Why Learn Chinese?

Learn to Speak Chinese in China with CSA

Why Learn to Speak Chinese?

Chinese calligraphyYou’ve probably heard at least couple of reasons why you should learn Mandarin Chinese: it’s the language of the future; a billion people speak it; it’s a good investment. All true, all good reasons.

Of course, you may be skeptical of the need to learn a new language, particularly one as difficult as Mandarin. After all, it’s not like English is going the way of the dodo anytime soon, right?

While it’s true that learning a new language is pretty hard, let’s remember the old adage, “no pain, no gain”. Plus, the chances are you’re reading this because you’re interested in learning the Chinese language, even if it’s just a tiny little bit. Let us help explain why we think that would be a great decision.

1. The numbers.

Let's look at a few of them: China’s population (1.3 billion, more than Europe and North America combined). China’s economy (second-biggest in the world, growing at almost 10% per year). China’s development (over $500 billion USD invested in infrastructure in the last 2 years). China’s influence (Chinese investments in SE Asia and Africa grow every year). China’s companies (many are now leading in markets like telecommunications, transport and energy that were once dominated by Western companies). China’s products (just think of all the stuff that is “Made in China”).

If the 19th century belonged to Britain and the 20th century belonged to the United States, then the 21st century looks more and more like it will belong to China. Invest in yourself and learn Mandarin Chinese now, staying ahead of the numbers curve.

2. The culture.

Learn Chinese language, unlock the secrets of the cultureOkay, so you're probably not very interested in singing Mandarin songs at a karaoke bar in Shanghai, but think of all the books that have been written in a language that existed before the Roman Empire. Think of all the songs composed in words that cannot be adequately translated into English. Think of all the poems depicting scenes of a grand empire or the harshest reality.

Learning Chinese is your key to unlocking the cultural puzzle that is China.

3. The history.

The Chinese value their traditions and history – after all, they have a recorded history of almost 5000 years. There's a certain richness in all the expressions and idioms of a language as old as Mandarin. For instance, the word for “computer” is 电脑, (pronounced diàn nǎo) which literally means “electric brain” – clever, no?

And don’t forget about the possibility of economic payback. Most of the world’s colonial powers (including every G8 member except Canada) of the last 200 years has been involved with China, most visibly through the multiple concessions in Shanghai and Tianjin, and the shame of being second-class citizens in their own country has never been forgotten by the Chinese. Do you want to be on the wrong side of history when it happens?

4. The utility.

A Beijing crowdMandarin isn’t likely to replace English as a lingua franca, but more and more people around the world realize the value of speaking and studying Chinese. In fact, Mandarin is one of the 6 official languages of the United Nations, making it very important for people with aspirations to work internationally.

Even if you’re only interested in China as a tourist, it still helps to learn Mandarin (at least a few words) since English is a rare skill here (and you’d be surprised at what passes for English sometimes). Locals will be impressed and getting around will be much easier. You may even meet a new friend or two (hundred…thousand).

With China’s influence growing daily, it’s not just in places like China and Taiwan where knowing Mandarin will be useful. For instance, it’s easier to get around in South Korea with Mandarin than English. Strange but true.

5. The opportunities.

Being able to speak Mandarin Chinese will open doors for your career – you can apply to more interesting jobs, qualify for higher positions and higher pay. Being able to speak Mandarin will open doors for your travels – you'll be able to meet the locals, talk to new friends, immerse yourself in China. Learning Chinese will also open doors for being your own boss – China is a relative newcomer to the modern economy, with many areas still underdeveloped and opportunities galore for the entrepreneur.

If you’re interested in working for a multinational firm, or dealing with international relations, or even just living overseas, you already understand the benefits of knowing another language. But even if you aren’t specifically interested in China, chances are good the company that you work for does, or the company that your company works for does. So why limit yourself? Learn Mandarin Chinese and benefits will be endless.

 

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