. Get a Chinese pen pal to improve your writing and understand family life in China.
6. Learning Mandarin is easier than you think
You do not have to worry about verbs! There are no verbs, no plurals, no tenses, no subject-verb agreement, and no conjugations. There are over 80,000 Chinese characters, but generally, only 3,500 are used in conversation. In fact, it can be regarded as a more logical language than English.
7. Improve your artistic skills
Chinese symbols and characters require a steady hand. The written words are actually iconographic characters rather than letters. These symbols and characters are created using ‘strokes’ rather like a painting.
8. Improve your brain power
It is generally accepted that we need to keep our brains active and studies have shown that Mandarin speakers use both sides of their brains! This will certainly improve health by
keeping brains busy and active.
9. Travel to beautiful countries, confident in the knowledge that you can communicate
If you can speak Mandarin “the world is your oyster”. As you travel across South East Asia, you will have the confidence to speak with the locals in Chinese, you might even be invited into their homes for home cooked food, experiencing real Chinese life. Traveling around the world is always more enriching when you make friends with local people.
10. Eat great food
Sizzling food markets across China offer some unique dishes not found anywhere else. Chinese cuisine is a joy to behold, so the language will acquaint you with types of food not found in your local Chinese Take Away.